The Finley Communique, March 2017


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March 2017

Fitbit, Apple Tops in Wearables

Fitness trackers have been proving themselves to be popular among smartphone users, and a bright spot in what has otherwise been slower than anticipated consumer uptake and use of connected wearables. When it comes to wearable brand recognition, Fitbit and Apple are ahead of the pack, according to new research from ReportLinker.    


ONF Open Innovation Pipeline Launched for SDN, NFV, and Cloud Solutions

The pending merger of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) is progressing amidst growing testing and deployment of commercial software-defined networking (SDN) technology by telecom carriers and networking industry participants. As alignment of the two industry associations’ strategic goals and resources proceeds during the final stages of the merger process, ONF just announced the launch of its Open Innovation Pipeline.machine (M2M) is forecast to increase 15 percent year over year to 20 billion this year, the market research provider notes in a press release. 


IDE: North America to Comprise 40 Percent of Global IT Spending to 2020

Global IT spending on products and services will grow 3.5 percent year-over-year in 2017 to total nearly $2.4 trillion, according to an IDC Semiannual IT Spending Guide update. Looking ahead to 2020, global IT spending will grow to nearly $2.65 trillion, a CAGR of 3.3 percent from 2015-2020.


Finley Clients Receive Broadband Infrastructure Grants

Finley Engineering Company joins in celebration with our Minnesota clients receiving Broadband Infrastructure Grants. The grants, totaling $34 million, are expected to provide affordable high-speed internet access to more than 16,000 households and 2,200 businesses throughout the state.



5G: It will be here before you know it.


Activity regarding the next generation of wireless, 5G, is building significant momentum. Several tier one carriers have already announced pre-standard trials and there are projections that 5G will be widely available by as early as 2020 – just 3 ½ short years away. 

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Finley Engineering experts will be attending the following upcoming events. For a complete list of events, visit our website We hope to see you there!        

March / April Shows

Minnesota Telecom Alliance Annual Convention - MTA

Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives - AMEC 

Western Telecom Alliance - WTA Spring

Rural Broadband Council - RBC

IP Vision Show - IP Vision

Common Ground Alliance - CGA

Missouri Telecommunication Industry Association - MTIA Spring Expo


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