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Former Cox CTO Hatfield lands new job with Syniverse

November 9, 2011 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Hatfield will be based in Syniverse's global headquarters in Tampa, Fla., and will lead a global organization with operations in more than 25 countries.

Cass Cable TV picks Adara for SDV upgrade

November 9, 2011 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cass Cable TV, a triple-play service provider that serves central Illinois, has opted to use Adara Technologies' hosted switched digital video platform for its network upgrade.

Report: Telecom capex up nearly 6%

November 9, 2011 2:28 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The nearly 6 percent increase in global telecom carrier capex Infonetics expects in 2011 over 2010 is due in large part to AT&T's ramping LTE deployments, HSPA+ upgrades and investments in Wi-Fi hotspots for traffic offload.

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Africa is fastest-growing mobile market

November 9, 2011 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Africa is the world's fastest-growing mobile phone market and is soon poised to have 735 million people using their phones for everything from transferring money to tracking animals for wildlife studies.

Adobe kills Flash Player, heralds HTML5 era

November 9, 2011 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireles Week | News | Comments

Amid layoffs and a reorganization around digital content, Adobe confirmed that the Adobe Flash Player for mobile devices is going the way of the dinosaur, in deference of HTML5.

Knology adds video subs in Q3, mulls usage-based data billing

November 8, 2011 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology's aggressive approach for adding revenue-generating units paid off in the third quarter, as the cable operator bucked the trend of its bigger cable brethren by actually adding video customers in the quarter.

Comcast wraps digital migration in Sacramento

November 8, 2011 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's California Region said it has completed a migration, begun last summer, to a full digital delivery system in a region anchored by Sacramento.

Ericsson forecasts 10-fold data traffic increase by 2016

November 8, 2011 2:54 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Traffic and Market Data report is based on measurements the company recorded over several years in live networks covering all regions of the world.

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PCIA urges Congress to streamline zoning regulations

November 8, 2011 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

PCIA is asking Congress to ensure "the streamlined deployment of wireless facilities as part of any spectrum policy recommendations" that might be adopted as the committee seeks to reduce the budget.

Coalition files with FCC to block LightSquared spectrum use

November 8, 2011 2:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Coalition to Save Our GPS called on the Commission to "promptly rule" that LightSquared can never use the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band for high-powered terrestrial operations.

Schmidt defends Google, mourns Jobs' death

November 8, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt defended his company as a great innovator despite allegations from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that the Internet search giant stole ideas from Apple's iPhone.

TWC teams with Enteracloud for hosted cloud services in Calif.

November 7, 2011 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class has partnered with Enteracloud to deliver hosted private cloud services to small business and enterprise customers in Southern California.

Comcast debuts 100 Mbps, voice trunking service in Mich.

November 4, 2011 3:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast Business wideband tier features up to 100 Mbps on the downstream and 10 Mbps on the upstream, which is up to 60 times faster than download speeds for a T1 line.

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Comcast snags Emmy for iPad app

November 4, 2011 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was in an elite group when it recently scored an engineering Emmy for its Xfinity TV iPad app. The Xfinity TV app also works with iPhone and Android devices.

Time Warner Cable beefs up iPad lineup with 37 Spanish channels

November 4, 2011 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has bolstered programming for its iPad app with the addition of 37 Spanish-language channels.

Glum Q4 forecast overshadows Alcatel-Lucent's profit spike

November 4, 2011 3:29 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent's rosy third-quarter profits were overshadowed by a grim fourth-quarter forecast that warned sales could take a hit from the European financial crisis.

VeEx intros low-cost MX100e+

November 4, 2011 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

VeEx has introduced a new low-cost version of its handheld Ethernet product family that supports 10/100/1000Base-T copper and 100Base-FX and 1000Base-X optical interfaces.

Google angling to enter MVPD biz

November 4, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The company has long talked about being in the TV business. The issue was whether it would voluntarily restrict itself to over-the-top (OTT) content or attempt to compete with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

Upfront – LRG: Nearly half of all U.S. households have a DVR

November 4, 2011 2:26 am | by Traci Patterson | Articles | Comments

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that 44 percent of TV households in the United States have at least one DVR, and one-third of DVR households have more than one DVR.

Wi-Fi Networks: A New Frontier for Cable Operators

November 4, 2011 1:35 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Outdoor Wi-Fi is the new black when it comes to data services for cable operators. Not only does Wi-Fi reduce customer churn in the face of increased competition from telcos, it does so by leveraging the existing DOCSIS plant while laying the groundwork for new revenue services in the future.

Verizon, AT&T Dominate TelcoTV

November 4, 2011 1:10 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

At a keynote address at TelcoTV, during the last question he fielded at the concluding Q&A session, the last thing Verizon senior vice president of consumer product management Eric Bruno said immediately before thanking the audience and leaving the stage was an offhand-sounding comment that Verizon might start offering Home Control nationally.

Let’s Get Progressive With Multi-Screen De-Interlacing

November 4, 2011 12:55 am | by Ron Gutman, CTO and founder of Imagine Communications | Articles | Comments

In the old days, “video display” used to mean “the TV” – more specifically, an analog input standard-definition TV. But that has all changed now. Today's new televisions are digital, and video viewing is becoming more popular on PCs, tablets and smartphones, creating a broader category of video display devices. These new devices are different from the old one in many ways, but one way in particular is that they’re not designed to support an interlaced (i) video format.

Multi-Screen Challenges and Benefits

November 4, 2011 12:41 am | by Jim Elayan, vice president of marketing at itaas | Articles | Comments

With the launch of new consumer services, companies face business and technical challenges that impede time to market and successful deployments. Multi-screen app development for the cable TV industry is no different. Some unique business and technical challenges must be addressed to take advantage of the “appmania” that is sweeping the CE industry.

Monetizing Multi-Screen Deployments

November 4, 2011 12:22 am | by Steve Davi, senior vice president of advanced technology at SeaChange | Articles | Comments

The push for multi-screen video services is creating new players in the digital content value chain, including over-the-top providers, and creating opportunities and challenges for service providers, advertisers, content providers and consumers.

Memory Lane - That’s Intertainment!

November 3, 2011 11:33 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Populating the annals of the digital media business are hundreds of individuals who were ahead of their time. They’re the early-stage impresarios and on-the-cusp dreamers who introduced grand ideas and evangelized categories before getting steamrolled by the realities of the day: limited technology footprints, a skeptical investment community or the inability to captivate mainstream consumers.

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