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CommScope bags half a $billion in IPO

October 25, 2013 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company and key investor Carlyle Group together sold approximately 38.5 million shares priced at $15 each, netting $576.9 million. CommScope had expected its IPO to price at $18 to $21 a share. The company said it will use its share of the proceeds to redeem $399 million in senior notes due in 2019.

Comcast, Ciena conduct live 1 Terabit trial

October 23, 2013 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

By demonstrating the ability to increase the traffic carrying capacity by 2.5 times, this trial showed how Comcast’s existing fiber network can scale to keep pace with the bandwidth demands of cloud computing, video, and multimedia applications, as well as data center connectivity.

Live From The Show: DOCSIS 3.1 Symposium highlights

October 22, 2013 9:32 am | by CED | Videos | Comments

On Monday, CableLabs, the SCTE, and several of the MSOs helping to lead the development of DOCSIS 3.1 conducted a symposium on the nearly-finished specification. These are some of the key moments from the day-long event, with Jeff Finkelstein of Cox, Howard Pfeffer of Time Warner Cable, and Daniel Howard of the SCTE.

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Live From the Show: CableLabs' Schmitt on DOCSIS 3.1

October 22, 2013 9:04 am | by CED | Videos | Comments

CableLabs' Matthew Schmitt provides a status update on the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, what's in the spec, and the benefits that will accrue to cable operators as they phase in the next generation of IP-based broadband technology. Live from Cable-Tec Expo.

CableLabs: DOCSIS 3.1 specs good to go

October 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Last year when CableLabs announced DOCSIS 3.1 it vowed to have the specifications published by the end of this year. Through a Herculean effort by vendors, cable operators and other interested partners, the 3.1 specifications will be published at the end of this month.

Tellabs agrees to be sold for $891 million

October 21, 2013 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Communications equipment maker Tellabs has agreed to be acquired for $891 million by investment firm Marlin Equity Partners. The deal calls for Marlin to buy all of Tellabs shares for $2.45 each. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter.

CommScope intros dense QAMs on road to CCAP

October 18, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CommScope Converged Services Platform (CSP) will be available in two versions. The CSP 640 is a nine-rack-unit model with support for a maximum of 9,600 downstream QAMs. Aggregate throughput of 640 Gbps. The CSP 1280 is 14-rack unit model with up to 19,200 downstream QAMs. Maximum aggregate throughput is 1.28 Tbps.

Huawei: No government has asked for customer data

October 18, 2013 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While American technology companies are trying to minimize the damage from revelations that the U.S. government spies on everyone including its own citizens, Chinese tech giant Huawei said it never has been asked to provide information about a citizen to any government.

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Migrating to IP in the cable TV Environment: benefits, challenges, and resolutions

October 16, 2013 1:53 am | by Yaron Raz, director, Digital Video Solutions, Harmonic | Articles | Comments

The main challenge of switching to an IP-based infrastructure is that it doesn’t happen overnight. To make the transition, an operator needs to support two infrastructures for some period of time: a QAM infrastructure that uses MPEG-2 for video compression and a second silo for IP that relies on a mix of MPEG-4 and adaptive bit rate technology.

Memory Lane: Homage to protocol past

October 16, 2013 12:58 am | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

Time division multiplexing is a core enabling technology that has long powered the modern telephone network. TDM techniques, tracing back to Baudot’s telegraph multiplex system of 1874, have powered modern telecommunications for a long, long time. But there are signs now that time may be running short for TDM.

Engineering-wise: Unknown unknowns

October 15, 2013 11:37 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO, SCTE | Articles | Comments

As an industry that delivers important telecommunications services to our customers, we need to anticipate and be prepared to respond to the natural and manmade events that can jeopardize our ability to meet our customers’ needs. Even when we expect the unexpected, the effects on our networks can be extreme.

Capital Currents: DASH—The Next Big Thing?

