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Just moving to D3.1 modems can be a huge benefit

September 23, 2014 12:48 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

From Cable-Tec Expo: Thirty percent of QAMs would be able to go to 2048 QAM without doing anything to your network. “Take your system, with no changes except putting in 3.1, you can get a 46 percent expansion of capacity over the DOCSIS 3.0 network.”

Software upgrade jumps Cisco’s CMTS downstream count

September 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco's new 6 Gigabit Shared Port Adapter (6G SPA) is a software upgrade of the 3G SPA line card for its uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router CMTS. With the upgrade, the number of downstream channels available for the uBR10K jumps from a total of 1,152 to 1,728, without any additional rack space.

RFMD expands GaN amp line for DOCSIS 3.1 networks

September 22, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The newest addition to RFMD's product portfolio for DOCSIS 3.1 includes power doubler amplifiers, push pull amplifiers, optical receivers, a reverse path amplifier, and a family of digital step attenuators. With the addition of these new products, RFMD now offers more than 25 products tailored for DOCSIS 3.1 applications.

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Pico Digital introduces new miniCMTS

September 22, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pico Digital introduced what it’s calling a miniCMTS, optimized for multi-family residential applications, private networks, and small cable providers. The company’s aim was to provide a rich feature set at a low price point. It can support up to 400 DOCSIS cable modems, DOCSIS 2.0, or a mix of 2.0 and 3.0.

Cox names Wolfe SVP, Southwest region manager

September 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced that it has named John Wolfe as senior vice president and Southwest region manager, which is Cox’s largest region in the nation and includes Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Wolfe, who has logged nearly 30 years in the cable industry, came over to the Southwest from Cox's Northeast region, where he served as the senior vice president and region manager.

Small cells: Recognizing the opportunities, meeting the challenges

September 18, 2014 8:03 pm | by Ed Myers, vice president of telecommunications and sales, Parallel Infrastructure | Articles | Comments

The wireless data revolution and its impact is analogous to Boyle’s Law, which states that a gas will expand to fill the available space. The same can be said for a data network. The more throughput available, the more uses people will find to fill up that pipe.

WiFi - The Next 15 Years Bring Higher Expectations

September 18, 2014 7:33 pm | by Justin Colwell, Vice President, network technology, CableLabs. | Articles | Comments

This year, Wi-Fi celebrates its 15th birthday with a number of important milestones: more than 2 billion chipsets sold per year, exceeding the Gbps milestone with 802.11ac, and the first commercial launch of Passpoint/ HotSpot 2.0. Cisco estimates by 2015 more than half of the world’s Internet traffic will be carried by Wi-Fi.

War of the Words

September 18, 2014 7:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

In Perspective: Defining a problem is common engineering practice, but the approach is hardly limited to engineering. In the communications business, definitions have become weapons. Worse is when companies deliberately obfuscate definitions for competitive advantage.

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Verizon expands XLTE to 22 more markets

September 18, 2014 1:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

After substantially completing its nationwide LTE buildout on 700 MHz, Verizon began supplementing that with an AWS LTE deployment. The carrier is promising XLTE will deliver double the LTE bandwidth and faster peak speeds. T-Mobile has also been working on improving capacity.

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control

September 18, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Other companies including Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. also have tried to preserve control for their founders, often by awarding them a different class of stock with more voting rights. But research suggests such arrangements enrich insiders at the expense of other shareholder.

AT&T uncorks 300 Mbps data tier for businesses

September 18, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning AT&T announced it would offer businesses a new data tier with symmetrical speeds of up to 300 Mbps initially with future plans to hit 1 Gigabit. With its AT&T Business Fiber offering, AT&T is mirroring the rollout of its residential GigaPower service that launched in Austin late last year with speeds of 300 Mbps before transitioning to 1-Gig this summer.

NCTA kills off Cable Show, rebrands as INTX

September 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Faced with dwindling attendance over the past few years and the continued evolution of Internet technologies, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has pulled the plug on The Cable Show in favor of rebranding it as INTX. INTX, which stands for the Internet and Television Expo, will still be held on The Cable Show’s original schedule of May 5-7 next year in Chicago, but with more of an Internet focus.

Atlantic Broadband launches 1-Gig service in Miami

September 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has seemingly beaten AT&T to the punch by launching a symmetrical 1-Gigabit service in the Miami area. Atlantic Broadband’s 1-Gigabit service took flight this summer in ultra-wealthy Indian Creek Village, which is located in Miami-Dade County.

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Virgin Media tunes up 1-Gig test with ‘narrow trenching’

September 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media, which is the largest cable operator in the UK, will fire up a small 1-Gigabit trial in the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth that will feature a new trenching technique for laying fiber. Virgin Media said it would lay fiber in Papworth by using “narrow-trenching,” which it claims could reduce the cost of the network roll out by 33 percent. 

'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

September 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

Rovi takes guide to the cloud

September 15, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi introduced the cloud-based version of its Rovi Guide, and published a reference design for a set-top box based on Broadcom’s BCM7445 Ultra HD SoC and running Nexus-Trellis software. The cloud-based version of Rovi Guide is an HTML5-based, multi-platform media programming guide.

Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion

September 15, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009.

AT&T eyes bundle of DirecTV and 15 Mbps wireless broadband

September 12, 2014 6:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

If its acquisition of DirecTV is approved, AT&T plans to dedicate spectrum for a fixed wireless broadband complement to satellite TV services, according to comments AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. He also said signaled that AT&T has no interest in building out Wi-Fi networks.

HBO Europe marries Go to linear TV

September 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

HBO Europe is delivering HBO Go to affiliates through ActiveVideo’s CloudTV StreamCast platform, an arrangement that will allow video distributors to distribute HBO Go directly to any set-top box. HBO Europe operates in 14 territories in eastern and central Europe and the Netherlands.

Elemental's Delta server takes multi-screen to new level

September 12, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Delta is based on the company’s transcoding technology, and can be configured either as an edge server or an origin server. The system combines JIT packaging, origin services, intelligent caching, dynamic ad insertion and replacement, and end-to-end encrypted content protection functions.

JDSU plans to split into two companies

September 11, 2014 12:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

An optical components and commercial lasers company will be based on JDSU’s current Communications and Commercial Optical Productss segment. JDSU's optical security business (OSP) will focus on network and service enablement, taking advantage of the  transition to software-defined networks.

SmarDTV adds CI+ modules, extends support for Conax

September 10, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SmarDTV will introduce a CI+ 1.3 module that is compliant with the latest generation of the Conax Contego and Conax Conformity testing. In addition to content protection coverage, the combination will enable features such as Operator profile supporting channel list customization, SmarDTV said.

CableLabs, SCTE further align on energy initiatives

September 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CableLabs announced today that they would collaborate more closely on improving energy management issues for the cable industry, including strategies and innovations designed to reduce energy consumption and costs in facilities, plants, and fleet, as well as in the home. 

Vendors unite against broadband reclassification threat

September 9, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A set of technology vendors have come out firmly against reclassification of broadband as a Title II service. The suppliers delivered a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker insisting that classifying the Internet as a public utility would have harmful implications for the Internet and the economy.

Com Hem deploying Incognito suite

September 9, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In addition to helping prepare Com Hem networks for an IPv6 migration, the Incognito Software products will also assist the cable operator as it rolls out “TV everywhere” services that will allow subscribers to view and control their television services on multiple devices.

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