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RCN Business checks into 325 Hudson Street

October 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business has installed a point-of-presence at 325 Hudson in New York City in order to provide its business customers with more interconnection options. On the flip side, 325 Hudson customers gained access to other markets served by RCN Business including: Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Who is this Polka guy, and why is he saying such heinous things?

October 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

“Why won't you give cable subscribers the same rights you're evidently giving broadband customers under the ‘CBS All Access’ plan?” Maybe because broadcasters will make much less money if viewers get to choose to pay for each of the major networks, because everyone expects that tens and tens of millions of viewers won’t.

Incognito updates Auto Configuration Server

October 20, 2014 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using the system, service providers will be able to remotely manage multiple devices, ease the roll out of new services, monitor their networks to resolve potential problems before they occur, and gain visibility into the home network, all designed to help operators increase quality of service.

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Bright House Networks lands Metro E deal with Orlando hotels

October 20, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has reeled in a deal to provide its Metro Ethernet-based services to one of Orlando’s largest hospitality groups. Bright House Networks will provide Rosen Hotels & Resorts Metro Ethernet connectivity between its three convention hotels and its four leisure hotels, as well as dedicated Internet access (DIA) and HD video services.

Amdocs system paves path to network virtualization

October 17, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Network Cloud Service Orchestrator can be used for service definition on both physical and cloud-based networks. It converges service fulfillment and assurance into a holistic, real-time process. It is open, vendor-agnostic, and catalog-driven, using existing service catalog and ordering systems.

The sound and the fury: Gigabit services

October 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

“Gigabit” has a long way to go in terms of replacing the ubiquitous “cloud services” as the most used tech term, but there’s no doubt that, thanks to Google, Gigabit is now firmly entrenched in at least some consumers’ minds. AT&T, Grande Communications, Google Fiber, TDS Telecom, CenturyLink, Bright House Networks, Atlantic Broadband, and Cox Communications have, or plan to have 1-Gigabit services available.

Applying DevOps Practices to Pay-TV

October 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by By John Maguire, director of strategy and marketing, TV technology, S3 Group | Articles | Comments

Operators around the globe are trying to balance the competing needs to accelerate product development while maintaining service stability by creating tighter synergy between their development and operations teams. Couple this with the industry becoming more differentiated by software innovation, and many are exploring a more agile model of development and continuous product introduction known as “DevOps." 

Verizon offers choice of LTE WAN routers with AeroHive model

October 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon had been using products from NetGear. It is now sourcing LTE WAN routing systems from yet another vendor, AeroHive Networks. Verizon is offering routing systems for business customers that include LTE as either a primary connectivity option or as back-up for WAN connectivity.  

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Excentis sets D3.1 training in Atlanta, Santa Clara

October 16, 2014 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Excentis has scheduled its first training sessions in the U.S. The organization will be offering courses in DOCSIS 3.1 technology in two cities in November. The 2-day training events are designed to help engineers understand the new features in DOCSIS 3.1 and learn how to prepare networks for the upgrade.

WOW! Business sets up shop in Maryland

October 16, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business is now offering its voice, data and cloud services to businesses in Annapolis and other communities in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Starting this month, WOW! Business said it was serving up its commercial services to thousands of businesses in Annapolis, Pasadena, Millersville and other parts of the county closest to its 200-plus mile coaxial and fiber-optic network.

Atlantic Broadband adds 10-Gig Metro E service to business portfolio

October 16, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has added a 10 Gigabit Metro Ethernet service to its business services roster. The 10-Gig Metro E service is available across all of Atlantic Broadband’s footprint including Western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Maryland/Delaware, and Aiken, S.C.

Comcast has bold plans in NASCAR coverage

October 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast has innovative plans to beef up how NASCAR fans follow the sport, from routine news stories flowing on a ticker during the week to expanded coverage from inside the pits on the weekends. Comcast recently signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series beginning next season.

