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Malware deadline passes, very few knocked offline

July 10, 2012 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The day that was supposed to see thousands of people knocked off the Internet arrived, but only a few people were affected.

Comcast’s VoiceEdge arrives in Houston

July 9, 2012 3:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has now extended the new cloud-based business services product to 19 states in its footprint.

AT&T beefs up U-verse apps

July 9, 2012 3:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

U-verse subscribers have access to more premium content, and those with iPhones and iPod Touches get new features.


FCC denies delay request on Verizon AWS deal

July 9, 2012 3:23 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has denied a request to delay its review of Verizon Wireless' AWS spectrum purchase for the third time since the proceeding got underway.

Troy Cable building regional network with Adtran gear

July 9, 2012 3:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The broadband stimulus winner selects Adtran's broad portfolio of carrier access and enterprise solutions.

C Spire gets into landline replacement biz

July 9, 2012 3:19 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

C Spire Wireless is taking on AT&T's dominance in the home phone market with a new fixed wireless device designed to serve as a replacement for subscribers' landline phones.

U.S. seeks fiber-optic cable for Guantanamo Bay

July 9, 2012 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. military hopes to install a $40 million underwater fiber-optic cable that could improve communications at Guantanamo Bay.

Suddenlink tunes up free Wi-Fi hotspots for power outage areas

July 6, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is helping to keep its customers connected in its services areas that were impacted by the Mid-Atlantic storms by providing free Wi-Fi hotspots.


Groups want delay extended on Verizon's AWS deal

July 6, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Public Knowledge and the Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG) want the FCC to delay its review of Verizon's AWS acquisition for the third time.

Wobbly Enablence secures bridge loan

July 6, 2012 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Having missed debt payments, the company is making moves to endure long enough for an order for new products to roll in.

Report: Net wireless adds plunge in Q1

July 6, 2012 1:41 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The major wireless providers fell flat in the first quarter on slowing smartphone adoption, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.

Sandvine lands $2M order with U.S. telco operator

July 6, 2012 1:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The unnamed service provider purchased Sandvine’s Policy Traffic Switch (PTS), Fairshare Traffic Management and Usage Management products.

Samsung tips record-high profit for Q2

July 6, 2012 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones powered Samsung Electronics to record quarterly earnings, but its shares fell as lower-than-expected overall sales underlined the threat from Europe's economic malaise.


Mini iPad could mark departure for Apple

July 6, 2012 1:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shares of Apple soared on a report from The Wall Street Journal that said Apple's Asian suppliers are ramping production for the launch of a smaller, less-expensive "iPad Mini."

VZW: AWS deal with cable ops won't affect backhaul

July 5, 2012 2:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is working to refute Sprint's claims that its $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum and marketing deals with a group of cable providers will reduce competition and raise prices for backhaul.

GreenPeak ramps up production on RF4CE chip

July 5, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The controller chip is designed specifically for use in gateways and set-tops and the remote control units used to communicate with them.

Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

July 5, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware.

Netflix's monthly video streaming tops 1B hours

July 5, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The advent of high-speed Internet connections and high-powered mobile devices is changing people's viewing habits.

Study: Telcos face dilemma on when to cut over from DSL to FTTH

July 5, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to competing against cable operators’ DOCSIS 3.0-based data services, telcos are hamstrung by the limitations of their DSL offerings.

Report: Airvana tops Samsung for femtocell revenue market share in N. Amer.

July 5, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It’s a tight battle in the femtocell market, but Airvana was able to climb back over Samsung as the revenue market share leader in North America.

Alcatel: C Spire leaving 700 MHz out of LTE gear

July 5, 2012 2:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

C Spire Wireless' first round of LTE equipment won't support its 700 MHz spectrum, network vendor Alcatel-Lucent said.

Installation and repair go commercial

July 5, 2012 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The exact same trends roiling the consumer market are having a profound effect on the way communications service providers (CSPs) conduct their business.

Built for speed: Comcast RDK

July 5, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In today’s competitive market, cable operators need to be both nimble and thrifty when it comes to developing new products and services.

An evolutionary approach to Gigabit-class DOCSIS

July 5, 2012 12:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

That cable companies would evolve their networks from HFC tech to FTTH, with its attendant gigabit transmission rates, was never in doubt. The questions have always been about the timeframe and what the intermediary steps would be.

Scaling OTT architectures for a multi-device world

July 3, 2012 4:25 pm | by Harish Reddy, principal, and Andrew Lynch, consultant, of IBB Consulting | Articles | Comments

OTT video is now mainstream. The challenge lurking behind this phenomenon is that consumption is moving toward a highly fragmented set of devices, and no single solution exists to solve the operational and technical complexities of delivering video to a diverse landscape of devices.

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