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Exfo unveils monitoring platform designed for virtual networking

August 28, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Network trends have expanded the scale and complexity of the network beyond what legacy monitoring solutions can handle. Exfo's new platform is based on a distributed polling system the company said is able to monitor millions of network elements in real time.

Time Warner Cable offers mea culpa on outage

August 28, 2014 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable took to its blog page to offer more information on its footprint-wide broadband outage yesterday, and also apologized for the incident. The outage, which lasted about an hour and knocked out service to Time Warner Cable’s 11.4 million data subscribers, occurred after the cable operator conducted overnight network maintenance. 

Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously. Telefonica S.A. said in a statement Thursday the offer includes 4.66 billion in cash and 12 percent of the share capital in the new company.  

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Active Broadband introduces gateway to enable SDN

August 27, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Active Broadband Networks announced Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway (SD-BNG). The platform consists of a software-based switching element optimized for broadband service orchestration and delivery, combined with an edge service controller.

Chunghwa plans trial of 4K VOD

August 27, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Taiwanese operator will be using Broadpeak's server and CDN manager solutions, and HwaCom set-top boxes. Chunghwa Telecom is looking to deliver 4K VOD and NVOD content, to a range of devices. VOD content will be unicast, while NVOD will be multicast.

WOW! Business doubles up service delivery team to serve commercial customers

August 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business announced this morning that it had streamlined and expanded its business service delivery team to better serve small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise and wholesale communications customers across its 19 markets. WOW Business’ 60-member service delivery team has doubled since the same time frame a year ago, and recently moved into a national service delivery center in Huntsville, Ala. 

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

August 27, 2014 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company says it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone, the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances.

Rogers, Shaw debut Netflix competitor

August 26, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers and Shaw have allied to launch a video streaming service in Canada that will compete directly against Netflix. The joint venture and the service will be called Showmi The companies said the content available will include 11,000 hours of television and 1,200 movies, with 30 per cent Canadian content.

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FCC names network neutrality expert as CTO

August 26, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UC Irvine professor Scott Jordan was named the new CTO of the FCC. For those who try to read tea leaves, Jordan’s appointment might be a signal that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is serious about exploring the possibility of reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service.

Cox doubles down on speeds at Las Vegas Convention Center

August 26, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has doubled the speeds for three of its wired data tiers at the Las Vegas Convention Center at no additional cost to exhibitors, show management and other users. The faster speeds from the cable operator’s Cox Business/Hospitality Network division went into effect immediately at the convention center.

Thermal imaging coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming.

German IPTV service powered by Elemental video platform

August 25, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Deutsche Glasfaser, an FTTH network provider is preparing to go live within a few weeks with linear TV, radio, VOD and multiscreen services to regional subscribers in Germany. The company is using a video platform from Elemental Technologies to deliver the services.

Charter Spectrum takes flight in more SoCal communities

August 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a recent conversion to all digital, Charter Communications has launched its Charter Spectrum brand in more communities in Southern California. The new digital services included a free speed upgrade from up to 30 Mbps on the downstream to 60 Mbps for most of the MSO’s subscribers in the area. 

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Aereo loses in court again; still not necessarily dead

August 22, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The saga continues. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to hear Aereo’s argument that if it is, as the Supreme Court deemed, essentially a cable company, it must be treated like one. But Aereo still has the option to argue its case.

FCC approves MSOs' shift to new Wi-Fi spectrum

August 20, 2014 7:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox have received approval from the FCC to switch the frequency at which their outdoor Wi-Fi access points operate from a portion of the unlicensed band now in common use to another nearby frequency at 5.1 GHz.

TWC, Bright House, add NBC/U content to TV apps

August 20, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have secured the rights to offer NBC Universal's full portfolio of broadcast and cable network programming through their TV Everywhere applications. The multi-screen deal also includes local NBC and Telemundo-owned broadcast stations.

AT&T to take on Comcast in Cupertino with GigaPower launch

August 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

To date, AT&T has targeted Time Warner Cable’s footprint with its GigaPower network, but now it will take on Comcast when the 1-Gig service launches in Cupertino. AT&T didn’t provide a lot of details on the Cupertino launch, but The San Jose Mercury News reported that the service was scheduled to go live in Apple’s hometown in December, with other Bay area rollouts to follow early next year. 

Cincinnati Bell to join Gigabit club

August 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Add Cincinnati Bell to the growing list of services providers that are preparing to offer a 1-Gigabit service to their subscribers. Cincinnati Bell President and CEO Ted Torbeck announced that his company would start offering a fiber-based 1 Gbps tier to its residential subscribers on Sept. 8.

U-verse build-out reported stalled

August 18, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T’s U-verse build-out appears to be on at least temporary hold, leaving about 5 million homes passed still waiting for an upgrade. DSL Reports said it has confirmed the build-out is stalled – it calculates at about 28.2 million homes, on the way to 32.9 million.

Canby Telecom establishes gigabit service

August 18, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canby Telecom is deploying Adtran’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) portfolio, including the vendor’s multiservice access node, the Total Access 5004. Versions of that system can be used to converge POTS, ADSL2+, VDSL2, GPON and other networking technologies.

New Facebook tracking aimed at helping advertisers understand mobile habits

August 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Facebook already offers targeting, delivery and conversion measurement across devices. With the company's new cross-device report, Facebook said that advertisers will now able to view the devices on which people see ads and the devices on which conversions subsequently occur. 

Samsung snaps up smart home startup

August 15, 2014 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has purchased SmartThings, a start-up that makes a residential hub for connecting smart home appliances, along with small line of such products. Neither company revealed a purchase price. Several media outlets put the tag at about $200 million.

Report: Cable’s broadband subs out number video for 1st time

August 15, 2014 11:47 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The second quarter proved to be a milestone of sorts for the top cable operators across the nation. For the first time, the number of broadband subscribers exceeded the number of video subscribers among the largest cable operators in the nation, according to a report by Leichtman Research Group.

Adtran paves VDSL2-to-G.fast trail

August 14, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adtran has introduced a variation of DSL technology that the company says will enable VDSL2 and G.fast to coexist, which would enable DSL carriers to deploy G.fast on a node by node basis, rather than having to upgrade entire markets from VDSL2 to G.fast.

AT&T’s GigaPower service goes live in Dallas/Fort Worth area

August 14, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on its goal of having its GigaPower offering up and running in Dallas this summer, AT&T announced this morning that the service went live in Dallas, Forth Worth and surrounding cities. In the Dallas area, AT&T is currently offering the 1-Gig service to small businesses and residential subscribers in Highland Park and University Park. 

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