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

A cable voice-over-Wi-Fi play could succeed

May 20, 2015 7:32 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

A properly executed cable Voice-over-Wi-Fi service could “make a dent” in traditional cellular business, panelists Genband’s Perspectives15 conference in Orlando agreed, before citing a number of qualifiers that MSOs would need to meet in order to accomplish effective competition.

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Spotify confirms it is getting into video

May 20, 2015 4:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Spotify announced it will offer ad-supported streaming video content, which includes podcasts and original content, confirming earlier reports that it would do so.

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ZCorum, Alianza ally on white label cloud VoIP service

May 20, 2015 2:24 pm | Comments

VoiSelect is based on Alianza’s Cloud Voice technology, and ZCorum is providing digital voice and managed services. Service operators can use it to provide both residential and commercial voice services.

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Telcos transform, envious of cable advantages

May 20, 2015 1:53 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

The problem is existing infrastructure. While Verizon would like to move its central offices to fiber, only seven of multiple thousands have moved away from copper. Even Verizon’s FiOS, “the world’s largest fiber deployment,” still operates parallel networks of copper and fiber because some customers won’t surrender their copper-based services.

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Telcos need maximize voice revenue to finance going all-IP

May 20, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

Telephone service providers who ignore the revenue streams flowing from existing voice services are missing out on a steady stream of money that can finance an all-IP network, Richard Shockey, chairman of the board of the SIP Forum told a telco-centric crowd at Genband’s Perspectives15 conference.

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Altice buys control of Suddenlink

May 20, 2015 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The deal is valued at $6.7 billion. Altice promised better, more efficient customer relations, tougher negotiations with equipment suppliers, and consumption-based pricing on broadband. Suddenlink CEO Jerry Kent will retire from the company.

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Verizon good on spectrum as AOL deal brings subsidized video

May 19, 2015 2:33 pm | Comments

As Verizon pegs video as the source of 53 percent of all its data traffic, CFO Fran Shammo said the AOL buy was important because it provides an ad-insertion platform that will allow it to provide subsidized video content. 

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MediaMelon does ABR one better

May 19, 2015 2:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

MediaMelon has introduced an enhancement to adaptive bitrate technology it says can lower bitrate requirements for video streaming by an average of 35 percent. The startup is currently working with Deluxe OnDemand to implement the technology.

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Vowing merger is still on, Charter and BHN extend negotiations

May 19, 2015 1:46 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter Communications and Bright House Networks’ parent Advance/Newhouse “remain committed to completing their previously announced transaction on the same economic and governance terms.”

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Sprint, Google, others join Wi-Fi trade group

May 19, 2015 1:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Sprint and Google are among 22 new members of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Operator members serve over 1 billion subscribers, and manage over 10 million hotspots in total.

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Bright House picks up medical SMB customer

May 19, 2015 12:14 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Bright House Networks signed a five year agreement to provide internet, and voice services to St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute locations in Tampa Bay, FL.

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NC sues FCC over muni broadband ruling

May 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The State of North Carolina is suing the FCC to prevent the city of Wilson, N.C., from expanding its municipal broadband network. North Carolina argues that the FCC lacks the authority to issue the order.

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Qualcomm's AllPlay gets Bluetooth to Wi-Fi streaming

May 18, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

The new feature will allow all local or cloud-based music on a consumer's smartphone to be streamed to any Bluetooth-compatible AllPlay speaker and then re-streamed over Wi-Fi to multiple AllPlay speakers, all in sync.

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Amdocs adds analytics capabilities

May 18, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Amdocs has introduced a set of applications that enable service providers to aggregate data from multiple marketing, network and customer care sources for analysis. Separately, the vendor announced that Telefonica has selected its data management services for operations in Chile and Peru.

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CenturyLink expands availability of SMB gigabit service

May 18, 2015 1:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink’s 1 Gbps service is now available to 115K SMBs in areas of Iowa, Idaho, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The network now includes 490K small and mid-sized businesses within 17 states.

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