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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.

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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. 

FTC recommends privacy, security protections for Internet of Things

January 27, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

If the Internet of Things is going to be a viable business, individuals relying on it must have some expectation that networks will be secure and privacy can be assured. The Federal Trade Commission today issued recommendations that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers' privacy and security.

Spec for wireless network supporting Internet of Things released

January 27, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The specification for the wireless standard that will support field area networks has been released. The IEEE 802.15.4g standard has promise as a key enabler for the Internet of Things, especially business, industrial and smart-city applications.

Time Warner Cable expands 1 World Trade network

January 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Working on a prestige project, Time Warner Cable has pulled more than 1.5 miles of fiber and coaxial cable into and throughout the skyscraper, a 104-story office building that replaced the fallen twin towers in New York City’s Lower Manhattan.

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TWC gears up for epic blizzard

January 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

With up to 3 feet of snow forecast Monday night into Tuesday, Time Warner Cable has geared up for the blizzard of historic proportions. Time Warner Cable has been down this road before in its New York City footprint after 9/11 in 2001 and Super Storm Sandy three years ago, so the nation’s second largest cable operator started mobilizing its techs. 

AT&T Seeks 'North American Service Area' with Another Mexico Buy

January 26, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In the wake of closing its acquistion of Iusacell, AT&T announced Monday that it has agreed to acquire Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings for $1.8 billion. The purchase includes wireless properties in Mexico, including spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 3 million subscribers.

Imagine scoops up RGB Networks

January 26, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

[Updated 6:00PM Eastern] Imagine Communications is buying RGB Networks, which specializes in software-based dynamic ad insertion (DAI), just-in-time (JIT) packaging, and cloud DVR. No price was set. Imagine said it will bring on board the majority of RGB’s employees.

Charter ups DiGeronimo to EVP, product and strategy

January 26, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced today that Rich DiGeronimo has been promoted to executive vice president, product and strategy where he will continue to report to COO John Bickham. DiGeronimo previously served as senior vice president, product and strategy since 2011.

Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

January 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. Based on a few days of viewing, Sling TV comes across as a good stopgap for those who don't already pay for cable or satellite — but it's not compelling enough for most people to cut the cord.

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Verizon automatically updating new Quantum gateway

January 23, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Verizon provided its software-upgradeable FiOS Quantum Gateway with its first set of new features, the most prominent of which is guest Wi-Fi, which the company gushes is “perfect for gatherings or businesses.” The updates also include parental controls.

OpenVault, Fourthwall combine modem, set-top diagnostics

January 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Customers of both OpenVault and FourthWall will be able to get an integrated view of the data from both their cable modems and set-top boxes now that OpenVault has licensed the use of STB diagnostics from FourthWall’s MassiveData division.

Report: Google to Sell Phone Plans on Sprint’s, T-Mobile’s Networks

January 22, 2015 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

By one estimation, Google's ultimate goal is to force down prices in wireline broadband. The Internet search giant has reportedly codenamed the new venture Nova and a number of employees at the company have already tested the service. The service will likely launch this year.

Verizon hints at OTT product; reports Internet of Things revenue

January 22, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CFO Fran Shammo teased about an over-the-top product that might be introduced in the summer.  He said the IoT is now a defined, growing business with specific revenue attached. He also reiterated Verizon’s opposition to Title II reclassification.

GCI debuts ‘No Worries’ data plans

January 22, 2015 1:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In an effort to keep broadband subscribers up to speed on their data-plan usage, GCI has launched its “No Worries” broadband tiers. The No Worries broadband plans give GCI subscribers the ability to manage their monthly Internet bills, which in turn should eliminate surprise overage fees.

Cox promotes Roberts to SVP of field services

January 22, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications had promoted Janice Roberts to senior vice president of field services. With the promotion, Roberts now manages all residential and Cox Business field operations across Cox’s footprint, including regional call centers and operations support at the company’s Atlanta headquarters.

Google, Fidelity invest $1B in SpaceX

January 21, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent weeks, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has talked about lofting a network of satellites that would be used for delivering broadband services, including remotest areas on Earth. Speculation is that Google might be investing to help finance that vision.

LaJoie joins Guavus' board as chairman

January 21, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mike LaJoie, former executive vice president and chief technology officer of Time Warner Cable (TWC), has joined Guavus' board of directors and will serve as chairman of the board. The company specializes in big data analytics solutions for operational intelligence and the Internet of Things.

Liberty Global names Strong chief transformation officer

January 21, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Virgin Media chief operating officer Dana Strong will move into a new role at the end of this month as senior vice president, chief transformation officer at corporate parent Liberty Global. In her new position, Strong will report directly to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries and she’ll also join Liberty’s executive management committee.

Net neutrality, cybersecurity on State of the Union agenda

January 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Network neutrality, cybersecurity, and paid sick leave are likely topics for this evening’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. The President in November announced his support of net neutrality, and what he calls “lowering the cost of launching a new idea.”

China Mobile Research aiming at 800 Gbps wireless

January 20, 2015 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A new 5G research partnership involving China Mobile Research Institute and Nutaq Innovation will start work on testing and fine-tuning massive MIMO antenna applications, with a goal of 800 Gbps speeds -- far, far beyond the typical aims for  5G technology.

Bright House Networks, NetCracker complete 1st phase of BSS upgrade

January 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and NetCracker have checked off the first phase of a large-scale BSS and customer experience upgrade off of their to-do list. The project includes consolidating and replacing Bright House Networks’ billing system as well as new CRM and e-commerce implementations.

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