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Software upgrade jumps Cisco’s CMTS downstream count

September 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco's new 6 Gigabit Shared Port Adapter (6G SPA) is a software upgrade of the 3G SPA line card for its uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router CMTS. With the upgrade, the number of downstream channels available for the uBR10K jumps from a total of 1,152 to 1,728, without any additional rack space.

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Carrier grade Wi-Fi poised for liftoff

September 23, 2014 8:22 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With Wi-Fi access points multiplying exponentially, service providers need to find better ways to manage their networks while providing the best user experience possible. During the SCTE’s pre-conference symposium on Monday, CableLab’s Mark Poletti and ZCorum’s Scott Helms went over how to build better Wi-Fi networks, both in public places and in customers’ homes.

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Cordova re-elected chairman of SCTE board

September 23, 2014 8:11 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced at the Cable-Tec Expo show in Denver that Sudddenlink chief technology officer and executive vice president Terry Cordova was re-elected chairman of the board for the upcoming 2014-2015 term. During the meeting, the board thanked Mike LaJoie, executive president and CTO of Time Warner Cable, for his service, including two years as chair.

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RFMD expands GaN amp line for DOCSIS 3.0 networks

September 22, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The newest addition to RFMD's product portfolio for DOCSIS 3.1 includes power doubler amplifiers, push pull amplifiers, optical receivers, a reverse path amplifier, and a family of digital step attenuators. With the addition of these new products, RFMD now offers more than 25 products tailored for DOCSIS 3.1 applications.

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Pico Digital introduces new miniCMTS

September 22, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pico Digital introduced what it’s calling a miniCMTS, optimized for multi-family residential applications, private networks, and small cable providers. The company’s aim was to provide a rich feature set at a low price point. It can support up to 400 DOCSIS cable modems, DOCSIS 2.0, or a mix of 2.0 and 3.0.

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FourthWall preparing set-top monitoring system

September 22, 2014 11:25 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Precision Diagnostics will collect a range of set-top box data, including Model Info, current status of STB, signal frequencies and signal levels, and much more, and constantly monitors equipment to make sure it's functioning correctly.

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Moving Cable to the Cloud

September 22, 2014 10:16 am | by Susan Crouse, Director of Product Management | White Papers

Development of new business models is being driven by changes in consumer viewing habits and new technologies comprising an anytime, anywhere aggregate viewer experience.Pay-TV operators, are uniquely positioned to deliver powerful cloud-based solutions that address content source selection, service delivery and user interface presentation.In adopting the cloud model, the operator's focus shifts from installation and maintenance of a large hardware infrastructure to management of virtual resources through software paradigms.

Alaska’s GCI connects with T-Mobile on roaming

September 19, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI, which is the largest triple play provider in Alaska, has inked an LTE roaming agreement with T-Mobile that provides its wireless customers access to an LTE network from Fairbanks, Alaska to Miami, Florida. While roaming agreements across the country are nothing new, GCI said the deal with T-Mobile was the nation’s first LTE roaming partnership. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released.

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Cox names Wolfe SVP, Southwest region manager

September 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced that it has named John Wolfe as senior vice president and Southwest region manager, which is Cox’s largest region in the nation and includes Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Wolfe, who has logged nearly 30 years in the cable industry, came over to the Southwest from Cox's Northeast region, where he served as the senior vice president and region manager.

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Alibaba poised to surge on the NYSE

September 19, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba will say "open sesame" to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, as its shares begin trading in a highly anticipated debut that could raise up to $25 billion. The company priced its initial public offering of stock Thursday evening at $68 per share, the top end of the expected price range, according to Alibaba.

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End of era: Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies. With the changing of the guard announced Thursday, Ellison will be handing over his job to his two top lieutenants, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, who become co-CEOs.

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Behind the curtain: How Comcast drives VOD usage

September 18, 2014 8:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Special events like Watchathon help Comcast’s more than 20 million video subscribers drill down into its 50,000 video assets on their set-top boxes, 400,000 online assets and the 20,000 pieces of video that are available via its Xfinity Go App. The stunts also help move the TV Everywhere ball forward.

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Small cells: Recognizing the opportunities, meeting the challenges

September 18, 2014 8:03 pm | by Ed Myers, vice president of telecommunications and sales, Parallel Infrastructure | Articles | Comments

The wireless data revolution and its impact is analogous to Boyle’s Law, which states that a gas will expand to fill the available space. The same can be said for a data network. The more throughput available, the more uses people will find to fill up that pipe.

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The role of tech hobbies

September 18, 2014 7:46 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora’s corner: An enthusiastic technologist is likely to be much more productive, innovative, and engaged. He or she will likely enjoy the job to a higher degree and perform better. Genuine enthusiasm for technology cannot be contained. It spills over into hobbies and other activities.

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The people of Expo 2014

September 18, 2014 7:39 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Engineering-wise: As we approach SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, the face of cable innovation has evolved into a holistic approach to service delivery. The tactical solutions of the early days have long given way to strategic approaches and the recognition that making the right decisions today can enable delivery of multiple services tomorrow.

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WiFi - The Next 15 Years Bring Higher Expectations

September 18, 2014 7:33 pm | by Justin Colwell, Vice President, network technology, CableLabs. | Articles | Comments

This year, Wi-Fi celebrates its 15th birthday with a number of important milestones: more than 2 billion chipsets sold per year, exceeding the Gbps milestone with 802.11ac, and the first commercial launch of Passpoint/ HotSpot 2.0. Cisco estimates by 2015 more than half of the world’s Internet traffic will be carried by Wi-Fi.

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