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Review: Uneasy first steps with Google Glass

March 14, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, like most successful technology companies, dreamers and inventors, likes to take a long view on things. It calls some of its most outlandish projects "moonshots." Besides Glass, these include its driverless car, balloons that deliver Internet service to remote parts of the world and contact lenses that monitor glucose levels in diabetics.

5 Ways cable operators can revolutionize home security

March 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by By Ed Finegold, Director-Strategy, NetCracker Technology | Articles | Comments

With some fresh ideas and innovation, cable operators may be able to expand this market substantially to bring home security – or more relevantly, remote home monitoring – to a larger customer segment with a greater variety of offerings that take advantage of the substantial bandwidth – i.e. excess capacity - cable networks can deliver to customer premises.

OTT traffic growth shifts the playing field for operators

March 13, 2014 8:10 pm | by By David Sokolic, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, PeerApp | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top traffic is growing rapidly in every operator network; mobile, cable and telco. What’s a network operator to do? A solution exists to support this new mode of consumption and provide revenue for all the participants in the delivery value chain: transparent caching.

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Service Activation Tests aid in validating carrier Ethernet services

March 13, 2014 4:55 pm | by By Patrick Rüegg, Senior Technical Sales Manager, Albis Technologies | Articles | Comments

This article takes a look at the challenges that network operators face in validating carrier Ethernet services, as well as the benefits and associated workflow of using advanced Ethernet demarcation devices (EDD) integrated with service activation test (SAT) technology.

Report: Starbucks to test mobile ordering

March 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Starbucks is reportedly set to test a service this year that will customers to order their coffee right from their smartphone. The new feature is part of the company's push to promote its mobile application, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Smart home market needs more help

March 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In an effort to promote budding broadband-based home management services, HGI and the Broadband Forum are proposing what they’re calling a “universal template” to facilitate interoperability among home devices and smart home applications. The key to the idea is a logical abstraction layer that would be used to provide smart home services to broadband consumers.

Kit Carson Electric taps Fujitsu for FTTH project

March 13, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has contracted with Fujitsu to be the system integrator for its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project. The network will end up being used not only for Internet access, voice over IP, and eventually video services, but also for a Smart Grid project that KCEC has planned.

Bright House Networks fuels 1-Gig service to homes in Tampa

March 13, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has jumped into the residential 1 Gigabit arena with an EPON-based fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service that will launch this summer in three Tampa Bay housing developments. Bright House Networks partnered with Florida developer Metro Development Group (MDG) and The Broadband Group for a greenfield deployment of a symmetrical 1 Gbps service to the homeowners.

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Report: There's money in them thar small cell networks

March 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MNO adoption of small cell technology will create a substantial new revenue opportunity available to cable MSOs and satellite providers to provide even more cellular backhaul support.  According to a survey sponsored by Amdocs, 70 percent of MNOs globally are prepared to also use small cell networks rolled out by or owned by a third-party.

Liberty Global goes live in Germany with Arris E6000

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia Kabel has deployed Arris’ E6000 converged edge router en route to offering its customers a 1 Gbps service. The customer win has the potential of getting the E6000 into Liberty Global’s additional cable operations in the 13 other countries across its European footprint.

Wave buys fiber optic provider CPI

March 12, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, the parent company of Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it had bought fiber optics provider Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI) for an undisclosed sum. The deal provided Wave with a business services unit to compliment the residential services that it has been providing to consumers in CPI’s footprint for more than a decade.

RST Fiber lights up 100G-fiber backbone in N.C.

March 11, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RST Fiber is laying claim to being the first privately-owned company in the nation to fire up a 100-gigabit backbone network using carrier-grade IPv6. The 3,100-mile underground network, which is supplemented by Wi-Fi, stretches across RST Fiber’s home state of North Carolina.

BHN, Fujitsu take 400G, 800G for a trial spin

March 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and Fujitsu teamed up to trial the vendor’s 400 G technology over a live network. The backbone trial was Fujitsu’s first 400G outing with a cable operator. Once the 400G trial was completed, an error-free rate of 800G was also attempted and achieved.

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Cable Center names Hall of Fame Honorary Committee

March 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center unveiled the members of its 2014 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee this morning. The committee members will serve as the official ambassadors for the upcoming Cable Hall of Fame event at The Cable Show and The Cable Center in Denver.

Aereo shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

March 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a recent court ruling, Aereo was forced to shut down its service in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday morning. On Friday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned down Aereo’s request to suspend a federal judge’s preliminary injunction order to stop its service in six states.

Verizon offers up $20 discount for wireless + FiOS

March 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The limited time deal, running March 7 through April 19, grants $10 per month off each bill and promises two-year contract savings of up to $480. The deal extends to the $90 per month FiOS plan offering 50-25 Mbps broadband, TV and phone.

Charter makes move to all digital in three states

March 7, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ all digital conversion initiative is now underway in Southern California, Alabama and Georgia. With the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion, which is scheduled to be completed across Charters footprint this year, Charter will serve up more than 200 HD channels, offer 10,000 VOD options and increase its data speeds.

GCI qualifies for wireless broadband grant

March 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The money, coming as part of the FCC’s Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, will go toward serving 37,000 people across 48 communities in Alaska. GCI expects to deploy the mobile broadband service within two or three years depending on “construction schedules and the type of technology deployed.”

Cox Business simplifies cloud services for small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Businesses has streamlined cloud services for small businesses with the national launch of a new service. The service, which is called Essential Cloud, features tailor-made cloud offerings for businesses in four primary verticals; real estate, restaurant, professional services and personal services.

VeEX fields new field tester

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

VeEX has upped the ante by making it more flexible, multi-tasking and adding SyncE, 1588v2/PTP, GPS, chip-scale atomic clock, as well as asset management and workflow optimization with VeExpress. The VePAL TX300S Test Set with VeExpress support borrows the form factor and user interface from VeEX’s TX300-series test set.

Dish adds Kindle Fire HDX to app

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network recently upgraded its Dish Anywhere app to support Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The app, which first launched last year, previously worked only on Android and iOS devices. Dish has been active on the TV Everywhere front, and its app gives subscribers the ability to watch all of their live TV programs, DVR recordings and VO titles on-the-go.

Report: Router market rebounds last year

March 5, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The service provider router market clawed its way to a 5 percent increase for all of last year after shrinking in 2012. Sales of service provider routers rebounded to a record level of $9.7 billion last year and are expected to accelerate this year, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group. 

Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered TV

March 5, 2014 1:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose. Dish Network took a big step toward such a future with a deal announced Monday with Disney. 

Roku gets into streaming-stick fight with Google

March 5, 2014 1:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Roku is getting into an Internet video-streaming stick fight with Google's Chromecast. Like the similarly shaped Chromecast, Roku's thumb-sized device plugs into a TV's HDMI port and feeds Internet video through a Wi-Fi connection. The Roku device, announced Tuesday, sells for $50 compared with $35 for the Chromecast. 

Demystifying Technology: Stream Management and Policy Enforcement in Multiscreen Delivery

March 4, 2014 7:04 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses the lack of control features for congestion management, quality of service, rate-shaping and other considerations in multi-screen delivery. In this episode, we discuss how session delivery management systems enable service providers to collect metrics on the session, and then control the delivery process -- including rights policies, quality, and the delivery of ads.

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