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IP Capsule 4-2-08

April 2, 2008 10:25 am | Comments

     April 2 , 2008  CED MAGAZINE    IPso Facto...  

Adding Mobile, From The Ground Up

March 31, 2008 8:45 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

An operations support system (OSS) and a business support system (BSS), in combination with other back office software, is the foundation that a service provider builds a new product upon. After all, there’s no point in having a product you can’t provision, or bill for, or manage.

Understanding Mobile Backhaul

March 31, 2008 8:40 pm | by Randy Eisenach, Market Development Director, Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. | Comments

An understanding of the wireless 2G/3G standards, cell site capacity requirements, and performance metrics (latency, jitter, availability) will ensure cable operators choose the right technology, network, and architecture to implement a successful wireless backhaul business strategy.

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DOCSIS 3.0 Builds Better Business Model

March 31, 2008 8:35 pm | by Peter Percosan, Executive Director of Broadband Strategy, Digital Connected Home Business; and Etai Zaltsman, CTO,Broadband Technology Group, Texas Instruments | Comments

As the deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 picks up steam, the dramatic increase in data transfer speeds of the new specification have garnered the headlines. However, it may end up being the little considered benefits of DOCSIS 3.0 that have the most important impact...

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A Cure For The Installer Blues

March 31, 2008 8:30 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

Cable operators have been striving to fix their collective reputation for miserable customer service, but they have a limited ability to do anything about installations performed by contractors.

INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - CHINA

March 31, 2008 8:25 pm | Comments

In September 2006, the U.S. led China by 5.9 million broadband subscribers. By September 2007, the U.S. lead was cut to only 2.4 million (65.5 million to China’s 63.1 million). China is expected to pass the U.S. in 2008.

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IN PERSPECTIVE: Lingering ghosts

March 31, 2008 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Today, a company can earn respect for innovation, skill, or acumen, but companies are no longer admired as paragons of Yankee know-how, repositories of the can-do spirit, or the vehicles of Progress.

MEMORY LANE: A Moving Story

March 31, 2008 8:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

With prosperity rising, developers developing, cars becoming more affordable and roads becoming more accessible, the percentage of U.S. citizens who changed residences after the end of WWII did what most elements of the post-War U.S. economy did: It grew.

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CICIORA’S CORNER: Display technology evolves

March 31, 2008 8:10 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

It’s hard to believe, but video display technologies continue to accelerate. It’s time again to visit the consumer electronics store and see what’s available and try to figure out what that means for cable.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: Bandwidth management furor

March 31, 2008 8:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The FCC issued a Public Notice on January 13, asking for comments, and held a public hearing near Boston. I took a look at the FCC’s docket file – it had more than 28,000 comments submitted!

xOD Capsule - March 26, 2008

March 25, 2008 8:00 pm | Comments

Cox, Charter team up in Nevada to serve business customers - Charter and Cox listened to their customers in Nevada, and the end result was mutually beneficial for the cable operators and their business clients.

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IP Capsule - March 19, 2008

March 18, 2008 8:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Distribution is a good business for a distributor as long as distributing a product is hard and/or expensive. Distributing video has been both, and the cable industry has thrived doing it, but the process is getting easier and cheaper - bad news for cable, satellite and telco video providers.

IP Capsule - March 05, 2008

March 4, 2008 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo, IP Capsule Editor & CED Magazine Editor | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, Ruckus Wireless demonstrated how easily and reliably it can transmit multiple HD channels using new Wi-Fi technology. The demo so impressed a hall-full of cable's wonkiest at the CableLabs Winter Conference that they voted the Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN System the best new product idea most likely to succeed. Too bad cable won't be able to use it for distributing video in subscribers' homes.

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Three guys walk into a headend... and decide to make careers out of cable

February 29, 2008 7:45 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

The SCTE bestows three awards for engineering excellence every year at its Conference on Emerging Technologies: The Polaris, Star of Integrity, and IP Innovator Awards.

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Cable: Refracted through QAMs

February 29, 2008 7:40 pm | by CED staff | Comments

The 2008 edition of the SCTE Conference on Emerging Technologies offered plenty for cable operators to look forward to years from now, including the possible deployment of 4G wireless broadband technologies, a suggestion for what DOCSIS 4.0 might be...

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