Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 29, 2015

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On Monday, Digital TV Europe reported that the Pay-TV channel business is growing strongly in Europe with a compound growth rate of 3.1%, according to analysis from SNL Kagan.

eWeek covered an IHS Research study that showed that Wi-Fi will reach 90% of global households by 2019. The study also forecasted the amount of connected devices to increase over the next five years, “growing up to 13 connected devices per broadband home.”

Additionally, AT&T expanded its GigaPower capabilities to Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood and Miami. FierceTelecom positioned this as “a key area of expansion for AT&T’s 1 Gbps service.” The launch in Florida comes days after the company disclosed plans for future developments in Dallas-Ft Worth and Chicago.

The New York Business Journal reported on Stealth Communication Services and Xchange Telecom’s announcement to bring a broadband boost to the “digital desert” of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. This attempt is considered a “Herculean task,” with the companies expecting to offer customers up to 10 megabits per second and contribute a total of $3.75 million towards the project.

Lastly, three of the largest UK ISPs, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, have teamed up to support business broadband for smaller services. According to Broadband TV News, the three entities will join forces to develop a new Code of Practice to help consumers.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Pay TV channel business growing strongly in European markets  (June 30, 2015) , Digital TV Europe: The pay TV channel business in Europe is continuing to grow in revenue terms in key markets, leading to increased interest in the European market from US programmers facing a slowing ad market and rising programming costs, according to analysis by SNL Kagan.
  2. Wi-Fi to reach 90% of global household by 2019 (June 26, 2015) By Nathan Eddy, eWeek: The percentage of global households with WiFi home gateways or routers supplied by their service providers will rise from 66 percent in 2014 to nearly 90 percent in 2019, according to a report from IT research firm IHS Research.
  3. AT&T incites broadband challenge against Comcast with Miami-area 1 Gbps launch (June 30, 2015) By Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom: AT&T has made the southeast Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Miami and surrounding communities the next targets for its 1 Gbps FTTP service, putting it in direct competition with Comcast which will offer an even higher speed 2 Gbps service.
  4. ‘Digital Deserts’ of Brooklyn, Queens to broadband boost (July 1, 2015) By Michael del Castillo, New York Business Journal: New York City’s pathetically sparse broadband network — vast swaths of which are known as digital deserts — is about to get a serious upgrade.
  5. ISPs agree to support business broadband (June 26, 2015) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: Three of the UK’s largest ISPs have agreed to improve broadband services for smaller businesses.
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