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Voyager Mobile the latest prepaid MVNO

May 14, 2012 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The MVNO, and the latest prepaid carrier to enter the market, is using Sprint’s 3G and WiMAX networks.

Reports: LightSquared could file for bankruptcy

May 14, 2012 1:54 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Some reports speculated that Dish Network head Charlie Ergen could step in.

UPC Wholesale connects fiber across 10 countries

May 14, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global’s UPC Wholesale has combined local fiber networks in 10 European countries into a pan-European local access service that enables an end-to-end Ethernet service.

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Cable gets the lead out

May 11, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

CableLabs’ booth at the upcoming Cable Show will demonstrate how cable is moving at a gallop to innovate, with everything from augmented reality to a new way to tag and ID video content.

Verizon network upgrades target key business segments

May 11, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has deployed Ciena’s reconfigurable switching systems and plans to extend 100G networking to its Metro networks in 2013.

Cox teams up with hospital to launch a patient channel

May 11, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has developed a new internal channel for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

SeaChange sticks a fork in broadcast and storage unit sale

May 11, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After passing regulatory muster, SeaChange announced that it had completed the sale of its broadcast server and storage unit to a private investment group that has named the newly formed company XOR Media.

Elemental picks up another customer

May 11, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Leveraging its success with Comcast, the transcoder vendor will power multi-screen services from Columbus Communications.

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Bing to duel Google with Facebook-friendly format

May 11, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft hopes leveraging the data it gets from partner Facebook will allow it to craft a search engine that really does provide more relevant results.

Mediacom adds more data subs to help offset video losses

May 10, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the first quarter, which included a boost in data subscribers that somewhat offset its basic video subscriber losses.

Cablevision doubles movie rental window

May 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

iO subscribers will be able to rent some movies for two days, with no additional charge, but only on some movies.

Motorola optical node makes 1 GHz upgrade fast

May 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The new VSN200 2 x 2 Optical Node can be deployed in existing housings, with the only other items to be swapped out being an Electronics Package (E-Pack) and a new lid.

CenturyLink adds 89K broadband subs in Q1

May 10, 2012 2:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The carrier is also making some modest progress with its DSL-based video product, Prism TV, adding 15,000 subs in the quarter.

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Ericsson not ditching the ‘low end’

May 10, 2012 2:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson plans to hold on to its services businesses, refuting recent predictions by rival Nokia Siemens Networks that infrastructure vendors will be forced to shed their “low-end” deals.

Research: Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market to hit $2.1B by 2016

May 10, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Consumers’ seemingly insatiable desire for Wi-Fi connectivity is driving the carrier equipment market to double-digit growth that will culminate in a $2.1 billion worldwide market by 2016.

Neustar expands into LBS

May 10, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brad Smith, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Neustar, through subsidiaries and acquisitions, has a wide range of IP and Web services and has recently gotten into location-based services using wireless networks.

Comcast lands a sweet Metro Ethernet deal with Sarris Candies

May 9, 2012 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast continues to rack up customer wins for its Metro Ethernet service, with the latest addition being Pennsylvania-based Sarris Candies.

SeaChange’s Nitro Now breathes new life into older set-tops

May 9, 2012 3:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

SeaChange International has extended the shelf life of older, QAM-based set-top boxes with the release of its Nitro Now software.

Assia introduces tools to manage vectored DSL

May 9, 2012 3:23 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

DSL Expresse 2.7 equips telcos with multi-tenancy features that prepare for vectoring in unbundled environments, advanced diagnostics and line optimization.

Windstream making push in data business

May 9, 2012 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business services are the future for the Alltel spin-off, which expects to spend $1B this year on data centers and other infrastructure investments.

@ CTIA: FCC touts spectrum policies

May 9, 2012 3:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC took a swipe at his critics during a keynote address, when he defended the agency's decision to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA.

@ CTIA: OTT services are next battleground

May 9, 2012 3:19 pm | by Brad Smith, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Panel discussions at CTIA Wireless conventions are invariably hospitable and friendly. But there was an underlining tension Tuesday at the Executive Forum panel.

Charter Communications narrows net loss

May 8, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With new CEO Tom Rutledge at the helm, the company also reports an unexpected surprise – its first gain in video subscribers in years.

Time Warner Cable adds Ruckus gear to Wi-Fi arsenal

May 8, 2012 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is building out its Wi-Fi network in its Los Angeles system with the addition of a new vendor, Ruckus Wireless.

Comcast pushes play on WatchESPN

May 8, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s landmark deal with the Walt Disney Co. is starting to bear fruit with the news that WatchESPN is now available to Comcast’s subscribers.

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