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GAO report recommends FCC review of SAR limits

August 8, 2012 3:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The United States Government Accountability Office released a study recommending that the FCC review limits placed on specific absorption rate (SAR), the amount of radio frequency absorbed by the body when using a cell phone.

Charter narrows basic video subscriber loss in Q2

August 7, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications narrowed its revenue loss, improved on the number of basic video subscribers it had lost over the previous quarter a year ago and added 29,000 new data subscribers.

Cablevision holds the line on video subs in Q2

August 7, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was no surprise that Cablevision added data and phone customers in the second quarter, but the nation’s fifth-largest cable operator also managed to retain its basic video subscribers, as well.

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Sprint goes public with LTE small cells, hires Alcatel-Lucent

August 6, 2012 2:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is using small cells provided by Alcatel-Lucent to supplement the capacity of its LTE network.

MetroPCS starts selling phone with TV tuner

August 6, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In time for the Olympics, MetroPCS is selling the first phone that can receive local TV signals, potentially lending TV stations some relevance in the age of the smartphone.

AT&T to ax 2G by 2017, reuse spectrum

August 6, 2012 2:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T plans to shut down its 2G service by the beginning of 2017 as it works to address a spectrum shortage limiting capacity on its networks.

Broadcom takes wraps off of full-band diagnostic tools

August 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom will be showing its full suite of remote monitoring and diagnostic tools at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.

Former Comcast exec Craddock joins SeaChange’s board; Goldfarb departs

August 6, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.

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AT&T Mobile Share plans coming Aug. 23

August 6, 2012 2:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Customers will be able to sign up for a Mobile Share plan at any AT&T retail store or by calling AT&T.

Time Warner Cable adds Wi-Fi network in Charlotte

August 3, 2012 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company intends to provide free access to all during the Democratic National Convention that will begin later this month.

Cable companies rebut Sprint claims on AWS deal

August 3, 2012 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The four cable companies Verizon Wireless is buying AWS spectrum from have filed a rebuttal with the FCC to claims made by Sprint that the deal would adversely affect fair competition in the backhaul and Wi-Fi offload markets.

AT&T continues dash for spectrum

August 3, 2012 3:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An AT&T spokesman also confirmed that the carrier has come to an agreement to purchase AWS spectrum from cable company Comcast and Horizon Wi-Com.

New Products - August 2012

August 3, 2012 12:02 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Clearleap now has available its ClearPlay Authentication service, GLDS has introduced an authorization service for TV Everywhere, GreenPeak Technologies announced the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, Tektronix has upgraded its Medius centralized management server for QoE, and PPC is providing a new mobile app that provides its customers with 24/7 access to step-by-step installation instructions and videos.

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Time Warner Cable’s Q2 marked by seasonal disconnects

August 2, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO promises to start distributing IP-based gateways and set-tops beginning later this year.

Suddenlink’s revenue increases 6.5% in Q2

August 2, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications posted revenue of $513.3 million in the recently completed second quarter, which was a 6.5 percent increase from a year ago.

Evolution, Rovi join forces on adding feature-rich guide to DTAs

August 2, 2012 2:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Digital transport adapter vendor Evolution Digital is working in tandem with Rovi on adding the latter’s electronic programming guide into its SD and HD DTAs.

Google licenses Rovi patents for fiber TV

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

Google and Rovi have signed a patent license agreement spanning several years for use in Google's long-awaited fiber pay-TV service.

Start-up to focus on 2nd screen opportunities

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

Backed by Technicolor, Magic Ruby will leverage Technicolor technology to create stronger ties between the TV and handheld devices used as companion devices.

AT&T to acquire NextWave

August 2, 2012 2:07 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced it is acquiring NextWave Wireless to expand capacity for its LTE deployments using the company’s WCS and AWS spectrum.

Reimagining data, content in an all-IP world

August 2, 2012 2:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The drying up of SMS and voice revenues is hastening the need for carriers to radically reinvent their businesses.

Sony's loss grows; it cuts earnings forecast

August 2, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's red ink worsened in the April-June quarter and it lowered its full-year earnings forecast as it battles a strong yen and declining sales of liquid-crystal display TVs and video game machines.

Comcast staunches flow of basic video losses in Q2; broadband flourishes

August 1, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the seventh consecutive quarter, Comcast has reduced the rate of its basic video subscribers losses, while overall second-quarter net profit increased 32 percent, thanks in part to new broadband subscribers.

BlackArrow targets addressable ads with SIS offering

August 1, 2012 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

BlackArrow has fleshed out its advanced advertising arsenal with the addition of its Subscriber Information Service product.

Roku announces partners for Roku Stick

August 1, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

More than half a dozen CE manufacturers and retailers have signed on to provide products that will work with Roku’s forthcoming plug-in.

Cable Bahamas picks UXP’s MINT Platform for multi-screen services

August 1, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable Bahamas has tabbed UXP Systems’ Multiscreen Interaction (MINT) Platform for an upcoming market trial on personalized, multi-screen video, voice and messaging services.

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