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Report: Ethernet 10G, 100G service revenue will grow 300% by 2018

June 19, 2014 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, revenue from Ethernet services delivered over 10G and 100G will grow 300 percent by 2018. Last year, the combined global Ethernet services and IP MPLS VPN services markets totaled $62.6 billion, up 12 percent from 2012.

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Review: Amazon phone watches you watch it

June 19, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon set out to do something different with the unveiling of its first smartphone Wednesday. How about a completely new way of interacting with your phone, for starters? As part of the showcase of its brand new "Fire Phone," Amazon.com Inc. took the wraps off a feature it calls "dynamic perspective." Turns out, it's more than just a gimmick that allows you to see in 3-D.

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T-Mobile offers iPhone trial, free music streaming

June 19, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Starting Monday, June 23, people can sign up for T-Mobile's Test Drive online. A few days later, they’ll receive an iPhone 5s fully loaded and ready to go. As for streaming music, even after subscribers exhaust their data allotments, they will still stream music for free.

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Pico Digital offering "headend in a box"

June 19, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pico Digital has introduced system that has all the functionality of a headend, all fitting into a 5-RU space. The company said it designed the system for multiple dwelling units (MDU), headend in the sky (HITS) operations, and the hospitality industry.

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Consumer Reports: Majority of consumers give thumbs down on TWC/Comcast deal

June 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a new opinion poll released this morning by the Consumer Reports National Resource Center, most citizens are against the proposed coupling of Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The poll showed that 11 percent of the public supported the merger, 56 percent opposed it and 32 percent had no opinion either way.

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Midcontinent turns up 200 Mbps tier

June 19, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications doubled the speeds on most of its data tiers, which included the debut of a 200 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up service. The speed increases were system-wide—without price increases—except in remote areas within Midcontinent’s footprint of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

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T-Mobile jumps into music streaming with 'unRadio'

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

T-Mobile is jumping into the music streaming game with a price and a package of features that set it apart. At its "Un-carrier" event Wednesday, the fourth-ranked mobile carrier said customers of its Simple Choice plan will be able to stream music from popular services like Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio and Slacker without it eating into their high-speed data caps.

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Amazon ties new 4.7-inch phone to its services

June 19, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that seeks to help consumers locate and purchase products and services from the nation's largest e-commerce company. The Fire phone comes with audio and object recognition technology, known as Firefly, to guide users to Amazon's stores.

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Fifty Years

June 18, 2014 8:00 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora's Corner: I got a shocking call. I was asked if I would be willing to serve on my college class’ 50th anniversary celebration committee. What? Or as my pilot and ham radio friends would say: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?" Fifty years! That cannot be! But it is! That brings back a flood of old memories.

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A rational way to deliver video description audio

June 18, 2014 7:52 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Capital Currents: I’ve written before about the problems of delivering the video description audio track to legacy cable set-top boxes. Now the cable industry seems to have figured out how to transition to a more rational approach. We’ll see if broadcasters are willing to go along.

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YouTube to launch music service that incenses indies

June 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The video site is adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube, and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists," but a small number of independent artists who had not agreed to new deal terms will have their videos blocked in some countries starting in a few days, even on the free version of YouTube.

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GVTC deploys gigabit network in San Antonio suburbs

June 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

GVTC Communications has deployed the Calix E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for the GVTC GigaRegion fiber network that stretches across three cities just north of San Antonio, Tex.

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Spirent develops 400G tester

June 18, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a development that has ramifications even for CMTS traffic, Spirent has been working with Huawei’s NE5000E core router, which incorporates Xilinx processors, to verify the Spirent 400G Ethernet Test System. The tester works for evaluating 400G systems, ISO layers 1 through 3.

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CenturyLink boots up cloud-based managed services

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink is now offering cloud-based, on-demand managed services to businesses. With the CenturyLink Cloud platform, businesses can tap into managed services — including web servers, middleware, directory services and database applications, along with operating systems — with pay-by-the hour billing.

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Raleigh OKs AT&T’s GigaPower service

June 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has checked Raleigh off its list of North Carolina cities that have ratified the deployment of its fiber-based GigaPower service. AT&T has been working with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to deploy its 1 Gbps service across six cities in the area

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