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AT&T objects to 600 MHz auction rules

April 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is threatening to sit out the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions if the Commission puts in place rules reserving portions of the spectrum for smaller carriers only. The FCC is planning to set aside up to 30 MHz in each market for smaller carriers to bid on once bidding for those markets hits a set threshold.

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A-L to upgrade Elisa's IP/MPLS network

April 17, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Finnish mobile and fixed broadband service provider Elisa has contracted with Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its IP/MPLS network for greater broadband capacity. A-L said it will also supply a full set of services: installation and commissioning, lifecycle program management, operations support and consulting, migration of network elements and services.

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Charter preps for debut of Netgear’s 802.11ac router

April 17, 2014 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ residential customers will see blazing Wi-Fi speeds in their homes when the company debuts a new Netgear router starting May 16. The dual-band router is fueled by latest wireless specification, 802.11ac, which was ratified by the IEEE in January. Charter said the new router was capable of delivering more than the maximum 100 Mbps downstream speed from its Internet Ultra tier throughout subscribers’ homes.

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BHN on next-gen business services path with Cisco

April 17, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has created a path toward a virtualized network and programmable networking with its deployment of Cisco’s Network Convergence System, becoming the first cable operator to deploy Cisco's NCS 6000 router. BHN will support cloud-based, managed services for businesses, such as hosted voice, call center, application and infrastructure-as-a-service. 

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Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip 


April 17, 2014 1:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet company dealt with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google's stock shed more than 5 percent, or $30.94, to hit $525.50 in extended trading after the results were released.

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Vodafone Netherlands working with Entone

April 16, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vodafone Netherlands is partnering with Entone and its systems integration partner, Divitel, to support TV services on its fiber to the home (FTTH) network in the Netherlands. Vodafone’s Thuis service offers a number of television features including Pause Live TV (PLTV), along with a video on demand (VOD) library from public broadcasters, HBO, Videoland, and many others.

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Multichoice taps Clearleap for multi-screen management

April 16, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The African pay-TV provider, which operates services in sub-Saharan Africa, will use the Clearleap products to manage its library of premium live and on-demand video content, then distribute and monetize it across VOD, web portals, apps and more.

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Nagra provides Dish, EchoStar multi-screen protection

April 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network and EchoStar have expanded their security partnership with Nagra to include digital rights management (DRM) for multi-screen services. Dish and EchoStar have deployed the Nagra MediaLive Player (NMP) with Nagra’s MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, which is Nagra’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the Dish Anywhere multi-screen VOD service.

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Lightpath’s fiber tops 7,000 locations in New York metro area

April 16, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, announced it has lit up more than 7,000 locations across its fiber network in the New York metropolitan area with more than 1,000 coming onboard over the past year. Close to half of the new locations were in New Jersey, which represents a burgeoning opportunity for Lightpath’s services to mid-market business and other organizations.

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AT&T puts the bite in Whopper Wi-Fi

April 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Burger King is upgrading to a more robust Wi-Fi platform with the help of AT&T. Diners at the fast food chain will soon be able to log in to “Whopper Wi-Fi” on their smartphones and tablet devices. AT&T said Burger King was the first large-scale customer of its Wi-Fi Ready Zone. 

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Dish to refund $2M to Washington state customers

April 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network Corp. will reimburse Washington state customers about $2 million for a surcharge officials called deceptive, but the satellite TV provider denied wrongdoing in the agreement announced Tuesday by the state attorney general's office. The Colorado-based company also will give existing customers who were charged the fee cash credit or access to free programming and pay the state nearly $570,000.

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Google might use drones for wireless coverage

April 15, 2014 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

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Mediacom accelerates Internet to 305 Mbps

April 15, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new service level, called Mediacom Ultra 305, delivers download speeds nearly triples the company’s previous top broadband rate of 105 Mbps. The company intends to keep the 105 Mbps tier. It has not yet made any revisions to the speeds of its lower tiers, but expects to do so in coming weeks.

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Time Warner Cable develops first RDK-based box with Humax

April 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable used the Reference Design Kit (RDK) to create its first IP set-top box that features its cloud-based navigator. Time Warner Cable said the new box, which is being built by South Korean manufacturer Humax, would be deployed in select markets by the end of this year.

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BHN teams up with CNSG on new channel partner program

April 15, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Bright House Networks signed a strategic channel partnership agreement with Converged Network Services group (CNSG), which is a telecommunications and data center consulting firm and master agent based in Charlotte, N.C. As a Bright House Networks Channel Partner, CNSG’s network of sub-agents and partners will now be able to offer the company’s voice, Internet, and advanced managed services.

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