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

Isis goes live in Austin, Salt Lake City

October 22, 2012 5:27 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

As expected, trials of Isis' NFC-based mobile payments service went live in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City today after its planned summer launch was delayed last month. The program will give Isis backers Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA an indication of whether the mobile wallet could be a source of revenue. 

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Sprint lights up new LTE markets

October 22, 2012 5:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint announced the rollout of its LTE service in four new markets, including expansion into the Chicago suburbs; Wichita Falls, Texas; New Bedford and Fall River, Mass.; as well as Hutchinson and McPherson, Kan. The new markets are part of the carrier's nationwide rollout of LTE.

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Attendance takes slight dip at Expo; international presence up

October 22, 2012 5:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando was down a bit number-wise from the previous year in Atlanta, but the number of international attendees was up 3 percent. The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that approximately 9,200 attendees were on hand.

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Dish Network settles with Cablevision, AMC

October 22, 2012 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Satellite TV company Dish Network said that it has settled a lawsuit with AMC Networks and its sister company Cablevision Systems over a now defunct programming service. Dish will pay $700 million in cash to Cablevision and AMC Networks.

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CED’s Pacesetters honor technology innovators

October 19, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

There’s always a bit of risk associated with being among the first to implement a new technology. The CED Pacesetter Awards honor those engineers who do the research and commit to a technological path that few, if any, have traveled before.

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Time Warner Cable reaches for the cloud with SaaS for businesses

October 19, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The service, which is called Cloud Hosted Exchange, connects businesses with hosted communication and collaboration tools, without the cost of owning and managing the equipment. The new cloud-based offering was unveiled at the New York Business Expo and Conference earlier this week in New York City.

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AT&T raises objections to Sprint, Softbank deal

October 19, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The three-sentence statement from AT&T vice president Brad Burns suggested regulators take a close look at the foreign ownership implications of the transaction, as Softbank is a Japanese company and could gain control of a large amount of spectrum through Sprint.

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Google reporting error reveals troubling Q3

October 19, 2012 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Shares of Google dropped nearly 8 percent to close at $695 on an errant early release of its earnings. Google blamed printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for submitting its third-quarter filings with the SEC in the middle of the trading day instead of during an after-hours earnings call, as scheduled.

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U.K. court sides with Samsung in Apple suit

October 19, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The panel's upholding of the findings by a lower court endorses the U.K. judgment, which made headlines around the world when it was handed down in July. Judge Colin Birss had then gushed over Apple's design, while knocking back the company's case against its rival.

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Former Canoe exec Lins lands at Clear Channel Outdoor

October 19, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Former Canoe Ventures chief marketing officer Vicki Lins has landed a new job as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA). In her new job, Lins will lead the marketing strategy and execution for the CCOA business.

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Venture funding, number of deals decline in Q3

October 19, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Funding for start-ups declined 12 percent in the July-to-September period as venture capitalists spent less money on fewer deals, according to a new report. Companies in the early stages of funding saw declines as investors stayed cautious and life sciences funding remained lackluster.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: New DOCSIS

October 18, 2012 4:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The next iteration of DOCSIS, version 3.1, is going to incorporate a new modulation scheme, along with more sophisticated forward error correction (FEC). It will support transmission speeds up to 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream. DOCSIS 3.1 will rely on OFDM.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cable gears up for CCAP

October 18, 2012 4:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The payoffs for combining cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) and edge QAMs on the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) are obvious to the most casual observer, but there are some operational procedures and training that need to be in place in order to reap the benefits of the new CCAP platform.

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Time Warner Cable, Bright House join EIDR coalition

October 18, 2012 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks were the latest cable operators to join the Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR), which is a coalition promoting the use of a unique, global identifier of entertainment assets, including films and television episodes.

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Blackley latest ex-Cablevision exec to join Charter

October 18, 2012 4:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Jim Blackley has joined the roster of former Cablevision Systems executives that have migrated over to Charter Communications. Blackley was hired as Charter Communications' executive vice president of engineering and information technology.

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