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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.

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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.

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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.

Nickelodeon going direct to consumer too

January 29, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get, similar to the services planned by HBO, ESPN, and CBS.  It's possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past shows when it launches in March.

AWS-3 Auction Ends, Pulls in $44.9 Billion

January 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Analysts estimate the bulk of the proceeds came from AT&T and Verizon, each of which might have spent $15 billion to $20 billion on the auction. It’s possible that both carriers bid around each other since the AWS-3 band plan made it possible for two carriers to land 20 MHz of spectrum.

Why cable objects to broadband being 25 Mbps

January 29, 2015 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are now providing broadband rates far in excess of the proposed new minimum, but the cable industry insists that’s not the point. The speed definition of broadband is intrinsically tied into the network neutrality debate, which is tightly intertwined with the argument about how to classify broadband. (updated Jan. 30 to include ACA comment)

Time Warner Cable improves subscriber metrics in 4Q

January 29, 2015 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable had some positive news to report in what may be its last earnings report before being consumed by Comcast later this year. In the fourth quarter, the nation’s second-largest cable operator reported its best quarterly subscriber numbers in seven years, which included the loss of just 38,000 basic video subscribers, which was less than analysts had projected.

WOW! Business adds fiber in Chicago to serve 38 downtown buildings

January 29, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

WOW! Business has purchased fiber conduit in Chicago to better serve 38 downtown buildings. The fiber conduit runs along Wacker Drive in the downtown Chicago central business district and will enable WOW! to offer its triple play and cloud computing services in the area.

Telefónica uses Amdocs again, this time in Brazil

January 28, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telefónica continues to use Amdocs to upgrade the business support systems (BSS) of its properties in South America. This time it is looking to Amdocs for systems to support the multi-screen experience for quad-play customers of its Vivo operation in Brazil.

U-verse grows a bit; Stephenson allows Title II feasibility

January 28, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse added a modest 73K video subscribers in Q4. Meanwhile, CEO Randall Stephenson allowed that there might be ways for the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II without damaging the industry; he just wants to see the plan first before deciding. 

Cox tunes up free Wi-Fi in Phoenix during Super Bowl week

January 28, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications has opened up more than 1,200 access points in Phoenix this week for free ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Cox has also added temporary hot spots in high traffic areas of Phoenix in order to better serve Super Bowl XLIX attendees.

CommScope to pay $3 billion for part of TE Connectivity

January 28, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In an effort to expand its geographic reach and business portfolio, CommScope Holding announced this morning that it was buying TE Connectivity’s telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion in cash. The deal included Switzerland-based TE’s telecommunications, enterprise networks and wireless businesses, which generated $1.9 billion in annual revenue last year.

Google expanding fiber service to 4 Southeastern metro areas

January 28, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. The company said it will bring gigabit-speed service to Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta; and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina. 

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