CTIA finds volunteers for TV spectrum sharing

Back in April 2012, the FCC announced that it will be allowing two or more TV stations to share the same band of spectrum; spawning an ambitious new trial by industry-body CTIA. The test will take place in Los Angeles, California and will find out if it is indeed a viable solution for broadcasters to not use the full six megahertz.

For a trial, it’s rather essential you have a couple of willing participants. Luckily, Los Angeles TV stations KCLS and KJLA have volunteered…

The stations will be broadcasting...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, Industry.

FCC responds to AM Code Blue

With AM industry debilitated by numerous factors, the Commission is looking to treat some obvious symptoms.

Amplitude Modulation radio (AM to its friends) is old and by all accounts pretty sick . . . so the FCC’s wheeling in the crash cart, gelling up the defibrillator paddles and hoping to shock the patient back to vitality. Will it be enough? Will it be in...

By Francisco Montero, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, Infrastructure.

Ofcom's (White) Space is home for Microsoft, Google, and others' projects

A new trial in the UK is to be launched by regulator Ofcom; with notable participation by technology giants Google and Microsoft. The aim is to utilise “White Space” (unused spectrum) for testing mobile broadband and sensors to monitor cities and traffic... and for offering free WiFi.

In total, around 20 organisations will be taking part in the trial – each with various goals.

For example, BT and white space technology start up Neul will work with the Department for Transport to test the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

Create your own Mexican-style cell service

What do you do if you live in a remote Mexican village completely ignored by any telecoms operator? Sit back and continue this Amish-style lifestyle? Of course not, you stand up and create your own cell service.

In the southern state of Oaxaca lies the indigenous village of Villa Talea de Castro. Housing the relatively small population of 2,500 - it’s simply not seen as a profitable area for providers such as tycoon Carlos Slim’s America Movil.

Rather than the village going without; they worked...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Infrastructure, VoiP, Wireless.

Virgin Media gains Ginx TV – Achievement unlocked

As a testament to the rise of ‘eSports’ as a genre, Virgin Media in the UK has added Ginx TV to its EPG, along with the 12 different gaming-related shows which broadcast on the channel.

Residing on channel number 286; Ginx TV has been accessible in Poland, the Netherlands, Romania, Croatia and the Middle East for a while. Adding to its credibility and professionalism, it is also fully localised in over 40 territories and available in nine different languages.

What’s interesting is...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry.

Forget IM, is Skype’s Video Messaging the next disruptor?

Currently many carriers, operators and journalists are discussing how the rise of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage will affect traditional SMS usage, and add to the infrastructure costs for supporting increasing demand for data.

But we could be missing the mark: what if Skype’s video messaging should cause them concern?

 

We’re all used to voicemail; it’s a convenient technology which has been around for decades and still going strong today. You ring someone; leave a...

Billion WebRTC endpoints forces players to adapt or die

white-moth.jpgFrom an evolutionary standpoint regardless of whether we talk about nature or business, adaptation is a key to success in changing environments.During the industrial revolution in London a species of moth with a white color blended in with the bark of the local trees until soot from the nearby factories turned the trees black. Some darker moths were now camouflaged in the dark trees...

By Rich Tehrani, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, Networks, VoiP.

Will 4G pave the path for growth?

European telecom operators saw revenues down by 3.8% in 2012. Will 4G reverse the trend?

Although 4G will quickly become essential, it will not revive the sector’s revenues.

In fact we expect that despite 4G, revenues will continue to decline in Europe: -1.8% per year on average by 2016.

The sector could return to growth if LTE smartphones generated data ARPU of EUR17/month by 2016 i.e. EUR7 higher than today’s data ARPU on 3G...

By Didier Levy, 03 June 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Networks, Operators, Research.

Will Anonymous launch a new generation of independent news?

Anonymous, the “hacktivist” group promoting freedom of oppression, is soon to launch an independent news site after successful funding on Indiegogo of $55,000.

The website could change the way news is delivered and even trusted by citizens. Anonymous is created from the gathering of likeminded individuals with a “decentralised command structure”.

