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CommScope helps ops with high-bandwidth services

November 17, 2011 1:34 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

CommScope is ready to assist cable operators that are deploying technology to support their customers' ever-increasing demand for new and higher-bandwidth services.

Incognito, Applied Broadband ally on IP device management

November 17, 2011 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Incognito Software and Applied Broadband said they are partnering on a subscriber consumption management solution for cable operators, which are struggling with the issue of provisioning the growing number of IP devices being used by consumers.

Skype adds Facebook video chatting to software

November 17, 2011 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet phone service Skype is letting users of its computer-based software make video calls to their Facebook friends and receive them, too.

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CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

November 16, 2011 8:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world, including business services, optical networking and multi-screen delivery.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP video transition – how to get there from here

November 16, 2011 4:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.

Boxee adds live TV to its mix

November 16, 2011 4:40 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Boxee is promising a dongle for its Boxee Box that will enable users in North America to watch over-the-air channels and – the company expects – provide greater incentive to its customers to cut the cord.

Alpha intros next-gen XM3-HP power supply

November 16, 2011 4:31 pm | by Traci Patterson | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha Technologies is introducing its next-generation outside plant broadband power supply, the Alpha XM3-HP CableUPS, to address the ever-increasing power demands of today's communications networks.

Cox dips its toe in IP waters with live streaming to iPad

November 16, 2011 10:01 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

In a Cable-Tec Expo that has largely lacked breaking news, Cox provided the two biggest nuggets to date: It’s launching a live streaming service, called Cox TV Connect, during the holiday season, and separately, it has pulled the plug on its wireless phone service.

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Arris, Cisco ally on common C-band wavelength plan

November 15, 2011 6:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris and Cisco are pursuing a common wavelength management plan in the C-band (1550 nm), hoping that together they can head off potential problems as operators start migrating to multi-wavelength delivery using that band.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: MSO CTO Panel says new ecosystem on track

November 15, 2011 5:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The MSO CTO Panel gave an overview of where the cable industry is at in terms of battling the competition, serving the customers and building out new networks.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Vendor CTOs see plenty of changes afoot

November 15, 2011 5:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In the past, the biggest pain point for cable was often bandwidth management, or dealing with HDTV or the digital transition. Now? The biggest pain point is competition.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen ROI is a promise

November 15, 2011 5:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Multi-screen delivery is about as complicated an endeavor as an operator can get involved in, requiring the involvement of almost every aspect of the business, from network engineering to call centers to the legal department.

TWC's Ludington is 2012 Expo chairman

November 15, 2011 5:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Jim Ludington has got next. Ludington, executive vice president of network national operations for TWC, will serve as Program Committee chairman for next year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

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Motorola multiplies edge QAM density

November 15, 2011 5:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Only six months after introducing its APEX1500 edge QAM, Motorola has delivered a new version with even greater port density.

Aurora intros new Remote QAM

November 15, 2011 5:29 pm | by Traci Patterson | Product Releases | Comments

Aurora Networks is touting its latest next-generation access solution for its node platform: the RQ4000-series "Remote QAM."

Imagine debuts ICE Cloud, demos ICE Streaming

November 15, 2011 5:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine is showing off its new ICE Cloud Software System, a low-delay, Linux-based distributed architecture solution aimed at cloud and CDN transcoding.

GLDS integrates with Clearleap for streaming

November 15, 2011 5:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

GLDS and Clearleap have teamed up on a cloud-based IP content delivery system that allows service providers to create their own streaming service to connected set-top boxes, TVs and other devices.

AT&T meets LTE goal with 6-city launch

November 15, 2011 5:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T will beat one of its LTE goals on Sunday when it turns on its mobile broadband network in six new cities and begins selling the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Bravo joins Antronix as director of sales

November 15, 2011 5:02 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

Juan Bravo, who has more than 15 years of experience in the broadband industry, has been appointed to national sales director for Antronix.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP networks need QoS to combat dropped packets

November 14, 2011 4:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Attendees of the SCTE's first Capacity Management Symposium got an early jump on Cable-Tec Expo, as well as some planning tips for the migration to IP networks.

SCTE preps guidebook for installers; online course on its way

November 14, 2011 4:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE is printing a new manual with up-to-the-minute material for engineers looking to gain certification as cable installers and technicians. The Society is also planning an online training program.

Arris intros VIPr 6000 platform

November 14, 2011 4:04 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Arris is introducing a new member of its VIPr transcoders, this one with triple the channel capacity of its predecessor.

Harmonic's 'Outdoor Hub' turns nodes into hubs

November 14, 2011 3:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic is introducing what it's calling an Outdoor Hub, a system that cable network operators can use to extend fiber deeper into neighborhoods, and which can be installed in common cable node housings.

Casa introduces CMTS for MDU market

November 14, 2011 3:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Casa Systems has built a new cable modem termination system designed specifically for use in multi-dwelling units and the hospitality industry.

InnoTrans lands sole source deal with top cable operator

November 13, 2011 4:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-wavelength vendor InnoTrans Communications has inked a multi-year, sole-source agreement with a large cable operator in the United States.

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