A quarter of US adults recently cut their spending on video streaming subscriptions due to inflation, per a Morning Consult survey. Slightly less cut back on music streaming subscriptions (24%) and cable or satellite TV (23%). Across all entertainment categories studied, more adults either didn’t pull back or didn’t pay for the product or service in the first place.
Dish Network is still reeling from ransomware attack: With various services and websites offline and their stock hitting a 14-year low, the window for Dish to resolve its ransomware-related outage is closing.
Satellite connectivity segment emerges from MWC 2023: Apple’s iPhone 14 may have ushered in the ability to access satellites for emergency communications, but the technology is now ripe for wider mainstream applications.
Inaccurate coverage maps could delay broadband initiatives: SpaceX’s Starlink and Comcast have provided inaccurate coverage data, and now customers are challenging their claims.
Streaming media apps might have to pay up: European regulators could require data-heavy businesses to pay for network expansion and maintenance. This cost will inevitably lead to price increases for subscribers.
Exaggerated network maps confound rural broadband initiatives: Thousands of locations are showing up in network maps as having access to broadband but are in reality underserved. Billions of dollars are at stake.
Google expands its cloud but pivots to a simplicity sprint to counter the down economy: Innovation could be dialed down further for 2023 as Big Tech’s most multifaceted behemoth rethinks its strategies.
2022’s outages increased and took longer to resolve: Wired and wireless networks continue to be under duress as Big Tech, streaming services, and cloud gaming proliferate while legacy infrastructure and overloaded systems buckled.
Google Cloud’s $100B opportunity: Data residency and sovereignty in regions like Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Greece could be Google Cloud’s competitive advantage in its pivot to a network provider.
Cost of the tech cold war: The FCC’s list of potential security threats grows longer with ComNet and China Unicom’s inclusion. The cost to rip and replace equipment and services may adversely affect smaller telecoms.
Global eSIM adoption is inevitable: 3.4B devices will be eSIM compatible by 2025. We can expect to see an increase in 5G connectivity in smartphones, laptops, tablets, and wearables.
Amazon’s Roomba acquisition is a data privacy nightmare: Regulators are worried that Amazon, which already has eyes and ears in consumers’ homes, will now be able to map and monitor those homes.
5G gains momentum through new applications: Consumer 5G adoption may have slowed down, but new markets for private 5G, additional functionality, and new applications are helping spread the bandwidth across industries.
Fragmented, overlapping strategies could cause broadband delays: The Government Accountability Office says the US needs a national broadband strategy to effectively distribute grant requests and close the digital divide.
Broadcom boosts software with VMware buy: The $61B deal allows the chipmaker to rely less on chips for growth while assembling parts for massive cloud, edge computing, and IoT expansion.
Canada ramps up 5G security: Huawei and ZTE solutions are banned. Critics say the move comes a little too late as telecoms bear the burden of replacing without disruption by June 2024.
Lower internet costs, faster speed could propel broadband adoption: The White House, members of Congress, and 20 ISPs are on board to connect low-income households, but ongoing fiber shortages could delay efforts.
Are recent video and gaming outages a sign of an overburdened infrastructure? The increase in high-resolution 4K video and demanding multiplayer games could be bogging down network connections.
Lockheed Martin becomes the DOD’s 5G integrator: 5G development can push the military’s digital transformation while partner companies build more secure solutions for consumer and private 5G applications.
Ukraine’s internet access suffering outages from Russian bombardment: Internet companies scramble to restore services but have to limit bandwidth. Skylink’s internet is helping fill gaps but could also be targeted.
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