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

Consumer Reports: Vudu’s streaming service tops Netflix for customer satisfaction

July 27, 2012 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Netflix rules the roost when it comes to the overall number of streaming subscribers, but Vudu’s service came out ahead in a recent survey by Consumer Reports.


Galaxy phones drive Samsung to record profit again

July 27, 2012 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Samsung reported another record-high quarterly profit as customers flocked to Galaxy smartphones, helping it outdo rivals at a challenging time for the global tech industry.


BendBroadband buys Chambers Cable, plans all-digital upgrade

July 26, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.


Sprint losses widen as iDEN shutdown advances

July 26, 2012 2:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint said it fell further into the red as the accelerated shutdown of its aging iDEN network pushed up expenses and caused customers to leave for other providers.


MetroPCS’ VoLTE plans on track for Q3

July 26, 2012 2:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

MetroPCS is confirming its plans to launch an LTE-based voice service in the third quarter after pushing out its debut earlier this year.


News Corp. buys stake in Roku

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

News Corp. is a member of an investment group that has injected a whopping $45 million into the streaming video company.


Alcatel-Lucent to cut 5,000 jobs after loss in Q2

July 26, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Telecoms equipment group Alcatel-Lucent is to cut 5,000 jobs in a multi-million-euro cost drive after it reported a second-quarter net loss of €254 million, or $308 million.


Former Sen. Gorton joins Clearwire’s board

July 26, 2012 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Gorton represented Washington State in the United States Senate for 18 years.


Pohl new chairman of BlackArrow’s board of directors

July 26, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable industry veteran Michael Pohl has been named as BlackArrow’s new chairman of its board of directors.


Net Insight signs up reseller

July 26, 2012 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TI Broadcast Solutions Group is a consultancy that helps design broadcast facilities for a range of clients.


Comcast Ventures leads Series C round of funding for WhoSay

July 25, 2012 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Ventures was the lead investor in a Series C round of funding for WhoSay that totaled $12 million


Rogers teams up with SAP for mobile workforce apps

July 25, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Rogers Communications has joined forces with SAP AG to develop a platform of enterprise mobile applications that can be accessed by employees on their smartphones and tablets. 


Google breaks down Motorola's $12.5B price tag

July 25, 2012 12:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

If $12.5 billion seemed to some Google shareholders like a lot of money to pay for a largely unprofitable handset maker, the Internet search giant is now providing some details about its rationale for the transaction.


LG Electronics’ profit falls as mobile loses money

July 25, 2012 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

LG Electronics reported a lower quarterly profit as its mobile phone division sank to a loss and forecast its earnings to deteriorate further.


Comcast cues up free Wi-Fi hotspots in Philly area during Olympic Games

July 25, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has opened up access to indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots for non-subscribers in Philadelphia and  parts of New Jersey and Delaware for the duration of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 



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