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

Comcast’s McSlarrow heads to wide open spaces

October 25, 2012 3:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Kyle McSlarrow will immerse himself in the operational side of the cable operator business in his new post as regional vice president of Comcast’s Mountain Region, which includes overseeing operations in Utah and Arizona. Before, McSlarrow led Comcast’s office in Washington, D.C.

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Sprint losses widen, net adds slump in Q3

October 25, 2012 3:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint's turnaround effort stumbled during the third quarter on ballooning losses and a net loss of customers stemming from the shutdown of its Nextel platform. The customer numbers were a reversal of Sprint’s gains during the same period last year.

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RCN drops in 4 new channels for Philly viewers

October 25, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN has added four new SD channels into its RCN Premiere package in Philadelphia, where it competes with Comcast. In addition, some HD channels - Fox Business Network, Outdoor Channel and Golf Channel - were moved from RCN Premiere to RCN Signature.

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Comcast promotes Spaulding to AVP of Mile High Region

October 25, 2012 3:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast recently announced that Mike Spaulding was promoted to area vice president of the Mile High Region Northern Colorado Area. As area vice president, Spaulding will oversee a team of more than 500 employees who serve the northern Colorado and mountain territory.

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Kudelski sells chip operation

October 25, 2012 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Kudelski Group has sold off its Abilis fabless IC company to ALi Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer in Taiwan. Abilis designs RF modulators, secure media processors and broadcast-to-IP solutions. Abilis was founded on the proposition of making what it referred to as mobile TVs on a chip.

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Cohere rakes in venture dollars

October 24, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

One of the co-founders of Terayon, Shlomo Rakib, has established a new start-up called Cohere and has recently secured $22.7 million in venture funding. Several people formerly associated with Terayon say that Cohere is working on a radical new approach for cable modem termination system (CMTS) technology.

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Time Warner Cable to spend $5M for broadband build-out in Maine

October 24, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable is planning on spending more than $5 million this year to expand its broadband network in dozens of communities across Maine. The Maine build-out is one element of a larger $100 million investment by TWC in its markets throughout New England, New York and the Carolinas.

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Optimum Lightpath serves up tech-based learning to N.J. school

October 24, 2012 3:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Optimum Lightpath, the commercial services division of Cablevision, has enabled more technology-based learning tools to a school in New Jersey via its fiber network. Morris Catholic High School is now using Optimum Lightpath’s Internet Voice Bundle.

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AT&T sees fewer new subscribers in Q3

October 24, 2012 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

AT&T's wireline business, which makes up nearly half of revenue, continued to shrink slowly, as people cancel their landlines and move from phone-line broadband to cable modems. And AT&T's quarterly results were largely flat with a year ago.

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Motorola Solutions, Motorola Mobility fortunes still divergent

October 24, 2012 2:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Before Motorola split itself apart, its infrastructure business had long outperformed its handset division, posting regular profits as its smartphone unit sunk further into the red. That trend is still in place nearly two years after the company's separation.

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Comcast scores VOD deal with The CW Network

October 24, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Xfinity On Demand users will be able to access shows from The CW Television Network at no additional charge. The deal marks the first time that a multi-system operator has gained access to The CW’s content on video-on-demand (VOD).

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FairPoint upgrade in Maine will speed broadband

October 24, 2012 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

FairPoint Communications says customers served by 11 of its central offices in Maine will see faster broadband service, thanks to upgrades that have been approved. The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan to allow FairPoint to invest about $450,000 to install new technology in those central offices.

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Arris targets ads at TelcoTV

October 24, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Specifically, Arris is introducing a bundled multicast IPTV advertising platform for the delivery of national, regional, zoned and targeted ads. The end-to-end offering integrates ad storage, streaming, insertion and splicing in only one device, the Arris Media Services Platform (MSP).

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RF Micro Devices beats estimates; stock leaps

October 24, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The maker of chips for wireless communications devices, including cell phones and cable modems, posted a net loss of $16.5 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with a profit of $14.3 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 14 percent to $209.7 million.

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Huawei executive urges Australia to avoid U.S. lead

October 24, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The head of the Australian subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, Huawei Australia Chairman John Lord, has urged Australia not to be swayed by a report from the U.S. Congress that referred to the Chinese telecommunications giant as a potential security risk.

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