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Vodafone eyes bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide

February 13, 2012 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vodafone Group, the world's largest mobile phone company, said it is considering a possible bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide, causing shares in the telecoms network provider to jump 27 percent.

Suddenlink has TiVo’s Premiere in 40+ communities

February 10, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the addition of four more communities in Texas, Suddenlink Communications has the TiVo Premiere DVR available in more than 40 communities across its footprint.

Synacor debuts as a public company

February 10, 2012 3:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Synacor finally became a public company, opening on the Nasdaq exchange.

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Alcatel-Lucent inks patent deal amid mixed Q4 results

February 10, 2012 3:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent moved to cash in on the booming intellectual property market amid mixed fourth-quarter results, offering licenses to its 29,000 strong patent portfolio.

Report: Apple to unveil new iPad in March

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

AllThingsD, a website affiliated with The Wall Street Journal, says Apple is holding an event in San Francisco.

More on Shaw’s network upgrades for Exo branding

February 10, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Shaw Communications CTO Dennis Steiger provides a few more details on the company’s engineering efforts that are behind its Exo brand.

Shaw’s engineering efforts pay off with launch of Exo

February 9, 2012 4:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Exo features HD signals in a higher, less compressed bit rate for improved quality and a larger selection of on-demand titles in full 1080p HD, along with fiber-based Internet speeds of up to 250 Mbps.

Optimum Lightpath cooks up suite of services for local governments

February 9, 2012 4:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optimum Lightpath Government Services Suite helps counties, cities, townships and municipalities reduce their telecommunications costs by bundling Ethernet, telephony and Web conferencing services together.

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AT&T, competitors spar over FCC legislation

February 9, 2012 4:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and a number of its competitors have come out on opposite sides of the fence about provisions in a House bill that would strip the FCC of some of its authority to govern spectrum auctions.

BendBroadband joins TV Everywhere fray with Turner

February 8, 2012 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In keeping with its legacy of being a cable innovator, BendBroadband launched its TV Everywhere service with video content available from Turner Broadcasting.

Sprint’s iPhone gamble widens losses

February 8, 2012 2:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint's bet on the iPhone helped it bring in the highest number of new customers in six years during the fourth quarter, but the success came at a hefty price.

More than 2M viewers live stream Super Bowl online

February 8, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

That's a small fraction of the record 111.3 million viewers that watched NBC's broadcast of the big game. But it was still enough to make it the most-watched single-game sports event online, according to the network.

Poll: TV still trumps Web for campaign news

February 8, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this campaign season, the social networks have nothing on the news networks.

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In-Building Enterprise Connectivity – The Last 100 Yards

February 8, 2012 1:18 pm | by Matt Squire, former CTO of Overture Networks, and Andy Paff, managing director of Headwaters | Articles | Comments

When connecting a business customer with carrier Ethernet, the last 100 yards is critical.

In the media: Rogers, BCE take Apple’s iTV for a trial spin

February 7, 2012 1:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Apple’s TV sets have been the subject of rumor and conjecture for quite some time, especially since a biography on Steve Jobs said he had found a way to come up with an Apple-based TV user interface.

Industry Canada clears Dish Network, TerreStar deal

February 7, 2012 1:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Industry Canada cleared Dish Network's acquisition of TerreStar's satellite spectrum across the United States' northern border.

Alcatel-Lucent banks on customer service

February 7, 2012 1:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent is throwing its weight behind software that allows wireless operators to get a better understanding of what their customers are actually experiencing when they access the network.

Report: Apple snags big chunk of Q4 smartphone sales

February 7, 2012 1:18 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Android stood out as the top smartphone pick for those new to the market. Among the first-time smartphone buyers in the quarter, 57 percent purchased Android phones compared with just 34 percent who purchased iPhones.

Cable demos ad insertion in VOD stream

February 6, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The achievements of the latest interop at CableLabs move cable’s common ad platform a few steps closer to commercialization.

Verizon to set up streaming service with Redbox

February 6, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.

Consolidated to buy SureWest Communications for $340.9M

February 6, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a move that merges two Tier 2 service providers, Consolidated Communications Holdings announced that it was buying SureWest Communications for roughly $340.9 million in cash and stock.

Dish protests AT&T’s rapid LTE build-out, affirms retail plans

February 6, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network wants the FCC to ignore a proposal from AT&T that it be forced to construct its LTE network faster than it had originally planned.

Google installing fast Internet service in Kansas City

February 6, 2012 2:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to begin construction on its long-awaited, super-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Kan.

Harris plans to intro video file quality tools

February 6, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The company will have different versions of the tool appropriate for content producers, broadcasters, cable networks, post houses and other digital media operations.

Calix rolls with 12 more broadband stimulus projects

February 6, 2012 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The dozen service providers together have a total of about $153 million in stimulus money for projects across the United States.

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