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

Comcast Business ratchets up another customer win

March 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Pittsburg-based Patterson Manufacturing, which is a 150-year-old business that was founded on the banks of the Monongahela River, has picked Internet and cloud-based voice services from Comcast Business. Patterson is using the Comcast Business services to support its engineering, manufacturing, sales and customer service operations. 

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DSA urges FCC to move on opening more unlicensed spectrum

March 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, among whose members are Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, has filed with the FCC advocating that the Commission move ahead with a plan to open more unlicensed spectrum in the U.S. – spectrum that could end up being used for new wireless services in the 600 MHz, 3.5 GHz, and 5 GHz bands.

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Vodaphone to buy Ono in Spain for $10B

March 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

British telecommunications company Vodafone agreed to buy Spain's Ono for about $10 billion as it seeks to expand operations across Europe. The deal is part of a broader trend of mergers and takeovers in Europe, where the mobile industry is split among some 150 major operators crisscrossing national lines — compared to just four in the United States.

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U.S. broadband subscriber growth flat for 2013

March 17, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

While the U.S. market experienced the first-ever net loss of basic video subscribers, the number of broadband subscribers continued to grow, with a net addition of 2.6 million new customers. Cable companies are still signing up the vast majority of new subscribers, according to company results aggregated by Leichtman Research Group (LRG).

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Suddenlink to make $232 million in capital investments across four states

March 17, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications expects to make approximately $232 million in capital investments this year in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. The biggest investment out of the four states is the $140 million that is slated for Suddenlink’s east Texas operation.

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Liberty Global buys rest of VTR

March 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global announced that it has acquired the remaining 20 percent stake in Chile’s largest cable operator for $422 million in Liberty Global stock. Liberty Global bought the outstanding shares in both VTR GlobalCom SpA and VTR Wireless SpA from a subsidiary of Corp Group Holding Inversiones Limitada in exchange for 10.1 million Liberty Global Class C ordinary shares. 

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Report: 2013 a downer for set-top boxes, but gateways strong

March 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The global set-top box market slumped last year, but shipments of cable and satellite video gateways continued to surge. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, the global set-top box market, which included IP, cable, satellite and over-the-top (OTT) media servers, totaled $18 billion last year, which was a 10 percent decline from 2012.

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Review: Uneasy first steps with Google Glass

March 14, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google, like most successful technology companies, dreamers and inventors, likes to take a long view on things. It calls some of its most outlandish projects "moonshots." Besides Glass, these include its driverless car, balloons that deliver Internet service to remote parts of the world and contact lenses that monitor glucose levels in diabetics.

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Video industry racks up first annual overall loss of subscribers

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

How much cord-cutting was there in 2013? Not a lot, apparently. The bottom line for the year was the first industry-wide net loss of video subscribers, though the loss was incredibly modest –only about 105,000 in total. The top multi-channel video providers account for over 94.6 million subscribers.

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Liberty Media drops bid to buy rest of Sirius

March 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

In January, Liberty announced a complex proposal that would have allowed it to obtain full ownership of Sirius. The deal would've valued Sirius at nearly $23 billion. Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement that the company may hold further discussions with Sirius depending on market conditions.

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Rovi hires ex-Arris exec as EVP

March 14, 2014 12:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

John Burke will join Rovi as executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for leading Rovi’s business groups in discovery technologies, including oversight of product management, engineering, office of the CTO, and professional services.

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Mike! Mike! Mike! Guess what day it is!

March 14, 2014 11:33 am | by CED | Comments

              You know what day it is.                                       

Report: Starbucks to test mobile ordering

March 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Starbucks is reportedly set to test a service this year that will customers to order their coffee right from their smartphone. The new feature is part of the company's push to promote its mobile application, according to a report from Bloomberg.

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Smart home market needs more help

March 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In an effort to promote budding broadband-based home management services, HGI and the Broadband Forum are proposing what they’re calling a “universal template” to facilitate interoperability among home devices and smart home applications. The key to the idea is a logical abstraction layer that would be used to provide smart home services to broadband consumers.

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Kit Carson Electric taps Fujitsu for FTTH project

March 13, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has contracted with Fujitsu to be the system integrator for its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project. The network will end up being used not only for Internet access, voice over IP, and eventually video services, but also for a Smart Grid project that KCEC has planned.

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