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Arris unveils converged edge router

October 15, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Arris’ new E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) leverages the company’s experience with its C4 line of CMTSs. Like the C4 CMTS, the E6000 supports a fully redundant design with no single point of failure, hitless fail-over and hot-swapping of cards, and field deployment-ready IPv6.

Reports: U.S. regulators move closer to suing Google

October 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are moving closer to suing Google over allegations that the company has abused its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition and drive up online advertising prices. Staff members at the FTC are preparing to recommend that the agency file an antitrust lawsuit against the search giant.

ZTE lands China Mobile LTE contract

October 15, 2012 2:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

ZTE announced that it has won the contract for China Mobile’s TD-LTE rollout in five major Chinese cities. According to the contract, ZTE will construct China Mobile’s TD-LTE networks in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shenyang, with more than 13,000 carrier frequencies.

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Ikanos, Genesis Technical boost DSL to 200+ Mbps

October 12, 2012 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DSL technology specialists continue to labor toward achieving speeds in the hundreds of megabits per second range. Ikanos Communications said it has fabricated a chipset that can support data delivery at up to 200 Mbps. Meanwhile, Genesis Technical Systems is demonstrating an approach that could boost DSL speeds to 400 Mbps.

Clearwire a possible factor in Sprint, Softbank talks

October 12, 2012 1:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint confirmed that it is holding discussions with Softbank for a "substantial investment" from the Japanese operator. The size of the investment remains unknown, but Sprint said the stake could be large enough to "involve a change of control."

Sprint, Softbank hold buyout talks

October 11, 2012 3:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has confirmed that it is holding buyout talks with Japanese operator Softbank after rumors of the negotiations surfaced this morning. Sprint said it will not comment further on the potential Softbank merger "unless and until an agreement is reached."

TiVo chalks up a Tier 2 win with Midcontinent

October 11, 2012 3:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has scored another customer win. Midcontinent will use TiVo’s whole-home DVR and multi-screen suite of products across its footprint in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, but the initial rollout is slated for the South Dakota subscribers.

Time Warner Cable spices up home phone service with new features

October 11, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added VoiceZone to its home phone service, which ties in the phone service to home computers, TVs and mobile devices. VoiceZone is free to Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to its phone and voicemail services.

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Comcast kicks off Internet access program in Va.

October 11, 2012 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast is kicking off the second year of a program aimed at making sure low-income families in Virginia have Internet access. Company executives are joining officials from the Federal Communications Commission and local leaders in Richmond to launch the program.

Contec improves customer access

October 11, 2012 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MSOs and other video service providers can now link to the company’s QuickTest system, getting direct access to Contec’s database for monitoring efficiency, pass rates and performance for all reverse logistics or return loop operations.

WD debuts range extender for in-home Wi-Fi

October 11, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Western Digital subsidiary WD has introduced a Wi-Fi range extender, a small box designed to forward Wi-Fi signals into wireless dead spots in home installation. The My Net Wi-Fi Range Extender is a dual-band device with a 3 x 3 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) antenna array design.

Air Force CIO: Prospects few for vacating government spectrum

October 11, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Robert Wheeler, who serves as the agency’s deputy CIO, said that while the Defense Department is “working hand in hand with the industry” to free up the 500 MHz of spectrum called for under the National Broadband Plan, it could be extremely difficult to move existing technology to new bands.

Cable One signs up for HBO Go, Max Go

October 10, 2012 3:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One, the nation’s ninth-largest cable operator that’s owned by The Washington Post Co., is now able to offer more than 1,400 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.

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YouTube channels can start charging fees

October 10, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

YouTube currently gives content providers the opportunity to support their video with paid advertising. The option to charge subscription fees would be new, and it would the decision of content partners – such as BBC Worldwide, Endemol and FremantleMedia – to go that route.

CenturyLink betas cloud-based business services

October 10, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CenturyLink is preparing to expand its portfolio of business services a year and a half after buying Savvis, a company that specialized in cloud-based business services. The company is currently beta testing its Savvisdirect set of cloud-based services and is inviting potential customers to participate.

Time Warner Cable hires Watson as AVP of operations for K.C./Neb.

October 10, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has hired former Ericsson executive Perry Watson as its new area vice president of operations for the company’s Kansas City/Nebraska operations. In his new job, Watson will have Google’s new fiber service to contend with in the Kansas City area.

Verizon Wireless LTE markets to hit 410 next week

October 10, 2012 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless will light up its LTE network in 21 cities, making the service available in 410 markets. The LTE deployment is currently ahead of schedule, CTO Nicola Palmer said at a MobileCON press event. The company has aggressively expanded the service since its launch in December 2010.

AT&T, T-Mobile swap PCS spectrum

October 10, 2012 3:08 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is snapping up a handful of AWS, PCS and 700 MHz spectrum through separate deals with T-Mobile USA and Peregrine Spectrum. According to documents released by the FCC, Peregrine is selling AT&T three lower 700 MHz B-block licenses spanning Florida, Minnesota and Puerto Rico.

Suddenlink, TWC, Cable One employees square off in IP Challenge

October 10, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Employees from Time Warner Cable, Suddenlink Communications and Cable One will go toe to toe in the SCTE IP Challenge ahead of Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando. Two representatives from Suddenlink, two from TWC and one from Cable One earned the right in online qualifying rounds.

Cox launches mobile version of social media site for small biz

October 9, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox first launched the Blue Powered by Cox Business website in May as part of its strategy to help small business owners leverage technology to achieve their goals. The website was soft-launched near the end of March and marked the company’s first foray into engaging small businesses with a social media initiative.

Sprint service aims at untapped MVNO customers

October 9, 2012 4:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint launched a new service on Monday aimed at bringing in new MVNO customers from the retail, hospitality and travel industries. The turnkey Mobile Broadband on Demand platform allows companies without prior MVNO experience to offer mobile broadband service on Sprint's CDMA network and Clearwire's WiMAX network.

Active Broadband improves IPDR reporting

October 9, 2012 4:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Active Broadband has added code to its software that helps assure that IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Record) data collected from CMTSs in DOCSIS networks is accurate and complete. Cable ops can use IPDR data to compute subscriber Internet usage for usage metering and usage-based pricing.

Wipro paves way for prepaid broadband

October 9, 2012 3:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Wipro Technologies introduced a service that will enable cable operators to offer video, broadband and telephony on a prepaid basis. The prepaid approach, which aims to reduce cost and credit obstacles, has proven to be a practical option for many wireless telephony customers, including many in unserved or underserved markets.

Arris improves CMTS software

October 9, 2012 3:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris Group has updated its CMTS software to improve performance for control plane-related tasks, including IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Record), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Command Line Interface (CLI). The update, Release 8.1, also increases IPv6 route scaling.

Comcast names Fore as regional SVP for California

October 9, 2012 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Henry “Hank” Fore reports to Steve White and oversees Comcast’s video, data and telephone operations in both the Bay area and central California, which serve more than 2.2 million customers. He will also manage more than 5,500 employees.

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