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iControl adds bridge to energy usage data

October 1, 2012 5:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

iControl Networks said its OpenHome software platform will enable home security and broadband service providers to integrate energy usage data into their service offerings. OpenHome now provides direct access to Green Button information about energy consumption.

Nokia Siemens sheds IPTV operations

October 1, 2012 5:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Accenture specified that it purchased IPTV software, assets and capabilities from Nokia Siemens. The acquired IPTV assets will complement and be integrated with with the company’s Accenture Video Solution, a software product and a suite of services that enables companies to launch new over-the-top (OTT) services.

LightSquared's latest LTE plan: share Federal spectrum

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

LightSquared wants the FCC to let it share spectrum with the federal government under a new plan for its LTE network, which has been stymied by problems with GPS interference. It wants to swap a slice of spectrum it now has a license to for spectrum used for government weather balloons. 


Edgewater, Metaswitch combo on enterprise VoIP

October 1, 2012 3:34 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

 Edgewater Networks and Metaswitch Networks are working together to provide a system that service providers can use to enable VoIP services in the enterprise market. The solution integrates Edgewater’s Voice-over-IP (VoIP) monitoring and installation solution, EdgeView, with Metaswitch’s SIP-based MetaView system.

Oklahoma utility opts for EPON

October 1, 2012 3:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) has hired Pulse Broadband to design and manage the construction of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband trial, using a distributed tap design and CommScope’s EPON architecture. Lake Region will be one of the first electric coops in the U.S. to take advantage of a combined distributed tap and EPON architecture. 

IPTV: Coming soon to a town near you

September 30, 2012 12:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

With IP-based video technology maturing, there is a growing number of smaller companies able to provide subscribers in their typically exurban-to-rural areas with services and features that include larger packages of top-ranked channels (with more of those channels in HD), multi-room DVR, TV Everywhere-type services and hybrid features like Caller ID on TV.

TV Everywhere or Errors Everywhere

September 29, 2012 11:40 pm | by Steve Liu, vice president of video network monitoring at Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Cable operators, telecom carriers, satellite providers and other service providers are racing to build the infrastructure necessary for delivering any program, on-demand or live, to any device at any time and over any access network. Being first to market with that ability could be a tremendous advantage.

$Billions up for grabs in SIP trunking

September 29, 2012 7:34 pm | by Doug Wadkins, chief technical officer of Edgewater Networks | Articles | Comments

Cable operators may have a golden opportunity in the business services market. Old-style PBXs in the enterprise equipment market are gradually being updated to IP PBXs. On the one hand, some new IP-based services are possible with these new systems. On the other hand, however, TDM trunking of those IP PBXs is still the predominant method of interconnection.


Memory Lane - Wake up and smell the webcam

September 29, 2012 6:20 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Whether the delivery agent is Coca-Cola, coffee or chocolate, a solid jolt of caffeine has fueled the creation of many a technology breakthrough. So it’s only fitting that the first known demonstration of an Internet-delivered photo stream involved the popular stimulant.

Open Mic - The future of TV Everywhere is here

September 29, 2012 5:39 pm | by Ramin Farassat, vice president of product marketing and business development at RGB Networks | Articles | Comments

While not every operator has rolled out a complete multi-screen TV Everywhere service offering, there is certainly sufficient activity worldwide for us to say that TV Everywhere is truly here. In fact, forward-thinking operators are already planning “what’s next” when it comes to TV Everywhere.

Engineering-Wise - Kamen to keynote Expo

September 29, 2012 5:15 pm | by Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Dean Kamen is keynoting SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. There’s no way to say that without it sounding like a promotional announcement, but maybe that’s what it should be. Because no matter how innovative we are – and, trust me, my hat is off to the cable community when it comes to new approaches – no one exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation like Kamen.

