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Europe's telecom tie-ups signal big shakeup

March 19, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After focusing for years on becoming wireless services, Europe's telecom companies are having a renewed love affair with cables. In what some industry observers are calling a "Back-to-the-Future" moment, the need for faster and wider pipes to deliver video and other data-intense applications is driving a raft of tie-ups between mobile and cable operators that is only expected to accelerate.

Aviat intros microwave link/router for SMB backhaul

March 18, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cell backhaul sites typically use fiber connections, but as cell networks get more crowded, wireless operators are looking to install small cell networks – the wireless analog to a node split in cable. Running fiber can be prohibitive in many dense urban environments, however, and that’s when a microwave link will come in handy.

DLNA extension enables multi-screen delivery through set-tops

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Service providers have long been able to securely distribute IP-based content through broadband networks and broadband routers and still maintain security for the content. Previously, secure multi-screen distribution of MPEG-based pay TV content delivered through the set-top was not possible. DLNA CVP-2 will enable that.

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Arris’ WorkAssure clocks in on Time Warner Cable’s one-hour service windows

March 18, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to provide its subscribers with a better customer experience, Time Warner Cable has deployed Arris’ WorkAssure Field Management platform to help schedule one-hour service appointments by its technicians. By using WorkAssure, Time Warner Cable can schedule and manage its service appointments with real-time updates.

Comcast Business ratchets up another customer win

March 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pittsburg-based Patterson Manufacturing, which is a 150-year-old business that was founded on the banks of the Monongahela River, has picked Internet and cloud-based voice services from Comcast Business. Patterson is using the Comcast Business services to support its engineering, manufacturing, sales and customer service operations. 

DSA urges FCC to move on opening more unlicensed spectrum

March 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, among whose members are Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, has filed with the FCC advocating that the Commission move ahead with a plan to open more unlicensed spectrum in the U.S. – spectrum that could end up being used for new wireless services in the 600 MHz, 3.5 GHz, and 5 GHz bands.

Vodaphone to buy Ono in Spain for $10B

March 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British telecommunications company Vodafone agreed to buy Spain's Ono for about $10 billion as it seeks to expand operations across Europe. The deal is part of a broader trend of mergers and takeovers in Europe, where the mobile industry is split among some 150 major operators crisscrossing national lines — compared to just four in the United States.

U.S. broadband subscriber growth flat for 2013

March 17, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While the U.S. market experienced the first-ever net loss of basic video subscribers, the number of broadband subscribers continued to grow, with a net addition of 2.6 million new customers. Cable companies are still signing up the vast majority of new subscribers, according to company results aggregated by Leichtman Research Group (LRG).

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Suddenlink to make $232 million in capital investments across four states

March 17, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications expects to make approximately $232 million in capital investments this year in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. The biggest investment out of the four states is the $140 million that is slated for Suddenlink’s east Texas operation.

Liberty Global buys rest of VTR

March 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced that it has acquired the remaining 20 percent stake in Chile’s largest cable operator for $422 million in Liberty Global stock. Liberty Global bought the outstanding shares in both VTR GlobalCom SpA and VTR Wireless SpA from a subsidiary of Corp Group Holding Inversiones Limitada in exchange for 10.1 million Liberty Global Class C ordinary shares. 

Report: 2013 a downer for set-top boxes, but gateways strong

March 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The global set-top box market slumped last year, but shipments of cable and satellite video gateways continued to surge. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, the global set-top box market, which included IP, cable, satellite and over-the-top (OTT) media servers, totaled $18 billion last year, which was a 10 percent decline from 2012.

Office Space: The Benefits of Fiber-to-the-Desktop for the Mobile Enterprise

March 14, 2014 6:43 pm | by Brian Caskey, Chief Marketing Officer, Zhone Technologies | Articles | Comments

Passive optical LAN is a solution that supports the changing corporate landscape by providing the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future demand, offering a distinct advantage over traditional copper solutions. Fiber technologies benefit stakeholders including employees, businesses and service providers.

