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Videotron offers new 802.11ac router to subscribers

May 28, 2014 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron is serving up a new Wi-Fi router that supports 802.11ac and 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks simultaneously. The router was developed exclusively for Videotron in partnership with ZyXEL. Videotron said that supporting 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks limited interference and lag. 

Virgin Media takes small cells for a spin in Leeds

May 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Virgin Media Business partnered with vendor Siklu for a small cell trial in Leeds, which is the third-largest city in the United Kingdom. To showcase the ease of the installs, Siklu’s radios were installed on various types of light poles by technicians that didn’t have any telecommunications experience.

Court rejects challenge to FCC broadband plan

May 27, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is rejecting challenges to the FCC's plan to expand broadband Internet service to rural areas. The expansion is funded partly by fees paid by telecommunications companies. Many of those companies contended the FCC did not have the authority to use the money for Internet service.

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TWC automates Wi-Fi hotspot sign-ins for customers

May 27, 2014 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has launched a new online customer portal that will enable its customers to connect automatically to Wi-Fi hotspots. TWC customers go to the new portal and register their Wi-Fi enabled devices. After that, they will automatically be signed in to any Wi-Fi hotspot operated by TWC or its cable affiliates.

Bolt Fiber to install GPON network in Oklahoma

May 27, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bolt Fiber Optic Services has contracted with Alcatel-Lucent to install GPON for triple-play service delivery. The 1 gigabit service will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is scheduled for completion by April, 2017.  A-L is acting as system integrator; the network will include A-L GPON equipment.

Ciena provisions F6’s 100-G network

May 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

F6 Networks is using Ciena’s packet optical and packet networking gear to provision a dark fiber network that it’s building between Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States. The 100-gigabit network will be used by public sector organizations, private enterprises, Internet services providers and wireless carriers. 

Cox heads to starting blocks for 1-Gig service; CenturyLink expands 1-Gig in Vegas

May 23, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After announcing it was going to offer a 1 Gbps service to its residential customers last month, Cox Communications provided more details on the roll out. Cox will enter the 1-gigabit ring by starting with new residential construction projects and new and existing neighborhoods in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha. In all Cox locations, the cable operator said it would begin market-wide deployment of gigabit speeds by the end of 2016.

Report: Samsung prepping actual watchphone

May 23, 2014 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality. Samsung is reportedly in talks with U.S. wireless providers about the yet-unnamed device, which could be announced as soon as June or July.

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Amazon becomes a programmer with its first show

May 23, 2014 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"Tumble Leaf," follows the adventures of a blue fox named Fig. Amazon plans to release two more new kids programs over the summer. Only members of Amazon's Prime subscription plan can watch the programs, which are produced by Amazon Studios.

Indiana phone co-op buys local cable operator

May 23, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pulaski White Rural Telephone Cooperative (PWRTC) is in the process of acquiring TV Cable of Winamac, aka Zing. The purchase price was not disclosed. Together, the operation will be able to provide a triple play bundle that combines the most advanced services of each.

Review: Apple's CarPlay headed in right direction

May 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CarPlay implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard. It's expected to be available this summer when Pioneer Electronics plans to release a software update for five car radios designed to work with the iPhone.

AT&T trials LTE-based home broadband service

May 22, 2014 1:32 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The company is planning a nationwide roll-out of a service for its wireless customers, who for $30 a month will be able to install a router in their homes that will convert LTE broadband into Wi-Fi signals. Up to 10 devices will be able to connect to the router at a time, AT&T said.

Lincoln, Neb., fires up free municipal Wi-Fi network

May 22, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The city has switched on an outdoor public Wi-Fi access service built with equipment from Ruckus Wireless. NebraskaLink is providing a 1-gigabit network connection to support the project. Commonwealth Electric, the City's fiber optic contractor, donated the installation of the fiber optic network.

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TWC sets a date for 300 Mbps tier in Austin

May 22, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting June 3, Time Warner Cable will debut its 300 Mbps tier to more than 100,000 customers in Austin, Texas. Back in February Time Warner Cable announced it would increase the speeds across six of its residential data plans at no additional cost. 

TWCBC’s Warfield 1st winner of SCTE’s Oakes scholarship award

May 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Jeanie Warfield was named as the first recipient of the Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women, the SCTE Foundation announced today. The $3,700 scholarship award was created to honor the memory of Cathy Oakes, senior vice president, operations for SCTE, who passed away suddenly last November. 

AT&T: DirecTV deal won't impact network plans

May 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Bill Smith, president of AT&T’s network operations, said AT&T’s pending acquisition of DirectTV won’t have any effect on how the carrier invests in its network. Smith said that if anything, the acquisition of DirecTV was complimentary to AT&T’s current network plans. 

Conviva: Live From the Show: Conviva

May 21, 2014 8:01 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Conviva chief strategy officer Keith Zubchevich on the how the Internet remains a hostile environment for video, even as more video is traversing the open network, and on the technological approach Conviva devised for making the Internet safe for video.

By the numbers: good news/bad news with Q1 video subs

May 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The pay-TV universe expanded by about 260,000 subscribers in the first quarter. On the broadband side, that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. acquired nearly 1.2 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers.

TWC: We’ll try harder

May 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With their $45 billion merger making the regulatory rounds, the last thing Comcast and Time Warner Cable needed was a very public black eye in American Customer Satisfaction Index survey (ACSI), which was released yesterday. To recap, Time Warner Cable finished dead last in customer satisfaction for both its video and data services while Comcast was second to last in the same catagories in the survey.

Antitrust experts: 2 big deals better than 1

May 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger —the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable— makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV. 

Casa, Teleste, combo on CCAP/RemotePHY system

May 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Teleste and Casa Systems said they are collaborating on the development of a distributed CCAP/remotePHY solution based on Casa’s C100G CCAP platform and Teleste’s RemotePHY optical node. The companies plan for proof-of-concept implementation by late 2014. 

Telefunken installing Aurora's PON in Germany

May 20, 2014 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefunken Communications is in the process of deployoing PON technology from Aurora Networks. The company began to launch new internet services in April, including 150 Mbps broadband for residential customers and up to 250 Mbps (symmetrical) for business customers.

RGB and Pi combine on OTT video system

May 20, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pi Telecom and RGB have integrated the former's MediaStage family of products with the latter's software-based encoding. The solution has already been deployed with Megafon, one of Russia's largest mobile operators, to deliver more than 200 live channels and a range of services. 

Survey: Comcast, TWC have the most unhappy video, data subs

May 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pay-TV subscribers’ satisfaction with their video services from some of the largest providers is eroding, according to the latest annual survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI.) The survey didn’t bode particularly well for would be merger partners Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which dropped 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in the survey’s video customer satisfaction rankings. 

Envivio: Live From the Show

May 19, 2014 8:42 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Envivio vice president of strategy and corporate development at Envivio talks about ultra HD (aka 4K) TV, the benefits of hosting video services in the cloud, and how cable network operators can manage encoding and transcoding technologies to make multi-screen video delivery easier.

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