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LTE Multicast Tested by 16 Operators

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2014

A new report from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association says sixteen operators, spanning 13 countries, are currently trialing LTE Multicast, also called eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services. LTE Multicast allows wireless operators to broadcast live video over their LTE networks to multiple users simultaneously. Today’s unicast streams require a dedicated channel for each user […]

Amazon Buys Twitch for $1 Billion

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 26th, 2014

Amazon today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, the leading live video platform for gamers for approximately $970 million in cash. Google was in talks to acquire Twitch for more than $1 billion. But Google did not close the deal on anti-trust fears, according to Forbes. Google already owns YouTube, […]

French Operator Iliad Bids for T-Mobile US

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 31st, 2014

French upstart telecommunications company Iliad, which is known as “Free Mobile” in France, has made an offer for T-Mobile US, reports the Wall Street Journal. The bid would counter one by Sprint for the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. Iliad, in a news release, said it offered $15 billion in cash for 56.6% of […]

Oceanic Fiber: Threat and Promise

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 28th, 2014

Builtvisible has a detailed history of undersea cables along with their role in espionage, starting with Operation Ivy Bells through the USS Jimmy Carter and the latest threats from earthquakes and terrorists. Some factoids from the story: There are 277 undersea fibre optic cables in the world today. These cables carry 99% of all international […]

More Broadband Subs Than Video Subs

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 28th, 2014

US MSOs will soon have more broadband subscribers than video subscribers for the first time in the industry’s 65-year history, reports Moody’s. In a new report issued last week, Moody’s Investors Service predicts that US cable operators will have more high-speed data customers than pay TV customers by next year. It calculates the crossover point […]

Tour de France 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 24th, 2014

The 101st Tour de France (NY Times, Wikipedia and Twitter), began on Saturday July 5, 2014 and continues until July 27, 2014. The 21-stage race began in Yorkshire, U.K., and stretches across Europe including Spain and Belgium. The race spans a total of 3,664 kilometers (or approximately 2277 miles). Some 3.5 billion people watch some […]