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TelcoTV - Oct. 24-26, 2012

August 17, 2012 6:39 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

At TelcoTV, the full spectrum of the broadband service provider ecosystem convenes to examine opportunities for new technologies and business models that can drive profitable revenue in new and existing markets. The flagship event for the telco industry, TelcoTV's program delivers expert insight and analysis and an unprecedented forum for business development and networking.

Reaction mixed on FCC, DOJ approval of Verizon AWS

August 17, 2012 3:23 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Depending on who you ask, the government's approval of Verizon Wireless' AWS purchase is either a good thing or the end of competition as we know it for certain segments of the telecommunications industry. The head of the FCC said he was prepared to approve Verizon's acquisition of AWS spectrum from Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Comcast.

Dish: Partner needed for wireless rollout

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

A top Dish Network executive says the company may need to partner with an existing wireless operator to construct its LTE network. Delays securing FCC clearance for its wireless plans may make it necessary to work with an incumbent provider, instead of constructing its own greenfield network.

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ZTE boasts 1st multi-standard LTE hotspot, USB modem

August 17, 2012 3:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Chinese telecommunications equipment and mobile devices provider ZTE is lending a hand in facilitating the adoption of China Mobile's LTE network with the launch of the world's first multi-standard USB modem and uFi (hotspot), which support both FD-LTE and TD-LTE networks.

Buckeye CableSystem plans for 90 Mbps upstream speed

August 17, 2012 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem is in the final stages of a project that would enable aggregate speeds of 90 Mbps on the upstream. Recently, Comcast announced that its Xfinity Platinum Internet tier featured 65 Mbps on the upstream, which matched Verizon’s fastest upstream speed that was launched in June.

Comcast closes in on HD DTA deployments

August 17, 2012 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is currently in a large field trial with HD digital transport adapters (DTAs), with plans to have them more broadly deployed in customers’ homes later this year. 

FCC, DOJ to clear Verizon AWS deal

August 16, 2012 3:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC and Justice Department are set to clear Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum from a group of cable operators.

Verizon LTE coverage hits 75% mark

August 16, 2012 3:36 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless ticked off another milestone today, expanding its LTE network to cover three-quarters of the U.S. population.

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Cisco's Q4 earnings rise 56%; company raises dividend

August 16, 2012 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, is seeing its ambitions cramped by the global economic turmoil, but results for its latest quarter were strong enough that it announced an increase to its dividend. Cisco's sales in the latest quarter rose just 4.4 percent from last year, as customers in Southern Europe were in the grips of a recession and government customers on both sides of the Atlantic held back.

SeaChange, TiVo extend Cardio to Cisco networks

August 16, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International and TiVo’s video-on-demand (VOD) system, originally released to work on Motorola-based networks, is now also available for Cisco-based networks. SeaChange and TiVo have also added some new features to the system, called Cardio. Separately, TiVo’s new Premiere 4 incorporates four digital tuners to record up to four programs simultaneously.

In Perspective - Sprinkles and a cherry

August 16, 2012 2:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

I’ve got an idea on how to improve the regulatory environment for video and other communications services that no one else seems to be suggesting, though I’m sure it will work. I am equally sure it isn’t being suggested because it’s unthinkable.

Memory Lane - Switching signals

August 16, 2012 2:07 am | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

“Switching is easy, oh it’s essential. And you know, when you flick it, you can start a new episode.”

Ciciora's Corner - Feed the screens

August 16, 2012 1:54 am | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

The march of technology continues to accelerate, and we must respond. The response has to be: Feed the screens.

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Open Mic - Usage billing essentials for success

August 16, 2012 1:42 am | by Patrick Knorr, general manager of regional accounts at Synacor | Articles | Comments

For most cable operators, usage-based billing has long been on the list of “things we ought to get around to.” You know it makes sense, but how do you begin without customers coming after you with torches and pitchforks?

A year after launch, Comcast chalks up nearly 100K families for Internet Essentials

August 15, 2012 3:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Since the launch of Internet Essentials, Comcast has helped close the digital divide for nearly 100,000 families, or 400,000 low-income citizens, by connecting them to the Internet.

Snom unveils compact IP PBX for SOHO market

August 15, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Snom technology has added a compact IP PBX for the small office/home office (SOHO) market into its product lineup.

FCC clears T-Mobile LTE tests on federal spectrum

August 15, 2012 3:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is allowing T-Mobile USA to move forward with tests of an LTE service that would share spectrum with federal users in the 1755-1780 MHz band.

FCC, DOJ approval rumored for Verizon AWS deal

August 14, 2012 2:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The government is said to be set to approve Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

Telcos lose broadband subs for 1st time

August 14, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With AT&T and Verizon de-emphasizing DSL, net subscriber losses become more likely.

Hesse petitions FCC chief on PCS spectrum

August 14, 2012 2:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is pushing the head of the FCC to move forward with a long-delayed auction of H-block and J-block PCS spectrum.

Cox names Morse director of field systems engineering

August 14, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications recently announced that Jim Morse was named as its director of field systems engineering for its New England/Cleveland region.

CTIA reinvents fall enterprise conference

August 14, 2012 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is overhauling its fall conference with a complete brand realignment and a concerted effort to shift the focus of the show toward an audience primarily of CIOs and CTOs.

Steamboat Springs smart meters could zap Internet

August 14, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Early evidence shows that wireless signals from the new meters may be interfering with broadband signals.

Time Warner Cable inks backbone agreement with Level 3

August 13, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable increased the reliability of its national network by signing a backbone agreement with Level 3 Communications.

Analyst: Operators must cut fees on shared data plans

August 13, 2012 3:23 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A well-known industry analyst is telling wireless operators to cut fees on shared data plans.

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