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Suddenlink completes fiber network in Ark.

February 1, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has put the finishing touches on a new 162-mile fiber-optic network that was designed to better serve its customers in Arkansas.

FCC OKs Lifeline reforms

February 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC passed broad reforms of its Lifeline program at its open meeting, paving the way to overhaul a program that provides subsidized telephone service to low-income families.

Report: Service providers tap into home automation to reduce churn

February 1, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation is a burgeoning sector for service providers because it provides incremental revenues and reduces customer churn, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Amdocs launches M2M, Connected Home services

February 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs is launching two new programs that enable service providers to quickly enter the connected devices market – one focused on machine-to-machine (M2M) services and the other on connected devices in home and office.

Sprint gives LightSquared until mid-March for FCC clearance

February 1, 2012 2:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has agreed to give LightSquared until mid-March to resolve GPS interference problems that have delayed the launch of its LTE network.

Videotron added 540 new customer service reps last year

February 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to keep up with a growing customer base, Videotron said it added 540 new customer service employees across Québec last year.

Telefónica de Argentina switches to Comptel

February 1, 2012 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica de Argentina recently selected Comptel Convergent Mediation to help manage more than 90 million daily transactions from its 23 million subscribers.

Clearleap hires Van Orden as product marketing VP

February 1, 2012 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Clearleap said it has hired television technology industry veteran Bob Van Orden as the company's new vice president of product marketing.

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Sony's Hirai to replace Stringer as CEO in April

February 1, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony announced that Kazuo Hirai, who leads the company's core consumer products business, will replace Howard Stringer as CEO and president, effective April 1, as the electronics and entertainment company desperately tries to engineer a turnaround.

Super Bowl advertisers go after "second screens"

February 1, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About two-thirds of smartphone and tablet owners use their gadgets to do things like text or post on Twitter while watching TV, according to research firm Nielsen. So for the game, companies from Coke to Chevy are trying to reach fans on all of the "second screens" they have.

Converging on IP: Starting from Parallel Networks

February 1, 2012 3:53 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

One immediate consequence of the spectacular non-stop growth of the Internet is that it is pushing the subject of network convergence.

2012 International CES Roundup

February 1, 2012 3:29 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

Here’s a look at a few trends that are either incubating or fully hatched ...

Cable Could Prosper with Messaging Services

February 1, 2012 3:14 am | by Josh Wigginton, Senior Product Manager for Messaging and Billing at Interop Technologies | Articles | Comments

Never before have consumers had so many communication options. Voice, email, short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS), instant messaging and social networking are nearly ubiquitous.

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Real-time services make their debut

February 1, 2012 3:04 am | by Chad Dunavant, Vice President of Product Management at CSG International | Articles | Comments

Consumers can’t get enough of high-speed data, voice and the ever-growing inventory of video content available in the marketplace today.

UP Front - February 2012 - Latest Industry News and Insights

February 1, 2012 2:30 am | Articles | Comments

Numbers and Letters: HTML5, 3-D TV, RF4CE

In Perspective - (Can’t get no) Satisfaction

February 1, 2012 2:20 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks plan to sell their spectrum to Verizon Wireless. If that goes through ...

Memory Lane - A Remote Opportunity

February 1, 2012 2:14 am | by Stewart Schley Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Articles | Comments

In the 1950s, of course, the next great leap for remote controls was tied to television. Zenith Electronics’ iconic Lazy Bones remote was the first incarnation, but users quickly found fault ...

Ciciora’s Corner - Be amazed ...

February 1, 2012 2:03 am | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Articles | Comments

Apparently HDTV is old stuff now. According to USA Today, HDTV receivers are now in 87 percent of U.S. homes, even if some of those homes don’t have HDTV programming.

Open Mic - Who owns the home network?

February 1, 2012 1:51 am | by Benoit Joly, Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing at Technicolor | Articles | Comments

If there’s one safe bet in telecom, it’s that the percentage of households worldwide with connected consumer electronics (CE) devices will continue to grow at a healthy clip.

Engineering Wise: Business Services – Differentiation is the Key

February 1, 2012 1:45 am | by Marty Davidson, Vice President of Engineering and Network Operations at The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Articles | Comments

As the demands of Wall Street and budgetary challenges continue to apply pressure on MSOs, cable operators searching for new sources of significant revenue ...

New Products February 2012

February 1, 2012 1:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has launched its new GP570 chip; Dialogic Debuts PowerMedia XMS for Conferencing; Adtran has added the Total Access 1600 series to its FTTH portfolio.

Comcast snags another customer for its Metro Ethernet service

January 31, 2012 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services continues it march into the mid-size market with its Metro Ethernet services with the latest customer win coming from Widener University in Pennsylvania.

SCTE's 130 advertising standards garner ITU-T's approval

January 31, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Eight advanced advertising technology standards developed by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers recently received approval from the Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T).

AT&T Execs Get Job Duty Redo

January 31, 2012 1:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

AT&T is reshuffling the responsibilities of four top executives, naming John Stankey as its chief strategy officer and putting the head of its wireless business in charge of expanding smartphone sales.

Apple Names European Exec to Head Retail Ops

January 31, 2012 1:01 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is reaching over the Atlantic to snatch a British electronics-chain CEO as the head of its own retail operation.

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