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

Gainspeed demos distributed CCAP architecture

July 31, 2015 11:14 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Gainspeed plans to help cable operators go all IP while increasing network capacity and shrinking headend and hub space requirements.

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Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

July 31, 2015 10:29 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737...

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Briefs: Liberty Global, NetCracker, Outerwall, Frontier

July 31, 2015 10:24 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Liberty Global plc today announced that it has acquired 138.7 million shares in ITV plc (“ITV”), thereby increasing its existing stake to a total of 398.5 million shares in ITV...

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Senators’ call for LTE-U oversight by FCC draws mixed reactions

July 31, 2015 9:50 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

A group of Democratic lawmakers Thursday sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging the Commission to engage in cautious oversight of LTE technologies...

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CWA rallies New York mayors, attack ads in union fight with Verizon

July 30, 2015 12:43 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The ads hit this week after a majority of Verizon workers within CWA voted in favor of striking unless Verizon alters its contract bargaining demands.

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TWC’s 2Q profits hit by rising programming costs

July 30, 2015 10:55 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The slight profit loss came on elevated revenue, which rose 3.5 percent to $5.93 billion, driven by Business Services growing 16.2 percent year-over-year.

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SCTE releases first wave of Energy 2020 standards

July 30, 2015 10:31 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

SCTE says the new standards, which will continue to be expanded on, are for generating performance measurements from the rack to the system level.

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Sony quarterly profit up amid drop in TV sales

July 30, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company said a sharp fall in smartphone and mid-range LCD television sales was offset by foreign exchange gains and strong sales of image sensors.

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Briefs: Mediacom, Universal Electronics, Thomson, Virgin Media

July 30, 2015 9:24 am | by CED Staff | Comments

​Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) announced that it has reached a new milestone with its QuickSet solution, having shipped the platform in more than 150 million devices around the world.

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IHS: MSOs say DOCSIS 3.1 will pass one-third of residences by 2017

July 29, 2015 11:53 am | Comments

The survey also found that 42 percent of them plan to deploy a distributed access architecture (DAA) by 2017.

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Verizon's new solution tackles IoT for utility companies

July 29, 2015 11:50 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

The company today announced "Grid Wide Utility Solutions," a new IoT platform service that aims to ease the pain of modernizing the grid for utility companies.

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NCTA slams Qualcomm’s “attacks” on LTE-U opponents

July 29, 2015 11:39 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

"In Qualcomm’s through-the-looking-glass world, PowerPoint presentations and unilateral pronouncements amount to collaboration."

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Study: Central American pay-TV subscribers to increase as piracy declines

July 29, 2015 10:38 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The rise in pay-TV subscribers coincides with a drop in the amount of Central American households accessing illegal pay TV.

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Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president

July 29, 2015 9:41 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Quarterly sales at Nintendo Co., the Japanese video-game maker of the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, rose 20 percent to 90.2 billion yen ($729 million).

LG Electronics reports 45 percent plunge in 2Q earnings

July 29, 2015 9:29 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

LG Electronics said Wednesday its second quarter earnings sank 45 percent over a year earlier as losses widened in its TV business and mobile phones earned little income.

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