October 15, 2013 11:32 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

With video, you want a continuous stream of video, you don’t want stuttering. So the DASH solution is to break up the program into short segments, and send each segment at a data rate adequate to deliver a continuous, non-stuttering stream. If that means delivering some segments at less than high definition quality, so be it.

Troubled telecoms: Alcatel-Lucent job cut protest

October 15, 2013 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wearing black trash bags marked with crosses, more than a thousand Alcatel-Lucent workers marched to the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday, staging a mock funeral that the chief executive warned could easily become a reality for a company with its roots in the earliest days of the telephone.

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Aurora node expands upstream bandwidth with button push

October 14, 2013 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company claims its Universal Digital Return Technology coupled coupled with its 102-1002 MHz downstream-capable nodes is the only solution on the market that can be purchased and seamlessly upgraded from 5-42 MHz to 5-85 MHz in the return path.

Alcatel-Lucent to slash 10,000 jobs

October 8, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA said Tuesday that it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, the latest cost-cutting drive from the loss-making company. The job cuts are part of a restructuring plan to make the French-American company more competitive.

Verizon to beta new cloud storage & compute features

October 4, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The change from Verizon’s existing cloud-based computing service is that Verizon Cloud Compute allows customers, from small businesses to enterprises, to determine how much compute power they need and pay for only that. Previously, services had pre-set configurations for size and performance.

Fujitsu offering two new Ethernet platforms

October 3, 2013 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company designed the FlashWave 5310 and FlashWave 5320 Ethernet Services Platforms to meet the demand for low-cost delivery of Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet LAN-based services for business and mobile backhaul applications.

WD offers cloud storage devices for the home

October 2, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WD is introducing a line of residential storage devices that will allow users to access their digital content – video, music, data – from PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android handhelds – from anywhere else with an Internet connection. My Cloud devices are available in 2 TB and 3 TB models, with a 4 TB version due in November.

Comcast Business pitches Ethernet for Oakland A’s

October 2, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Oakland Athletics will head into Friday’s night’s playoff game with the Detroit Tigers with bandwidth to spare thanks to a recent upgrade by Comcast Business. Comcast Business outfitted Oakland’s O.co Coliseum, which also houses the team’s executive and administrative offices, with a fiber-based Ethernet connection.

GLDS, Adtran behind Troy's FTTH network

October 1, 2013 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS) said it has integrated its WinCable subscriber management and billing system with Adtran's AOE Management System and the Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access Platform. The combined solution is being deployed for Troy Cable.

Savvis announces plans for new data center

October 1, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Savvis, which is a division of CenturyLink, will open the doors on a new data center in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in the spring of next year. The Savvis MP2 data center, which will be located in Shakopee, is the region's first multitenant LEED and Tier III-certified data center.

CenturyLink uses Calix for 1-Gig Omaha pilot

September 30, 2013 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CenturyLink’s gigabit fiber pilot in Omaha is based on GPON equipment from Calix, the vendor said. The deployment will also utilize Ericsson’s professional services expertise and ecosystem to bring the scale required to connect homes and businesses in Omaha.

WOW widens network reach with interconnect deal

September 27, 2013 11:43 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Wide Open West (WOW) recently signed a bilateral interconnect agreement with Global Capacity that expanded the reach of its network footprint. WOW’s interconnect deal with Global Capacity's One Marketplace Chicago point of presence (PoP) connected its on-net assets to a wider national and global market

C Spire plans fiber to the home network

September 24, 2013 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Regional carrier C Spire, formerly known as Cellular South, Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to move forward with the deployment of 1 Gbps ultra high-speed fiber to the home.  Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless, said in a statement that to unlock "the potential of broadband for the communities we serve requires taking optical fiber all the way to their door.” 

Cisco introduces network gear for "Internet of Everything"

September 24, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco announced a new family of what it’s calling network fabric products based on the new network processor chip that the company announced two weeks ago. The systems in the family are designed to handle a network that can support trillions of M2M transactions.  BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra are deploying the NCS. 

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