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Concurrent software supports cloud-based video apps

February 9, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The software offers dynamic data replication, balancing of content across storage nodes, automatic data recovery, and other features useful to support the launch of IP video applications such as network-based digital video recording (DVR) or personal video lockers.

Sling TV available to everyone, adds AMC Networks

February 9, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

As of today, Sling TV’s cord-cutting service is open for business to everyone, and it also announced that AMC Networks has joined its roster of content providers. Sling TV, a subsidiary of Dish, started out as an invitation-only offering when it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.

Atlantic Broadband hooks up with Miami Data Vault

February 9, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has bolstered its presence in the burgeoning South Florida communications sector by partnering with Miami Data Vault. The deal allows Atlantic Broadband to offer its suite of commercial services to businesses via Miami Data Vault’s data center and coloction facility.

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Calix helps deliver Alabama’s first gigabit service

February 9, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Calix has lit up the state of Alabama’s first 1-gigabit service through a deal with Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC.) After launching last week, FTC, which is Alabama's largest member-owned telephone cooperative, is providing symmetrical 1-gig speeds to customers in DeKalb and Jackson counties.

Apple exploring an over the top TV service

February 6, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Apple is reportedly reviving discussions with programmers about creating a streaming TV service. The company is in early stages of negotiations with programmers about securing rights to content, and has been demonstrating the ability to deliver TV, according to re/code.

Texas two-step: TWC Maxx rolls into Dallas area

February 6, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started notifying its subscribers in Dallas and surrounding areas that its TWC Maxx project, which includes the conversion to all-digital, will soon be underway. By early summer of this year, those Dallas area subscribers will be able to tap into speeds of up to 300 Mbps down with the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion.

Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation

February 6, 2015 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Few members of Congress appear willing to move toward a bipartisan update to the 80-year-old, law that top U.S. regulators say gives them the authority to regulate the Internet. That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers.

Chunghwa using Envivio encoders to test 4K streaming

February 5, 2015 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Chunghwa Telecom will be using Envivio’s Muse Ultra HD software to support two modes of 4K HEVC delivery to a wide range of devices: video-on-demand content delivered via unicast transfer, and NVOD through multicast to HwaCom set-top boxes.

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Cablevision starts Freewheeling today

February 5, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision turned on its Wi-Fi-exclusive phone service providing unlimited data, talk and text. Monthly fees will be much lower: $9.95 a month for Optimum customers and $29.95 a month for everyone else. The company is currently supporting Motorola’s Moto G.

Video, data, advertising fuel Charter’s fourth quarter results

February 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ fourth quarter results were driven by robust video and advertising revenues, and a continued increase in data subscribers. Charter’s residential video subscribers grew by 3,000, as opposed to a loss of 2,000 a year ago, while it added 104,000 high-speed Internet customers in the quarter.

Research: 25 percent of broadband homes find energy monitoring appealing

February 5, 2015 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 25 percent of the broadband households across the nation find an energy monitoring service “very appealing.” In more good news for cable operators that offer home automation services, 22 percent were interested in an appliance monitoring service while 26 percent found an HVAC monitoring service very appealing.

AT&T, GE testing industrial IoT apps

February 4, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T and GE said they have collaborated on the development of a smart meter system and a smart lighting solution. The two said the smart meter system is now being tested by customers. The two expect to commercialize the solutions later this year.

Sckipio hits 500 Mbps in G.fast lab trials

February 4, 2015 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Sckipio Technologies said it has successfully trialed G.fast at speeds greater than 500 Mbps for 200 meters, which doubled the official ITU targets for the G.fast standard. Israel-based Sckipio achieved more than 200 Mbps at 400 meters, which also doubled the target distance for the given rate. 

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Report: Service provider router market to top $11.5 billon in 2019

February 4, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the global service provider market is projected to top $11.5 billion in four years. The service provider market includes core and edge routers while the report also examined the enterprise router market.

Comcast, Charter bottom dwellers of Harris reputation poll

February 4, 2015 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

In the 16th annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study that was released today, Charter Communications and Comcast ranked 92nd and 93rd, respectively out of the 100 companies on the list. Given Comcast’s slate of customer service debacles, including the news last week that a customer’s name was changed to “A**hole Brown” on his bill, it’s no surprise to see it near the bottom.

It's official: the FCC intends to reclassify broadband

February 4, 2015 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In order to enforce network neutrality, the FCC will propose reclassifying broadband under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to raise network neutrality principles from general tenets to explicit rules, and he intends to include mobile broadband for the first time.

Time Warner Cable boots up Denver data center

February 3, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable flipped the “on” switch to its $85 million National Data Center West facility near Denver over the weekend. Time Warner Cable first broke ground on expanding the national data center, which is located in the Denver suburb of Centennial, in June, 2013. 

FCC preparing to void laws barring muni broadband

February 2, 2015 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC is said to be developing a plan to curtail or even void state laws that prohibit municipal broadband. The indications are accumulating that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t backing off on any of his threats to bring the communications industry to heel.

Sling TV recruits Univision to OTT roster

February 2, 2015 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications will be joining Sling TV’s OTT lineup after the two companies struck a deal that included multi-stream rights for live and VOD content. The terms of the agreement included the flagship Univision Network, UniMás, UDN (Univision Deportes Network), Galavisión, El Rey Network, Bandamax, De Película, as well as Univision and UniMás broadcast stations nationwide.

Intel to buy broadband access vendor Lantiq

February 2, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In order to expand its reach into more households, Intel announced a deal to buy Munich, Germany-based Lantiq, which is a supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies. Terms of the deal, which is slated to close over the next 90 days after passing customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, weren’t released.

New rules may answer question of whose Internet it is

February 2, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction, shelling out $18.2 billion in provisional winning bids (PWB). Verizon spent $10.4 billion in the auction. T-Mobile spent about $1.8 billion. Dish Network and its allies surprised by spending more on PWBs than estimated.

Cablevision suing Verizon over ad claims. Again.

January 30, 2015 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon for false advertising claims again, this time charging its rival with misleading and deceptive advertising claims about Wi-Fi service. Cablevision is objecting to Verizon’s promotions of its new FiOS Quantum gateway.

Smartphones, broadband access markets buoy Broadcom's Q4

January 30, 2015 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company recently announced a DOCSIS 3.1 chipset that will be a critical component of next-generation cable equipment, right after announcing a g.fast chipset for equipment that can accelerate DSL networks to potentially compete with DOCSIS-based networks. 

ALU demos aggregating current fiber links to 400G

January 30, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone Spain said they have used the former’s 1830 Photonic Switch to reach aggregate data transport rates up to 400 Gbps on an existing fiber link. The trial demonstrates the ability of an existing optical network to carry data at up to 17.6 Tbps.

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