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DoJ signs off on Moto/Arris deal

April 12, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris announced this morning that the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) had signed off on its $2.235 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google.With the DoJ stamp of approval in hand, Arris has cleared all of the regulatory hurdles and expects the transaction to close “on or about April 17.”

United Fiber goes with Entone for hybrid TV

April 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The subsidiary of the United Electric Cooperative is using Entone’s FusionTV to deliver both linear and over-the-top content on the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network it is building in rural Missouri, using money from the Broadband Stimulus.

Storey takes the helm as CEO of Level 3

April 11, 2013 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Level 3 announced this morning that its board of directors had promoted chief operating officer Jim Storey to  CEO. Storey takes over the tiller from longtime CEO Jim Crowe, who announced last month that he was stepping down by year’s end.

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Shaw buys Enmax, field trials 400 Gbps

April 9, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications and Alcatel-Lucent have laid claim on the first successful field trial in North America for 400 Gbps data transmissions over a live network. Using Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 PSS with the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE), the trial ran over a 400 kilometer route between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.

Digital Rapids adds Netflix preset

April 5, 2013 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Digital Rapids is making available presets for its media transformation and workflow solutions designed specifically to make it easier for suppliers to prepare their content for streaming on Netflix. The Netflix presets will be available for the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0.

Harmonic adopts Aspera’s fast transfer tech

April 5, 2013 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic has integrated Aspera’s fasp technology in its Media Applications Server (MAS). The combined solution allows complex workflows to be orchestrated and enforced, allowing quick and efficient routing of content to the intended destination, the two companies explained.

Internet from lamps one step closer

April 5, 2013 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Transmitting data using simple LEDs is still a research technology, but it took another step closer to practical implementation when the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute used off-the-shelf LED room lights for data transmission with data rates up to 800 Mbps in one laboratory experiment.

Broadcom launches first 5G WiFi hotspot

April 3, 2013 1:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Broadcom continues its push to support 5G WiFi with the announcement today of a router that supports the technology; it has made the 5G WiFi hotspot available through SK Telecom. Broadcom's 802.11ac Wi-Fi boasts speeds up to three times faster and up to six times more power efficient than previous generations of Wi-Fi.

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Survey: FTTH leads to huge opex savings

April 3, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Companies deploying fiber to the home are reporting saving an average of 20 percent on opex costs. The survey from the FTTH Council also reveals to 20 percent yearly increase in North American homes connected to all-fiber networks.

MegaPath using Edgewater gear

April 2, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is deploying equipment from Edgewater to deliver its business VoIP and data services. Megapath provides managed data, voice, security and hosted IT services in North America, using T1 and Ethernet connections. It is now installing its T1 and Ethernet circuits using Edgewater’s EdgeMarc 4552 Series ESBC as a WAN access router.

Comcast has IPv6 running on all Arris-based systems

April 2, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has enabled IPv6 functionality on its entire Arris C4 CMTS footprint, completing a process begun the middle of last year. The transition to IPv6 is necessitated because the fund of IPv4 addresses is approaching exhaustion. At the same time, NIST has just issued IPv6 transition guidelines.

Cisco Systems raises dividend 21 percent

March 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. is increasing its dividend 21 percent, its second boost in less than a year. The San Jose, California-based technology giant will pay a 17-cent quarterly dividend on April 24 to shareholders of record April 8. That's up 3 cents from the last quarter.

Research: OTN market to hit $13 billion by 2017

March 29, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The optical transport network (OTN) equipment market is well on its way to topping the $13 billion mark by 2017, according to a recent study by Infonetics Research. Last year the OTN transport and switching equipment market grew 8 percent to $7.3 billion with the bulk of that growth coming from the OTN switching segment, which was up 46 percent in 2012 from 2011.

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Cisco unveils silicon transciever for 100 G

March 19, 2013 2:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco’s 100 gigabit CMOS-based transceivers reduce space and power requirements, promising to make 100 Gbps backbones deployable. Cisco says that CPAK reduces space and power requirements by over 70 percent compared with CFP.

Broadpeak ups capacity of cache servers

March 19, 2013 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company cranks up the streaming capacity of its BkS400 to a new maximum of 30 Gbps. The software upgrade to the company’s BkS400 video cache server and the attendant capacity expansion improves operators’ ability to deliver video content.

Ciena sets up CenturyLink for GigE

March 18, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CenturyLink has upgraded its metro networking capability with packet optical technology from Ciena, in order to target business customers with Gigabit Ethernet access services up to 100G. The upgrade allows CenturyLink to offer a 1GE, 10GE, 100GE and equivalent wavelengths to businesses.

Vandals bedevil Suddenlink in NoCal

March 18, 2013 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink has experience a rash of vandalism that has cut off service in parts of northern California. Local law enforcement believes the same people are responsible for all the crimes, and suspect the the vandals are would-be thieves, looking for copper that could be sold for scrap. 

San Jose fires up free Wi-Fi network

March 15, 2013 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The city that considers itself the capital of Silicon Valley is offering free connectivity via a network built by SmartWAVE Technologies using 802.11n Wi-Fi products from Ruckus Wireless. San Jose also has one of the best acronyms ever for its metro area network exchange (see story).

Startup debuts radical new router

March 12, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Compass-EOS, which counts Comcast and Cisco among its investors, has announced a new router based on a new, long-hoped for class of ICs that fully integrate electronic and photonic elements on the same die. The company said the system is now shipping, and noted that several of the new routers are already up and running at customer installations.

TiVo Mini hits the market

March 11, 2013 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The unit is not itself a DVR, but used in conjunction with TiVo’s four-tuner DVRs. The TiVo Mini makes use of one of the DVR's tuners to provide viewers with the control and access of content on a TV in another room of the house. Users will even be able to start a show in the living room and finish it on a TiVo Mini in another room.

Chasing big business

March 8, 2013 6:17 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The lucrative small- to mid-size business (SMB) services market is growing organically to include larger enterprises and is now in phase two as cable operators and related service providers accelerate the expansion of their business services model to include the enterprise market.

Aurora closes $46 million deal with Harmonic

March 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aurora Networks has closed its $46 million deal to buy Harmonic’s Cable Access unit that was first announced on Feb. 19. Aurora said the acquisition would increase its market share lead in the optical transport market by significantly increasing its installed base for next-generation service-providing products and create long-term strategic growth opportunities.

New Products: Pasternack, Multicom, Fujitsu

March 6, 2013 6:21 pm | by CED staff | Articles | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has a new line of 50-watt medium- power attenuators; Multicom has introduced a clear QAM SD/HD video distribution solution that eliminates the need for a set-top box; Fujitsu has announced the a Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) for optical transport network (OTN) switching.

Engineering-Wise: The intelligent cable network

March 6, 2013 5:18 pm | by Daniel Howard Senior vice president of engineering and CTO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Besides the capacity and robustness improvement,  there’s something else about DOCSIS 3.1 and its use of OFDM) that excites me:  the network intelligence it enables. We already use DOCSIS  devices as network health probes, but OFDM will essentially  turn our equipment into multifunction test generators that can  be used to measure most of the key RF performance parameters.

Time Warner Cable accelerates IntelligentHome rollouts

March 6, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of a nationwide rollout by year’s end, Time Warner Cable has launched its home automation service, which is called IntelligentHome, in all of its Carolinas markets as well as in Kansas City and Maine this week. Time Warner Cable finished up last year with IntelligentHome available in six of its markets.

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