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Q3 group sales up for Ericsson

October 20, 2011 3:41 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shares in Ericsson were up more than 6 percent in early morning trading.

Broadcom tests DOCSIS-based EoC offering in China

October 18, 2011 3:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom said Chinese cable operators achieved strong quality of service results during a recent network test of Broadcom's DOCSIS-based Ethernet over Coax (EoC) cable architecture technology.

Harmonic to supply PRTC with transcoding

October 18, 2011 3:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

"It would have taken over a dozen devices from other vendors to provide the breadth of functionality found in the one-rack unit ProStream 1000 with ACE," said Tony Stout, CTO at PRTC. "Harmonic's ProStream with ACE technology gave us a cost-effective, highly flexible solution that delivers excellent video quality for our Mediaroom deployment, helping us gain a competitive advantage."

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Cablevision says 'Hola' to more Spanish programming

October 18, 2011 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision said the iO en espanol package was available to new residential and commercial subscribers starting at $8.95 per month. Customers need to subscribe to Cablevision's basic service tier and above, as well as have a digital cable set-top box. Existing iO en espanol customers interested in the new channels can upgrade their tiers.

Cox hires Saksena away from Time Warner Cable

October 17, 2011 5:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Saksena fills a gap at Cox that has been open since January, when former executive vice president and CSO Dallas Clement was hired as the CFO of AutoTrader.com.

Momentum taps LogiSense for billing systems

October 17, 2011 5:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Momentum is going with a billing and OSS system from LogiSense to backup its wholesale digital voice services business.

Sprint customers line up as it gets 1st iPhone

October 17, 2011 4:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel joined bigger carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless as a seller of the phone. Spot checks in Philadelphia and San Francisco showed that the lines outside Sprint stores were longer than at its rivals.

FCC, CTIA debut voluntary bill shock alerts

October 17, 2011 4:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

"This solution will give consumers the information they need to save money on their monthly wireless bills," Genachowski said during a press conference. Unexpected charges can be particularly burdensome to consumers during difficult economic times, he said.

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Microsoft completes $8.5B acquisition of Skype

October 17, 2011 4:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The two companies joined forces late Thursday when Microsoft completed its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype. The closing came five months after Microsoft announced the deal.

Customer service debacle

October 17, 2011 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

There's a large MVPD out there with a customer service problem. The question is whether the problem is with one guy or with the entire customer care organization. 

Liao to leave CEO position at CableLabs

October 14, 2011 5:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The search is on for a new CEO at CableLabs now that current CEO and President Paul Liao has opted not to renew his contract.

Owners pull plug on Hulu sell

October 14, 2011 5:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

"Since Hulu holds a unique and compelling strategic value to each of its owners, we have terminated the sale process and look forward to working together to continue mapping out its path to even greater success. Our focus now rests solely on ensuring that our efforts as owners contribute in a meaningful way to the exciting future that lies ahead for Hulu."

Motorola sets Nov. 17 vote on Google deal

October 14, 2011 5:02 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility set a meeting date of Nov. 17 for shareholders to vote.

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SCTE announces board, operations committee

October 14, 2011 4:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The SCTE board of directors, which will take office on Nov. 14 at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, Ga.

Apple in talks for iCloud for movies

October 14, 2011 4:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is in talks with Hollywood studios about offering a system that would allow people to buy movies on iTunes and watch them on multiple Apple-made devices without the need to transfer or save files, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Google going 'gangbusters' as Q3 wows investors

October 14, 2011 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors quickly chimed in with their approval as Google's stock price surged more than 6 percent. The stock climbed $35.94 to $594.93 in extended trading after the release of results.

FCC grills AT&T over jobs claims

October 14, 2011 4:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T says its merger with T-Mobile USA will create jobs, not eliminate them. Now the FCC is asking AT&T to prove it.

Telecom Fraud & Revenue Risk Assurance - Dec. 6-7, 2011

September 5, 2011 8:00 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

To meet the demand for greater awareness of how to combat fraud, IQPC will bring together 16 expert speakers at the 5th Annual Telecoms Fraud and Revenue Risk Assurance conference. They will share best practices on planning and implementing strategies to combat fraud and maintain an effective revenue assurance strategy.

Live From The Cable Show - Toa Technologies

June 15, 2011 7:15 am | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Toa Technologies provides a ground-breaking mobile workforce management and predictive customer communication solution that reduces costs, increases efficiency and enhances the customer experience. Our cloud-based, patented statistical engine analyzes historical performance patterns; overlays skill-set, job history and location to create optimized schedules; and these predictions manage the complete appointment process.

ECI highlights business services with latest technology

May 19, 2011 7:15 am | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

ECI will be demonstrating an innovative approach to provisioning business services via DOCSIS over EPON.

The long way home

February 28, 2009 7:35 pm | by Traci Patterson | Articles | Comments

With increasingly intrepid, interactive and networked subscribers experimenting with ways to hook all of their media devices together, aided and abetted by certain consumer electronics vendors, cable operators and other service providers are being forced to consider how to handle home networks.

Mentoring to improve productivity (the right way!)

June 30, 2008 8:30 pm | by Tom Gorman, vice president of field operations at Charter Communications, and Don Gall, CTO of Pangrac & Associates | Articles | Comments

Mentoring is a type of training that, formally or informally, helps to insure that the knowledge and values that make a company successful have continuity over the long haul. This is by no means a new concept, and is in use today by many well-known and prosperous companies including Microsoft, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Southwest Airlines, and State Farm Insurance.

SpectrumCo aims for national wireless footprint

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by CED Magazine | News | Comments

SpectrumCo, a joint venture of Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Advance/Newhouse and Sprint Nextel, put up a combined $2.37 billion to win 137 wireless spectrum licenses via the FCC's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction.

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