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Assia smooths the path to vectored VDSL

April 26, 2013 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo CED Product Releases | Comments

Assia has upgraded its management and optimization software to enable VDSL providers to introduce vectored VDSL gradually, as market demand merits. The software suite also gives VDSL companies the tools to handle common noise impairments.

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Ikanos vectored VDSL chip ready for action

April 26, 2013 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo CED Product Releases | Comments

Ikanos Communications said it has completed OEM and carrier lab trials, and has notched its first design win, for its Velocity-3 NodeScale Vectoring VDSL chipset, which has demonstrated the ability to deliver data rates of up to 110 Mbps up on loops up to about 1,500 feet, across all its 192 ports.

Comcast bows faster gateway; doubles speeds on 2 data tiers

April 26, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has leveraged MoCA 2.0 and the 5.0 GHz frequency on its new wireless gateway that features speeds of up to 270 Mbps. According to research by Allion USA, Comcast’s new gateway more than tripled the speeds of competing wireless gateways from AT&T and Verizon.

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AT&T locks up home automation deployments

April 26, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today, AT&T’s home automation and security service, which it calls Digital Life, is available in 15 cities across the nation. AT&T said in January that it planned on launching Digital Life in March to eight cities, but delayed the launch until this month in order to offer the service in more markets.

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Time Warner Cable’s 1Q profit driven by business services

April 25, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

An increase in Time Warner Cable’s business services revenue helped the cable operator’s bottom line in the first quarter, but the nation’s second-largest cable operator continued to bleed out basic video subscribers. For the quarter, Time Warner Cable lost 119,000 basic video subscribers, which were more than the 91,000 that analysts had projected.

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TWC boots up free Wi-Fi in Austin

April 25, 2013 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started to deploy its Wi-Fi service, which is called TWC WiFi,  to its subscribers in Austin, Texas. There are currently several dozen access points deployed in Austin to date, but the cable operator plans on having up to 1,000 go live this year.

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Media: Bright House Networks preps 90 Mbps D3 tier

April 25, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks subscribers in Tampa and Central Florida will be able to tap into a new DOCSIS 3.0-based tier that features up to 90 Mbps on the downstream and 10 Mbps up. Bright House Networks is currently letting customers sign up for its Lightning 90 service.

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Comcast, EcoFactor win home automation award

April 25, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation vendor EcoFactor recently won an award from GTM Research for working with Comcast on the cable operator’s Xfinity Home service. Last year EcoFactor integrated its SaaS infrastructure with Comcast to provide Xfinity Home subscribers monthly HVAC savings on their energy bills.

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SCTE adds standard for ad zapping

April 24, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE has published a new standard that covers the ability of programmers and operators to control fast forwarding on-demand content.  “Stream Restriction Data Model” documents how the industry can to selectively enable or disable Fast Forwarding in on-demand content and advertising.

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ActiveVideo taps Brockman as CTO

April 24, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ActiveVideo has promoted Ronald Brockmann to CTO. The position has been open since Rogers Communications hired away ActiveVideo’s previous CTO, John Callahan, almost a year ago. Brockmann was working for Avinity Systems when ActiveVideo acquired it three years ago.

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Bright House Networks, Verizon Wireless ring up 4 more markets

April 24, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Bright House Networks’ cross-promotional bundles have rolled into four more markets; Bakersfield, Calif., Birmingham, Ala., Indianapolis and Detroit. The latest launches of the joint marketing effort followed up on the initial launch in Orlando late last year

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RCN partners up to enable free Wi-Fi service in Boston

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business Services has forged a partnership with two other companies that will enable free Wi-Fi access in the Boston area. RCN’s piece of the puzzle is providing the backhaul necessary to connect the small cells to the core network. 

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Cable One spending $60 million on upgrade

April 24, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One is spending $60 million on a infrastructure enhancement, which includes upgrading nearly 50,000 amps, installing more than 600 nodes, replacing 800 miles of cable and adding 600 miles of fiber. The project started last year and will continue through next year.

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Netflix scores big with original programs

April 23, 2013 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Netflix's move to compete against traditional cable-TV channels with original programming is pulling in more subscribers to its Internet video service and winning back investors who doubted the company's ability to cultivate distinctive entertainment. First quarter results prove it.

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CBS invests in Aereo alternative

April 23, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. says it has made a minority investment in Syncbak, a technology company that allows mobile device users to pick up signals from their local TV stations over the Internet. The broadcaster said it would like to work closely with cable, satellite and telecommunications companies on building the capability.

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