Many countries are currently in unrest. Taking London’s...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Industry.

TargetSpot shows successful internet radio advertising

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Case Studies Highlight Results in Ad Recall and Response, Brand Awareness and Purchase Intent

NEW YORK - TargetSpot, the largest Digital Audio advertising network, released the results of Digital Audio advertising campaigns for Auto, Retail, Banking, and Insurance advertisers, showcasing the effectiveness of the medium across these key advertising categories.The results reinforce that Digital Audio is a very powerful medium for advertisers and brands to connect with their target audiences and achieve their marketing objectives. They illustrate Internet...

By Otilia Otlacan, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Marketing, Research.

YouView hits 400k – Android app, Internet channels on the way

YouView is a fairly new set-top box in the UK, established through partnership with all the major networks.

Despite this, CEO Richard Halton has announced the service has hit 400,000 users and that expansion to internet channels along with a new Android app is on the way.

The TV service is provided through a collaboration between broadcasting heavyweights; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. Alongside these, other partners include BT, TalkTalk, and Arqiva, so needless to say YouView has the backing for...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, Mobile, Satellite.

LoPo TV warning: White Space devices are coming

Special CDBS website unveiled as FCC tries to help rebroadcasting low power stations secure the protection to which they’re entitled.

If you’re the licensee of an LPTV or a TV Translator or a Class A TV station – collectively for our purposes here, “low power stations” – that rebroadcasts the over-the-air signal of another station, the FCC’s trying to help...

By Francisco Montero, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators, Wireless.

Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the disruption, Xiang wants to implement...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...

UK firm Cable & Wireless taking permanent holiday to Florida

The UK firm Cable & Wireless, based in Bracknell, United Kingdom, has decided after 140 years it’s time to moving its headquarters to Florida. Maybe we should all follow?

When I say we should follow, I’m not even talking about for a nice vacation (which it sure would be) but because it makes great business sense in tough economic times.

Last year the company was looking in trouble after recording a loss of $117 million. This year however Cable & Wireless recorded profit of $35 million;...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, N America, Networks, Telematics.

4G LTE revenue will reach $340 billion in 2017

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the cumulative 4G LTE mobile broadband service revenues over the next five years will account for over $1 trillion. That growth represents 17 percent of the cumulative global operator billed service revenue from all mobile services. 4G LTE revenues are set to grow rapidly and will reach more than $340 billion globally in 2017, reflecting the continued success of LTE in serving higher value mobile network subscribers. The demand for high bandwidth wireless broadband services from end users and the availability of Wi-Fi on most mobile devices...

By David H. Deans, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Broadcast, Consumers, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks.

Has YouTube accelerated the death of TV with paid channels?

The rise of on-demand content and inevitable death of linear scheduled broadcasting has perhaps been pushed forward as YouTube announces monthly paid channels.

Originally launching with a few select partners; including UFC and Sesame Street, the channels will cost on average $2.99 (£1.93) monthly. Each channel will offer a 14-day free trial to test the content before you commit to supporting.

When...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, Networks, Smart TV.

Closing gavel comes down in auction 94

It’s a buyer’s market when it comes to FM construction permits.

[WARNING! While Auction 94 has closed, strict federal anti-collusion rules remain in effect for several more weeks. Parties who were involved in any way in the auction – including folks who filed applications but then elected not to participate in the auction – should refrain from discussing any aspect of the auction with anyone who...

By Francisco Montero, 07 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, Infrastructure, Licensing, Telematics.

Nielsen finally introduces metrics for online TV

Most TV viewers have likely heard of Nielsen at some stage. If you haven’t, they are generally the organisation which offers industry-standard ratings to measure viewership. Up until now these ratings have been becoming more and more irrelevant as audiences move online.

Announced today through a press release, Nielsen is to offer Digital Program Ratings, partnering at launch with many of the major networks including A+E, ABC, AOL, CBS, The CW, Discovery Communications, FOX, NBC and Univision.

This is a...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, IPTV, Networks.