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Comcast debuts 100 Mbps, voice trunking service in Mich.

November 4, 2011 3:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast Business wideband tier features up to 100 Mbps on the downstream and 10 Mbps on the upstream, which is up to 60 times faster than download speeds for a T1 line.

Comcast snags Emmy for iPad app

November 4, 2011 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was in an elite group when it recently scored an engineering Emmy for its Xfinity TV iPad app. The Xfinity TV app also works with iPhone and Android devices.

Time Warner Cable names regional VP of operations for NYC

November 4, 2011 3:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently promoted John Quigley to the position of regional vice president of operations for New York City.

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Glum Q4 forecast overshadows Alcatel-Lucent's profit spike

November 4, 2011 3:29 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent's rosy third-quarter profits were overshadowed by a grim fourth-quarter forecast that warned sales could take a hit from the European financial crisis.

Report: Faulty Android phones cost carriers $2B annually

November 4, 2011 3:18 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The return and repair of Android smartphone devices is costing mobile operators as much as $2 billion per year, according to a study by WDS.

Wi-Fi Networks: A New Frontier for Cable Operators

November 4, 2011 1:35 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Outdoor Wi-Fi is the new black when it comes to data services for cable operators. Not only does Wi-Fi reduce customer churn in the face of increased competition from telcos, it does so by leveraging the existing DOCSIS plant while laying the groundwork for new revenue services in the future.

Multi-Screen Challenges and Benefits

November 4, 2011 12:41 am | by Jim Elayan, vice president of marketing at itaas | Articles | Comments

With the launch of new consumer services, companies face business and technical challenges that impede time to market and successful deployments. Multi-screen app development for the cable TV industry is no different. Some unique business and technical challenges must be addressed to take advantage of the “appmania” that is sweeping the CE industry.

Monetizing Multi-Screen Deployments

November 4, 2011 12:22 am | by Steve Davi, senior vice president of advanced technology at SeaChange | Articles | Comments

The push for multi-screen video services is creating new players in the digital content value chain, including over-the-top providers, and creating opportunities and challenges for service providers, advertisers, content providers and consumers.

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In Perspective - Giving Back

November 3, 2011 11:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

This column acknowledges those who give back - those who donate their money, their time, their skills. We lack the space to mention every act of kindness and charity from just the past year alone; let these examples stand for the rest.

Ciciora’s Corner - Balance and Priorities

November 3, 2011 10:56 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

I was in the lobby of a hotel in Los Angeles when the television screen announced that Steve Jobs had died. Of course, this was quite a shock. A few moments later, remembering how he looked at recent appearances and his leaving Apple recently, it was obvious that this was coming; I just didn’t want to face the reality of it.

Open Mic - Expo: Something for Everyone

November 3, 2011 10:31 pm | by Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO at Suddenlink Communications | Articles | Comments

When the curtain goes up on Expo and a companion event, the Capacity Management Symposium, during the week of Nov. 14, it will mark the culmination of a year of intense discussion among CTOs, other industry thought leaders, the Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee and SCTE officials.

Engineering-Wise - Kennen Sie Kabelnetze?

November 3, 2011 10:14 pm | by Daniel Howard, senior vice president of engineering and CTO at SCTE | Articles | Comments

It hasn’t gotten to the point where we’ve struck a partnership deal with Berlitz yet, but over the past couple of years there’s been a dramatic increase in interest from the international community in SCTE’s products and services.

AT&T extends deal to redistribute DirecTV

November 3, 2011 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a three-year extension with DirecTV to continue to be able to resell the latter's TV service across the 22 states where AT&T offers residential broadband and voice service.

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NFL Sunday Ticket is big draw for DirecTV in Q3

November 3, 2011 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV Group, the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster, raked in more subscribers than ever in the third quarter, helped by the NFL Sunday Ticket.

Judge allows Sprint suit over AT&T, T-Mobile deal

November 3, 2011 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A federal judge is allowing Sprint and C Spire Wireless' lawsuits against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA to proceed on the grounds that they could have an anticompetitive effect on the market for wireless devices.

Clearwire adds 1.9M subs in Q3

November 3, 2011 3:07 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire managed to add a record number of subscribers in the third quarter and reported a decent quarter overall, but its financing requirements are keeping investors from getting too excited.

Comcast names chief procurement officer

November 3, 2011 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has promoted Peter Kiriacoulacos to executive vice president of procurement for Comcast Cable, an operation he had been leading as a senior vice president.

CenturyLink's Q3 net income falls as expenses rise

November 3, 2011 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company CenturyLink reported lower third-quarter net income Wednesday as operating expenses related to its April acquisition of larger phone company Qwest overshadowed increased revenue.

Qualcomm posts record earnings on chip sales, licensing

November 3, 2011 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Qualcomm posted record increases in sales and profits for its fiscal fourth quarter Wednesday on surging growth in the global smartphone market.

Comcast stems video sub losses in Q3; Xcalibur heads to 'major market'

November 2, 2011 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is still mulling the fine print of its Xcalibur service, including price point and whether it will be a premium-only offering, but the IP- and cloud-based service is headed to a major market next year.

Satellite, IPTV video services gaining ground on cable

November 2, 2011 4:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While the OTT threat seems to be waning, satellite and IPTV video service providers are gaining ground on cable operators' share of the video pie, according to a recent report.

Clearwire, UnitedOnline sign 5-year WiMAX deal

November 2, 2011 3:30 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire needed a savior, and it appears that savior has come. The company will provide wholesale WiMAX services for UnitedOnline's NetZero brand beginning next year.

Cable Center elects 6 to Hall Of Fame

November 2, 2011 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Cable Center announced the 2012 class of inductees for The Cable Hall of Fame. The honorees were chosen based on their achievements and contributions to the cable industry.

Frontier touts Second Connection

November 2, 2011 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While most everyone else is talking about bandwidth caps, Frontier Communications has an interesting solution for its customers: Add another, separate DSL line.

Sony headed for fourth straight year in red

November 2, 2011 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony reported a 27 billion yen ($346 million) loss for the latest quarter and downgraded its annual earnings forecast to stay in the red for the fourth year straight.

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