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NetGear targets service provider market with camera, video dongle

January 6, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

NetGear is launching a line of HD cameras designed for some of the peculiar requirements of service providers who have home automation offerings. Simultaneously, the company is introducing an Android-based HDMI dongle that service providers can use in lieu of a set-top box.

Google highlights HEVC rival with YouTube 4K demo

January 3, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google’s VP9 codec is an alternative to H.265 (aka HEVC). Both promise to drop compression rates by about half. Google has tried to establish its own codecs as standard issue before, most recently with its VP8 codec. VP8 gained little traction outside of Google. Neither has VP9, until recently.

Suddenlink wraps up Northland deal

January 3, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications announced it has completed its purchase of four Texas-based systems from Northland Communications. With the completion of the deal, which was first announced in October, Suddenlink added 12,000 residential and nearly 300 commercial customers.

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Motorola Solutions buys Twisted Pair Solutions

January 2, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Twisted Pair’s Wave software integrates voice, text messaging, location and presence in a single application. The company caters to businesses and government agencies looking to create secure communications systems that can be used by employees, in or out of the office.

Charter’s all digital train rolls into Missouri, Southern Illinois

January 2, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the end game of having all of its systems all digital by the first half of this year, Charter announced this morning that all-digital upgrades will start in the middle of this month in Missouri and Southern Illinois. Charter said the upgrades, which are scheduled to be completed by mid-summer, would add more than 200 HD channels to its lineup in those areas, as well as “significantly” faster Internet speeds.

BlackBerry Cancels Two Devices, Ends BlackBerry Live

December 24, 2013 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BlackBerry refers to the infamous “Z10 Inventory Charge” that cost the company about $1 billion in its second quarter, as a primary motive for the move. BlackBerry attributes poor sell-through for BB10 devices to a maturing smartphone market, “intense” competition and delays in functionality for its BES 10 platform.

Cox fires up Wi-Fi peering with Bright House

December 23, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Communications has concluded its integration with the other members of CableWiFi by wrapping up a peering arrangement with Bright House Networks. With the integration of Cox and Bright House Networks hotspots, Cox customers may now access free WiFi in Orlando, Tampa, Daytona, Northern Virginia, Connecticut and Indiana.

GCI plans to offer 1 Gig service by 2015

December 20, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI Communications, which is Alaska’s biggest telecommunications company, said it would have the state’s first Gigabit Internet service live in Anchorage by 2015. Before it reaches 1 Gig, GCI said it would incrementally increase the speeds on its "fiber re:D" tier.

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Centerbridge drops LightSquared offer, clearing way for Dish

December 18, 2013 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the Centerbridge bid out of the way, the path is again open for Dish Network and the $2.2 billion stalking-horse bid it entered in LightSquared’s bankruptcy proceedings. Dish is pursuing LightSquared for access to its 35 MHz of spectrum licenses in the 1500 L band.

VeEX adds MPLS-TP and CPRI rate test modules

December 18, 2013 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MPLS-TP, a Layer 2 packet-based transport mechanism, is gaining momentum as a transport of choice for access and aggregation networks requiring a technology that combines the operational simplicity of packet switched networks with the operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) tools and fault resiliency capabilities of circuit switched networks.

TWC updates app, adds Kindle devices

December 18, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Just in time for the holidays, Time Warner Cable has added support for Kindle tablets on its TWC TV app, and updated some features across Roku, Xbox and Samsung devices. The TWC TV app now works with Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets for Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to its “standard” or “preferred” video tiers.

Sprint, Dish Network partner on fixed mobile broadband

December 17, 2013 1:37 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The service trial will kick off by middle of 2014 and will be limited to Corpus Christi, Tex., initially. Dish will be installing either outdoor routers or indoor units for customers who want to take advantage of the TDD-LTE airwaves riding on Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum. The companies plan to expand into other markets after that.

San Francisco begins offering free public Wi-Fi

December 17, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ruckus Wireless donated some of the Wi-Fi hardware, while Layer42 Networks donated access to its gigabit backbone. Ruckus estimates that this is now the single most extensive municipal Wi-Fi network in the U.S., and San Francisco has plans to expand access from along Market Street to other public areas.

