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A tale of two telcos: BT and Verizon balancing wireless with wireline

June 10, 2014 6:42 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: BT is using strong wireline infrastructure get back into the wireless business -- an "inside-out" strategy, while Verizon plans to leverage a strong wireless position while it gradually evolves its wireline network -- an "outside-in" approach.

Tektronix updates Sentry monitoring systems

June 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tektronix has upgraded its Sentry family of digital content monitors with features designed to help comply with new Closed Captioning regulations, better identify audio issues – including overly loud commercials, and ensure the quality of OTT and TV Everywhere services.

Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

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Cox Business racks up MEF CE 2.0 certification

June 5, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Cox Business became the latest cable operator to receive Carrier Ethernet  (CE) 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF.) MEF announced its CE 2.0 services certification last year. Cox joined Time Warner Cable Business Class, RCN Business and Comcast in the CE 2.0 certification club.

Ericsson updates Cloud Manager suite

June 2, 2014 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson developed Cloud Manager as a set of tools that operators can use to begin to virtualize their networks, a process that is expected to improve operational efficiency and support the ability to improve network quality, ultimately reducing operational costs. The new revision adds performance and fault management of virtual resources. 

Report: CCAP evolution underway

May 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, cable operators are starting to embrace the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) over traditional cable modem termination systems (CMTS.) The recent first quarter was another record setter for CCAP revenue, which jumped 177 percent sequentially while CMTS revenue dropped 76 percent.

Adtran powering Rock Hill's gigabit strategy

May 28, 2014 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The town of Rock Hill, S.C., is working with Comporium to upgrade the area’s communications network to support data rates up to 1 Gbps. Comporium will deploy networking equipment from Adtran to create the service. The parties involved hope to attract businesses spur economic growth by becoming one of the only Gigabit communities in the region.

Bolt Fiber to install GPON network in Oklahoma

May 27, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bolt Fiber Optic Services has contracted with Alcatel-Lucent to install GPON for triple-play service delivery. The 1 gigabit service will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is scheduled for completion by April, 2017.  A-L is acting as system integrator; the network will include A-L GPON equipment.

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Ciena provisions F6’s 100-G network

May 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

F6 Networks is using Ciena’s packet optical and packet networking gear to provision a dark fiber network that it’s building between Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States. The 100-gigabit network will be used by public sector organizations, private enterprises, Internet services providers and wireless carriers. 

WDM market grows 12 percent

May 27, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The total wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) equipment market grew 12 percent in the trailing four quarter period that ended with the most recent first quarter, according to a new report by Dell’Oro Group. Huawei, Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE were ranked first through fourth in total WDM equipment market sales.

Mid-Atlantic Broadband upgrades to optical platform

May 14, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MBC is using Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN software along with Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Platforms to expand its mobile backhaul business, simplify network operations, be able to configure third-party devices via SDN, and eventually migrate to Carrier Ethernet.

Harmonic announces first CMTS and distributed CCAP system

May 13, 2014 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The NSG Exo complements the company’s QAM products; working in tandem they are the two key elements in a distributed access architecture implementation of a converged cable access platform (CCAP). Initially this approach is apt to be used largely to serve MDUs (multiple dwelling units) and the hospitality market.

Cisco offers three new Ethernet systems

May 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The three hardware platforms do all touch “endpoints” in a network, and could all, presumably, be used by any single network operator, so to that end, Cisco is lumping them all together in what it’s calling its Elastic Access portfolio. The software to manage them all is called Virtualized Elastic Access management.

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Cogent CEO blames Comcast for prior Netflix slowdown

May 9, 2014 11:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of one of the nation's largest providers of the Internet's backbone on Thursday blamed cable giant Comcast for a slowdown in Netflix streaming traffic over the last two years. Cogent Communications Group Inc. CEO Dave Schaeffer made the comments at a congressional hearing about Comcast's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. on Thursday.

Ciena, Brocade, combo on "cloud orchestration"

May 2, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two have integrated their respective products to create a system that allows service providers and enterprises to rapidly change network topology and computing resources for cloud bursting, disaster recovery and capacity-on-demand. Available today, the Ciena-Brocade solution enables elastic compute and transport network resource allocation.

Juniper, Gainspeed propose "virtual" CCAP

April 30, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virtual CCAP would enable MSOs to leave all the equipment they now have in place, but as they grow, shift to remote PHY (shifting QAM PHY into nodes). MSOs could also stop deploying redundant routing resources in the form of CMTSs, in favor of enabling the edge routers that operators already have installed. 

Cisco puts the puzzle pieces together

April 29, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues evolving its Service Provider architecture, riding a combination of DOCSIS, CCAP, and optical networking technologies to secure for cable operators more bandwidth and give them the abilities to provide higher service tiers and achieve greater agility in deploying new applications, even while lowering operational expenses.

Megacable sets up two super headends

April 24, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Mexican operator has deployed an integrated headend solution based on Harmonic's encoders, stream processor, and service management system. Megacable has set up two super headends that feed 20 regional headends that  serve more than 110 cities throughout Mexico.

Many companies still haven't migrated to IPv6

April 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Though many of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world spent much of the last two years doggedly preparing for the transition to IPv6, few service providers are IPv6 ready, according to Incognito Software, even as the number of IPv4 addresses left unassigned is small and rapidly dwindling toward none.

BHN on next-gen business services path with Cisco

April 17, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has created a path toward a virtualized network and programmable networking with its deployment of Cisco’s Network Convergence System, becoming the first cable operator to deploy Cisco's NCS 6000 router. BHN will support cloud-based, managed services for businesses, such as hosted voice, call center, application and infrastructure-as-a-service. 

RCN Business scores MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification

April 9, 2014 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) recently granted its Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification to RCN Business. RCN Business achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification (CE 2.0) for its E-Line, E-LAN and E-Access services. Carriers that have achieved CE 2.0 certification are recognized for their ability to deliver Ethernet services at a higher quality and reliability than non-certified services.

Passwords, other data exposed to potential theft by security flaw

April 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce.

Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

April 9, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin has won the 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks. His discoveries enabled cloud services and the online distribution of social networks, music and film.

TWCBC offers service to manage Cisco routers

April 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

By partnering with Cisco on the MRS program, TWCBC can offer its subscribers managed services for WAN connectivity, security and other services and technologies.  TWCBC assumes responsibility for provisioning, configuration, change management, monitoring and remote operations of a customer’s Internet and wide area network services.

GSA approves Comcast for Ethernet services

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast Business has established an important road into the vast government market, having just scored a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), which enables the Company to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers.

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