Broadband Briefs for 10/23/09

Fri, 10/23/2009 - 8:00am

Qwest to end cell phone service on Oct. 31
By The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) – Qwest Communications International Inc. said Thursday it will be ending its cell phone service on Oct. 31.

The phone company said customers who switch to another carrier before the end of the month will be able to transfer their current phone numbers. But those who don't switch by the deadline will forfeit their mobile phone numbers. Customers won't be charged an early termination fee.

Qwest said it's an authorized agent of Verizon Wireless. Customers who switch to Verizon Wireless will be eligible for exclusive cell phone deals. However, online and phone orders for Verizon phones can take up to two business days to ship.

The end of Qwest cell phone service will not affect its Internet home service.

Incognito adds Service Activation Center
By Brian Santo

Incognito Software announced its Service Activation Center, a solution for the rapid deployment of high-speed data, telephony, video and wireless services across a host of networks and access devices.

Service Activation Center’s capacity for additional adapters allows Incognito to tailor the product to customers’ needs. The product can be integrated with Incognito’s Broadband Command Center device provisioning suite to create a consolidated, end-to-end solution.

“The true integration between service activation and device provisioning provides our customers with an end-to-end solution for their complex device activation needs,” said Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing for access network solutions at Motorola. “This allows us to provide a complete solution for operators looking to simplify their operation support system/billing support system.”

More Broadband Direct 10/23/09:
•  Clearwire ready for Philly, Chicago, Seattle
•  CableLabs spec adopted for Smart Grid
•  News Corp. exec: Hulu to charge access fees
•  Sunflower COO calls on Congress to rein in media conglomerates
•  McCain seeks to block FCC's proposed rules
•  Verizon ups VOD, HD VOD offerings
•  FairPoint 'teetering on the brink of bankruptcy'
•  CommScope adds MoCA amp
•  Juniper Networks' Q3 earnings fall 44%
•  Concurrent to demo 3-screen experience at Expo
•  Harmonic spotlights 'TV Everywhere' offerings at Expo
•  Broadcom's Q3 profit falls
•  Vermont city's foray into telecom hits $17M snag
•  Netflix's Q3 earnings rise 48%, stock falls
•  Broadband Briefs for 10/23/09



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