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FCC opens docket on Verizon AWS buys

January 12, 2012 2:21 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has started formal proceedings for its review of Verizon Wireless' multi-billion-dollar purchases of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies that purchased the spectrum five years ago but never realized their plans to use it.

Cisco allies with ActiveVideo

January 12, 2012 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco adds ActiveVideo technology to enable cloud services through its Videoscape TV platform. Meanwhile, ActiveVideo offers support for the HTML5 environment.

Samsung-connected TVs to host Verizon FiOS

January 12, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Another nail in the coffin for set-top boxes: Samsung cuts a deal to host Verizon FiOS channels directly on its broadband-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

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@ CES: Ericsson's Vestberg brings wireless vision to CES

January 12, 2012 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg is never shy about expressing his vision for the connected-everything world of the future.

@ CES: Customer data will drive TV 3.0

January 11, 2012 8:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of different scenarios for what the TV of tomorrow may look like, but a panel session at CES did drive home the point that collecting customer data can play a key role.

@ CES: Cable One testing EchoStar's Aria platform

January 11, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One looks like it's the first customer for EchoStar's Aria platform, which was designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators.

@ CES: More TV Everywhere at IP&TV World Forum

January 11, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video service providers and a Sony exec detailed how they are keeping up with customer demands for TV Everywhere services at the IP&TV World Forum.

Charter Communications to offer $750M in notes

January 11, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two subsidiaries of Charter Communications will hold a public offering of $750 million in senior unsecured notes, the cable TV company announced.

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@ CES: T-Mobile comes out swinging

January 11, 2012 2:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The industry hasn't heard a whole lot from T-Mobile USA lately – it went into quiet mode during AT&T's doomed buyout – but that changed at the 2012 International CES show in Las Vegas.

Motorola pledges to use Intel chips in smartphones

January 11, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility and Lenovo said they will use Intel processors in smartphones and other devices, giving the chipmaker its first entry into a market it has long coveted.

@ CES: Dish gets a makeover, new kangaroo mascot

January 10, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a variation on the dog and pony show, Dish Network re-launched itself at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the help of a kangaroo.

Netflix unveils video service in U.K., Ireland

January 10, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video service made its debut in the United Kingdom and Ireland Monday as part of a previously announced expansion that is expected to saddle the company with its first annual loss in a decade.

AT&T boasts LTE; Sprint, Verizon debut LTE devices

January 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's annual developer conference kicked off in Las Vegas with a series of executive keynotes that focused on its budding LTE network.

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Motorola Mobility: Patent spats hit Q4 profits

January 9, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility says the cost of defending itself against patent lawsuits and steep competition in the high-end smartphone market has had an impact on its fourth-quarter financial performance, with sales flat over last year and only "modest" profits.

Comcast's Werner to head SCTE Foundation board

January 9, 2012 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast executive vice president and CTO Tony Werner was elected as president and chairman of the board of directors of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Foundation for the 2011-12 term.

BYOD trend prompts Sprint restructuring

January 9, 2012 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend isn't just affecting corporate IT departments – it appears to be having an impact on wireless operators, too.

Analysts: Gadget sales to top $1T in 2012

January 9, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Developing countries like China and India will drive global sales of consumer electronics above $1 trillion for the first time, even as cash-strapped shoppers in the U.S. and Western Europe ease off spending for high-tech gear.

Cox Business hooks up college football fans in New Orleans

January 6, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has got college football fans' backs during the BCS Championship Game between LSU and Alabama at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Sprint LTE set for launch in 10 markets

January 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to turn on its LTE service in 10 markets before the middle of this year, including Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

AT&T adds 11 new LTE markets

January 6, 2012 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced today that it has expanded its LTE service to 11 new markets, bringing the total to 26 markets covering 74 million points of presence (POP).

Cable scofflaws beware: SubscriberWise sees you

January 6, 2012 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

SubscriberWise has come up with an interesting way of tracking down people who are viewing cable services after previously being disconnected for non-payment.

Kit Digital picks up Sezmi assets, clients for $27M

January 6, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sezmi has been purchased by Kit Digital for about $27 million in stock and cash. Both companies specialize in cloud-based multi-screen delivery, notably with capabilities to distribute video on LTE wireless networks.

Pace fills post of president for Americas

January 6, 2012 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pace has appointed Tim O'Loughlin president of its Pace Americas business unit, succeeding Mike Pulli, who was recently elevated to CEO of the company.

Mao to take the reins at Ubee Interactive

January 6, 2012 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ubee Interactive said its executive chairman, Robert Y. L. Mao, will add the title of president upon the retirement of the company's CEO, Yuan-Hao Lin.

Shaw signs deal to provide voice service in Calgary

January 6, 2012 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Shaw Business has inked a three-year deal with the city of Calgary to provide local telephone services and advanced custom 311 configurations over its fiber network.

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