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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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DRM evolving but still a work in progress

September 23, 2014 1:10 am | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | News | Comments

From Cable-Tec Expo: For DRM to take its rightful place at the top of the content security pyramid, there must be a convergence of creative new business models and enabling technologies, and all with the changing expectations of the consumer in mind.

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Just moving to D3.1 modems can be a huge benefit

September 23, 2014 12:48 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

From Cable-Tec Expo: Thirty percent of QAMs would be able to go to 2048 QAM without doing anything to your network. “Take your system, with no changes except putting in 3.1, you can get a 46 percent expansion of capacity over the DOCSIS 3.0 network.”

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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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VeEX adds OTDR functions to 10G multi-service tester

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The TX300S integrates a set of physical layer optical test tools, including a full featured OTDR, a power meter, a light source and a visual fault locator. Fiber inspection probes provide end face analysis according to IEC standards ensuring connectors will not be a potential source of problems or system outage.

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RFMD expands GaN amp line for DOCSIS 3.1 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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