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Intel’s ‘Internet of Things’ division up 32%

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The Internet of Things is taking off, and how, for chip-maker Intel. The recently formed division saw growth of 32 per cent compared with the same period last year, mostly based on use of its low-cost ‘Atom’ chip, and where volume sales “nearly doubled” in y-o-y. The news came during Intel’s Q1 analyst call, where CEO Brian Krzanch reported that [...]

Akamai: 114% increase in DDoS attacks

Akamai Technologies has published its Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report, which indicates that the Media and Entertainment industry was the target of the majority of malicious attacks. Prolexic Technologies, now part of Akamai, is a specialist in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, and has produced the quarterly Global DDoS Attack Report since 2011. The report provides [...]

US pay-TV subs set for rebound

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The pay-TV market in the US has faced challenges for several years, which culminated in a 0.58 per cent loss in total subscribers in 2013. However, recent research from Strategy Analytics forecasts a return to growth in 2014 at 0.14 per cent, detailed in the Service Provider Strategies (SPS) service report, North America Digital Television Forecast: 1Q 2014. The research [...]

TWC launches RDK-based IP STB

Time Warner Cable has revealed the development of its first IP set-top box integrating the Reference Design Kit (RDK) platform. TWC is working with digital STB specialist Humax to create the IP-based set-top box that features its next generation cloud navigator. The cloud navigator consists of the company’s new HTML 5 cloud-based navigation guide and provides customers a better, more [...]

SES, Gilat expand Ka-band services to Germany, Italy

SES Broadband Services and Gilat Satellite Networks have announced the expansion of consumer Ka-band services to Germany and Italy over SES’s Astra 2E satellite. SBBS’s ISPs have recently started offering the satellite broadband service on Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform, providing up to 20 Mbit/s and Voice-over-IP services to private households and small businesses across Germany and Italy over SES’s Astra [...]

Netflix speeds up 65% after Comcast deal

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Comcast customers in the US are seeing a significant boost in streaming video speed after a deal between Netflix and the broadband provider. The news emerged as Netflix revealed its Netflix ISP Speed Index for March 2014. “This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix,” Netflix spokesperson Joris [...]

Telecom Italia’s fibre optic network in 54 cities

Telecom Italia’s new NGAN (Next Generation Access Network) fibre-optic network, which provides speeds of at least 30 Mbps, is already available in 54 Italian cities, with more to be added in the coming months. According to Telecom Italia’s director of technology, Roberto Opilio, the goal is to cover over 50 per cent of the population by 2016, in order to [...]

CTAM touts TV Everywhere awareness

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The US’s Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) is to roll out what it describes as “robust” first-tier tactics to increase the subscription television value proposition by accelerating consumer awareness, product understanding, and usage of tv everywhere (tve). Incubated through a collaboration of 20 member companies, the tactics include a series of user experience best practice recommendations, adoption of [...]

Superfast broadband surges in UK

One in four UK residential fixed broadband connections is ‘superfast’, according to latest Ofcom research. The proportion of superfast connections – those offering headline speeds of 30Mbit/s or more – has risen from 5 per cent in November 2011 to 25 per cent in November 2013. And the average superfast connection speed has continued to rise, reaching 47.0Mbit/s by November [...]

Smart home connected appliances to exceed 10m by 2017

A report from Juniper Research forecasts that the installed base of connected appliances in Smart Homes will beat the 10 million mark by 2017, rising from 4 million in 2013. The report found that consumer awareness of connected appliances, such as smart fridges and washing machines was gradually increasing, but that such devices are not widely considered to represent attractive [...]

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