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

FCC to probe mobile broadband speeds

September 5, 2012 2:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The FCC is stepping up its data collection on mobile broadband service, bringing its information on wireless on par with the statistics it holds on fixed Internet access. The Commission has already taken steps to produce accurate measurements of fixed broadband service, but its data on the performance of mobile broadband has been limited.

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Huawei calls for cybersecurity cooperation

September 5, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies has issued a report on cybersecurity that includes a pledge never to cooperate with spying in a fresh effort to allay concerns in the United States and elsewhere that threaten to hamper its expansion.

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Pace blends in ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine

September 5, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Pace is taking a deeper dive into personalization by adding ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Cobalt Media Head End and software. Recommendation engines are still somewhat of a novelty to cable operators, but ThinkAnalytics deployed its first multi-platform personalized recommendation engine years ago.

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Amino gets add-on Wi-Fi from Celeno

September 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Amino Communications will be offering a USB Wi-Fi dongle, built around Celeno’s Wi-Fi chipsets and including software for HD multimedia home networking applications, with its A140/A540 set-top boxes. These models are designed for the retail market for IP-based services.

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T-Mobile goes live with unlimited data plan

September 5, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

T-Mobile USA has gone live with a new unlimited data plan that could help it compete with rival Sprint, the only other top-tier provider in the country to offer all-you-can-eat plans. The plan differs from T-Mobile's other data plans by not "throttling."

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XO picks Ciena for 100G metro, regional network upgrades

September 5, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Once the upgrade is completed, XO Communications’ enterprise and wholesale service provider customers will be able to offer high-speed, high-capacity, next-generation optical transport and business Ethernet services across XO’s metro and regional networks.

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Time Warner Cable tabs Ruckus for Wi-Fi connectivity at DNC

September 4, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable is hooking up attendees at the Democratic National Convention with Wi-Fi gear from Ruckus Wireless. TWC has installed Ruckus’ ZoneFlex family of Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) systems to deliver high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the 19,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Fitch: Sprint, T-Mobile merger 'makes sense'

September 4, 2012 2:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

A top ratings agency says there's still a chance for Sprint to merge with T-Mobile USA despite years of failing to come to fruition. T-Mobile had long been an acquisition target of Sprint before AT&T threw down a $39 billion offer to buy the German-owned operator, a bid that failed amid government opposition.

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GreenPeak, Bosch partner on home security

September 4, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

GreenPeak has introduced a set of integrated circuits to enable wireless RF connectivity based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standards, long known as ZigBee and more recently as RF4CE, intended for use in home network products, including but not limited to home security systems.

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RGB beefs up TV Everywhere stable with live SDI video encoding

September 4, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, which is integrated with RGB’s existing TransAct Transcoder product line, offers the ability to ingest uncompressed SDI-sourced live content, as well as IP and file input, for live or on-demand IP video delivery to smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs, as well as traditional set-top boxes.

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IBM gets into the IPTV delivery business

August 31, 2012 12:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The development of content delivery networks (CDNs) made it almost inevitable that IP content delivery would become a service, which in turn made it a near certainty that a business services company like IBM would enter the market. IBM has introduced a cloud platform for delivering content on behalf of CE firms.

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Samsung to rely on Verimatrix security

August 31, 2012 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Samsung will use Verimatrix’s security suite, including its VCAS security system and ViewRight client software, to protect content delivered to its Smart TVs. Video service apps that pay-TV operators build for Samsung Smart TVs will now be able to take advantage of ViewRight client security.

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Tokyo court: Samsung didn't infringe Apple patent

August 31, 2012 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Tokyo court dismissed Apple's claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent. The Japanese court case addressed only the synchronizing technology that allows media players to share data with personal computers and was not comparable in scope to the much larger victory that Apple won in the U.S. last week.

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Pac-12 Networks opens coverage without DirecTV

August 31, 2012 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Pac-12 Networks opened it football coverage with the Utah-Northern Colorado game, with DirecTV subscribers unable to watch because of a distribution stalemate. The network also televised the Arizona State-Northern Arizona game and has exclusive rights to 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 games this season.

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Bain-owned cable STB company files for bankruptcy

August 31, 2012 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A cable box repair company owned by the private equity firm Bain Capital is filing for bankruptcy protection, citing weakened demand for its services in recent years. Contec Holdings said it will continue to operate as usual during its Chapter 11 reorganization.

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