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Cisco preps next-gen Wi-Fi hotspots

March 1, 2012 4:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco is taking aim at the burgeoning small cell market with a new generation of hotspots that will bring a cellular-type roaming experience to Wi-Fi.

FCC to vote on 700 MHz interoperability, MSS

March 1, 2012 3:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Small wireless operators whose LTE services can't roam onto the networks of national providers because of interoperability problems could see some progress on the issue at the FCC's next open meeting.

Ex-SeaChange CEO joins Casa Systems' board

March 1, 2012 3:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bill Styslinger has been an investor in the company since 2005.

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Report: North American CMTS ports grew 94% last year

March 1, 2012 3:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Driven by DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts, business was booming for cable modem termination system vendors, especially in North America.

Former Nextel exec rumored as new LightSquared CEO

March 1, 2012 3:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared may hire the former head of Nextel as its new CEO while it tries to turn around its LTE plans, which were left dead in the water by the FCC's decision to stop it from moving forward.

CED Video & Product Showcase - February 2012

February 29, 2012 5:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ATCi's Simulsatâ„¢; RFMD's GaAs Amplifier; Trilithic's Seeker GPS all-electronic system; Motorola Mobility's APEX3000; Sunrise Telecom's Spectrum Analyzer; Tektronix' Monitoring Solution

It's a wrap: Time Warner completes deal to buy Insight

February 29, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The country's second-biggest MSO formally completes its $3 billion cash deal to buy the ninth-largest operator.

In the media: Knology ponders sale

February 29, 2012 1:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology is testing the waters on a possible sale that could attract interest from private-equity firms.

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Mediacom ramps up D3 in northern Iowa, Albany, Georgia

February 29, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has turned on the DOCSIS 3.0 spigot in several counties located in northern Iowa, as well as Albany, Georgia.

A+E preps for multi-screen with thePlatform

February 29, 2012 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast subsidiary thePlatform has picked up another big account, A+E Networks.

Verizon-cable deals slated for Senate hearing

February 29, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Senate antitrust committee will take a look at the competitive effects of four cable companies selling their spectrum to Verizon, and then bundling each other's services.

New law could free up TV airwaves for mobile use

February 29, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The idea is to squeeze over-the-air television, which has few viewers, into a smaller slice of the airwaves.

Apple expected to unveil iPad 3 at event next week

February 29, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Various unconfirmed reports speak of a sharper screen and faster cellular broadband options.

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SCTE names finalists for Technology Challenge at Canadian Summit

February 29, 2012 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has named the five finalists that will compete in next month's Technology Challenge that will be held during the SCTE Canadian Summit in Toronto.

Revenue up, net profit down in Cablevision's Q4

February 28, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems reported increased revenue in its fourth quarter, though its net profit was down 47 percent.

Comcast partners with EcoFactor on energy management

February 28, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is keeping busy on the home automation front: It announced it has struck a partnership with EcoFactor, which enables a cloud-based energy management system, and it added four new features to its Xfinity Home service.

After LightSquared flop, FCC chief talks policy at MWC

February 28, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC touted the agency's pro-wireless policies during a speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but made no mention of its decision to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA or the failure of LightSquared's LTE plans.

Rutledge settles in at Charter

February 28, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With two weeks under his belt as Charter's new CEO and president, Tom Rutledge faced the inevitable questions from analysts that sought to compare and contrast his current job with his former position at Cablevision.

Charter pushes back TiVo launch

February 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its fourth-quarter earnings conference call, Charter Communications executives said the company was pulling back on the reins for its planned deployment of TiVo's Premiere box.

Arris demos converged video on universal QAM

February 27, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kabel Deutschland is using Arris' D5 Universal Edge QAM to deliver DVB-C2 video to a Sony TV equipped with a DVB-C2 tuner.

Sprint raises $2B in debt, stays mum on MetroPCS rumors

February 27, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to raise $2 billion in new debt funding that it said could be used to defray the cost of upgrading its network, pay off its debt or pour additional cash into Clearwire.

Ericsson, Qualcomm show new wireless video tech

February 27, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two are collaborating on a more efficient way to deliver video over cellular networks using the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) standards.

Google sells off Clearwire stake for $47M

February 24, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google is selling off its entire stake in Clearwire for $47 million, well below the market value of the shares.

Rogers debuts TV + Web whole-home service

February 24, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has started offering a combination whole-home PVR and TV Everywhere-style service based on Cisco's Videoscape architecture.

It's official: Obama signs spectrum, public safety bill

February 24, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed a payroll tax cut extension bill that includes provisions allowing the FCC to auction off television spectrum and the long-awaited creation of a national mobile broadband network for public safety.

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