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Report: D3 broadband CPE shipments to grow to 50 million in 2014

December 13, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As cable operators continue to expand their DOCSIS 3.0 networks, DOCSIS 3.0 customer premise equipment (CPE) will gobble up more of the market share for devices shipped worldwide. Next year, DOCSIS 3.0 CPE device shimpments will reach 50 million, accounting for more than 89 percent of cable CPE shipments, according to a recent study by ABI Research.

Shaw, Intel invest in automotive apps company

December 11, 2013 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shaw Ventures has joined with Intel Capital in an $8 million investment in a UIEvolution, a company that specializes in connecting markets that have so far been of mostly peripheral interest to service providers. These markets include vehicles, wearable devices, augmented reality, and specific business categories, including retail, restaurant, hospitality and cruise.

AT&T’s GigaPower goes live in Austin

December 11, 2013 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Today AT&T officially launched its U-Verse GigaPower service in Austin, which came out of the starter’s blocks with symmetrical 300 Mbps speeds before ramping up to 1 Gbps next year. Customers who sign up for the 300 Mbps service will be upgraded to the 1 Gig speeds when they become available at no extra cost.

Samsung signs on for RDK

December 11, 2013 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics America has signed up to license the Reference Design Kit from RDK Management in order to accelerate the development of its next generation set-top boxes and gateways. With Samsung on board, more than 100 silicon vendors, hardware OEMs, integrators, application developers, and service providers have licensed the RDK.

Cable One’s McKenna to retire

December 11, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After nearly 19 years with Cable One, Jerry McKenna will retire from his role as senior vice president-chief sales and marketing officer at the end of the month. McKenna joined Cable One in 1994 as vice president-strategic marketing before being named senior vice president-chief sales and marketing officer five years ago.

UUX sets up Telenor with video service

December 10, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telenor Hungary has just launched a video service using an end-to-end system provided by UUX. The system delivers video not just to mobile devices, but to any IP-enabled viewing device, including smart TVs. UUX  is the result of the recent merger of TotalMovie and OTT.

TWC’s Marcus balks at debt-fueled deals

December 10, 2013 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Incoming Time Warner Cable Inc. CEO Rob Marcus said Monday that the company's current debt level is "prudent," even as other cable TV companies are reportedly examining adding debt to acquire it. Marcus, the chief operating officer who will replace Glenn Britt as chief executive on Jan. 1, told an investor conference in New York that the company's target of having debt that is 3.25 times its cash flow is appropriate.

Comcast taps This Tech to provide DAI on IP video platforms

December 9, 2013 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This Technology today announced that its advertising solution has been deployed by Comcast Cable. The multi-year agreement covers a range of Comcast IP video platforms, enabling delivery of advertising for live and on-demand video viewing on a number of devices, including IP-enabled set top boxes, gaming consoles, connected TVs, smartphones and tablets.

In the media: Comcast lines up JPMorgan to advise on possible TWC bid

December 9, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The plot has thickened once again in the ongoing story of Time Warner Cable being bought out by another cable operator. Reuters reported that Comcast has turned to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for its expertise in case it decides to throw a bid on Time Warner Cable

Verizon to buy content delivery co. EdgeCast

December 9, 2013 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon is buying the content delivery company EdgeCast, boosting its video delivery and Internet services capabilities. Verizon said EdgeCast will become part of its digital media services business, increasing its ability to deliver content and site acceleration services to customers including studios, broadcasters and retailers.

Time Warner Cable promotes Lee to SVP, mergers and acquisitions

December 6, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning that Christian Lee had been promoted to senior vice president, mergers and acquisitions effective Dec. 31. Separately, Rob Marcus, who will take over the reins of the company on Jan. 1, said in a Bloomberg story that he was “the perfect guy to manage the M&A component out there.”

Senator seeks better return on broadband funds for states

December 6, 2013 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

US Senator Kelly Ayotte has introduced legislation that would ensure that rural states get at least 75 cents for every dollar they contribute to the USF. The money is collected through telephone bills, but Ayotte says New Hampshire gets back only 37 cents for every dollar it sends.

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