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TDS expands VoIP reach with Bandwidth

June 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom is pushing its VoIP service for businesses beyond its traditional CLEC footprint by teaming up with vendor Bandwidth. The expanded service will connect corporate headquarters, branch offices and teleworkers in single or multiple state locations. 

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Netflix to stop posting notices that irked Verizon

June 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press, wireless, cable | News | Comments

Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service. The decision, announced in a Monday blog post, follows a legal threat issued by Verizon last week.

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Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever

June 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Nearly 40 percent of Facebook's 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer. On Tuesday, the world's biggest online social network is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup, which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.

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Bellville lands post with Hitachi Consulting

June 10, 2014 12:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In her new job, Bellville will be supporting not only cable operators but the entire broadband community – including programmers and content providers, as they plan new product launches, consider mergers and acquisitions, and make other investments.

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Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

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Amtrak opens bidding for Wi-Fi network

June 9, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amtrak is looking for proposals on how to upgrade its on-board Wi-Fi service on trains running the Northeast Corridor. The goal is to increase available bandwidth per train from the currently available 10Mbps to a minimum of 25 Mbps. The company is soliciting bids for a proof-of-concept project.

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Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

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Report: 802.11ac starting to push WLAN market

June 9, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite a downward dip in revenue in the first quarter, the wireless LAN equipment market is on a roll, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research. The global wireless LAN equipment market saw its first down quarter since the end of 2012, with revenue shrinking 11 percent sequentially in the first quarter of this year to $1.1 billion. Overall, the market was up 3 percent from the same period a year ago.

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Arris notches another CCAP win

June 9, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers. By deploying Arris’ E6000, which is based on the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP), Liwest said it was future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service down the road.

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Report: Apple Teaming with AT&T, T-Mobile for Prepaid Push in Retail Stores

June 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple will reportedly partner up with AT&T and T-Mobile in order to offer prepaid account activations for iPhones purchased in Apple’s retail stores. 9to5Mac said Apple Stores will begin stocking AT&T GoPhone SIMs and activations kits and T-Mobile SIMs, allowing customers to buy full-price iPhones and walk out of the store with a connected device. 

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China Mobile to take stake in Thailand's True

June 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China Mobile Ltd. has agreed to buy an 18 percent stake in Thai telecommunications and cable TV company True Corp. for $880 million, the highest profile corporate deal announced in Thailand since the military sized power in a May 22 coup. True said Monday that the investment by the state-owned Chinese company is part of a 65 billion baht ($2 billion) share issue that will mainly be used to reduce the Thai company's debt.

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Oliver's Army

June 6, 2014 6:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

John Oliver’s rant about network neutrality early this week was impassioned, entertaining, and, in the end, completely wrong about what network neutrality is and how it works. But that may well end up being irrelevant for a couple of reasons.

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Vodaphone: Some governments can access networks directly

June 6, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's largest cellphone companies on Friday revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access its network without seeking permission.

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Telus to personalize VOD recommendations with UXP

June 6, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telus is implementing software from UXP Systems to help it personalize video on demand recommendations on its Optik TV Service. Telus will use UXP’s Mint platform to create a unique video experience for each member of its customer households.

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Videotron unleashes ‘revolutionary’ iPad app

June 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a press release that seemingly just lacked legendary hype man Flavor Flav, Videotron unveiled its new “revolutionary” iPad app this week with features such as customized search recommendations and social media integration. Videotron developed the newest version of its illico app for iPad, which it claimed was a first in Canada.

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