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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Telstra prepares for software defined networking

August 18, 2014 12:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Telstra is buying optical transport equipment and services from Ericsson, combined with Ciena packet-optical platforms. Telstra’s near term goal is to increase network capacity, but it is also planning to migrate to SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV).

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Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

August 18, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year. David Boies, Gore's attorney, said in a statement that Al Jazeera America "wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago." 

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Report: Internet content providers boost optical spending in North America

August 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks to a surge in spending by Internet content providers in North America, optical spending surged an estimated $40 million in the second quarter of this year. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, Internet content providers, such as Google, helped generate a wave of spending that benefited Adva, BTI and Infinera.

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Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

August 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved. Assange made the comments during a press conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

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New Facebook tracking aimed at helping advertisers understand mobile habits

August 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Facebook already offers targeting, delivery and conversion measurement across devices. With the company's new cross-device report, Facebook said that advertisers will now able to view the devices on which people see ads and the devices on which conversions subsequently occur. 

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Samsung snaps up smart home startup

August 15, 2014 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Samsung Electronics has purchased SmartThings, a start-up that makes a residential hub for connecting smart home appliances, along with small line of such products. Neither company revealed a purchase price. Several media outlets put the tag at about $200 million.

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Report: Cable’s broadband subs out number video for 1st time

August 15, 2014 11:47 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The second quarter proved to be a milestone of sorts for the top cable operators across the nation. For the first time, the number of broadband subscribers exceeded the number of video subscribers among the largest cable operators in the nation, according to a report by Leichtman Research Group.

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Buffett's firm invests in Charter Communications

August 15, 2014 11:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Billionaire Warren Buffett's company has revealed a new stake in Charter Communications Inc. and made several other tweaks to its $108 billion U.S. stock portfolio. Berkshire said it owned 2.3 million shares of cable television provider Charter, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut, at the end of June.

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Mediacom tees up deal to carry SEC Networks

August 14, 2014 5:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

And then there were two. Just prior to Thursday's launch of the SEC Network, Mediacom Communications announced it had reached a carriage agreement with ESPN, which left Cablevision and Verizon FiOS as the remaining large service providers without SEC Network deals. With the deal, Mediacom subscribers, which include viewers in seven SEC states, joined more than 90 million homes across the nation that have access to the SEC Network.

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Adtran paves VDSL2-to-G.fast trail

August 14, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Adtran has introduced a variation of DSL technology that the company says will enable VDSL2 and G.fast to coexist, which would enable DSL carriers to deploy G.fast on a node by node basis, rather than having to upgrade entire markets from VDSL2 to G.fast.

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AT&T’s GigaPower service goes live in Dallas/Fort Worth area

August 14, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Following up on its goal of having its GigaPower offering up and running in Dallas this summer, AT&T announced this morning that the service went live in Dallas, Forth Worth and surrounding cities. In the Dallas area, AT&T is currently offering the 1-Gig service to small businesses and residential subscribers in Highland Park and University Park. 

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RCN joins SEC Network roster

August 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the SEC Network set to make its debut later today, RCN announced this morning that it would be carrying the college sports action via a multi-year distribution agreement between the NCTC and the Walt Disney Company. As of this morning, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS and Mediacom Communications hadn’t struck deals with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.

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Former Charter exec leads SmartHome Ventures into home automation market

August 14, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Led by former Charter Communications executive Ted Schremp, SmartHome Ventures has tossed its hat into the home automation arena. SmartHome Ventures, which was founded last year, is seeking to standout from the rest of the crowded home automation field by offering a low-cost platform that customers can purchase in retail outlets prior to doing self-installs.

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TWC, BHN dive deeper into NBCUniversal TVE pool

August 14, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks can now offer up more TV Everywhere video content from NBCUniversal’s broadcast and cable networks to their subscribers. Time Warner Cable and Bright House authenticated subscribers now have access to live and on demand content from NBCUniversal’s suite of cable networks including USA Network, Syfy, Telemundo, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, and Golf Channel.

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Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

August 14, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations around the world. 

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