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Engineering-wise: Prepping tomorrow's workforce today

February 11, 2014 7:20 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Whether workers are customer-facing or in behind-the-scenes operational capacities, our programs are intended to provide the education that will make them well-versed in technology and savvy about the industry in which they work. Operators are seeing the value.

Ciciora’s Corner: Failure

February 11, 2014 7:17 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Failure stings engineers and technologists a lot less than other folks. That’s because we experience it as part of our work and we expect it in at least small measures. Non-technical folks are devastated by failure; they don’t know how to handle it. Technical folks aren’t happy about failure, but see it as a learning opportunity.

Charter announces 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board

February 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, Charter Communications fired off another salvo this morning as it prepares for its proxy fight for Time Warner Cable by announcing a full slate of 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. Included on the list of nominees were former Adelphia and Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz, and former Time Warner Cable engineering whiz Jim Chiddix.

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Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

Nielsen: Media everywhere, bathroom included

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifted viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found.

CenturyLink boots up 1 gig service for MTUs in Salt Lake City

February 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink took the wraps off of a symmetrical, 1 gigabit-per-second tier for multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in the Salt Lake City area. While CenturyLink launched a 1gig service for business and residential customers in Las Vegas last year, as well as a pilot in Omaha, Neb., the Salt Lake City deployment marked the first time it has gone directly to MTUs with its 1 gigabit service.

AT&T aims to buy Cable One spectrum licenses

February 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T’s potential deal with Cable One marks the second significant spectrum transaction already this year for the carrier. In January, AT&T announced it was buying from Aloha Partners 49 AWS licenses covering approximately 50 million people in 14 states including California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Ericsson doubles down on multiscreen with Azuki purchase

February 6, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson said it “will gain additional key functionality related to the deployment of TV Anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies.” The Azuki Media Platform manages both live and on-demand content for multi-screen delivery, complete with ad insertion.

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CSG has got your back in cyber attacks

February 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CSG International announced this morning the worldwide launch of its new cyber security platform, which was designed for the enterprise security sector. CSG applied its 30-years of experience in telecommunications technology to its new enterprise security business, which is known as “CSG Invotas.”

Sony lowers forecast to loss, trying to sell Vaio

February 6, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million). The company also said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. 

Cisco and Samsung strike patent agreement

February 6, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. said Wednesday that they have struck a patent cross-license agreement aimed at reducing the risk of potential legal disputes. Under the arrangement, both companies gain access to the other's patent portfolios. This includes existing patents and those filed over the next 10 years.

Alcatel-Lucent inks deal with China Huaxin

February 6, 2014 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

French-U.S. telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says it is in talks to sell its business that deals with corporate clients to China Huaxin for around 268 million euros ($362 million). The business, known as Enterprise, has nearly 3,000 employees. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

Negotiating with subs now part of Canadian SOP

February 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Where in the U.S. customers consider cutting the cord, the competitive landscape in Canada is such that it is now standard operating procedure (SOP) for subscribers to negotiate with their service providers on bundle prices. Canada's big telecom companies are prepared to deal on price if it means keeping their customers away from the competition.

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Taqua offers MSOs an easy wireless play

February 4, 2014 8:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vendor is shopping a way for cable operators to get into the mobile phone business far cheaper, quicker, and easier than any scheme that MSOs have come up with to date. The basic idea is to flip the dual-mode phone model on its head. MSOs would own, operate, and manage the service.

NBC hopes free pass will help TV Everywhere

February 4, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC Universal will give every viewer worldwide limited free access to streaming video from the Sochi Olympics. Viewers will be able to log in for a half-hour on the first day, then a total of 5 minutes every day thereafter during the duration of the games.

NBCU ups Olympics ante with on-demand streaming

February 4, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Live multi-screen coverage debuted in London; at Sochi, viewers will be able to review Olympics events through on demand streaming. Adobe and Microsoft are teaming to provide live and on-demand delivery, as well as digital ad insertion. Other vendors enabling content capture, creation and distribution include Akamai, thePlatform, Harmonic, Miranda, Ericsson and Avid.

Compass-EOS hires new chairman & CEO

February 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Following its latest venture round, Compass-EOS has installed Matthew Bross as its new chairman and CEO. The company specializes in silicon photonics, which it uses for inter-chip optical interconnect. The company has developed a family of carrier-grade routers, of a type the company said is particularly suitable for enabling SDN-based architectures in service provider networks.

TWCBC first NA provider to garner MEF 2.0 certification for all 6 retail services

January 31, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced this morning that it was the first North American service provider to receive all six retail Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications granted by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN) and E-Tree (EP-Tree/EVP-Tree) service configurations. 

WBL Services picks RCN Business to help provision Super Bowl

January 31, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business announced that WBL Services has selected it to provide connectivity for the media center’s communications and data transport in the New York tri-state area for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As part of the agreement, RCN Business is providing big data circuits to WBL Services to enable HDTV live video and advanced voice communications.

Comcast Ventures leads $4.5 million round of funding for Enigma

January 31, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Enigma, a search and discovery platform for public data, announced it had raised $4.5 million in a first round of funding that was led by Comcast Ventures. Other participants in the funding round included American Express Ventures, Crosslink Capital and the New York Times Company. 

Incognito hires Pete Koat as CTO

January 30, 2014 1:44 pm | News | Comments

Koat was a co-founder of Skitter.TV, a video platform for encoding, managing, streaming, and viewing converged Internet television and video on demand, as well as live broadcast and satellite TV. After that, he served as co-founder of Libré Communications, best known for its encloudHD platform, which allows companies to use live video streaming to broadcast content over the Internet.

TWC offers details on slate of service improvements

January 30, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO is set to embark on a series of service upgrades and improvements that will include significant speed boosts for its broadband customers, the introduction of a 6-tuner DVR for upper tier video customers, and an overhaul of its hubs all across its footprint.

TWC outlines operating game plan, reports Q4 and year-end results

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base. 

Active Broadband enables prepaid broadband option

January 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Once the PPSS system is installed, subscribers can then be allowed to buy a cable modem at retail. When they plug it in, Active Broadband’s PPSS system provides the portal that pops up, activates and provisions the modem, authorizes the standard credit or debit cards customers use to pay with, and manages the service.

AT&T revenue up on U-verse, wireless data growth

January 29, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has been gradually extending the reach of its fiber, which serves to help accelerate DSL speeds. The company said that nearly two-thirds of the U-verse TV footprint, cutting across markets in nearly 40 states, can now get broadband speeds up to 45 megabits per second.

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