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Comcast: We tried to sell AWS to 'virtually every' U.S. carrier

March 22, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A top Comcast executive said during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that it had tried to sell its AWS spectrum to "virtually every wireless carrier in the country" before forging a multi-billion-dollar deal with Verizon Wireless.

Review: New iPad screen is eye-opening upgrade

March 22, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beware the new iPad: Not because it's an inferior product, but because it's a superior one. Using one is like living the life of a millionaire for a day, then getting dumped back in your regular life. Your eyes are now opened to how miserable your existence is.

Comcast, Liberty Global pump $11M into ad firm Integrate

March 21, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global Ventures and Comcast Ventures stepped to the plate to lead an $11 million second round of financing for advertising enabler Integrate, led by Jeremy Bloom.


FCC vote may advance Dish spectrum use

March 21, 2012 2:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is expected to pass a proposal at its open meeting, which could advance Dish Network's plans to use its satellite spectrum for an LTE network.

Broadcom buying BroadLight for about $195M

March 21, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Semiconductor company Broadcom is buying privately held BroadLight for about $195 million in order to expand its broadband access portfolio and help deliver next-generation technologies.

Virgin Mobile hit by national data, SMS outage

March 21, 2012 2:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile USA is recovering from a national outage that has left customers across the country without data or text messaging service.

New set-tops could save millions of kilowatts a year

March 20, 2012 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The inclusion of a “light sleep” mode can help set-tops consume more than 20 percent less energy than boxes lacking the option.

Google, Motorola merger held up by China review

March 20, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

China's antitrust authorities are prolonging a second investigation into Google's $12.5 billion merger with Motorola Mobility.


Motorola Mobility, EdgeCast partner up on CDN offering

March 20, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has added a content delivery network option into its roster through a partnership with EdgeCast Networks that will also extend its reach globally.

Bernstein: Sprint bankruptcy a 'very legitimate risk'

March 20, 2012 3:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint's stock took a hit after a prominent research firm downgraded the operator on a "very legitimate risk" of bankruptcy, sending the operator's shares down 4.5 percent after a recent rally.

BT picks IneoQuest system for service quality

March 20, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BT Wholesale will use IneoQuest’s Video Service Assurance solution to ensure the reliability and quality of its new TV Connect service

GSMA, WBA collaborate on Wi-Fi roaming

March 20, 2012 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The GSMA and the Wireless Broadband Alliance announced a collaboration aimed at simplifying connectivity to Wi-Fi hotspots from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Research: 3M broadband subs added by top 18 telco, cable providers

March 20, 2012 3:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The 18 biggest cable operators and telco providers in the nation added a total of 3 million data subscribers last year.


Apple’s iPad sales break records; stock flirts with $600

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

Just hours after announcing a dividend and stock repurchase program, Apple released a statement saying it had sold 3 million new iPads since the tablet launched.

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.

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.

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.

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