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Internet of Things will break telcos' business model

June 12, 2014 12:35 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: The acceleration of broadband usage is affecting telcos in the same way it's affecting cable network operators: energy consumption will outstrip the ability of current infrastructure to handle it all. Telcos will have to rethink their networks in much the same way MSOs are with CCAP and other measures.

Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members

June 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week. Starting Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices

Cable One excels at delivering YouTube, says Google

June 10, 2014 7:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google recently rated Cable One High Speed Internet “YouTube HD Verified” – a certification given to those internet service providers (ISPs) who consistently offer a connection stable enough to stream HD (720p) video without interruption or buffering, the MSO said.

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A tale of two telcos: BT and Verizon balancing wireless with wireline

June 10, 2014 6:42 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: BT is using strong wireline infrastructure get back into the wireless business -- an "inside-out" strategy, while Verizon plans to leverage a strong wireless position while it gradually evolves its wireline network -- an "outside-in" approach.

Tektronix updates Sentry monitoring systems

June 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tektronix has upgraded its Sentry family of digital content monitors with features designed to help comply with new Closed Captioning regulations, better identify audio issues – including overly loud commercials, and ensure the quality of OTT and TV Everywhere services.

AT&T gets green light for 1-Gig service in Winston-Salem

June 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, AT&T will be bringing its 1 Gbps service to the Winston-Salem area after city officials there recently ratified an agreement. Back in April AT&T said it was in advanced talks with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to light up its GigaPower service in six cities in the state, including Winston-Salem. 

CableLabs invests in MoCA relationship

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs has become a Contributor member of the MoCA Alliance.  Membership in the organization enables CableLabs to provide more input and direction early in the spec development process for greater synergy between the two organizations.

Report: Worldwide smart home controller market to reach $6b by 2019

June 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The smart home controller sector, which includes control panels, gateways and bridges for home automation services, is projected to grow to $6 billion worldwide by 2019. According to a recent report by ABI Research, smart home automation controller shipments will blossom due to ongoing mass-market interest, lower costs and an expanding supplier base.

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Netflix to stop posting notices that irked Verizon

June 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press, wireless, cable | News | Comments

Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service. The decision, announced in a Monday blog post, follows a legal threat issued by Verizon last week.

Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever

June 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Nearly 40 percent of Facebook's 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer. On Tuesday, the world's biggest online social network is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup, which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.

Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

Amtrak opens bidding for Wi-Fi network

June 9, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amtrak is looking for proposals on how to upgrade its on-board Wi-Fi service on trains running the Northeast Corridor. The goal is to increase available bandwidth per train from the currently available 10Mbps to a minimum of 25 Mbps. The company is soliciting bids for a proof-of-concept project.

Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

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Arris notches another CCAP win

June 9, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers. By deploying Arris’ E6000, which is based on the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP), Liwest said it was future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service down the road.

China Mobile to take stake in Thailand's True

June 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China Mobile Ltd. has agreed to buy an 18 percent stake in Thai telecommunications and cable TV company True Corp. for $880 million, the highest profile corporate deal announced in Thailand since the military sized power in a May 22 coup. True said Monday that the investment by the state-owned Chinese company is part of a 65 billion baht ($2 billion) share issue that will mainly be used to reduce the Thai company's debt.

Videotron unleashes ‘revolutionary’ iPad app

June 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a press release that seemingly just lacked legendary hype man Flavor Flav, Videotron unveiled its new “revolutionary” iPad app this week with features such as customized search recommendations and social media integration. Videotron developed the newest version of its illico app for iPad, which it claimed was a first in Canada.

Comcast Business provisions 10-Gig network in Calif. business park

June 6, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has pushed its fiber network into a business park in Pleasanton, Calif. en route to delivering Ethernet, data, Wi-Fi and voice services to various businesses located in the park. With the fiber upgrade, Valley Business Park is now being served by a network that features speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit. Verizon is reacting to messages appearing on the screens of some Netflix subscribers, blaming Internet service providers for poor video quality.

Cox Business racks up MEF CE 2.0 certification

June 5, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Cox Business became the latest cable operator to receive Carrier Ethernet  (CE) 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF.) MEF announced its CE 2.0 services certification last year. Cox joined Time Warner Cable Business Class, RCN Business and Comcast in the CE 2.0 certification club.

SCTE, CableLabs team up on wireless, 3.1 symposium

June 5, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Prior to the start of this fall’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the SCTE and CableLabs will cue up wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 in a symposium designed to provide the current status of the two technologies and their impact on cable operators’ services. The symposium will also tackle the technical requirements and engineering techniques that are needed to ensure seamless, successful deployments of DOCSIS 3.1 and wireless technologies.

Skip the website? Some small businesses still do

June 5, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half of all small businesses still don't have a website. Small businesses that don't have one say they don't have the time, think it will cost too much or don't want the rush of orders that comes with being online.

Lantiq, Intel push gateways with LTE connectivity

June 4, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Lantiq and Intel have added a new LTE module option enabling manufacturers of home gateways to add 4G wireless connectivity at up to 300 Mbps in their home routers. The LTE router option has been growing rapidly in emerging telecommunications markets and in some rural markets.

Comcast to roll out TSL encryption for email

June 4, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has been beta testing Transport Security Layer (TSL) encryption for email and plans on rolling it out for Gmail users over the coming weeks. A Comcast spokesman said that the beta testing took place with some large Internet websites and some smaller ISPs.

AT&T says DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

June 4, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds. Expanding broadband access and raising speeds is a federal policy goal, so AT&T's offer could interest regulators at the Federal Communications Commission.

Apple’s HomeKit vs. Comcast’s Xfinity Home

June 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Apple was busy trumpeting its new home automation software platform yesterday, which is called HomeKit, Comcast provided an update on new features for its Xfinity Home service. Apple announced that HomeKit would give users the ability to adjust their thermostats, lock doors, control and dim lights, among other home automated features, by using the new iOS 8 on their iPads or iPhones.

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