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

Comcast re-ups with CSG

July 31, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has signed a new contract with CSG International that provides the cable operator with CSG’s residential billing services through June 30, 2019. While CSG has worked with Comcast for the past 20 years, the new contract provides the framework for Comcast to consolidate all of its residential business onto CSG’s billing platform.

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Report: Ethernet switch market to close in on $25 billion by 2018

July 31, 2014 3:03 pm | Comments

According to a recent report, the Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market is projected to approach $25 billon by 2018. The report by Dell’Oro Group said a 10 Gigabit Ethernet peak is anticipated before 2018 and then 100 Gigabit Ethernet was expected to become mainstream.

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NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

July 31, 2014 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska ruled from the bench Thursday after hearing oral arguments in Manhattan.

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New video products pump up Charter's Q2

July 31, 2014 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO lost almost half as many video subscribers in its second quarter of 2014 as it did in Q2 2013. Charter has about 60 percent of its footprint converted to all-digital, and is introducing its new Charter Spectrum triple play with more HD channels and a new cloud-based interface it is beginning test.

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Austin next for TWC Maxx upgrade; 7 cities on tap next year

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus outlined several of the company’s top priorities during this morning’s second quarter earnings call, which included the announcement that seven cities are slated to receive TWC Maxx network upgrades next year. TWC Maxx, which features 300 Mbps on the downstream, will touch down in Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego.

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BHN launches Echo to fill in Wi-Fi deadspots

July 31, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks is now offering residential subscribers in its Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas a new service that was designed to eliminate Wi-Fi “dead zones” in homes. The service, which is called “Echo,” is able to expand Wi-Fi into areas of a home that previously had trouble receiving the signals.

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DirecTV 2Q profit climbs 22 percent

July 31, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

DirecTV on Thursday reported profit that rose by 22 percent in its second quarter, helped by demand for World Cup soccer game coverage, and topped analysts' expectations. The El Segundo, California-based company said earnings increased to $806 million, or $1.59 per share, from $660 million, or $1.18 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

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Verizon DMS, thePlatform, form strategic alliance

July 31, 2014 11:42 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Verizon Digital Media Services and thePlatform have combined the former’s suite of video services and the latter’s mpx video-management system to form a system they say performs everything from content management to multi-screen delivery.

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Conviva picks up new client in Europe

July 30, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Wuaki.tv, a European video-on-demand (VOD) provider, is using video analytics and big data processing capabilities from Conviva to deliver a high-quality video streaming experience. The company has deployed Conviva Precision to provide the best multi-screen viewing experience.

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CliIntel helps Midcontinent improve customer care, service windows

July 30, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Midcontinent Communications improved its customer service and operational efficiencies from last year to this year with the aid CliIntel. Midcontinent engaged with CliIntel's professional services team last year to analyze current business metrics and provide optimization opportunities. Midcontinent’s goals included improving the customer experience, exceeding 2014 customer expectations of service and providing ongoing metrics.

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Cha-ching! CoinTerra picks CenturyLink for Bitcoin mining

July 30, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CenturyLink has signed a multi-megawatt data center deal with CoinTerra to host CoinTerra's rapidly growing Bitcoin-mining operations in CenturyLink’s data centers. Austin-based CoinTerra designs, produces and operates hardware and software that power the Bitcoin blockchain ecosystem. 

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Cable vet Simmons joins Cablevision’s board

July 30, 2014 11:57 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable industry pioneer Steve Simmons was elected to Cablevision’s board of directors effective immediately. Simmons joined the board as an independent director and his election increased Cablevision’s board to 18 members. Simmons, 68, has been chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons Patriot Media & Communications since 2002.

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Windstream jumps on new REIT plan

July 30, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Windstream jumped Tuesday after the broadband and communications company said it will move some of its assets into a real estate investment trust, reducing its debts. The Little Rock, Arkansas, company said it hopes to complete a tax-free spinoff of the REIT during the first quarter of 2015. The plan is subject to regulatory approval but Windstream said it has received some guidance from the IRS about the move.

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Sprint swings to profit as subscriber losses slow

July 30, 2014 11:48 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint opened its new fiscal year with a rare quarterly profit. The carrier called a $23 million net income and $519 million operating income the highest in seven years. The black numbers came on fiscal first-quarter earnings per share of $0.01 and revenue of $8.78 billion, both of which exceeded analyst estimates.

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CloudLink secures virtual machines on Azure

July 29, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The solution provides enterprises with control of the encryption keys for both Windows- and Linux-based virtual machines deployed in Azure. The process enables the validation of the integrity of virtual machines before they are allowed to boot.

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