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Google reporting error reveals troubling Q3

October 19, 2012 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shares of Google dropped nearly 8 percent to close at $695 on an errant early release of its earnings. Google blamed printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for submitting its third-quarter filings with the SEC in the middle of the trading day instead of during an after-hours earnings call, as scheduled.

U.K. court sides with Samsung in Apple suit

October 19, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The panel's upholding of the findings by a lower court endorses the U.K. judgment, which made headlines around the world when it was handed down in July. Judge Colin Birss had then gushed over Apple's design, while knocking back the company's case against its rival.

Venture funding, number of deals decline in Q3

October 19, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Funding for start-ups declined 12 percent in the July-to-September period as venture capitalists spent less money on fewer deals, according to a new report. Companies in the early stages of funding saw declines as investors stayed cautious and life sciences funding remained lackluster.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: New DOCSIS

October 18, 2012 4:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The next iteration of DOCSIS, version 3.1, is going to incorporate a new modulation scheme, along with more sophisticated forward error correction (FEC). It will support transmission speeds up to 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream. DOCSIS 3.1 will rely on OFDM.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cable gears up for CCAP

October 18, 2012 4:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The payoffs for combining cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) and edge QAMs on the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) are obvious to the most casual observer, but there are some operational procedures and training that need to be in place in order to reap the benefits of the new CCAP platform.

Blackley latest ex-Cablevision exec to join Charter

October 18, 2012 4:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Jim Blackley has joined the roster of former Cablevision Systems executives that have migrated over to Charter Communications. Blackley was hired as Charter Communications' executive vice president of engineering and information technology.

Share Everything boosts Verizon’s Q3

October 18, 2012 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent of the nation's largest cell phone company on Thursday reported a blowout number of new devices on its network, boosted by the revolutionary plan, introduced four months ago. The plan made it cheaper for households to add wireless service to tablets and laptops.

Sprint acquires controlling stake in Clearwire

October 18, 2012 4:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has acquired a controlling stake in Clearwire, a deal which has implications for Sprint's pending buyout deal with Softbank. Sprint is paying $100 million to purchase shares from Clearwire founder Craig McCaw's investment firm Eagle River Holdings.

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SCTE honors those with decades of contributions

October 18, 2012 4:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A day after being named director of SCTE Region 12, Joseph Guariglia, vice president of technical operations at Comcast’s Greater Boston Region, was named the SCTE’s Member of the Year. The SCTE said Guariglia distinguished himself during the past year.

FCC approves new WCS rules

October 18, 2012 4:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and satellite radio provider Sirius XM submitted the revised rules that the two companies say would limit interference between Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services (SDARS) and providers of wireless communications, both of which have been operating for the past 15 years in the 2.3 GHz band.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cablevision’s user interface marches into STBs

October 17, 2012 4:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its Onyx user interface on computers and mobile devices earlier this year, Cablevision Systems started deploying the advanced interactive program guide on set-top boxes a few weeks ago, and so far, the early returns are good.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Ludington kicks off Expo; Foote wins Chairman’s Award

October 17, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Orlando edition of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo kicked off with opening remarks from SCTE President and CEO Mark Dzuban and Program Committee Chairman Jim Ludington. Dzuban thanked his staff, Program Committee members and sponsors in his remarks.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Innovation top of mind for small cable operators

October 17, 2012 4:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The opening general session, “Mid-size insights: Challenges faced by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators – CTO Panel,” delved into the successes and frustrations of not being Comcastic. There are still roughly 1,000 independent operators that serve tens of millions of subscribers despite the consolidation.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Planning for capacity constraints

October 17, 2012 4:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The “Bandwidth Hunger Games” session was down to three last contestants: Cisco’s Ron Hranac, Motorola’s John Ulm and InnoTrans’ Mani Ramachandran, who covertly stalked each other, each waiting for the others to make the fatal mistakes that would leave a single survivor.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Points to ponder on the IP migration pathway

October 17, 2012 3:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to IP video migration, there’s no one size fits all for cable operators, but there are plenty of options to consider. The session “Great ways to migrate: Making the move to all-IP video” laid out some of those options for cable operators.

Comcast, Connect2Compete complete partnership agreement

October 17, 2012 3:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Connect2Compete (C2C) announced that it has completed its partnership agreement, which was first announced last month, with Comcast to help the company provide additional choices for affordable computer equipment for Internet Essentials.

Arris picks Celeno’s Wi-Fi tech for its new D3 gateways

October 17, 2012 3:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno's dual-band CLR260 3 x 3 802.11n chip, powered by its OptimizAir and digital beamforming technology, maximizes range, throughput and signal consistency. It delivers whole-home coverage, reliable throughput and high quality of service (QoS).

Aereo’s service expands to PCs

October 17, 2012 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barry Diller-backed company Aereo is broadening the availability of its service, even as broadcasters challenge the legality of the start-up's live television transmissions over the Internet. Aereo is still limited to residents of New York City.

SeaChange hires chief architect, VP of strategic marketing

October 17, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International has appointed two new members to its executive team. Sam Ganesan joined SeaChange as chief architect, and Alan Hoff joined as vice president of strategic marketing. Ganesan came to SeaChange from Motorola, and Hoff rejoined SeaChange.

Verizon Wireless acquires New Mexico carrier Plateau Wireless

October 17, 2012 3:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has purchased rural New Mexico carrier Plateau Wireless, a deal which will allow it to expand its 3G and LTE networks in five counties across the southeast portion of the state. The transaction provides Verizon with Plateau Wireless' cellular, PCS and AWS spectrum.

Leap LTE live in 2nd market 10 months after Tucson debut

October 17, 2012 3:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International flipped the switch on its second LTE market in Las Vegas. The launch brings the Cricket Communications parent company closer to its goal of covering 21 million people with the new network by the end of this year, but its LTE coverage is still scarce compared to other operators.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Home networking – Power to the people

October 16, 2012 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The complexities of digital home networks can overwhelm end users and prove costly to cable operators with truck rolls and calls to customer service reps, but the cable industry can counter those issues by harnessing the power of in-home applications.

Motorola unleashes megapixel transcoder

October 16, 2012 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility is introducing what it claims is the first 3 gigapixel adaptive bit rate (ABR) transcoder. The Motorola GT-3’s ability to process 3 billion pixels of video content per second is equivalent to nearly 50 full-resolution HD programs, the company said.

Stern takes on larger role at Time Warner Cable

October 16, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable revamped its senior management team by giving additional responsibilities to Peter Stern. Stern, who is the cable operator’s executive vice president and chief strategy officer, has taken on the roles of chief people officer and leader of corporate development.

Chinese government backs Clearwire TD-LTE band

October 16, 2012 12:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Chinese government is backing the use of the 2.6 GHz band for TD-LTE, the same band Clearwire plans to use for its TD-LTE network in the United States. The announcement is a victory for Clearwire, which has been working with China Mobile to build global support for TD-LTE in the band through the Global TD-LTE Initiative.

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