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Atlantic Broadband accelerates business broadband packages

March 20, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband is quietly increasing Internet transmission rates and expanding the number of service tiers for business customers. ABB has more than doubled its fastest tier, from 50 Mbps to 110 Mbps. The new set of tiers also includes options for service at 15-, 30-, and 75 Mbps.

AT&T’s Digital Life to go live in five more markets

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting tomorrow, AT&T will have its home automation and security platform, which is called Digital Life, live in four more markets. The new markets will include Greensboro, N.C., Bakersfield, Calif., Columbia, S.C., Fresno, Calif., and Knoxville, Tenn.

Liberty Global selects Axiros for service and device management

March 19, 2014 1:21 pm | News | Comments

Liberty Global is using technology from Axiros to remotely provision and manage its customer premise equipment (CPE) across its new B2B VoIP service. The MSO has signed a 3-year contract to rely exclusively on Axiros’ TR-069 device management system.

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Comcast promotes Buchholz, Arbogast to senior vice president roles

March 19, 2014 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that it had promoted Karen Dougherty Buchholz to senior vice president of administration and Rebecca Arbogast to senior vice president of global public policy. They both report to David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast.

Europe's telecom tie-ups signal big shakeup

March 19, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After focusing for years on becoming wireless services, Europe's telecom companies are having a renewed love affair with cables. In what some industry observers are calling a "Back-to-the-Future" moment, the need for faster and wider pipes to deliver video and other data-intense applications is driving a raft of tie-ups between mobile and cable operators that is only expected to accelerate.

Harris Broadcast Imagines a new way for broadcasters to evolve

March 18, 2014 1:43 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Harris is splitting Imagine Communications and GatesAir, standalone companies under the guidance of CEO Charlie Vogt. Imagine will develop technology that helps broadcasters join cable, telco and wireless operators serving the needs of connected consumers via IP, the cloud and TV Everywhere. Both are expected to drive broadcasters into the 21st century by developing technologies that address a new breed of television viewers.

Aviat intros microwave link/router for SMB backhaul

March 18, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cell backhaul sites typically use fiber connections, but as cell networks get more crowded, wireless operators are looking to install small cell networks – the wireless analog to a node split in cable. Running fiber can be prohibitive in many dense urban environments, however, and that’s when a microwave link will come in handy.

Comcast Business ratchets up another customer win

March 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pittsburg-based Patterson Manufacturing, which is a 150-year-old business that was founded on the banks of the Monongahela River, has picked Internet and cloud-based voice services from Comcast Business. Patterson is using the Comcast Business services to support its engineering, manufacturing, sales and customer service operations. 

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Vodaphone to buy Ono in Spain for $10B

March 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British telecommunications company Vodafone agreed to buy Spain's Ono for about $10 billion as it seeks to expand operations across Europe. The deal is part of a broader trend of mergers and takeovers in Europe, where the mobile industry is split among some 150 major operators crisscrossing national lines — compared to just four in the United States.

U.S. broadband subscriber growth flat for 2013

March 17, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While the U.S. market experienced the first-ever net loss of basic video subscribers, the number of broadband subscribers continued to grow, with a net addition of 2.6 million new customers. Cable companies are still signing up the vast majority of new subscribers, according to company results aggregated by Leichtman Research Group (LRG).

Liberty Global buys rest of VTR

March 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced that it has acquired the remaining 20 percent stake in Chile’s largest cable operator for $422 million in Liberty Global stock. Liberty Global bought the outstanding shares in both VTR GlobalCom SpA and VTR Wireless SpA from a subsidiary of Corp Group Holding Inversiones Limitada in exchange for 10.1 million Liberty Global Class C ordinary shares. 

Office Space: The Benefits of Fiber-to-the-Desktop for the Mobile Enterprise

March 14, 2014 6:43 pm | by Brian Caskey, Chief Marketing Officer, Zhone Technologies | Articles | Comments

Passive optical LAN is a solution that supports the changing corporate landscape by providing the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future demand, offering a distinct advantage over traditional copper solutions. Fiber technologies benefit stakeholders including employees, businesses and service providers.

