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CommScope helps power CableLabs’ headend, CMTS

October 15, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs is using hydrogen fuel cells from CommScope to provide backup power for its headend and cable modem termination system (CMTS) in its Louisville, Colo. headquarters. CommScope said its fuel cell could provide up to 16 hours of reliable, environmentally friendly backup power. 

Canada may impose a la carte on pay TV providers

October 14, 2013 3:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation that will force the country’s multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) to offer television channels on an a la carte basis. The country's Industry Minister promises to introduce a plan next week.

Vodafone completes buyout of German cable operator

October 14, 2013 1:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British telecoms firm Vodafone says it has completed its 7.7 billion-euro ($10 billion) takeover of Germany's biggest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland. Vodafone, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, said in a statement Monday that it now holds just over 76 percent of Kabel Deutschland Holding AG.

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CenturyLink hooks Colorado firm up with 100 Gbps service

October 14, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink has signed up its first dedicated 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) data networking circuit for a business customer through a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded 100 Gbps nationwide network. Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe is using the service to launch a new product that allows its customers direct access to satellite mapping data. 

Comcast Business to build out network in Washington

October 11, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast Business is expanding availability of its high-speed broadband to underserved commercial areas in nearly 100 cities throughout Washington state. The company's expansion includes building to businesses that have specifically requested Comcast’s services as well as to expand fiber optic lines to areas to encourage future growth.

Aereo on its way to Android

October 11, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo, a service that delivers broadcast television stations over the Internet, will come to Android devices on Oct. 22. Earlier this week, a court in Boston denied a request by an ABC station owned by Hearst, WCVB, for a preliminary injunction to stop Aereo's service.

Survey: OTT home automation services emerge

October 10, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Providing home automation services over someone else’s broadband pipe is a growing trend according to a recent survey by Infonetics Research. Infonetics also found that more than 70 percent of the operators in the survey planned on offering home automation services by the end of this year.

Venech signs on with Charter as vice president, communications

October 10, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that Justin Venech was hired for the position of vice president, communications. Venech joined Charter from Time Warner Cable where he was vice president, public relations. In his new job, Venech reports to Alex Dudley, senior vice president, communications and public affairs.

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Liberty Media buys back stock from Comcast

October 10, 2013 12:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberty Media Corp. announced this morning that it bought back 5.2 percent of its outstanding common stock from Comcast Corp. In addition, Sirius XM Radio Inc. will repurchase $500 million of its shares from Liberty Media. Also today, Liberty Interactive Corp. said planned to spin off its stake in travel website TripAdvisor and its BuySeasons business into a new publically traded company. 

GE pulls AT&T, Cisco, Intel into its M2M schemes

October 9, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has agreed to provide connectivity for GE’s ambitious “Industrial Internet” strategy. GE already has an ongoing relationship with Cisco Systems, which has its own Internet of Everything plan. Meanwhile, GE will also be working with Intel on sensors and connectivity chips.

Cable-Tec skeds session on RDK

October 8, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A slate of executives from Comcast, Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable, and RDK Management who are helping to lead the charge on the implementation of the RDK will discuss where the program is and where it’s going at a panel session at Cable-Tec Expo in two weeks.

Time Warner Cable forks out $600 million for regional fiber network

October 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has expanded its fiber footprint in the Southeast by reaching an agreement to buy DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash. Time Warner Cable reached the agreement, which included the repayment of debt, with Duke Energy Corporation and investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners, both of which had 50 percent stakes in DukeNet.

AT&T CEO: Federal default the “height of irresponsibility”

October 4, 2013 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown continues, the possibility of the U.S. going into default is getting closer. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson issued a strongly worded statement for any elected official who’s considering letting that happen.

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Verizon to beta new cloud storage & compute features

October 4, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The change from Verizon’s existing cloud-based computing service is that Verizon Cloud Compute allows customers, from small businesses to enterprises, to determine how much compute power they need and pay for only that. Previously, services had pre-set configurations for size and performance.

Comcast Business blends in AnyMeeting to Upware

October 3, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced this morning that it has added web conferencing vendor AnyMeeting into its cloud-based Upware virtual marketplace. Comcast Business’ Upware, which made its debut near the first of the year, is a virtual marketplace that was designed to serve the needs of small and medium-sized (SMBs) businesses.

Cable One blacks out Turner stations

October 2, 2013 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cable One has just removed several Turner Network channels, and Media General blacked out programming from Dish Network subscribers in 18 markets. With two months to go in the year, TV consumers have already been subjected to 101 blackouts in 2013, versus 91 in 2012 and 51 in 2011.

Comcast names VP of sales for Mile High Region

September 30, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast today announced that David Tashjian has been named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Mile High Region. In this role, Tashjian will provide strategic leadership to support and grow Comcast’s residential consumer products.

WOW widens network reach with interconnect deal

September 27, 2013 11:43 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Wide Open West (WOW) recently signed a bilateral interconnect agreement with Global Capacity that expanded the reach of its network footprint. WOW’s interconnect deal with Global Capacity's One Marketplace Chicago point of presence (PoP) connected its on-net assets to a wider national and global market

Report: Fixed LTE, DOCSIS 3.0 fuel broadband CPE market

September 27, 2013 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fixed LTE and DOCSIS 3.0 shipments boosted the broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) market in the second quarter of this year. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, worldwide broadband CPE revenue reached $2.7 billion in second quarter, up 8 percent from the previous quarter and up 29 percent from a year ago

Comcast, TWC deflate consolidation hopes

September 25, 2013 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast doesn’t appear to have any specific plans to get involved should the cable industry engage in a new round of consolidation, according to its CFO. His opposite number at Time Warner Cable reiterated what that company’s been saying all along about getting involved in consolidation: only if it makes financial sense.

$4.7 billion bid for Blackberry

September 24, 2013 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced that it has agreed to sell itself for $4.7 billion to a consortium ed by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which plans on taking the Canadian OEM private.  BlackBerry shareholders would receive $9 in cash for each share of BlackBerry that they hold.

AT&T adds six more markets to home services footprint

September 23, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The next six stops on AT&T’s home automation rollout tour will be Charlotte, Hartford, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Including the new markets launching on Friday, Digital Life will be available in 45 markets. AT&T said it intends to have the service  in up to 50 markets by the end of this year.

Rogers binges on data centers

September 23, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications announced this morning that it had plunked down $155 million for Pivot Data Centres and $6.25 million for Granite Networks with both being cash deals. Pivot and Granite’s data centers are in addition to those that were acquired earlier this year when Roger Business Solutions bought Blackiron Data for $200 million in cash

AT&T gets nod from FCC on Alltel deal

September 23, 2013 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has recieved final FCC approvel of its acquisition of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.’s U.S. retail wireless assets operated under the Alltel brand. As part of the deal, AT&T acquired wireless properties in six states, including spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 590,000 subscribers.

Zanaware sets up services operation

September 20, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Zanaware Technologies has established a separate unit specifically to provide customized headend management solutions for broadcast, cable, MPEG/digital video, satellite and IPTV. Service options may include: extension of Zanaware’s platform, development hardware/software solution, or a hybrid combination.

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