The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced that Cox Communications executive vice president and CTO Kevin Hart will be the keynote speaker at its SCTE SEMI (Smart Energy Management Initiative) Forum 2013 in April.
Verizon Communications said it has transferred $7.5 billion in pension obligations to Prudential Insurance after a retiree association failed to convince a court to stop the move. Members of the Association of BellTel Retirees sued to stop the deal.
Belden continued its expansion into the broadband space with an acquisition of privately held PPC for $515.7 million. For the last few years, Belden has been expanding out of its origins in broadcast equipment into other areas of the communications market.
Huawei announced a move to set up shop on Nokia's home turf. The Chinese company says it will invest $90 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland. The move will add to its existing R&D deployments.
Microsoft is rolling out dozens of new apps for the Xbox 360, building on statistics that show members of its paid online subscription service spend more time on it watching video than they do playing multi-player games over the Internet.
Many of the billing platforms currently used by smaller operators are not equipped to manage the complexity associated with product catalogs for commercial accounts, according to Cycle30, the billing services company spun out of GCI several years back.
Avvasi has introduced a new system network operators can use to actively adjust the quality of video – per subscriber and per device. While the system could be used by any broadband provider, Avvasi’s new product (like its previous products) are aimed at LTE network operators.
Version 4.2 of Imagine’s ICE Video Platform aims to increase service resiliency with input source redundancy based on PID loss, service degradation and continuity count errors. It also provides a full mesh output for ensuring no one physical point of failure within the platform.
Comcast’s X1 platform, which was originally called “Xcalibur” internally, represents the future of video because it combines cloud-based navigation, personalization and search functions, and an interactive programming guide with customized apps and social media features.
The base layer of the RDK stack is comprised of the system-on-a-chip companies, such as Broadcom and Entropic, which do the basic porting to make sure the RDK works on their platforms. The end result is a shortened development cycler for set-top boxes.
Comcast Business Services has hired former XO Communications executive William “Billy” Becker as its director of enterprise sales for the company’s Beltway Region, which serves Maryland, southern Delaware, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and portions of West Virginia and North Carolina.
The back and forth between Dish Network and Sprint continued, as Dish Network submitted an ex parte filing that blasts Sprint's suggestion that the FCC do more to protect the H-block from being interfered with by Dish's AWS-4 spectrum.
Europe's largest chipmaker, STMicroelectronics, said it plans to exit its money-losing joint venture ST-Ericsson as it struggles to manage a downturn in global demand. Swiss-based STMicroelectronics said it is negotiating "exit options" from ST-Ericsson.
The global connected device market continues to grow, according to the latest numbers from IDC Research. Shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones as a collective grew 27 percent annually in the third quarter of 2012, hitting a record 303.6 million shipments valued at $140.4 billion.
The cost of Cablevision’s video and voice services will remain the same, and the price increase doesn’t apply to subscribers who are currently part of a promotional package, but the new pricing will go into effect once a customer’s promotion ends.