A network operator in Hong Kong is upgrading its Wi-Fi network to the latest generation of the wireless technology, 802.11ac, using Cisco’s service provider Wi-Fi products. PCCW-HKT plans to deploy the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series wireless access point. Using the 802.11ac standard, the Aironet 3600 Series is able to support up to 1.3Gbps of throughput.
sterday in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Time Warner Cable broke ground on expanding its National Data Center West facility. The expansion comes with a price tag of $85 million and the revamped data center is slated to go live in January of 2015.
AT&T has added Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Portland and San Antonio to its list of markets that now offer the telco’s home automation and security service. With the latest additions, AT&T's Digital Life will be available in 27 markets, with plans to introduce the service in up to 50 markets by the end of this year.
Vecima Networks said Sumit Kumar will become CEO of the company effective August 1. With Vecima since 1995, Kumar has been consistently promoted since joining the company, from vice president corporate strategy (2006-09), to executive vice president (2009-11), to president (2011-13).
The German service provider has upgraded its ATM network using systems from Ericsson as a migration path to an all-IP network. Media Broadcast said the upgrade gives it a highly flexible solution for unified video, audio, data and voice transmission capabilities.
Delivery Agent hopes to boost T-commerce activity by forging a relationship with one of the masters of Internet-based commerce, PayPal. The idea is to induce PayPal merchants to take advantage of Delivery Agent’s existing relationships with service providers and consumer electronics companies to offer coupons, requests for information (RFIs) and the ability to make direct purchases.
The Malaysian company has activated a global CDN service that can deliver both live and on-demand content and can also perform ad insertion on behalf of clients, including over the top (OTT), web TV, and mobile service providers. Technology partners include SeaWell Networks, Elemental Technologies, Minerva, Verimatrix, and VuBiquity.
Zeebox is using Digitalsmiths’ video discovery technology, called Seamless Discovery, across all platforms that the former supports. The range of second-screen applications now includes search and discovery; the Zeebox "Recommended For You" feature delivers personalized recommendations based on individual viewing behavior.
Healthcare provider ProMedica has selected Telesystem for its latest network expansion. The nonprofit healthcare system was in need of additional network and storage capacity, given the increasing amount of multimedia information required to be accessed and pushed from one facility to another.
The hotels and hospitality sector is heating up among service providers with Dish Networks the latest company to join the fray. This morning Dish announced the launch of its Smartbox platform, which can provision HD and SD channels in every hotel room through one unit.
Britain's Vodafone PLC has launched a takeover bid for Germany's biggest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, as part of its push to dominate media services in its biggest market. Vodafone, a British cellphone company with wide international interests, confirmed Monday it will offer 87 euros per share for Kabel Deutschland.
Some U.S. cable operators continue to be agitated that Netflix isn’t paying them for using their pipes, and John Malone, who just sank a whole lot of money into Charter Communications, has thrown in with them. And by the way, Glenn Britt is not interested in selling Time Warner Cable to Charter.
Sprint today announced that Clearwire has accepted Sprint’s raised bid of $5 per share to buy out Clearwire. The new deal values Clearwire at approximately $14 billion and represents a 47 percent premium over Sprint’s previous offer of $3.40 per share. Clearwire’s board has accordingly adjusted its recommendation and is advising shareholders to vote against Dish’s competing tender offer of $4.40 per share.
Aslam Khader has joined Elemental Technologies as chief product officer, hired to drive product strategy and help scale product development as the company continues its expansion. Khader brings more than 25 years of tenure in the interactive TV and digital rights management space to his role at Elemental.
The company said it will cut back on research in older technologies and focus on its most promising sectors, such as Internet routing and cloud systems, to address the explosive growth in bandwidth-hungry data traffic. The new plan will include layoffs, site closures and outsourcing of some manufacturing.
Sprint has filed a complaint against Dish and Clearwire, asking the courts to put the brakes on Dish’s tender offer to Clearwire. Sprint said “DISH has repeatedly attempted to fool Clearwire’s shareholders into believing its proposal was actionable in an effort to acquire Clearwire’s spectrum and to obstruct Sprint’s transaction with Clearwire.”
Home services – packages that include some combination of home automation, home monitoring, and home security – have a long way to go before they rival any of the other elements in the residential bundle in terms of revenue. But the potential is there and initial indications are highly encouraging.
Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business Services, spent part of the Cable Show in Washington D.C. being honored by his peers in the cable industry. After a 30-year-career in cable, Stemper chalked up a win in the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Awards in the cable operations and management category.
Cox Business released the results of its first small business survey and the findings included that email was still the most critical communications tool, social media is lacking and Steve Jobs was the top entrepreneurial idol. Cox Business surveyed 605 small business owners and managers in its footprint to get their thoughts on business-related issues.
This morning CableLabs announced qualification of the first devices that use the DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications. Devices achieving qualification status were DPoE systems from CommScope, Huawei, Sumitomo Electric, and ZTE and optical network units (ONUs) from CTDI, Finisar, Huawei, and Sumitomo Electric.
Suddenlink Communications has deployed the Sigma Systems fulfillment platform to automate the activation of voice and data services for its business customers. By using Sigma’s fulfillment offering, Suddenlink was able to achieve full integration from billing, order entry to delivery.
Time Warner Cable Business Class has expanded the availability of its Teleworker Solutions, which includes four bundled packages to pick from, across its Texas, Mid-West and Pacific West markets. The bundles combine high-speed Internet with business class phone and managed security to meet the needs of remote office workers.
Led by gains in the cable and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) sectors, the broadband customer premise equipment market continued to post solid gains in the first quarter of this year. Thanks to the continued strong growth of FTTH and cable CPE, the global broadband CPE market hit $2.2 billion in the first quarter.
Atlantic Broadband will rely exclusively on TiVo for customer premise equipment, and will become the first U.S. MSO to leverage TiVo's complete product suite, according to the vendor, which also said the deal is exclusive. Atlantic Broadband will begin the rollout later this year.
Video compression specialist Ateme has appointed Paul Kosac vice president of strategic accounts and channel partners for the Americas. Kosac has previously been employed in leadership positions at Scientific-Atlanta, Philips, PanAmSat, Cisco and Harmonic.