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U.N. sets stage for blazing-fast new mobile devices

January 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Nations telecom meeting has approved the next generation of mobile technology, which experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones and eliminate the wait time between the tap of a finger and the appearance of a Web page.

Google, Wikipedia protest U.S. antipiracy proposals

January 19, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content.

Verizon Wireless teams with StrataCache

January 18, 2012 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two collaborate on a cloud-based approach to updating digital signs in retail outlets, updated via Verizon's LTE network.

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Clearfield adds mid-size access point

January 18, 2012 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The new FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) Outdoor 48-Port Wall Mount Panel hits the spot between larger-scale OSP deployments and smaller MDU applications.

LightSquared: GPS interference tests 'rigged'

January 18, 2012 1:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared said that GPS industry insiders "rigged" tests that found its planned LTE network interfered with GPS receivers so badly that there was no practical way to fix the problem.

Comcast, Verizon kick-start joint marketing effort in Pacific Northwest

January 17, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Comcast are jumpstarting their new partnership with the cross-selling of each other’s services in Seattle and Portland.

Dzuban inks 5-year deal to continue at helm of SCTE

January 17, 2012 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has extended the term of Mark Dzuban as president and CEO of the organization through the next five years.

Cheetah upgrades its network monitoring system

January 17, 2012 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company adds the ability to analyze QAM video carriers and expands spectrum coverage to 1 GHz.

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BlackArrow beefs up exec team with Matarese, Iboshi, McCormick

January 17, 2012 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor BlackArrow has added three new executives to its team as the company broadens its reach into multi-platform advertising opportunities.

Clearwire, China Mobile deepen TD-LTE partnership

January 17, 2012 1:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

There's a catch: The development of equipment and devices for TD-LTE lags behind FDD-LTE, the standard used in Verizon Wireless and AT&T's LTE networks.

Nortel fraud trial begins

January 17, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fraud case against three former Nortel Networks executives who are accused of falsifying financial reports began eight years after they were fired.

Rogers launches free sports barker channel to digital subs

January 16, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Claiming an industry first in Canada, Rogers Communications has rolled out a barker channel, Sportsnews, for free to its digital customers.

Hulu to launch 1st original scripted show

January 16, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu will broadcast its first original scripted series, a political comedy that will debut during the real-life Republican presidential primary.

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Rural turns to white space

January 16, 2012 2:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Like most wireless Internet service providers, Jab Broadband relies on unlicensed spectrum to get its service out to sparsely populated areas where there's only dial-up service.

Officials: Broadband plan would disrupt GPS

January 16, 2012 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests show that even the modified plans of the company LightSquared to start up a national high-speed wireless broadband network would cause harmful interference with GPS signals, federal officials said in a letter.

Hulu Plus ends year with 1.5M subscribers

January 13, 2012 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu Plus, the online video subscription service owned by major broadcast networks ABC, Fox and NBC, reached a new milestone at the end of the year, with 1.5 million paying subscribers a little more than a year after its formal launch.

STMicroelectronics proposes green home control system

January 13, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Solar-powered sensors and monitors can be distributed throughout the home and can connect through a gateway, set-top or PC.

FCC opens docket on Verizon AWS buys

January 12, 2012 2:21 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has started formal proceedings for its review of Verizon Wireless' multi-billion-dollar purchases of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies that purchased the spectrum five years ago but never realized their plans to use it.

Cisco allies with ActiveVideo

January 12, 2012 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco adds ActiveVideo technology to enable cloud services through its Videoscape TV platform. Meanwhile, ActiveVideo offers support for the HTML5 environment.

Samsung-connected TVs to host Verizon FiOS

January 12, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Another nail in the coffin for set-top boxes: Samsung cuts a deal to host Verizon FiOS channels directly on its broadband-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

Bright House vows to expand Wi-Fi network in Florida

January 12, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bright House Networks said it will continue to build Wi-Fi access points not only in its own Florida service area, but across the state.

@ CES: Ericsson's Vestberg brings wireless vision to CES

January 12, 2012 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg is never shy about expressing his vision for the connected-everything world of the future.

@ CES: Customer data will drive TV 3.0

January 11, 2012 8:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of different scenarios for what the TV of tomorrow may look like, but a panel session at CES did drive home the point that collecting customer data can play a key role.

@ CES: Cable One testing EchoStar's Aria platform

January 11, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One looks like it's the first customer for EchoStar's Aria platform, which was designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators.

@ CES: DLNA bows Premium Video; Comcast, Intel demo it

January 11, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At CES, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) unveiled its Premium Video platform, which enables networking to various DLNA-certified devices in the home, while Comcast and Intel demonstrated it over on the show floor.

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