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LTE broadband sees global growth; gigabit broadband's fiscal perk

In telecom news, LTE broadband is seeing global growth in deployments and subscriptions, while communities with gigabit broadband are seeing financial benefits.

This week in telecom news, Ovum's update to the World Cellular Data Metrics report forecasts significant growth for LTE broadband. LTE broadband subscriptions are estimated to reach two billion by 2019. Meanwhile, a report from the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas and the Analysis Group found that communities with widely available gigabit broadband gain financial benefits. The benefits range from infrastructure investment to job creation.

Verizon released its data breach investigation report for 2014 and found that most data breaches can be attributed to nine attack patterns. Verizon hopes that industries can analyze the attack patterns most likely to affect them and prevent future attacks.

Global LTE broadband subscriptions to reach two billion

Global LTE mobile broadband subscriptions reached 250 million in the first quarter of 2014 and are expected to reach two billion by 2019, according to Ovum's update to the World Cellular Data Metrics report.

"Ovum forecasts the number of LTE subscriptions globally to exceed two billion by 2019, accounting for 25% of mobile broadband subscriptions," said Thecla Mbongue, senior analyst for Ovum. "By that time, one in three people will use an LTE device."

The U.S. leads the global LTE market, accounting for 35% of global LTE subscriptions. Verizon and AT&T are the top two mobile LTE operators, with Verizon covering 93% of the U.S. and AT&T covering 87%. While there were no major LTE launches in the U.S. so far in 2014, mobile operators continue to expand. Sprint and T-Mobile have been aggressively expanding their LTE networks, Ovum reported. As of June 2014, Sprint covered 70% of the U.S. and in July 2014, T-Mobile covered 71%.

"The increased availability and affordability of LTE-capable devices is a major growth driver," Mbongue said. In emerging markets, LTE adoption has been slow because of issues like limited coverage and prepaid phones. However, future growth will be fueled by the availability of affordable devices and increased deployments.

Globally, there are 96 LTE networks in Europe and 17 LTE deployments in the Middle East. Africa saw 22 LTE deployments in 2014, and the Asia-Pacific region had 34 LTE deployments.

Study shows gigabit services lead to economic benefits

In a new study released by the FTTH Council Americas found that communities with widely available gigabit services have 1.1% higher per capita gross domestic product (GDP) than communities with little or no availability of gigabit services.

The study was conducted by the Analysis Group and examined 55 communities in nine states, 14 of which had widely available gigabit services since 2011.

"In dollar terms, this suggests that the 14 gigabit broadband communities enjoyed approximately $1.4 billion in additional GDP when gigabit broadband became widely available," said FTTH Council president Heather B. Gold in a press release. "As we look at these study results, we can clearly conclude that every community should be a gigabit community."

The study found the financial benefits of gigabit services were in infrastructure investment and increased expenditures and in shifts in economic activity like job creation. The study cited that gigabit broadband service in Chattanooga, Tenn. has been attributed to the creation of 1,000 jobs, increased investment and bringing a new population of computer programmers, entrepreneurs and investors to gigabit broadband.

The study suggested that the 41 communities that didn't have widely available gigabit broadband services experienced "foregone GDP in 2012 of as much as $3.3 billion."

Verizon security report shows data breach patterns

Verizon latest report on data breaches found nine patterns that describe the majority of data breaches. The report also found that the nine patterns describe 94% of confirmed data breaches in 2013.

The patterns, according to the 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, were POS intrusions, Web app attacks, insider misuse, physical theft/loss, miscellaneous errors, crimeware, card skimmers, denial of service attacks and cyberespionage. The report examined 63,437 security incidents from 50 organizations across 95 countries.

The majority of breaches in 2013 were Web application attacks, with 3,937 total incidents and 490 confirmed data disclosures. The top industries targeted in these attacks were utilities, information, manufacturing and retail.

Verizon security analyst Marc Spitler discussed the report's findings in a webinar and said there is nothing random about the type of attack that affects an industry.

For example, insider misuse happens when current or former employees use their privileges to access data and most often occurs in industries including real estate and the public sector. Spitler said 85% of misuse attacks happen across the corporate LAN and can be mitigated by better monitoring authorized access.

"Look at patterns and make sure what you're doing on your roadmap addresses these patterns," Spitler said.

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