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

Gainspeed demos distributed CCAP architecture

July 31, 2015 11:14 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Gainspeed plans to help cable operators go all IP while increasing network capacity and shrinking headend and hub space requirements.


Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

July 31, 2015 10:29 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737...


Briefs: Liberty Global, NetCracker, Outerwall, Frontier

July 31, 2015 10:24 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Liberty Global plc today announced that it has acquired 138.7 million shares in ITV plc (“ITV”), thereby increasing its existing stake to a total of 398.5 million shares in ITV...


Senators’ call for LTE-U oversight by FCC draws mixed reactions

July 31, 2015 9:50 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

A group of Democratic lawmakers Thursday sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging the Commission to engage in cautious oversight of LTE technologies...


CWA rallies New York mayors, attack ads in union fight with Verizon

July 30, 2015 12:43 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The ads hit this week after a majority of Verizon workers within CWA voted in favor of striking unless Verizon alters its contract bargaining demands.


TWC’s 2Q profits hit by rising programming costs

July 30, 2015 10:55 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The slight profit loss came on elevated revenue, which rose 3.5 percent to $5.93 billion, driven by Business Services growing 16.2 percent year-over-year.


SCTE releases first wave of Energy 2020 standards

July 30, 2015 10:31 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

SCTE says the new standards, which will continue to be expanded on, are for generating performance measurements from the rack to the system level.


Sony quarterly profit up amid drop in TV sales

July 30, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company said a sharp fall in smartphone and mid-range LCD television sales was offset by foreign exchange gains and strong sales of image sensors.


Briefs: Mediacom, Universal Electronics, Thomson, Virgin Media

July 30, 2015 9:24 am | by CED Staff | Comments

​Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) announced that it has reached a new milestone with its QuickSet solution, having shipped the platform in more than 150 million devices around the world.


IHS: MSOs say DOCSIS 3.1 will pass one-third of residences by 2017

July 29, 2015 11:53 am | Comments

The survey also found that 42 percent of them plan to deploy a distributed access architecture (DAA) by 2017.


Verizon's new solution tackles IoT for utility companies

July 29, 2015 11:50 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

The company today announced "Grid Wide Utility Solutions," a new IoT platform service that aims to ease the pain of modernizing the grid for utility companies.


NCTA slams Qualcomm’s “attacks” on LTE-U opponents

July 29, 2015 11:39 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

"In Qualcomm’s through-the-looking-glass world, PowerPoint presentations and unilateral pronouncements amount to collaboration."


Study: Central American pay-TV subscribers to increase as piracy declines

July 29, 2015 10:38 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The rise in pay-TV subscribers coincides with a drop in the amount of Central American households accessing illegal pay TV.


Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president

July 29, 2015 9:41 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Quarterly sales at Nintendo Co., the Japanese video-game maker of the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, rose 20 percent to 90.2 billion yen ($729 million).

LG Electronics reports 45 percent plunge in 2Q earnings

July 29, 2015 9:29 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

LG Electronics said Wednesday its second quarter earnings sank 45 percent over a year earlier as losses widened in its TV business and mobile phones earned little income.


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