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Olympics to strain U.K. broadband infrastructure

March 20, 2012 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Olympic sprinters race down the tracks, will London's Internet infrastructure be able to keep up? Let's hope so.

Presto chango: IP&TV World Forum rebrands as TV Connect

March 20, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The IP&TV World Forum kicks off in London with the new name of TV Connect.

Witnesses set for Senate hearing on Verizon, cable AWS sale

March 19, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Executives from Verizon and Comcast will square off against the Rural Cellular Association and Free Press at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion acquisition of nationwide AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

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Comcast Business Services’ Metro Ethernet passes test with school district

March 19, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services is providing its Metro Ethernet services to the Farmington, Conn., Public School District in order to help the district’s 4,000 students meet a statewide online test-taking initiative ahead of schedule.

Cox Business, IO Data Center connect on disaster recovery

March 19, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has teamed up with IO Data Center to provide a robust data recovery solution for the International Genomics Consortium in Phoenix.

Nielsen launches cross-platform ad measurement tool with GroupM

March 19, 2012 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advertisers and ad agencies have long yearned for a system that standardizes ratings across both TV and Internet ads, and Nielsen has launched its cross-platform advertising measurement service with GroupM.

NetZero launches WiMAX mobile broadband product in 80 cities

March 19, 2012 2:37 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

NetZero Wireless, a subsidiary of United Online, announced the launch of NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband in more than 80 cities.

LightSquared: 'There's too much at stake to walk away'

March 19, 2012 2:35 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC's decision to stop it from launching its wireless network violated its constitutional rights, it said, vowing to find a way to move forward.

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Study: U.S. business fiber penetration increases to 32%

March 19, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The penetration of fiber-optic services to businesses across the nation continued to increase last year.

Comcast ready to jolt electronics industry on energy awareness

March 16, 2012 3:28 pm | by Special to CED | News | Comments

Cognizant of its new size and expanded influence, Comcast intends to push for better management of energy consumption in both network infrastructure and in the home.

It's over: Sprint ends LightSquared LTE deal

March 16, 2012 3:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint walked away from a multi-billion-dollar deal to host LightSquared's spectrum on its network and has returned $65 million in prepayments to the foundering company, whose wireless plans are on the rocks because of problems with GPS interference.

Verizon offering EBIF-based NCAA bracket app

March 16, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The app, built by Ensequence for ESPN, allows FiOS subs to fill out and follow brackets for the college hoops tourney.

Avaya acquires Radvision for $230M

March 16, 2012 3:20 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Avaya announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Radvision, a provider of videoconferencing and telepresence technologies over IP and wireless networks, for $230 million.

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The CW will cut streaming window

March 16, 2012 3:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A significant minority of fans refuse to wait three days, and instead visit illegal sites to watch CW shows.

Rural Canadian cell phone users won't get faster networks soon

March 16, 2012 3:15 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada’s attempts to encourage the expansion of access are unlikely to bear fruit quickly.

FTC said to probe Google on tracking, antitrust

March 16, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google is reportedly facing multiple investigations from the Federal Trade Commission over its business practices.

Cisco snags NDS in $5B deal

March 15, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The continued video-based evolution of Cisco took a major leap forward with the news that it will buy digital TV software and security vendor NDS for $5 billion.

Dish Network’s Hopper whole-home DVR platform available

March 15, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network said that its Hopper whole-home DVR system, which it first introduced at CES earlier this year, is now available to its customers.

Verizon relents, licenses Veveo’s search technology

March 15, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to license start-up Veveo’s technology for cloud-based search associated with its FiOS TV service.

Canada moves to open wireless market to new entrants

March 15, 2012 3:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Canada is opening its telecommunications market to foreign investors and capping the amount of spectrum that can be owned by operators as it works to inject more competition into its wireless market.

VZW closes purchase of spectrum in Poconos

March 15, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless closed its purchase of a regional wireless provider in northeast Pennsylvania from U.S. Cellular

Swisscom taps Net Insight for contribution system

March 15, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Swisscom Broadcast will use Net Insight’s Nimbra platform to transport live HD video, voice and data content.

TD-LTE: Ready for liftoff

March 15, 2012 2:57 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With its most high-profile backer sent back to the bench, does that mean TD-LTE is out of the running? Not by a long shot.

Buckeye gears up with Arris for home networking

March 14, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem is gearing up for its long-term IP migration while attempting to win back customers in the short term with Arris’ hybrid QAM/IP video gateways.

Imagine revises ICE system for IPTV, multi-screen

March 14, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine Communications has reengineered its ICE video platform so that it can simultaneously process HD and SD IPTV streams; options include adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming.  The upgrade makes the ICE system suitable for IPTV, a bit of a repositioning for the company. And, of course, the new combination of capabilities makes ICE suitable for multi-screen delivery, as well.

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