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AT&T adds Facebook app to TV screens

August 29, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s Facebook on TV interactive app lets U-verse subscribers view their news feeds, friends list and photos on their TV screens while they’re watching shows. They can also post updates while viewing and share information about the shows they’re watching with their Facebook friends.

Midcontinent tees up WatchESPN

August 29, 2012 3:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent is serving its authenticated customers live streaming sports content from WatchESPN across various devices, and it plans on offering more Disney-related video content. Using the free WatchESPN app, Midcontinent subscribers can view live streaming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU on their Apple iOS and Android devices.

Comcast Business Services wins award for Ethernet services

August 29, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services’ Ethernet portfolio has been a boon to Comcast’s bottom line ever since its launch, and it was recently recognized with an award from Frost & Sullivan. Comcast Business Services recently won the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Competitive Strategy Leadership Award for MSO Ethernet Services.

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TiVo set to market multi-screen streamer

August 29, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

TiVo is preparing to hit the market with its retail transcoder/router that enables TiVo Premiere DVR users to distribute up to four simultaneous streams to Apple iOS devices. The TiVo Stream, announced earlier this year, will sell for $130 and will be available from TiVo on Sept. 6 and at Best Buy shortly thereafter.

Sprint lights up new LTE markets

August 29, 2012 2:54 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint announced four new LTE markets, including Baltimore; Gainesville, Ga.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; and Sedalia, Mo. The new LTE markets bring Sprint's total to 19, including the 15 cities that went live earlier. Sprint said it plans to introduce more markets to the network, with a goal of completing its LTE build-out by 2013.

Country Cablevision going all-fiber

August 29, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Armed with a broadband stimulus award, the rural N.C. provider is installing equipment from Clearfield to pursue its FTTH build-out. Country Cablevision has begun deploying Clearfield’s FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) as part of its fiber-optic broadband network build.

Time Warner Cable investing $25M in NYC fiber build-out

August 28, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is upping the ante against its New York City-area competitors by spending $25 million this year to expand its fiber-optic network to businesses. TWCBC made the fiber-optic build-out announcement at the headquarters of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN).

Comcast’s thePlatform opens doors of digital storefronts

August 28, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video publishing company thePlatform has upgraded its mpx system to support video commerce across various devices on digital storefronts. The digital storefronts can help video providers and content owners monetize their premium video libraries by complementing pay walls, advertising or authenticated subscriptions.

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Q&A: Interop on advancing next-gen messaging

August 28, 2012 2:46 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Moving to next-generation messaging services seems like a logical step in the ongoing evolution of wireless technology, but it appears that some operators are leaving the transition on the backburner. Damian Sazama of Interop says regional providers have put the move to Rich Communications Suite (RCS) products on hold because the technology requires the installation of an IMS core.

FAA to study use of electronics on planes

August 28, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's going to be a while before airline passengers can use iPads and other electronic devices during the whole flight. The Federal Aviation Administration is starting a process to study the issue, with a timeline that means it will take at least until March 2013 for a recommendation – and maybe longer for action.

Indian cable company goes with Envivio

August 27, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AJK is the first cable operator in India to use a single headend to serve the full range of display devices – TV set-top boxes, connected TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones – according to Envivio. AJK’s service, called Reena TV, is targeting more than 200,000 customers for their digital service.

Rogers scores sports network for $167M

August 27, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications announced it was plunking down $167 million to buy Score Media. Once the deal is finalized, Rogers will wholly own theScore Television Network and related assets, which will be a significant content boost to its existing Sportsnet assets.

Report: $2B video delivery platforms market to double by 2017

August 27, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a study, revenues for video platforms that distribute video on behalf of media and entertainment companies, including cable and satellite distributors, will reach $2.1 billion this year and double to more than $4 billion by 2017.

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Summary of Apple's $1B verdict

August 27, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple claimed Samsung Electronics' smartphones and computer tablets "slavishly copied" the iPhones and iPads. Samsung countered with its own claims that Apple used its wireless technology without proper compensation. A nine-person jury unanimously agreed with Apple and ordered Samsung to pay $1 billion.

FTTH Conference & Expo - Sept. 23-27, 2012

August 27, 2012 12:08 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

The future of unlimited innovation in commerce, education, entertainment and health care – made possible by virtually unlimited bandwidth – is finally here and now. Come be a part of it at the 2012 FTTH Conference & Expo. The 2012 FTTH Conference & Expo is begin held Sept. 23-27 in Dallas.

FCC clears ‘substantially modified' Verizon AWS deal

August 24, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has officially approved Verizon Wireless' AWS deal, sealing a transaction that gives the operator a substantial amount of spectrum for its LTE network. The Commission released its final order clearing the spectrum sale yesterday. The document formalizes a number of Verizon's voluntary commitments around divestitures, network construction and data roaming.

Cox promotes Wolfe to GM of New England/Cleveland market

August 24, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has promoted long-time employee John Wolfe to senior vice president and general manager of its New England/Cleveland market. In his new role at Cox, Wolfe now oversees the day-to-day operations for the company’s 1,400 employees in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Ohio.

Carlson antenna a big gain for white spaces

August 24, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Carlson announced a new antenna specifically designed to support the use of white-space spectrum. The company’s new omnidirectional base station antenna provides high gain across the entire UHF spectrum, which will help improve overall performance of white space transmissions.

FCC halts special access deregulation

August 23, 2012 3:46 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has put the brakes on its deregulation of the special access market, services that provide wireless operators with access to critical backhaul for their networks. The Commission voted 3-2 along party lines in favor of temporarily suspending rules that automatically granted requests to change prices on special access services.

Calix to buy Ericsson’s GPON biz

August 23, 2012 3:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Calix has negotiated to acquire Ericsson’s GPON business. At the same time, the two companies signed a global reseller agreement, under which Calix will become Ericsson’s preferred global partner for broadband access applications. Neither company divulged the value of the deal.

New antenna could vastly increase wireless net capacity

August 23, 2012 3:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Rice University researchers unveiled a multi-antenna beamforming technology that could help wireless providers keep pace with the voracious demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets. As a bonus, using the antennas would save on energy. Furthermore, they can be built using mostly off-the-shelf hardware.

Report: Cisco still No. 1 in router market; Huawei 2nd

August 23, 2012 3:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to worldwide router revenues, Cisco is still the top dog, but in a recent report, Huawei came in second overall. Overall, a report by Infonetics Research found that the global service provider router and switch market, including carrier Ethernet switches and IP edge and core routers, grew 4 percent, to $3.5 billion, in the second quarter of this year when compared to the previous quarter.

Report: LTE performance tops all other network technologies

August 23, 2012 3:33 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mobile customers on LTE devices see fewer data-related issues than do customers on 3G and HSPA+ or WiMAX devices, according to the a new study released by J.D. Power and Associates. Now in its 10th year, the study evaluates wireless customers' most recent usage activities in three areas that impact network performance: calling, messaging and data.

Much of W.Va. lacks high-speed Internet access

August 23, 2012 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Federal Communications Commission report shows West Virginia has the highest percentage of residents in the nation without high-speed Internet, but state and company officials say the report is based on old data. About 845,000 West Virginians, or 46 percent of the state's residents, don't have access to broadband Internet service.

AT&T launches Mobile Share plans amid net neutrality debate

August 23, 2012 3:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T launched its new shared data plans today, capping off a week marked by controversy over its FaceTime policy. Along with the new plans, AT&T has completely overhauled its online account management page, which now offers a quick overview of a user's account.

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