New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. completed its acquisition of Vodafone Group Plc’s 45 percent indirect interest in Verizon Wireless. The deal, worth $130 billion, gives Verizon 100 percent control of one of the largest wireless companies in the country. Read More
AT&T is expanding its LTE network. The company has acquired licenses from Bendbroadband, an Oregon-based cable company. The new licenses will allow AT&T the airspace to boost its LTE network in the state. The licenses include a 700 MHz B Block spectrum that will help the company operate in rural Oregon. According to FierceWireless reports, Read More
Sprint is teaming up with Netgear Inc., to unveil its version of a fixed wireless router. The Netgear LTE Gateway 6100D, a high bandwidth router capable of producing 802.11ac Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet, is available to Sprint Spark subscribers. The router is designed for business and consumer use in homes or offices. It is enabled Read More
New York City’s infrastructure problems may be pushing more companies to open data centers in New Jersey. According to commercial real estate expert Rick Drescher, a growing portion of new companies in the metro area are choosing to open data centers in New Jersey due to better infrastructure and lower costs. Read More
AT&T said it will donate $100 million in mobile broadband service to educational resources. The program includes educational websites, applications and services. The funding commitment also includes professional development assistance for middle school students and their teachers. The mobile broadband will be used on tablets and devices by the students and teachers. Read More
New York-based communications giant Verizon Communications Inc. is giving its new FiOS customers a two-year price guarantee. The offer is an effort by the company to attract fresh clients to an already booming customer base. The super charged internet and TV service has been a popular item for the brand in the past year. New customers can sign up for the service with the price guarantee with or without a formal contract. Read More
Trendy designer Marc Jacobs invited pop culture and freebie-seeking fashionistas to a pop-up shop in Soho for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The 1,746-square-foot Daisy by Marc Jacobs store at 462 West Broadway is what the company called a “tweet” shop. The location was created as a place where customers could take photos, tweet and post messages on social media about the brand. In exchange for promoting the company to friends, visitors were rewarded with free items including new fragrance samples and prizes as well as a raffle for other rewards. Read More
New York City’s estimated 5 million daily subway riders are getting access to free Wi-Fi thanks to Phoenix’s tourism organization.
In an effort to draw New Yorkers and its tourists to the city, Visit Phoenix is sponsoring the free Wi-Fi in the subway’s existing hot spots. Boingo Wireless is providing the service at select stations.
As new construction evolves, technology continues to expand with it.
According to a recent study by Europe-based ABI Research, Wi-Fi will hold more than 40 percent of the 8 million unit smart thermostat market by 2018. In the past several years, smart thermostats have become a growing trend among homeowners and small business owners. Smart thermostats have the ability to sync devices including smartphones and tablets to the thermostats, allowing consumers a different way to control energy use.
The Federal Communications Commission expanded its funding for the Connect America Project, including New York State among recipients. The project, aimed at increasing broadband outreach, is expanding the program to include more than 400,000 homes across 41 states. The funding for the extended broadband reach is $255 million.
Connect America fund has connected almost 1 million people in rural areas who otherwise would not be able to establish an Internet connection because the area is too remote and does not have enough service offerings.
Condé Nast-owned Wired magazine opened its pop-up store for the holiday season in the Meatpacking District. The concept store will feature high-tech interactive displays featuring items from the company’s brand. Among items that will be sold at the store are electronics, kitchen gadgets, musical instruments and apparel.
Global Wi-Fi provider Fon is teaming up with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to provide free Internet service for the public across selected areas in Downtown Brooklyn.
As a part of the deal, Fon will help the borough incorporate the free wireless hot spots from public to private residential spaces. The company will also partner with several communications firms to make sure its new initiative is successful.
AT&T is giving sports fans access to its services at athletic events.
In a new deal with Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., AT&T will equip 645 Wi-Fi access points to provide Wi-Fi throughout the 74,000-seat venue. The upgraded Wi-Fi system will support 4G LTE coverage for wireless customers who visit the stadium. Bank of America Stadium, which holds games for the Carolina Panthers football team, has had 1.9 million MB of data exchanged on its Wi-Fi system during the 2013 season, up 50 percent from data use during the same period in 2012.
Discount phone and Internet provider Vonage is expanding its business.
The company recently launched a video messaging service for its small business and residential consumers. The latest product is an attempt by the Wi-Fi-powered phone service to keep its products attractive to tech-savvy consumers.
Fastbreak Sports opened a new high-tech gym on the Upper East Side.
The gym allows the organization to expand its programs for young athletes seeking training, development and a place to practice after school. The 10,000-square-foot gym is a renovated space that once served the neighborhood at 85th Street on First Avenue as a movie theater.