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Vonage buys Telesphere Networks for $114 million

November 6, 2014 11:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. said it plans to buy privately held Telesphere Networks for $114 million. Telesphere, based in Phoenix, provides video conferencing and cloud-computing for small businesses. It's expected to have revenue of about $40 million this year, Vonage said.

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Dish optimistic its mobile broadband will be “real business”

November 5, 2014 1:56 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish Network is “cautiously optimistic” that the fixed-mobile broadband trials it’s currently running with Sprint and nTelos will turn into a “real business.” Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said those trials and other opportunities have the satellite-TV provider well-positioned for growth.

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Telefonica Argentina, VimpelCom throw more business Amdocs' way

November 5, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Telefónica Argentina has awarded a follow-on contract to Amdocs to manage a range of its business support systems applications. Separately, another customer, OJSC VimpelCom in Russia, has turned to Amdocs again, this time for Customer Management for its call centers.

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Report: OTT use will increase household bandwidth 31 percent annually

November 5, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report. The report, which was commissioned by Ciena and conducted by ACG Research, said that peak hour average usage per household would increase from 2.9 Mbps this year to 7.3 Mbps in 2018. 

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Comcast hires former Yahoo exec to lead multicultural services

November 5, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Cable has hired former Yahoo executive Javier Garcia to the positions of vice president and general manager, multicultural services. In his new job, Garcia will report to Marcien Jenckes, executive vice president of consumer services for Comcast Cable. He’ll be responsible for directing, designing and implementing Comcast’s multicultural services strategy across all of its Xfinity products.

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Liberty Media finishes Liberty Broadband spinoff

November 5, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Media company Liberty Media has completed its spinoff of Liberty Broadband into a separate, publicly traded company. The spinoff includes Liberty Media's interest in the cable TV provider Charter Communications, its subsidiary TruePosition and its interest in another cable company, Time Warner Cable.

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Shy bladder group protests DirecTV ad

November 5, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Shy bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a "painfully awkward" actor Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public. Part of a campaign to encourage people to switch from cable, the ad features two Lowes: a handsome one in a slick suit who claims to be a DirecTV customer, and a goofy-looking Lowe wearing a fanny pack with his hair parted in the middle. 

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Incognito automates IP address management functions

November 4, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The ongoing transition from IPv4 to IPv6 only complicates IP address management. Incognito Software Systems has updated its Address Commander software to streamline and automate IP address assignment. This version also includes network-wide device discovery and problematic assignment management.

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Dish turns in uninspiring Q3 results

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Dish Network reported a modest uptick in third quarter revenue, less than half the profit, a modest decline in subscribership for its video service, and a minimal increase for broadband. With the video market is saturated, the company is widely seen as treading water.

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Google boots up superfast Wi-Fi at KC Starbucks

November 4, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Google has added a triple shot of Wi-Fi speed to a Starbucks store in Kansas City now that the store has been connected directly to the Google Fiber network. The Starbucks located at the corner of 41St and Main Street in Kansas City was the first out of the gates to tap into Google’s fiber network. 

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Cable One taps into CSG’s next-gen billing platform

November 4, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable One is up and running with the latest iteration of CSG International’s customer care and billing platform. Cable One is using CSG in support of its video, voice and data services for both business and residential customers. 

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Discovery tops 3Q profit forecasts

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $280 million. On a per-share basis, the Silver Spring, Maryland-based company said it had net income of 41 cents. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were 46 cents per share.

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American Express intros NFC, HCE mobile payments suite

November 3, 2014 1:57 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

American Express will now be able to replace traditional 16-digit account numbers with “tokens” used to authenticate online purchased and mobile payments made via NFC-enabled devices. This system means consumer account information won’t be stored with merchants and also allows for tokens to be assigned to specific merchants or payment types.

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Rovi buys startup Fanhattan for undisclosed sum

November 3, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Rovi will be jumping into the CPE business, acquiring startup Fanhattan, which used its expertise in guide and recommendation technology as a launchpad for a set-top that combines linear, on demand, and OTT content. The companies did not disclose the purchase price.

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Carnival floats promise of faster Wi-Fi

November 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Carnival said will offer a long-range, broadband wireless Internet network on all of its 101 ships across nine cruise line brands. The cruise ship company says WiFi@Sea will use a combination of  land-based antennas installed along cruise routes, Wi-Fi from a port connection, and advanced satellites to offer onboard Internet.

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