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Amazon goes after mobile payments with 'Local Register'

August 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Amazon today announced a new point of sale (POS) solution that will provide the company with an inroad to brick and mortar retailers. Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business. 

Business Wi-Fi Everywhere

August 13, 2014 12:40 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Wi-Fi has become the wireless play that cable operators have long yearned for, and it doesn’t require the costly build out of LTE networks or flaky partnerships that ultimately failed. From homes, to stadiums, to trains, to metro areas with heavy foot traffic, Wi-Fi has been a shining star.

Stick out your webcam and say “ah”

August 13, 2014 12:27 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Telemedicine is still in its infancy, just beginning to be a commercial endeavor. The limited amount of activity conducted today doesn’t register as even a blip in broadband usage statistics, but practitioners could end up being some of the most exacting broadband customers.

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Delivering OTT Services Under Your Own Brand

August 13, 2014 12:12 am | by Jim Anderson, COO, aio TV | Articles | Comments

We hear talk of “cord cutters” and “cord nevers,” but the bottom line is that people actually like TV, with individual TV shows being a big part of people’s lives, regardless if it comes from traditional cable or an OTT source. So consumers are forming their loyalties to programming, not providers.

Resolving Transport Stream Errors in 10GigE Infrastructure

August 12, 2014 11:37 pm | by Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing, Triveni Digital | Articles | Comments

Cable operators are transitioning to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking infrastructure. However, the complexity of this new environment creates a challenge for operators trying to quickly and cost-effectively reduce, locate, and eliminate transport stream errors.

Connecting the dots to learning and leadership at Expo

August 12, 2014 11:06 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Engineering-Wise: Lindsay Johnston joined us earlier this year as SVP, operations. She’s taken on a variety of responsibilities – our new Corporate Alliance Program (CAP), SCTE organizational leadership and industry ambassadorship, among others – with a gusto that gets results.

Verizon bets on video, VoLTE and tablets for growth

August 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless expects to prosper with video. "Multicast is a few years out...that's the pivotal start to change the way content is delivered on the mobile handset," said CFO Fran Shammo, who noted that driving an ecosystem of devices that support the technology will be key to its adoption.

Miami next on AT&T’s GigaPower hit list; Gig speeds up in Austin

August 12, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s GigaPower service will touch down in the city of Miami, which is also in Comcast’s footprint. The Miami announcement came a day after AT&T said that over the coming weeks it would start offering existing subscribers 1 Gbps speeds in Austin.

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Mediacom Communications, CSG extend contract

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications and CSG International have extended their 15-year partnership with a new multi-year contract extension. With the new deal, Mediacom will broaden the end-to-end customer care and billing solutions provided by CSG to expand beyond triple play services into home automation and other lines of business.

SCTE to provide details on Energy 2020 during Expo session

August 12, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spearheaded by Comcast’s John Schanz and other industry thought leaders, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will provide more details on its recently announced Energy 2020 initiative at Cable-Tec Expo next month in Denver. Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable, will speak about the cable industry’s new collaborative energy program that was first announced in June. 

Polish service provider picks Arris’ E6000

August 11, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Warsaw, Poland-based Netia has selected Arris’ E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to support its broadband service. Netia, which is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Poland, said it picked the CCAP-based E6000 to support future roll outs of the cable industry’s DOCSIS 3.1 specifications. Netia will work with Arris reseller Vector to deploy the E6000 CER.

MetroCast lights up fiber in Miss.

August 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

MetroCast Communications has fired up a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in two communities that it serves in Mississippi. The recent FTTH deployments in the Mississippi towns of Starkville and Oxford followed on the heels of a deployment in Carthage, Mississippi earlier this year.

Suddenlink begins gigabit upgrade

August 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has embarked on a three-year program to accelerate Internet service rates. It plans to increase the rate of its Flagship 15 Mbps tier to 200 Mbps, and its top Billboard 107 Mbps tier to 1 Gbps. The company anticipates expanding its capex by $230 million.

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Google using its clout to widen use of encryption

August 8, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is wielding the power of its dominant Internet search engine to push more websites into protecting the people using their services. The move involves a change in Google's closely guarded formula for determining the rankings of its search results. Websites that automatically encrypt their services will now be boosted higher in Google Inc.'s recommendation system. 

Comcast checks in with Doctor On Demand

August 7, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has signed on as a client of San Francisco-based Doctor On Demand in order to provide its employees video visits with the healthcare service’s doctors. Comcast plans on integrating Doctor On Demand into its health and wellness offerings and will, for certain plans, fully subsidize employees’ video visits with Doctor On Demand physicians

Sprint CEO Hesse out, T-Mobile merger off

August 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure will take over as President and CEO at Sprint. Claure founded Brightstar, a wireless distribution company, and earlier this year sold a majority stake to SoftBank for $1.26 billion. After the sale he joined the board at Sprint, also owned by SoftBank.

Vyve fills out Oklahoma footprint with acquisitions

August 6, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband said it has acquired certain assets of Reach Broadband and all the assets of Lakeview Cable. The acquisitions fill out Vyve’s footprint in Oklahoma. The former Reach and Lakeview systems have already been merged into Vyve's operations.

CenturyLink plans gigabit services in 16 markets

August 6, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CenturyLink plans to leapfrog some of its competitors by going straight to symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps in 16 markets. The carrier has also been reported to be negotiating with some of the cities, including Portland, Ore., for video franchises.

Alternatives to passwords gain traction

August 5, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Passcodes are a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more.

Verizon to FCC: throttling unlimited users “widely acepted”

August 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Following consumer consternation over reports that Verizon is occasionally restricting the access of some of its heaviest users, and after FCC Chairman cautioned the company, Verizon responds that its actions are necessary network management practices to handle network congestion.

Cisco forms Internet of Things group

August 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco has created a new group, called the IoT systems and software group, dedicated to machine connectivity. Kip Compton has been named VP, Internet of Things (IoT) Systems & Software, in charge of the company's strategy for what it considers a major growth area.

Cablevision loses customers, but has faith in Wi-Fi

August 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision lost 28,000 video customers, 8,000 broadband subscribers, as Verizon FiOS enticed subscribers away with offers of the triple play priced as low as $69 a month. But Wi-Fi usage is increasing, and the MSO believes it may yet be turned into a key differentiator against competitors.

Comcast accelerates Xfinity for Californians

August 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSOs latest speed increase applies to all California customers except those in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Isleton, Lodi and Rio Vista. The other markets where Comcast accelerated Xfinity speeds are Olathe, KS, Independence, MO, and Houston, TX.

CableLabs to help Averna with DOCSIS 3.1 analyzer

August 4, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Averna is developing a new version of its DOCSIS 3.1 Protocol Analyzer Early, and has conscripted CableLabs to join its early adopter program to help the company develop the product. The analyzer is used for functional DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS network analysis, providing visibility into all layers of the network.

Comcast renews Internet Essentials commitment

August 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO is offering up to 6 months of complimentary service for any family that has not yet applied for Internet Essentials. Comcast also said it intends to forgive the debt of some families that have subscribed in the past to the Internet Essentials program and still have unpaid balances.

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