Video industry racks up first annual overall loss of subscribers

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

How much cord-cutting was there in 2013? Not a lot, apparently. The bottom line for the year was the first industry-wide net loss of video subscribers, though the loss was incredibly modest –only about 105,000 in total. The top multi-channel video providers account for over 94.6 million subscribers.

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Liberty Media drops bid to buy rest of Sirius

March 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In January, Liberty announced a complex proposal that would have allowed it to obtain full ownership of Sirius. The deal would've valued Sirius at nearly $23 billion. Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement that the company may hold further discussions with Sirius depending on market conditions.

Rovi hires ex-Arris exec as EVP

March 14, 2014 12:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

John Burke will join Rovi as executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for leading Rovi’s business groups in discovery technologies, including oversight of product management, engineering, office of the CTO, and professional services.

Bright House Networks fuels 1-Gig service to homes in Tampa

March 13, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has jumped into the residential 1 Gigabit arena with an EPON-based fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service that will launch this summer in three Tampa Bay housing developments. Bright House Networks partnered with Florida developer Metro Development Group (MDG) and The Broadband Group for a greenfield deployment of a symmetrical 1 Gbps service to the homeowners.

Smit, McCaskill lead 2014 Vanguard class

March 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Neil Smit, president & CEO, Comcast Cable and Patty McCaskill, senior vice president & chief programming officer, Suddenlink Communications, were announced as this year’s recipients of the cable industry’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. Other Vanguard honorees include Cablevision's Yvette Kanouff, TWCBC's Phil Meeks, and Mediacom's John Pascarelli.

Report: There's money in them thar small cell networks

March 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MNO adoption of small cell technology will create a substantial new revenue opportunity available to cable MSOs and satellite providers to provide even more cellular backhaul support.  According to a survey sponsored by Amdocs, 70 percent of MNOs globally are prepared to also use small cell networks rolled out by or owned by a third-party.

Wave buys fiber optic provider CPI

March 12, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, the parent company of Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it had bought fiber optics provider Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI) for an undisclosed sum. The deal provided Wave with a business services unit to compliment the residential services that it has been providing to consumers in CPI’s footprint for more than a decade.

In the media: Comcast might take on YouTube

March 11, 2014 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The reports have been fueled by Comcast’s recent acquisition of FreeWheel, which specializes in delivering ads in streaming content. Of course that would be helpful with Comcast’s current multi-screen delivery services, but it could just as easily be for a channel providing mostly short-form video, a la YouTube.

Comcast content deal with Sony tweaks Netflix

March 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has cut a deal to sell content from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which gives Comcast the right to sell Sony movies and TV Series. In an intriguing twist, that deal gives Comcast the rights to sell the first season of “House of Cards” – the show that helped turn Netflix into a prominent programmer, on par with traditional cable networks.  

Aereo shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

March 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a recent court ruling, Aereo was forced to shut down its service in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday morning. On Friday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned down Aereo’s request to suspend a federal judge’s preliminary injunction order to stop its service in six states.

Comcast challenging Disney's hold on tourism trade

March 10, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California and Florida theme parks, stepping outside its core business of telecommunications in an effort to boost revenue and profits.Recent moves by Comcast represent a challenge to the Walt Disney Co.'s tourism business in Orlando.

Antitrust official recused from Comcast-TWC review

March 7, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says its top antitrust official, Bill Baer, is recusing himself from the department's review of Comcast's $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. Spokeswoman Gina Talamona says that Baer, an assistant attorney general, was not heading the review due to some work he did while in private practice.

Cable One serves up Wi-Fi to small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has launched an on-site Wi-Fi service for small businesses in its footprint. The Wi-Fi service cost an additional $9.95 a month for small businesses that are subscribers to Cable One’s data service. On the gear side, Cable One is using SMC Networks to provision the service.

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