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

CommScope scores two UK-based wireless businesses

July 1, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CommScope increased its already large portfolio of telecommunications products and services by completing a deal with United Kingdom-based Alifabs Group. Without disclosing any of the financial details other than it paid cash, CommScope bought the Alifabs cabinets and ancillaries unit in Yorkshire, England and the Alifabs design and construction business in Guildford, England. 

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VeEX nabs Agizer, Optixsoft

July 1, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Test and measurement vendor VeEX announced this morning that it had completed a deal to buy Optixsoft and Agizer, which are respectively based in Belarus and Lithuania. Optixsoft is a software company that focuses on system and mobile software for OTDR analysis and cloud-based solutions for the management of fiber optic testing activities. Agizer is a developer and manufacturer of fiber optic test and measurement solutions.

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San Fran, San Jose, connect public Wi-Fi networks

June 30, 2014 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The two cities are working with Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach Technology to create a service based on HotSpot 2.0, which will visitors and residents to automatically and securely connect to and roam – seamlessly when moving from adjacent public access points.

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Lightpath adds managed videoconferencing service

June 30, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The cloud-based service provides virtual meeting rooms and managed video services that enable mid-market and large businesses to conference and connect with up to 25 attendees worldwide from nearly any device. Lightpath will design and install videoconferencing systems for their customers.

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Charter teams with Recruit Military to hire more veterans

June 30, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications has broadened its outreach to the nation’s military veterans through a new partnership with Recruit Military. Recruit Military is a full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm for all branches and ranks of the armed forces. Its services are provided for free to veterans.

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SCTE hires Stoneback as senior director of engineering

June 30, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that it had hired cable industry veteran Dean Stoneback as senior director of engineering. Before joining the SCTE, Stoneback served as senior technical marketing manager at Arris, and as senior manager, systems engineering, at Motorola prior to its acquisition by Arris.

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Alticast hires former TWC engineer Helms

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

Multi-screen vendor Alticast announced today that it had hired former Time Warner Cable engineer Bill Helms as the company’s chief architect and senior vice president of technology. In his new job, Helms reports to Alticast chief technical officer John Carlucci, whose cable career also included a stop at Time Warner Cable.

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Aereo suspends service after Supreme Court ruling

June 30, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Online-streaming service Aereo Inc. is temporarily closing down its operation, three days after it was dealt an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. "We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps," Aereo's Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to customers posted on its website Saturday.

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High court rejects Google appeal in snooping case

June 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of a ruling that it pried into people's online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a ruling that Google employees violated the federal wiretap law when they rolled through residential streets with car cameras to shoot photos for Street View.

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Nuvvyo intros 4-tuner Tablo model

June 27, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Nuvyyo is making available the 4-tuner version of its Tablo, a retail box that consumers install and hook up with an antenna and a storage device to be able to receive and record over-the-air HDTV. The newest Tablo DVR provides four TV tuners for to simultaneously receive and/or record that many live TV streams.

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Envivio enabling Globosat to kick off FIFA games in 4K

June 27, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Envivio said it will enable Globosat to broadcast quarterfinal, semifinal, and final games from the current FIFA World Cup tournament at 60 frames per second (4Kp60). Last May, Envivio’s had been involved in a live 4K broadcast of the 2014 French Open tennis tournament.

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LG names Coopmans as new Ziggo CEO

June 27, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global announced this morning that it had made its formal bid on Ziggo and that Baptiest Coopmans will be Ziggo’s new CEO once the deal is done. Liberty also said that Bert Groenewegen would continue as Ziggo’s CFO. Coopmans won’t assume his new position until after the deal closes, which could take place later this year.

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Cablevision adds Fight Network, FNTSY Sports Network to video roster

June 27, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, Cablevision is the first major cable operator in the nation to offer subscribers Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network. FNTSY Sports Network bills itself as the first channel to be entirely dedicated to fantasy sports while Fight Network lives up to its name by offering combat sports-related programming.

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Suddenlink’s Sonne new SVP of operation in N.C.

June 27, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has named Jared Sonne as its senior vice president of operations for its North Carolina region, which is based in Greenville. Sonne will replace Phil Ahlschlager, who is retiring on July 1. Sonne most recently served as vice president of operations for Suddenlink in East Texas and Oklahoma, based in Tyler, Texas.

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Attorney general investigates satellite company

June 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A satellite TV company has been told to stop going door-to-door in North Dakota until authorities can investigate complaints of misleading and aggressive sales tactics. The attorney general's office says it has received complaints that sales representatives for Dish One company have been elusive about their employer with some claiming to work for Midcontinent Communications or DirecTV.

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