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

Best Buy: Dunn did not misuse company resources

May 14, 2012 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

An independent investigation of Brian Dunn, the ex-CEO of Best Buy, confirmed that he violated company policy, but he didn’t misuse company funds or resources.

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UPC Wholesale connects fiber across 10 countries

May 14, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global’s UPC Wholesale has combined local fiber networks in 10 European countries into a pan-European local access service that enables an end-to-end Ethernet service.

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Verizon network upgrades target key business segments

May 11, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company has deployed Ciena’s reconfigurable switching systems and plans to extend 100G networking to its Metro networks in 2013.

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Cox teams up with hospital to launch a patient channel

May 11, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications has developed a new internal channel for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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SeaChange sticks a fork in broadcast and storage unit sale

May 11, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After passing regulatory muster, SeaChange announced that it had completed the sale of its broadcast server and storage unit to a private investment group that has named the newly formed company XOR Media.

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Elemental picks up another customer

May 11, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Leveraging its success with Comcast, the transcoder vendor will power multi-screen services from Columbus Communications.

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Isis adds American Express to mobile wallet

May 11, 2012 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Isis added more plastic to its mobile wallet yesterday when it signed up American Express to its contactless payment platform.

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Bing to duel Google with Facebook-friendly format

May 11, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft hopes leveraging the data it gets from partner Facebook will allow it to craft a search engine that really does provide more relevant results.

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Mediacom adds more data subs to help offset video losses

May 10, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the first quarter, which included a boost in data subscribers that somewhat offset its basic video subscriber losses.

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Cablevision doubles movie rental window

May 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

iO subscribers will be able to rent some movies for two days, with no additional charge, but only on some movies.

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CenturyLink adds 89K broadband subs in Q1

May 10, 2012 2:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The carrier is also making some modest progress with its DSL-based video product, Prism TV, adding 15,000 subs in the quarter.

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Ericsson not ditching the ‘low end’

May 10, 2012 2:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Ericsson plans to hold on to its services businesses, refuting recent predictions by rival Nokia Siemens Networks that infrastructure vendors will be forced to shed their “low-end” deals.

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Research: Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market to hit $2.1B by 2016

May 10, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Consumers’ seemingly insatiable desire for Wi-Fi connectivity is driving the carrier equipment market to double-digit growth that will culminate in a $2.1 billion worldwide market by 2016.

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Samsung, Qualcomm lead wireless power group

May 10, 2012 2:21 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Samsung and Qualcomm are spearheading a new group aimed at advancing technology capable of charging consumer electronics without cords.

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Neustar expands into LBS

May 10, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brad Smith, Wireless Week | Comments

Neustar, through subsidiaries and acquisitions, has a wide range of IP and Web services and has recently gotten into location-based services using wireless networks.

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