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Galaxy phones drive Samsung to record profit again

July 27, 2012 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung reported another record-high quarterly profit as customers flocked to Galaxy smartphones, helping it outdo rivals at a challenging time for the global tech industry.

Tales from decrypt

July 26, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Just when the FCC was ready to consider lifting the ban on encryption for cable’s basic tier, along came Boxee throwing a wrench into the works.

BendBroadband buys Chambers Cable, plans all-digital upgrade

July 26, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.

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Sprint losses widen as iDEN shutdown advances

July 26, 2012 2:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint said it fell further into the red as the accelerated shutdown of its aging iDEN network pushed up expenses and caused customers to leave for other providers.

MetroPCS’ VoLTE plans on track for Q3

July 26, 2012 2:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS is confirming its plans to launch an LTE-based voice service in the third quarter after pushing out its debut earlier this year.

News Corp. buys stake in Roku

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

News Corp. is a member of an investment group that has injected a whopping $45 million into the streaming video company.

Alcatel-Lucent to cut 5,000 jobs after loss in Q2

July 26, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecoms equipment group Alcatel-Lucent is to cut 5,000 jobs in a multi-million-euro cost drive after it reported a second-quarter net loss of €254 million, or $308 million.

Net Insight signs up reseller

July 26, 2012 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TI Broadcast Solutions Group is a consultancy that helps design broadcast facilities for a range of clients.

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Comcast Ventures leads Series C round of funding for WhoSay

July 25, 2012 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Ventures was the lead investor in a Series C round of funding for WhoSay that totaled $12 million

Google breaks down Motorola's $12.5B price tag

July 25, 2012 12:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

If $12.5 billion seemed to some Google shareholders like a lot of money to pay for a largely unprofitable handset maker, the Internet search giant is now providing some details about its rationale for the transaction.

Comcast cues up free Wi-Fi hotspots in Philly area during Olympic Games

July 25, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has opened up access to indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots for non-subscribers in Philadelphia and  parts of New Jersey and Delaware for the duration of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

Comcast goes platinum with new 305/65 data tier

July 24, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon’s reign for having the fastest downstream data speed in the United States proved to be short-lived now that Comcast is set to launch its Xfinity Platinum Internet tier.

U-verse drives AT&T’s Q2 wireline operations

July 24, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues to bleed DSL customers, and some of those are lost completely.

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Frontier deals for satellite broadband

July 24, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company cuts a deal with Hughes Network Systems to provide its rural customers with service that might start to be offered no earlier than the end of this year.

NCTC names OpenVault approved vendor for broadband usage analytics

July 24, 2012 3:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative has named OpenVault as an approved vendor for broadband usage data analytics and policy management

Time Warner Cable’s Gillman joins SeaWell Networks’ board

July 24, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor SeaWell Networks announced that Time Warner Cable executive Joan Gillman has joined its board of directors as an independent member.

Wi-Fi offload rising amid soaring data traffic

July 24, 2012 3:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

How important is Wi-Fi offload to solving the capacity crunch? Extremely important, if new numbers from iGR are any indication.

GLDS debuts TV Everywhere authorization

July 23, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system links to the company’s Web-based self-care portal, so subscribers can manage all of their services with a single account.

NCTC, ACA announce board elections

July 23, 2012 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WOW’s Abdoulah to chair ACA board; NCTC elects five board directors.

Hood Canal adopts RGB infrastructure

July 23, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service provider is initially using the set-up to reclaim analog bandwidth and introduce more high-definition channels.

TWC pumps $850,000 into new state-of-the-art hub in S.C.

July 23, 2012 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable engineers took an innovative approach to a new hub in Summerville, S.C., by grouping services together into pods.

Buckeye CableSystem tunes up TV Everywhere with Azuki

July 23, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Azuki Media Platform includes adaptive streaming, entitlement and digital rights management (DRM).

Plans to share federal spectrum met with skepticism

July 23, 2012 1:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A plan to make the federal government share its spectrum with the wireless industry is being met with skepticism by an FCC commissioner and the wireless industry.

Survey: 50% of operators to deploy caching, CDNs by 2014

July 23, 2012 1:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Service providers rated Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper as the top service provider edge router and/or carrier Ethernet switch vendors.

Marvell, Wilocity partner on tri-band Wi-Fi

July 23, 2012 1:50 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Marvell and Wilocity announced a new partnership to bring tri-band Wi-Fi solutions enabled with 802.11ad to market.

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