Capital Currents - Cell phone standards and antitrust behavior

September 29, 2012 4:59 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

As those of us who participate in industry standards development are continually reminded, since standards have strategic and competitive importance, they must be developed using fair methods by committees that allow wide participation and consider all proposals.

New Products: IBC Edition - October 2012

September 29, 2012 4:10 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Nagra and Harmonic are working on the first commercial MPEG-DASH OTT service, Verimatrix unveiled VCAS for DASH, SeaWell introduced an MPEG-DASH-based system that provides ad insertion, Miranda launched the Nvision 920 and an upgraded Nvision 8140, RGB showed off its new TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, and GreenPeak launched the new GP710.


New Products - October 2012

September 29, 2012 3:36 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic released the Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD integrated media server, Incognito Software announced the latest version of its Service Activation Center, and Broadcom introduced a chip for DOCSIS 3.0 gateways that offer 1 Gbps Wi-Fi.

Comcast Ventures among investors in video search firm Ramp

September 28, 2012 3:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Boston-based Ramp pulled in $15 million in a recent round of financing, which included Comcast Ventures among the investors. The Series C round of financing brought the total capital raised to date to $40 million for Ramp. Ramp specializes in software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Cable One tabs SubscriberWise to improve customer service

September 28, 2012 3:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has picked SubscriberWise’s subscriber analytics and decision management platform in order to improve customer service to its subscribers. Cable One will use SubscriberWise’s risk management and target marketing system to support its growing cable and digital technology goals and operations.

Clearwire shares slide on TWC stock selloff

September 28, 2012 3:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable said that it planned to shed its entire 7.8 percent stake in Clearwire. It gave Clearwire's other investors the option to buy the 46.4 million shares first, before they went up for grabs by the public. Sprint is currently Clearwire's largest investor.

Study: Policy management software to top $1.9B by 2016

September 28, 2012 3:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Global sales of policy management software for wireless and fixed-line networks grew 41 percent last year and are on a similar trajectory so far this year. Long term, the market will top $1.9 billion by 2016, according to a study by Infonetics Research.

CPE: Digital transport adapters expand their horizons

September 28, 2012 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In the family of customer premises equipment (CPE), digital transport adapters (DTAs) may lack cachet when compared with the latest set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs) and gateways, but DTAs are playing an increasingly important role in cable operator deployments.

Hacking on the rise

September 28, 2012 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

There have always been hackers, but as computer and telecom networks merge and become more extensive and interconnected, it seems that the incidence of hacking is increasing. But the point is that no organization should feel cocky about its security.

Comcast, NBCUniversal get behind zeebox app

September 27, 2012 3:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast and its NBCUniversal subsidiary are taking a stake in zeebox, the maker of a so-called "second screen" app that people can fiddle with on mobile devices while they watch TV. The U.S. cable giant isn't saying how much it's putting into the company.

Mediacom to go multi-room/screen in 2013

September 27, 2012 3:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications plans to deploy a whole-home/multi-screen service across its footprint throughout 2013. The MSO will base the service initially on four-tuner TiVo DVRs, and it will later give its subscribers the option of using a six-tuner version from Pace when that box becomes available.

Comcast boots up thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots in Calif.

September 27, 2012 3:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Xfinity WiFi now provides wireless Internet access in select cities in northern and central California, plus Santa Barbara County, including: the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Fresno, Monterey, Santa Maria and Chico. Comcast said it would continue to add more hotspots in California.

Dish satellite broadband set for Oct. 1 launch

September 27, 2012 3:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network said it will launch a satellite broadband service targeted at rural consumers with slow Internet connections. The service is based on a satellite launched by Dish’s sister company EchoStar earlier this year. The dishNet service will be available in both rural and suburban areas.

AT&T's WCS plans to get FCC green light

September 27, 2012 3:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is poised to allow LTE service in the long-unused 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Services (WCS) band, clearing the way for AT&T's plan to use the spectrum for its LTE network. Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's office said the agency would vote on revisions to its WCS rules at its next open meeting.

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