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VZW: AWS deal with cable ops won't affect backhaul

July 5, 2012 2:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is working to refute Sprint's claims that its $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum and marketing deals with a group of cable providers will reduce competition and raise prices for backhaul.

GreenPeak ramps up production on RF4CE chip

July 5, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The controller chip is designed specifically for use in gateways and set-tops and the remote control units used to communicate with them.

Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

July 5, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware.

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Netflix's monthly video streaming tops 1B hours

July 5, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The advent of high-speed Internet connections and high-powered mobile devices is changing people's viewing habits.

Study: Telcos face dilemma on when to cut over from DSL to FTTH

July 5, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to competing against cable operators’ DOCSIS 3.0-based data services, telcos are hamstrung by the limitations of their DSL offerings.

Report: Airvana tops Samsung for femtocell revenue market share in N. Amer.

July 5, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It’s a tight battle in the femtocell market, but Airvana was able to climb back over Samsung as the revenue market share leader in North America.

Alcatel: C Spire leaving 700 MHz out of LTE gear

July 5, 2012 2:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

C Spire Wireless' first round of LTE equipment won't support its 700 MHz spectrum, network vendor Alcatel-Lucent said.

Installation and repair go commercial

July 5, 2012 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The exact same trends roiling the consumer market are having a profound effect on the way communications service providers (CSPs) conduct their business.

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Built for speed: Comcast RDK

July 5, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In today’s competitive market, cable operators need to be both nimble and thrifty when it comes to developing new products and services.

An evolutionary approach to Gigabit-class DOCSIS

July 5, 2012 12:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

That cable companies would evolve their networks from HFC tech to FTTH, with its attendant gigabit transmission rates, was never in doubt. The questions have always been about the timeframe and what the intermediary steps would be.

Scaling OTT architectures for a multi-device world

July 3, 2012 4:25 pm | by Harish Reddy, principal, and Andrew Lynch, consultant, of IBB Consulting | Articles | Comments

OTT video is now mainstream. The challenge lurking behind this phenomenon is that consumption is moving toward a highly fragmented set of devices, and no single solution exists to solve the operational and technical complexities of delivering video to a diverse landscape of devices.

Verizon fires shot in net neutrality challenge

July 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon and MetroPCS have laid out their argument against the FCC's net neutrality regulations in a brief.

Report: Cable will have 25% of fixed broadband subs by 2017

July 3, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators’ rollout of DOCSIS 3.0-based data services and digitization efforts in developing economies were cited as key drivers.

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EchoStar broadband bird prepares to fly

July 3, 2012 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The EchoStar craft should enable significantly faster broadband service for subscribers.

Sony to buy game streaming company

July 3, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony will pay about $380 million for Gaikai, a company that specializes in cloud-based games that can be played on a variety of mobile devices, not just Sony products.

T-Mobile data blinks out overnight

July 3, 2012 1:44 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has recovered from a brief network outage that left customers without data service.

Report: Android, iOS continue gaining share

July 3, 2012 1:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Things appear to be moving along according to plan for Apple and Google, according to the latest numbers from comScore.

In Perspective - Game on

July 3, 2012 12:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Game consoles have been serving double duty as over-the-top boxes for years, but what about a game console as an official cable set-top?

Open Mic - Make HFC network improvements a reality

July 3, 2012 11:40 am | by Kellie Chong, director of product line at RFMD | Articles | Comments

High-data-rate and dense content-delivery-capable wireline networks are faced with insurmountable requirements as demands for higher data rates and more digital content increase.

Engineering-Wise - By the people, for the people

July 3, 2012 11:20 am | by Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

While DOCSIS 3.0, the transition to IP networks and multi-platform content delivery capture the imagination, it is the members of the cable workforce who make a difference to the industry and its customers.

Expanded test capabilities: Suddenlink and DOCSIS 3.0

July 3, 2012 8:00 am | by VeEx | White Papers

Suddenlink and VeEx have partnered to create an all-in-one field test meter, which is especially designed for BBTs tasked with completing home certification of DOCSIS 3.0-based services.

Capital Currents - Digital Television 3.0

July 2, 2012 8:39 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The television service we have might be called Digital Television 1.0, but the ATSC is in the final stage of designing the features of Digital Television 2.0. What about 3.0?

Upfront - July 2012

July 2, 2012 8:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Europe’s big cable show, Anga, saw 440 exhibitors, 16,000 trade visitors and 1,600 congress delegates, and the show increased its foreign visitors from 43 percent last year to 50 percent this year.

New Products - July 2012

July 2, 2012 7:41 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Haivision’s new CoolSign 5.0 digital signage system; Miranda Technologies' expanded Kaleido-IP advanced IP-based multi-viewer platform; and TriQuint's new DOCSIS 3.0 amplifier, the TAT2814A.

Microsemi adds voice chips for DOCSIS modems

July 2, 2012 5:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The semiconductor company has introduced a pair of new subscriber line interface circuits for DOCSIS applications.

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