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Interop using Taqua's tech to enable VoWiFi

February 23, 2015 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Interop Technologies is adopting Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core and Mobile Client, which will allow Interop to include voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) among the communications features it provides among its cloud-based services.

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FairPoint back to work this week in northern New England

February 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FairPoint Communications workers have a new contract, and they're ready to return to work this week. More than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont report for duty Wednesday for the first time since going on strike four months ago. Officials announced Sunday that they'd ratified a new contract.

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Today in Engineering History: First American Orbits Earth

February 20, 2015 1:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, PD&D, @melfass | Articles | Comments

On this day in 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn circled the globe three times in four hours and 56 minutes aboard the Mercury capsule friendship 7. He reached speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour.

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TIA, Wi-Sun ally on Smart Grid connectivity

February 20, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TIA and Wi-Sun said they will cooperate in areas of mutual interest. One of the specific areas of mutual interest is the proposed TR-51 standard, which is being developed specifically for Smart Utility Networks.

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Comcast revs up NASCAR coverage ahead of Daytona race

February 20, 2015 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Comcast has added some NASCAR-related enhancements to its X1 operating platform as well new NASCAR VOD content. Comcast, which took over as the title sponsor of NASCAR back in September, also expanded its X1 Sports App to include scheduling information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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Level 3 vaults to 2nd place on Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard

February 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Thanks to its acquisition of tw telecom last year, Level 3 has moved into second-place on Vertical System Group’s U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Based on retail port shares, Level 3 was behind top-ranked AT&T but ahead of third-place Verizon.

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Frontier Communications posts 4Q profit

February 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $13.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 4 cents per share.

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What Operators Need to Know About RDK Development

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mark Johnson, senior global product and program manager, Alticast | Articles | Comments

RDK is continuing to mature with each release, but it’s important to understand the architecture and what other functionality an operator might need to complete the offering. A thoughtful approach to building an RDK solution will benefit the operator both during and after deployment, making future support and subsequent releases a much smoother process.

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Small ISPs make case for Title II exemption

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Representatives of the ACA met with members of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau to reiterate its argument that Title II would impose “unwarranted and onerous burdens” on small service providers.

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ABC News app debuts on Xbox Live

February 19, 2015 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

This appears to be the first time a news app has been developed for a game console. Users will gain access to multiple simultaneous streams of live video as well as on-demand content, entertainment news, original programming and highlights from ABC News programs.

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Channels using compression to create more ad space

February 19, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Falling ratings are leading many top cable networks to jam more ads in “to meet audience guarantees made to advertisers and prop up revenue despite falling ad prices,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Cox partners with Cleveland Clinic on digital home health care services

February 19, 2015 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications has formed a joint venture with Cleveland Clinic to further develop in-home healthcare services. The new telehealth and home health services will be offered by the joint venture Vivre Health.

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Mediacom, Discovery ink long-term distribution agreement

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Discovery Communications and Mediacom Communications announced this morning that they’ve renewed their long-term distribution agreement. The latest deal included TV Everywhere rights across multiple platforms for authenticated Mediacom subscribers of Discovery’s 13 networks.

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Malaysia sets up IoT lab for medical apps

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Kontron coordinated the establishment of the research facility in Penang, and enlisted Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as participants. The new lab is part of Malaysia's  Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology program. 

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DirecTV’s 4th-quarter performance tops analysts' expectations

February 19, 2015 12:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV's fourth-quarter results beat analysts' estimates as it added more subscribers in the U.S. The El Segundo, California-based company earned $778 million, or $1.53 per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. That compares with $810 million, or $1.53 per share, a year earlier.

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