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Comcast’s VoiceEdge now available in California

September 17, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that its cloud-based VoIP service for businesses, Comcast Business VoiceEdge, is now available across some of its California footprint. Comcast first launched the service in March and expects to have it fully deployed by the end of this year.

BendBroadband deploys Arris’ Alpha iPad app

September 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Working in conjunction with Arris, BendBroadband has launched a free iPad application that allows its subscribers to browse channel listings while watching live TV and to control their DVR settings and recordings on the go. The Alpha app is available through iTunes.

Arris’ SDV touches down in South Korea

September 17, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris’ switched digital video platform has made its first landing in South Korea with independent cable operator Areum Broadcasting Network (ABN). ABM will use the reclaimed bandwidth from SDV to offer more HD, as well as improve the clarity of its HD channels, and more VOD programming.

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Xilinx buys Modesat for backhaul expertise

September 17, 2012 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Modesat, based in Estonia but with operations in Sunnyvale, Calif., designs FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) and ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits). The company has products for the TDM, SDH/SONET and Ethernet markets.

Commissioner: FCC has 'fallen behind' on spectrum promises

September 17, 2012 1:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the agency has "fallen behind" on a 2010 pledge to free up spectrum for the wireless industry. "The Commission has fallen behind schedule in meeting the goals set forth in the National Broadband Plan," Pai said before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

House hearing set on FCC's handling of LightSquared

September 17, 2012 1:46 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

House lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the FCC's management of LightSquared's botched attempt to build an LTE network. The Commission has been criticized for granting LightSquared a waiver for the service, only to block the company from moving forward with its plan because of problems with GPS interference.

Cox celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 17, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is honoring Hispanic Heritage Month by offering culturally relevant programming through video-on-demand and on the Music Choice network, as well as by launching a new Spanish-language page on its Internet safety website.

Comcast TV Everywhere scorecard: 1.5B and counting

September 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With the fall TV season underway, Comcast issued a press release touting its TV Everywhere capabilities, which now includes a Web portal just for the fall shows, but what was notable in the release was that so far this year, Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers have already watched and streamed approximately 1.5 billion TV Everywhere shows across on-demand, online and apps.

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Comcast lights up 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots in Mass., N.H.

September 14, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has turned on nearly 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots in parts of eastern Massachusetts, including the Boston area, and southern New Hampshire. Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi is free to the company’s data subscribers and is now available in Boston, Brookline and Cambridge, as well as in communities from Cape Cod to Portsmouth, N.H.

Isis scraps summer mobile payments launch

September 14, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Isis has scrapped plans to launch its NFC-based mobile wallet before summer ends, delaying the debut of a product designed to provide AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA with an on-ramp into the potentially lucrative mobile payments space.

Huawei, ZTE deny spying before Congress

September 14, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major Chinese technology companies denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing's communist government.

Huawei: Australia law could exclude China firms

September 14, 2012 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An official of Huawei Technologies said he is concerned that new Australian laws to protect communications networks from cyber attacks could exclude companies from tendering for work simply because they're Chinese. Huawei's Australian subsidiary was last year barred on security grounds from working on a national broadband network that is now under construction.

Nintendo to launch Wii U in November

September 13, 2012 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nintendo announced new entertainment features for the console. Called "Nintendo TVii," the service collects all the ways users have to watch movies, TV shows and sports. This includes pay-TV accounts, along with services such as Hulu and Netflix. The GamePad works as a fancy remote control.

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FCC to adopt 'key' parts of federal spectrum sharing report

September 13, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC will execute "key recommendations" of a government report that advocated spectrum sharing between the feds and commercial wireless operators. The Commission will take formal steps to move forward with parts of the report.

U.S. congressional panel probes Huawei, ZTE

September 13, 2012 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. lawmakers will question executives of two major Chinese technology companies as part of a congressional probe into whether those firms' ambitions to carve out a bigger niche in the American market pose a threat to national security.

The iPhone 5: Thinner, lighter, faster, taller

September 13, 2012 3:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The display on Apple's new flagship phone is the same width as previous iPhones, but it is slightly taller. The iPhone 5 has lost some weight and slimmed down, as well. The new phone measures 8 mm thick and 114 grams, whereas the 4S was 9.6 mm thick and 146 grams.

Comcast cues up Signature Support for small businesses

September 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Business Class Signature Support is a new around-the-clock technical support and equipment protection program that was designed specifically for small businesses. The service comes with a range of options, with plans starting at $29.95 a month up to $49.95 a month.

Lightpath manages Wi-Fi networks

September 12, 2012 2:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company sees an opportunity as more and more people use wireless devices at work. Not all IT departments are keeping up with the phenomenon, Optimum Lightpath noted. Unauthorized and insecure wireless routers are being connected to local networks, and organizations often also rely on outdated wireless networks.

Cox Business begins offering 80, 100 Mbps tiers

September 12, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Business has launched two new broadband tiers, 80 Mbps and 100 Mbps, in its Acadiana (southern Louisiana) network. Acadiana is the first of Cox Business’ markets to get the upgrade, which the company said was based on a $4.8 million upgrade to its fiber-based network in the area using DOCSIS 3.0-enabled technology.

Time Warner Cable opens Learning Lab in Manhattan

September 12, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Chinese-American Planning Council is the first community service organization in lower Manhattan to receive a Learning Lab, which is a Time Warner Cable-funded program providing New Yorkers with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet.

Zuckerberg: HTML5 apps a big mistake

September 12, 2012 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mark Zuckerberg explained that in the process of trying to perfect Facebook's mobile offerings, he put too much stock in the hype around HTML5, which he’d hoped would allow the company to experiment and make changes to the product easier to deploy. Instead, it resulted in a poor user experience.

Cablevision hires Ip as VP of wireless technology, operations

September 11, 2012 3:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In his new job, Andrew Ip is responsible for leading the Wireless Technology Group, including the continued development of Cablevision’s wireless technology: including developing, designing, maintaining and optimizing the Optimum WiFi network.

Former Insight execs resurface at software firm

September 11, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Michael Willner and Sidney Knafel, who co-founded and ran Insight Communications prior to its sale earlier this year to Time Warner Cable, have transitioned into new leadership positions at software firm Penthera Partners. Willner is now CEO of Penthera, while Knafel will serve as the company’s vice chairman.

Sprint ramps LTE with 100-city rollout

September 11, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to turn on its LTE network in more than 100 new cities as it moves aggressively to catch up with Verizon Wireless and AT&T. The operator said construction was underway in markets including Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Kaltura expands reach to Google TV, Xbox

September 11, 2012 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kaltura has introduced software development kits (SDKs) and reference applications for Google TV, integration with the Xbox gaming console, and native reference applications for iOS and Android devices. Kaltura will also work with service providers.

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