All headend powering equipment by Alpha Technologies now meets or exceeds the requirements of the SCTE 186 standard, which outlines physical, environmental, electrical and sustainability requirements for equipment deployed in headends, hub sites, and data centers, all with the goal of making MSOs’ operations more energy efficient.
The Nexus player ordinarily sells for $99. Google is temporarily halving the price if the customer also pays for three months of Sling TV. Sling TV and Google are also allowing potential Sling TV subscribers to sample the service on their Nexus Player for free for seven days.
Called Kandy, the offering essentially makes Genband, via Kandy and Amazon Cloud services, the service provider for an MSO’s residential voice social network, delivering multi-phone voice, messaging, video and even faxing capabilities to an unlimited number of users.
A properly executed cable Voice-over-Wi-Fi service could “make a dent” in traditional cellular business, panelists Genband’s Perspectives15 conference in Orlando agreed, before citing a number of qualifiers that MSOs would need to meet in order to accomplish effective competition.
Spotify announced it will offer ad-supported streaming video content, which includes podcasts and original content, confirming earlier reports that it would do so.
With an argument that splits hairs with a fine razor, Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon claiming that its rival’s advertising claim that FiOS is “100 percent fiber,” is false.
VoiSelect is based on Alianza’s Cloud Voice technology, and ZCorum is providing digital voice and managed services. Service operators can use it to provide both residential and commercial voice services.
The problem is existing infrastructure. While Verizon would like to move its central offices to fiber, only seven of multiple thousands have moved away from copper. Even Verizon’s FiOS, “the world’s largest fiber deployment,” still operates parallel networks of copper and fiber because some customers won’t surrender their copper-based services.
Telephone service providers who ignore the revenue streams flowing from existing voice services are missing out on a steady stream of money that can finance an all-IP network, Richard Shockey, chairman of the board of the SIP Forum told a telco-centric crowd at Genband’s Perspectives15 conference.
The deal is valued at $6.7 billion. Altice promised better, more efficient customer relations, tougher negotiations with equipment suppliers, and consumption-based pricing on broadband. Suddenlink CEO Jerry Kent will retire from the company.
As Verizon pegs video as the source of 53 percent of all its data traffic, CFO Fran Shammo said the AOL buy was important because it provides an ad-insertion platform that will allow it to provide subsidized video content.
MediaMelon has introduced an enhancement to adaptive bitrate technology it says can lower bitrate requirements for video streaming by an average of 35 percent. The startup is currently working with Deluxe OnDemand to implement the technology.
Charter Communications and Bright House Networks’ parent Advance/Newhouse “remain committed to completing their previously announced transaction on the same economic and governance terms.”
Sprint and Google are among 22 new members of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Operator members serve over 1 billion subscribers, and manage over 10 million hotspots in total.
Bright House Networks signed a five year agreement to provide internet, and voice services to St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute locations in Tampa Bay, FL.