Television ad revenues are expected to decline this year by 6.5%, but the outlook over the next five years is positive, a Kagan report states. Ad revenues are predicted to jump to $23.43 billion next year and are expected to grow at a 3% compound annual rate through 2022, the report states.
MSNBC's prime-time ratings have skyrocketed, while NBC's "Nightly News," "Meet the Press" and "Today Show" are doing well in the ratings race since Chairman Andy Lack returned to his post. Despite downward trends and challenges, broadcast is continuing to bring in revenues and is primed for expansion, with Lack saying, "There has never been in my lifetime a better time to be in the news business."
Radio as a whole continues to have the largest reach across the US and continues to grow, particularly among Hispanic and black audiences, Nielsen reports. These audiences account for 74.7 million listeners -- or one-third of all listeners -- in the 12-or-older demographic, climbing 6.25% over the past five years, Nielsen reports.
T-Mobile US and Sprint reportedly have returned to merger talks, with sources saying negotiations are focusing on an all-stock deal that would give T-Mobile control of the combined entity. "It makes sense not to have just two with such big market share and two little ones," Masayoshi Son, CEO of Sprint parent SoftBank, said in reference to the US wireless market.
CenturyLink has partnered with Cisco to attract smaller businesses -- up to 250 employees -- for a cloud-based Wi-Fi managed service. The move combines Cisco Meraki's Wi-Fi technology with real-time monitoring and analytics in a service called CenturyLink Business Wi-Fi.
Revenue rose an average of 2.8% for rural telecoms last year, but operating income fell 3.9%, according to a Telergee Alliance report based on data from 172 of the nation's small telecoms. The accounting firm alliance says companies increased revenue through unregulated services with thin margins that limited profits.
Ciena and Cisco rank as the predominant vendors of 100G and 400G equipment to telecoms for 2017, reports Cignal AI. The market research firm also notes that 400G coherent WDM system shipments are ramping up.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions has brought out the Software Defined Perimeter platform, a managed cybersecurity service incorporating Vidder's application-layer access control software. Gartner's Lawrence Pingree notes that Vidder's technology "requires authentication between two systems with a controller architecture before it allows connectivity to go between them."
Comcast has released its ActiveCore networking platform, which offers support for virtualized network functions, including the company's own SD-WAN offering. SD-WAN has been in beta testing since May to find out how it functions on the ActiveCore platform.
Roku's recent job listings suggest that the company is advancing its research into voice controls, leading some to believe that the company is developing a smart speaker designed to compete with the Amazon Echo -- a claim the company has not confirmed. Separately, the company is gearing up for its initial public offering, with a goal of raising $219 million.