The upcoming transition from 4G to 5G cellular technologies will have consumers eagerly awaiting the chance to get their hands on smartphones with extraordinarily fast internet speeds. In the meantime, city mayors are grappling with how to get their citizens access to 5G service as soon as possible, without getting bulldozed by telecom companies.
In a blog post written by AT&T executive vice president Joan Marsh, the carrier detailed why it decided to work with three cities — Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Little Rock — on testing its “5G Evolution” networks, the last “4.5G” step before full 5G. AT&T is using these cities to explain the regulatory conditions that mayors and city councils should create if they want to get early 5G coverage, which will rely heavily upon new networking gear including small cell transceivers.
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All three cities highlighted by AT&T made it easier to deploy small tech in a variety of ways. Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Little Rock all expedited the small cell permitting process, allowing companies to obtain a permit for small cell deployment in 45-60 days in Indianapolis, versus up to 90 days in Minneapolis. It’s unclear how long it...
The Walt Disney Company may own the most valuable film properties on the planet. But investors seem to think Netflix could still be in position to challenge the House of the Mouse and become this century’s leading entertainment media company.
Whoever comes out on top, it seems increasingly clear that the battle is going to come down to these two global giants.
Since the start of this year, Netflix’s stock has climbed from $199.50 per share to $280.31 on Thursday, just slightly down from its $286.49 per share peak on January 29. The latest bull run started with word that the Netflix movie Bright had attracted a large number of viewers over the holidays. This was further boosted when the company reported that it had added more subscribers than expected in the last quarter.
In terms of streaming, Netflix is available in almost every country, a reach that’s unmatched by the likes of HBO, or even Amazon Prime Video. And Netflix has used that global footprint to continue leveraging its original content.
The biggest risk facing Netflix, of course, is how much it’s spending on content. In the most recent earnings call last month, executives said the company will spend between $7.5 billion and $8 billion on content in 2018. And that number will likely go higher each successive year. The company has also been signing exclusive deals with producers to create shows for its service.
For the moment, Netflix will need to continue borrowing...
In the face of a massive refugee crisis across Europe, one of the most optimistic responses has been the emergence of Techfugees. The non-profit pulls together entrepreneurs and refugees to develop products and services that help migrants who have fled their homelands.
After two years of catalyzing the tech community’s response to the refugee crisis, Techfugees held its first Global Summit this week in Paris. Over the course of two days, the event gathered 450 attendees representing 35 countries. The event also featured 42 Techfugees-inspired startups to demonstrate the innovative approaches they’re taking to helping refugees.
At a moment when tech is increasingly being associated with a host of social ills, Techfugees offers some hope that tech and innovation can still be pressed into service for a greater good. The intensity of the event and the number of people who have responded to the idea has Techfugees’ co-founder and chairman Mike Butcher feeling optimistic and somewhat amazed that something that started as a simple Facebook post now has the ability to make an even bigger impact.
“It was a spontaneous project two years ago,” said Butcher, a London-based editor at TechCrunch. “I pushed open a door, and gave it a name. And it’s become a viral hit. It started with a fast burn, and then a slower burn, and now it’s a sustainable burn.”
Techfugees got its start in September 2015 as Europe struggled to respond to the thousands of refugees from the Middle...