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

Vodaphone: Some governments can access networks directly

June 6, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

One of the world's largest cellphone companies on Friday revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access its network without seeking permission.

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Telus to personalize VOD recommendations with UXP

June 6, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Telus is implementing software from UXP Systems to help it personalize video on demand recommendations on its Optik TV Service. Telus will use UXP’s Mint platform to create a unique video experience for each member of its customer households.

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Videotron unleashes ‘revolutionary’ iPad app

June 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In a press release that seemingly just lacked legendary hype man Flavor Flav, Videotron unveiled its new “revolutionary” iPad app this week with features such as customized search recommendations and social media integration. Videotron developed the newest version of its illico app for iPad, which it claimed was a first in Canada.

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Comcast Business provisions 10-Gig network in Calif. business park

June 6, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Business has pushed its fiber network into a business park in Pleasanton, Calif. en route to delivering Ethernet, data, Wi-Fi and voice services to various businesses located in the park. With the fiber upgrade, Valley Business Park is now being served by a network that features speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

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School’s in session: Concurrent offers cert program on OTT

June 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In order to help video engineers provision and maintain emerging multi-screen video technologies, Concurrent announced a new training and certification program this morning. Concurrent’s multi-screen video certification program was designed to educate engineers on IP content delivery networks, adaptive bit rate technologies, OTT architectures and multi-screen applications.

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Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit. Verizon is reacting to messages appearing on the screens of some Netflix subscribers, blaming Internet service providers for poor video quality.

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Barnes & Noble to make Nook tablets with Samsung

June 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The deal will allow the bookseller to focus on developing its Nook digital software and away from building its own tablets. The device will be a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with Nook's digital reading software already on it. The tablet will be available at Barnes & Noble's 700 U.S. stores in early August.

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Leadership change at PeerApp

June 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company did not give a reason for the departure of Mayer, who as PeerApp’s founder ran the company for 9 years. Tamari said, “I want to thank Robert Mayer for his many significant contributions to the company during his tenure as founder and CEO.”

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Cox Business racks up MEF CE 2.0 certification

June 5, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments

Cox Business became the latest cable operator to receive Carrier Ethernet  (CE) 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF.) MEF announced its CE 2.0 services certification last year. Cox joined Time Warner Cable Business Class, RCN Business and Comcast in the CE 2.0 certification club.

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SCTE, CableLabs team up on wireless, 3.1 symposium

June 5, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Prior to the start of this fall’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the SCTE and CableLabs will cue up wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 in a symposium designed to provide the current status of the two technologies and their impact on cable operators’ services. The symposium will also tackle the technical requirements and engineering techniques that are needed to ensure seamless, successful deployments of DOCSIS 3.1 and wireless technologies.

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WOW! hires Worcester for channel partner program

June 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

WOW! Business has hired Ken Worcester as its new vice president of channel sales. In his new job, Worcester is responsible for developing, managing and executing a strategic channel partner program that will attract and retain national and regional master agents serving the Midwest and Southeast United States.

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Skip the website? Some small businesses still do

June 5, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

More than half of all small businesses still don't have a website. Small businesses that don't have one say they don't have the time, think it will cost too much or don't want the rush of orders that comes with being online.

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Lantiq, Intel push gateways with LTE connectivity

June 4, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Lantiq and Intel have added a new LTE module option enabling manufacturers of home gateways to add 4G wireless connectivity at up to 300 Mbps in their home routers. The LTE router option has been growing rapidly in emerging telecommunications markets and in some rural markets.

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Comcast to roll out TSL encryption for email

June 4, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has been beta testing Transport Security Layer (TSL) encryption for email and plans on rolling it out for Gmail users over the coming weeks. A Comcast spokesman said that the beta testing took place with some large Internet websites and some smaller ISPs.

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Time Warner Cable offers Wi-Fi to business customers

June 4, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class will start offering business data customers its TWC WiFi Hotspot solution for no additional charge. The service, which will be available across Time Warner Cable’s footprint, includes a free Wi-Fi access point installed and managed by Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC.)

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