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Cable operations pace Comcast's Q1

May 4, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shrugging off the aborted takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast turns in a solid Q1, paced by broadband additions and the enthusiastic reception to the X1 platform.

Telcos ask FCC for stay on Title II

May 1, 2015 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Several organizations from the telco sector have petitioned the FCC for a stay on its Open Internet Order, which reclassifies broadband as a communications service subject to Title II regulation.  

TWC turns in best ever quarter, operations-wise

May 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable turned in one of its most impressive quarters in terms of subscriber metrics in a very long time, as the rumor mill spun crazily about the company’s options now that Comcast has given up its takeover attempt.

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Suddenlink accelerates broadband in MO

May 1, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Over the next three years Suddenlink will introduce a new non-symmetrical high-speed internet service to its customers in St. Joseph, Missouri. The two low tiers of service of 15 and 30 Mbps will be upgraded to 50 Mbps. Customers that have internet at 50 Mbps will be upgraded to 75 Mbps.

Comcast puts dent in Charter's Q1

May 1, 2015 1:34 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter recorded an $81 million net loss, which the company attributed to expenses tied to Comcast’s Time Warner Cable buyout transaction. The company said it incurred $86 million in interest expense related to financing the Comcast transaction and $13 million in related costs.

Amdocs buying Comverse's BSS ops

May 1, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comverse has agreed to sell the assets of its business support systems (BSS) unit to Amdocs for approximately $272 million in cash. Comverse retains its digital services business, which caters mostly to wireless carriers.

Slowdown in telco sector crimps Arris' Q1

April 30, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris’ CPE segment retained its momentum in cable-related products in the quarter. Larry Robinson, president of CPE, noted Arris will continue to be affected by the pending AT&T and DirecTV transaction. Arris CPE sales were down due to a decrease in demand by its telecom customers for standalone HD digital set-tops boxes.

Sprint, Boingo, sign airport Wi-Fi deal

April 30, 2015 1:32 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint announced an agreement with Boingo Wireless that will give Sprint customers access to Boingo’s Passpoint Wi-Fi networks in 35 U.S. airports. Sprint phones should automatically connect and authenticate on Boingo’s Wi-Fi when in range.

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AT&T expands 300 Mbps business service to 180 markets

April 30, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T has significantly expanded the availability of AT&T Business Fiber to businesses from roughly two dozen markets to more than 180 U.S. cities.

FCC sets Connect America disbursements totalling $1.7B

April 30, 2015 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has significantly increased the funding for the Connect America Fund (CAF) to $1.675 billion, all going to “price cap carriers” – all telephone companies. The fund disburses money to broadband providers to encourage them to extend service to consumers in unserved and underserved areas.

Virgin, thriving with DAI for VOD, eyes linear

April 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Virgin Media said it will be expanding its use of dynamic ad insertion in VOD, and expects to eventually bring its DAI platform to bear on linear content for ad replacement as well.

T-Mobile's Legere: cable companies are potential partners

April 29, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

"I think you need to think about the cable industry and players like us as not competitors but potential partners and alternatives for each other in the future," the T-Mobile CEO said.

Midcontinent upgrades to 100G optical platform

April 29, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO has deployed the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform in its Upper Midwest service area to help deliver cable television, high-speed Internet and telecom services to its customers.

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Report: FCC may nix Dish spectrum discounts

April 28, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has asked his staff to closely review the bidding actions of Dish's Designated Entities--SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless--smaller corporations that bid on Dish's behalf which were privy to special discounts. 

Comcast offering Internet Plus 25 in WA

April 28, 2015 2:43 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is making a package designed for people who want to subscribe to Comcast exclusively for its Xfinity Internet service available in Washington State. The MSO's Internet Plus 25 tier offers 25 Mbps internet. It comes with limited basic TV, HBO, and Streampix.

Time Warner Cable adds live channels to app on Xbox One

April 28, 2015 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added live TV channels to its TWC TV app running on Microsoft’s Xbox One console. TWC began offering the app on the Xbox One last month, starting with on-demand content.

Cablevision first MSO to offer Hulu directly

April 28, 2015 2:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision has become the first cable or satellite operator to offer Hulu subscriptions directly. The company has not yet released details on pricing or when the service will become available to Optimum customers.

Verizon prepares for transition to SDN

April 28, 2015 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The company has no specific timetable for its network conversion, but it's been working with several of its largest vendors to create a comprehensive SDN network architecture document, including APIs, reference architectures and more.

Winners and losers in the wake of Comcast/TWC

April 27, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The breakdown of the deal is being seen as a blow to Comcast and the cable industry in general. Conversely, it's being hailed as a victory for consumer advocates and the competitors of the two companies.

Amazon breaks out web services revenue for first time

April 24, 2015 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon Web Services is the biggest player in the public cloud-computing space, 5 or 6 times bigger than its closest competitor, Microsoft's Azure, and Google a distant third, according to analysts.

Cablevision debuts packages for cord cutters

April 24, 2015 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The packages start with broadband, and also make use of the situation that Aereo tried (but failed) to exploit – that local TV channels are free over the air. Cablevision’s new packages come with a free HDTV antenna that subscribers can install in their homes.

Comcast walking away from TWC deal

April 23, 2015 7:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

From the beginning, the company vigorously defended the merger as a great deal for everyone involved, but all of the proposed benefits were nice-to-haves -- nothing associated with the deal was imperative or solved any particular problem for anybody.

Modest U-verse growth in AT&T's Q1

April 23, 2015 2:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T’s broadband subscriber base grew by 440,000 to 12.6 million. The company’s pay TV subscriptions increased by 50,000 in the quarter. The company’s U-verse service makes up 69 percent of wireline consumer revenues, which is a 10 percent increase year over year.

Comcast activates Gigabit Pro in Florida markets

April 23, 2015 2:05 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast will bring Gigabit Pro to its customers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm, and Jacksonville early next month. In total, 1.3 million Florida customers will have access to the fiber to the home (FTTH) symmetrical 2Gbps service, if they want it.

Google’s Project Fi mobile phone service is here

April 22, 2015 2:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Project Fi is promising a seamless experience as it automatically connects you to the strongest available signal on either Wi-Fi or LTE. As reported, Project Fi will use Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s LTE networks.

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