Sue Marek

Biography for Sue Marek

Sue joined FierceMarkets in January 2007 and is currently the editor-in-chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group. In her current position, she oversees the editorial content of several FierceMarkets' newsletters and web sites including FierceWireless, FierceCable, FierceTelecom, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceDeveloper, FierceWireless:Europe and FierceWireless:Tech, and provides editorial guidance for the publications’ advanced products and live events. Sue has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the telecom industry. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the executive editor of Wireless Week. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, specializing in wireless and broadband technologies. She also was the managing editor of Convergence magazine, a monthly magazine for cable television, phone and wireless network operators. Sue is based in Denver and can be reached at sue@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceWireless on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Sue Marek

Likelihood of cord cutting varies depending upon demographics, content appeal

When it comes to cutting the cord, many analysts fail to look at different demographic groups and importance of content to the subscriber to determine the likelihood they will cut the cord, and how much, if any, savings will be accrued. 

TWC says it has nearly 20,000 cell towers wired for backhaul

Time Warner Cable is highlighting its growing portfolio of backhaul services, noting in a blog post that the company has nearly 20,000 cell towers wired for cellular backhaul service. That figure is important because it shows how important wholesale services have become to cable MSOs, particularly as residential video subscriber numbers are dropping.

Carriers will spend $5.7B on SDN by 2019, says IHS

The global market for software-defined networking (SDN) software, hardware and services is expected to skyrocket from $103 million in 2014 to $5.7 billion in 2019, according to IHS. The research firm, in its latest IHS Infonetics SDN study, also said that the industry is still early in this SDN transformation and it won't be until 2016 to 2020 that the industry will have widespread commercial deployments of SDN.

Frontier to introduce 100 Mbps service in Connecticut

Frontier Communications will soon debut a new 100 Mbps service tier in the Connecticut markets the company acquired from AT&T. During the company's earnings call earlier this month CEO Daniel McCarthy confirmed those plans but did not reveal any pricing details for the new service.

Boston-based NFV startup Rift.io raises $16M in funding

Rift.io, a Boston-based startup, is poised to make some moves in the network functions virtualization (NFV) space. The company just raised $16 million in series A funding led by North Bridge Venture Partners. The funding will be used to develop its open source NFV platform, Rift.ware, and expand its engineering and design team.

Wi-Fi calling is now a key part of wireless operator's networks

Wireless operators now consider Wi-Fi calling to be a key part of their service offering as companies like AT&T, Sprint and Google make Wi-Fi a key part of their service offerings.

FBI: San Francisco has been hit with 12 fiber optic cable cuts in a year

San Francisco's Bay Area has been the target for more than 12 fiber-optic cable cuts in a year that have resulted in service disruption and impacted emergency phone calls.  Some of these cuts have occurred repeatedly at the same location and the way they have occurred, often in the same night in areas of the East Bay and around San Jose, Calif., has authorities believing that the attacks were intentional, according to the Wall Street Journal.

America Movil CFO says company is eyeing wireline deals in Europe

Facing increased competition in Mexico from new competitor AT&T and a potential recession in Brazil, America Movil is considering possible wireline acquisitions in Europe to grow the company's revenues.

ABI: Global broadband CPE devices will top 153.6M by year-end

As consumers upgrade to better broadband networks they are driving growth in broadband customer premise equipment (CPE). ABI Research predicts that broadband CPE shipments will top 153.6 million by year-end with fiber-optic CPE devices increasing about 12 percent in 2015 and DSL and cable CPE devices slightly declining.

AT&T, Verizon strike worries do not concern Wall Street

Both AT&T and Verizon currently have thousands of workers working without contracts while company management  and the labor unions attempt to negotiate a resolution to contract disputes. Interestingly, both companies' stock prices are fairly stable and investors seem unconcerned about the threat of a strike.