This year's CTIA show may have been dampened by a number of competing events such as Apple's iPhone 6 launch event in Cupertino, Calif., on Sept. 9, the opening day of the show, but there were a number of key trends that emerged, including connected car, rural wireless consolidation and Wi-Fi calling.
Cable operators may not own traditional wireless networks, but they are being aggressive in expanding their Wi-Fi network footprints throughout the regions they serve.
Virtual business CPE has the potential to create a win-win situation for small and midsize businesses and network operators. Small and midsize businesses are trying to develop network-centric business models, but networks present challenges that are beyond these businesses' managerial and technical capabilities. Service providers, on the other hand, would like to offer managed network services to smaller businesses, but they are struggling to drive service delivery costs down to a point where services are both attractively priced and profitable. Virtual CPE can resolve this dilemma by increasing network service velocity while reducing initial and recurring service costs.
MegaPath has introduced its new Unified Communications (UC) service, enabling it to target the growing mobile nature of its business clients.
Cincinnati Bell is gearing up for the Sept. 8 debut of its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Fioptics residential broadband data service with its "Light up Cincinnati" campaign.
Frontier Communications reported that despite seeing a dip in overall revenues, residential revenue rose slightly by 0.2 percent sequentially to $497 million, up from $496 million in the first quarter.
San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., incorporated Hotspot 2.0 roaming and encryption capabilities into their existing public Wi-Fi hotspot service in partnership with Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach.
Bell Canada has responded to the need for greater in-home Wi-Fi speed by introducing its 802.11ac-based Home Hub Internet modem and Wi-Fi router for its growing Fibe Internet customer base.
Time Warner Cable sees a bright future in Wi-Fi. According to Rob Cerbone, Time Warner Cable's vice president of wireless products, the cable MSO has been aggressively deploying access points in "Maxx markets," which are markets where the company is increasing speeds on its residential broadband service.
Verizon plans to complement its growing set of higher Quantum FiOS Internet speeds with a new Wi-Fi router that will support the multiple wireless devices consumers are using in their homes to access the Internet and other content.