Sony introduces TV version of PlayStation line

October 15, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The device seems to be a placeholder for something that might come later. Apps for OTT services can be downloaded, but they’re disabled. What you can do with it is play a select list of PlayStation Vita games on it (not all of them), and you can use it to stream games from your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 to a TV.

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RCN powers up 110 Mbps tier in Chicago

October 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Over builder RCN has bumped up its fastest data tier in Chicago to 110 Mbps on the downstream and 15 Mbps on the upstream. Prior to Chicago, RCN had rolled out its 110/15 Mbps Internet speeds in Boston, New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

HBO will offer HBO Go stand-alone in 2015

October 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The announcement would have been a surprise if HBO’s “Game of Thrones” hadn’t become known as the most frequently pirated show in television history, and if HBO executives hadn’t been asked about the possibility of offering HBO Go at every public appearance all along.

Qualcomm buying CSR in $2.5 billion deal

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Qualcomm is buying British chip maker CSR in a deal worth approximately $2.5 billion as it pushes aggressively into technology that connects devices over the Internet. CSR concentrates on the auto, consumer, and voice and music segments. The company's fiscal 2013 revenue totaled $960.7 million.

Nobel winner: cable could have been cheaper in the U.S., but...

October 14, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition. U.S. regulators didn't follow Tirole's advice to require cable and phone companies to sell competitors access to last mile connections.

Nagra powers Vodafone Spain's OTT-DTT hybrid service

October 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nagra announced that Vodafone España is its first customer for its QuickStart Hybrid system in Europe. Vodafone Spain is using Nagra’s technology to create a service that will combine over-the-top (OTT) content and digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels.

AT&T targets Chicago, Atlanta area for GigaPower service

October 14, 2014 1:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After battling with Time Warner Cable in Texas, AT&T’s 1 Gigabit service is now slated for deployment in Chicago and the Atlanta area. AT&T didn’t say where the new launches would take place in Chicago and Atlanta, but Comcast and RCN offer their services in the Windy City while Charter Communications and Comcast serve areas of Atlanta.

Time Warner Cable deploys CSG’s SmartVideo for billing

October 14, 2014 1:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help new subscribers understand their first bills, Time Warner Cable has launched CSG’s SmartVideo platform in several of its markets. CSG SmartVideo sends invitations to new customers’ email addresses for videos that explain charges, discounts, and other pertinent information included in the monthly statement.

Company turns LED lights into a Wi-Fi network

October 13, 2014 2:01 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The company by the fourth quarter plans to begin shipping Li-Flame, a ceiling-mounted unit that can turn an LED light fixture into a multi-user access “atto-cellular” communication system. The Li-Flame moves Visible Light Communication (VLC) past point-to-point and into full wireless network territory, according to a press release.

AT&T finishes 1-Gig upgrade in Austin; to offer faster Wi-Fi gateway

October 13, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T announced this morning that it had completed the free speed upgrade to 1 Gigabit for all of its GigaPower subscribers in Austin. AT&T also said it would be launching a new gateway in Austin that would be “twice as fast as what is generally available today." 

Shaw opens up hotspots in areas of Calgary where power is down

October 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is providing free access to non-subscribers on thousands of its Wi-Fi hotspots in downtown Calgary where a power outage occurred over the weekend. According to published reports, a Saturday night fire in an underground electrical vault in the core downtown area of Calgary caused the power outage, which could take four to seven days to fix.

Verizon to help connect GE's Industrial Internet

October 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

General Electric has pulled Verizon into its Industrial Internet orbit, teaming with the telco to allow GE's Internet-enabled machines and devices to connect to Verizon's M2M network and cloud platforms. The two are also exploring the possibility of creating a single global SIM for global connectivity.

Clarity Telecom wraps up deal with WOW!

October 10, 2014 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Clarity Telecom and corporate parent Pamilico Capital announced this week that they had completed their $262 million cash deal to buy broadband systems and assets, which are located in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa from WOW! Clarity said it would transition the platform over from WOW! in the coming months and recast the operation as Vast Broadband.

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