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

Software upgrade jumps Cisco’s CMTS downstream count

September 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco's new 6 Gigabit Shared Port Adapter (6G SPA) is a software upgrade of the 3G SPA line card for its uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router CMTS. With the upgrade, the number of downstream channels available for the uBR10K jumps from a total of 1,152 to 1,728, without any additional rack space.

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VeEX adds OTDR functions to 10G multi-service tester

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The TX300S integrates a set of physical layer optical test tools, including a full featured OTDR, a power meter, a light source and a visual fault locator. Fiber inspection probes provide end face analysis according to IEC standards ensuring connectors will not be a potential source of problems or system outage.

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RFMD expands GaN amp line for DOCSIS 3.1 networks

September 22, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The newest addition to RFMD's product portfolio for DOCSIS 3.1 includes power doubler amplifiers, push pull amplifiers, optical receivers, a reverse path amplifier, and a family of digital step attenuators. With the addition of these new products, RFMD now offers more than 25 products tailored for DOCSIS 3.1 applications.

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Pico Digital introduces new miniCMTS

September 22, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Pico Digital introduced what it’s calling a miniCMTS, optimized for multi-family residential applications, private networks, and small cable providers. The company’s aim was to provide a rich feature set at a low price point. It can support up to 400 DOCSIS cable modems, DOCSIS 2.0, or a mix of 2.0 and 3.0.

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FourthWall preparing set-top monitoring system

September 22, 2014 11:25 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Precision Diagnostics will collect a range of set-top box data, including Model Info, current status of STB, signal frequencies and signal levels, and much more, and constantly monitors equipment to make sure it's functioning correctly.

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Alaska’s GCI connects with T-Mobile on roaming

September 19, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

GCI, which is the largest triple play provider in Alaska, has inked an LTE roaming agreement with T-Mobile that provides its wireless customers access to an LTE network from Fairbanks, Alaska to Miami, Florida. While roaming agreements across the country are nothing new, GCI said the deal with T-Mobile was the nation’s first LTE roaming partnership. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released.

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Cox names Wolfe SVP, Southwest region manager

September 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications announced that it has named John Wolfe as senior vice president and Southwest region manager, which is Cox’s largest region in the nation and includes Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Wolfe, who has logged nearly 30 years in the cable industry, came over to the Southwest from Cox's Northeast region, where he served as the senior vice president and region manager.

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Alibaba poised to surge on the NYSE

September 19, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba will say "open sesame" to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, as its shares begin trading in a highly anticipated debut that could raise up to $25 billion. The company priced its initial public offering of stock Thursday evening at $68 per share, the top end of the expected price range, according to Alibaba.

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End of era: Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies. With the changing of the guard announced Thursday, Ellison will be handing over his job to his two top lieutenants, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, who become co-CEOs.

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Verizon expands XLTE to 22 more markets

September 18, 2014 1:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

After substantially completing its nationwide LTE buildout on 700 MHz, Verizon began supplementing that with an AWS LTE deployment. The carrier is promising XLTE will deliver double the LTE bandwidth and faster peak speeds. T-Mobile has also been working on improving capacity.

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Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control

September 18, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Other companies including Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. also have tried to preserve control for their founders, often by awarding them a different class of stock with more voting rights. But research suggests such arrangements enrich insiders at the expense of other shareholder.

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AT&T uncorks 300 Mbps data tier for businesses

September 18, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

This morning AT&T announced it would offer businesses a new data tier with symmetrical speeds of up to 300 Mbps initially with future plans to hit 1 Gigabit. With its AT&T Business Fiber offering, AT&T is mirroring the rollout of its residential GigaPower service that launched in Austin late last year with speeds of 300 Mbps before transitioning to 1-Gig this summer.

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NCTA kills off Cable Show, rebrands as INTX

September 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Faced with dwindling attendance over the past few years and the continued evolution of Internet technologies, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has pulled the plug on The Cable Show in favor of rebranding it as INTX. INTX, which stands for the Internet and Television Expo, will still be held on The Cable Show’s original schedule of May 5-7 next year in Chicago, but with more of an Internet focus.

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News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case

September 18, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition. Robert Thomson, CEO of New York-based News Corp., says in a letter to the EU's antitrust authority that Google is "willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition." 

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Senate Commerce Committee passes satellite bill

September 17, 2014 6:48 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Senate Commerce Committee has passed STAVRA, reauthorizing satellite TV broadcast of distant signals. One of the few non-satellite provision retained prevents local TV stations from colluding when negotiating retransmission consent contracts with cable operators.

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