Review: Uneasy first steps with Google Glass

March 14, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, like most successful technology companies, dreamers and inventors, likes to take a long view on things. It calls some of its most outlandish projects "moonshots." Besides Glass, these include its driverless car, balloons that deliver Internet service to remote parts of the world and contact lenses that monitor glucose levels in diabetics.

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5 Ways cable operators can revolutionize home security

March 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by By Ed Finegold, Director-Strategy, NetCracker Technology | Articles | Comments

With some fresh ideas and innovation, cable operators may be able to expand this market substantially to bring home security – or more relevantly, remote home monitoring – to a larger customer segment with a greater variety of offerings that take advantage of the substantial bandwidth – i.e. excess capacity - cable networks can deliver to customer premises.

OTT traffic growth shifts the playing field for operators

March 13, 2014 8:10 pm | by By David Sokolic, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, PeerApp | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top traffic is growing rapidly in every operator network; mobile, cable and telco. What’s a network operator to do? A solution exists to support this new mode of consumption and provide revenue for all the participants in the delivery value chain: transparent caching.

Service Activation Tests aid in validating carrier Ethernet services

March 13, 2014 4:55 pm | by By Patrick Rüegg, Senior Technical Sales Manager, Albis Technologies | Articles | Comments

This article takes a look at the challenges that network operators face in validating carrier Ethernet services, as well as the benefits and associated workflow of using advanced Ethernet demarcation devices (EDD) integrated with service activation test (SAT) technology.

Report: Starbucks to test mobile ordering

March 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Starbucks is reportedly set to test a service this year that will customers to order their coffee right from their smartphone. The new feature is part of the company's push to promote its mobile application, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Smart home market needs more help

March 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In an effort to promote budding broadband-based home management services, HGI and the Broadband Forum are proposing what they’re calling a “universal template” to facilitate interoperability among home devices and smart home applications. The key to the idea is a logical abstraction layer that would be used to provide smart home services to broadband consumers.

Kit Carson Electric taps Fujitsu for FTTH project

March 13, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has contracted with Fujitsu to be the system integrator for its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project. The network will end up being used not only for Internet access, voice over IP, and eventually video services, but also for a Smart Grid project that KCEC has planned.

Bright House Networks fuels 1-Gig service to homes in Tampa

March 13, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has jumped into the residential 1 Gigabit arena with an EPON-based fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service that will launch this summer in three Tampa Bay housing developments. Bright House Networks partnered with Florida developer Metro Development Group (MDG) and The Broadband Group for a greenfield deployment of a symmetrical 1 Gbps service to the homeowners.

Report: There's money in them thar small cell networks

March 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MNO adoption of small cell technology will create a substantial new revenue opportunity available to cable MSOs and satellite providers to provide even more cellular backhaul support.  According to a survey sponsored by Amdocs, 70 percent of MNOs globally are prepared to also use small cell networks rolled out by or owned by a third-party.

Liberty Global goes live in Germany with Arris E6000

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia Kabel has deployed Arris’ E6000 converged edge router en route to offering its customers a 1 Gbps service. The customer win has the potential of getting the E6000 into Liberty Global’s additional cable operations in the 13 other countries across its European footprint.

Wave buys fiber optic provider CPI

March 12, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, the parent company of Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it had bought fiber optics provider Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI) for an undisclosed sum. The deal provided Wave with a business services unit to compliment the residential services that it has been providing to consumers in CPI’s footprint for more than a decade.

RST Fiber lights up 100G-fiber backbone in N.C.

March 11, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RST Fiber is laying claim to being the first privately-owned company in the nation to fire up a 100-gigabit backbone network using carrier-grade IPv6. The 3,100-mile underground network, which is supplemented by Wi-Fi, stretches across RST Fiber’s home state of North Carolina.

BHN, Fujitsu take 400G, 800G for a trial spin

March 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and Fujitsu teamed up to trial the vendor’s 400 G technology over a live network. The backbone trial was Fujitsu’s first 400G outing with a cable operator. Once the 400G trial was completed, an error-free rate of 800G was also attempted and achieved.

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