ESChat has rolled out an interoperable broadband push-to-talk service for enterprise and government subscribers across T-Mobile's network following an earlier soft launch. T-Mobile is charging $5 a month for the service which allows Android and iOS users on a compatible platform to communicate across carrier networks.
A vast majority of farmers report using smartphones in their fields to access data needed to run their business while 60% of those surveyed say they have little faith that their broadband internet service is reliable enough for their needs, according to a United Soybean Board survey of 2,000 farmers. Some respondents are using fixed wireless service and others are turning to satellites to get online.
CenturyLink has won a contract with California governor's Office of Emergency Service to install a Next Generation 911 system for updating the emergency call system in the southern part of the state. The telecom will provide critical IP services, call routing and other software linked to its multi-protocol label switching network.
Verizon Media has signed a multi-year agreement under which advertisers will be able to have ads bought through Verizon's platform run in Apple News and the Apple stocks app on iOS-based devices in the UK, Canada and Australia. Verizon cites studies that show native ads generate more engagement than banner ads.
Juniper Networks will be well positioned within a year or two to take advantage of 5G buildouts, Chief Technology Officer Bikash Koley said adding that the vendor's strength lies in the parts of the networks that carriers have yet to focus on. "So far most of the 5G trials are around 5G radio. We are just starting to see real, end-to-end 5G buildout," Koley said in this interview.
The development of industrial internet of things technology will largely rest on the deployment of 5G communications, Cisco Systems asserts. Lee Doyle of Doyle Research says, "Large companies such as Cisco, HP and IBM have been challenged to address [IIoT] because it is so fractured."
Worldwide expenditures on cybersecurity-related hardware, services and software will increase 10.7% this year to $106.6 billion, while posting a compound annual growth rate of 9.4% over the next four years, International Data Corp. forecasts. Services will account for $47 billion in security spending in 2019, with a five-year CAGR of 11.2%, IDC predicts.
National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith and ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee opened up NAB Show New York yesterday with a keynote address on weather and broadcasters' role in reporting it. Smith and Lee also discussed climate change and how broadcasters are using new technology to educate the public.
Broadcasting executives speaking at an NAB Show New York panel on Wednesday said there is still space for mergers and acquisitions in the industry despite the dwindling number of stations. Nexstar Media leader Perry Sook predicted more M&A activity while acknowledging that government ownership regulations limit prospects.
Some 8.3 million viewers tuned in to the Ohio Democratic debate this week, a number that tops viewership for many historic debates but falls short of the ratings from those earlier in this election cycle. Michael Grynbaum writes that the latest numbers may have been affected by the fall television season or indicate that audiences are growing weary of the large field of Democratic presidential candidates.