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Charter introduces beefier home Wi-Fi

July 25, 2013 11:53 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications said it is now making available a Wi-Fi router from NetGear designed to support recent usage patterns that include more people in a household connecting more devices simultaneously. Charter WiFi is available to new and current customers who subscribe to either the company’s 30Mbps or 100 Mbps tiers.

Juniper Networks 2Q profit soars, CEO to retire

July 24, 2013 10:56 am | News | Comments

Juniper Networks Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit jumped 70 percent, beating Wall Street expectations, and that its CEO will retire once a successor is found. The networking equipment company said demand was strong in key markets and there were signs of improvement in the network-security business.

Cisco inks deal to buy Sourcefire for $2.37B

July 23, 2013 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Tuesday that it reached a deal to buy computer network security company Sourcefire for about $2.37 billion in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $76 cash for each of the Columbia, Md.-based company's shares.

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Telesystem choose Cyan for network upgrade

July 12, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telesystem is migrating its network to a software-defined networking (SDN) approach, based on packet-optical transport systems from Cyan. The upgraded network will extend through sections of northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. Telesystems said the goals are to create a path toward increasing network capacity while also increasing network reliability.

Calix doubles GPON port density

July 9, 2013 1:12 pm | News | Comments

The company’s GPON-8 card works with its E7-2 modular Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), enabling a doubling on the platform to 16 GPON ports, 8 gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports, and multiple 10GE uplink ports in each 1 rack unit (1RU) chassis. Service providers can deliver broadband service speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

Media Broadcast migrating from ATM to all-IP

June 25, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

tv2u sets up global CDN

June 25, 2013 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

Videotron launches home networking service

June 25, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron is offering its subscribers a multi-room home networking service that gives them the ability to record a show in one room and watch it in another. In order to use the home networking service, Videotron said its digital subscribers need to have a new generation PVR and new-generation HD set-top boxes

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Healthcare chain taps Telesystem for network expansion

June 24, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

UPC Netherlands ramps broadband to 500 Mbps

June 21, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Last week UPC Netherlands fired up a data service that features 500 Mbps on the downstream. During an engineering roundtable yesterday at the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter Symposium cable execs discussed the ability of cable HFC networks to keep up with FTTH networks. Liberty Global's VP of technology Bill Warga announced UPC Netherlands' service as an example of how it can be done.

SCTE, CableLabs to conduct DOCSIS 3.1 symposium

June 20, 2013 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The symposium, one of two pre-conference events to Cable-Tec Expo, will provide engineering and operations professionals with a 360-degree view of DOCSIS 3.1, including: the Downstream Physical Layer; the Downstream Convergence Layer; the Upstream Physical Layer; Upstream Framing onto the PHY; and the MAC Layer.

Alcatel-Lucent reorganizes again

June 20, 2013 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Broadband Forum releases GPON interop standard

June 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Forum's BroadbandSuite 6.2 establishes a new standard for GPON network interoperability, with the aim of helping to accelerate the deployment of GPON networks.  Separately, Lantiq’s GPON system-on-a-chip is the first new product to successfully achieve the expanded BBF.247 ONU certification. 

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Home automation wherever you are...

June 18, 2013 7:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

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.

Deploying CCAP: Not just another box swap

June 18, 2013 6:24 pm | by Jorge Salinger and Ty Pearman | Articles | Comments

As service offerings continue to expand and the end users’ appetite for these services continues to grow, MSOs are putting a tremendous effort into keeping up with the demands on the edge network. The concern is the finite resources, including space, power and cooling, used to handle these expansions within the headend and/or hub.

Google begins launching Internet-beaming balloons

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

Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. Ground stations about 60 miles apart would bounce Internet signals up to the balloons. The signals would hop backward from one balloon to the next to keep people continuously connected.

Netgear sampling MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender

June 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Netgear is sampling a MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender based on Entropic’s silicon and software. Netgear’s WM2500RP extender is designed for service providers to use to boost coverage in whole-home video and data installations. The device delivers more than 400 Mbps of usable MAC (medium access control) throughput.

CableLabs announces first devices to achieve DPoE qualification

June 17, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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. 

Time Warner Cable Business expands Teleworker availability

June 14, 2013 11:01 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Cisco announces newest core router: the CRS-X

June 13, 2013 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco today announced a new member of its Carrier Routing System (CRS) family of core routers, this one providing about 10 times the capacity of the founding product in the line, the CRS-1, which debuted in 2004. The new CRS-X, which will be available later this year, is a 400 Gbps per slot system that can be expanded to nearly 1 Pbps (petabit per second) in a multi-chassis deployment.

NetCracker lands BSS deal with Cox Business

June 13, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has signed on to use NetCracker Technology’s managed services business support system (BSS.) The multi-year deal enables Cox Business to use NetCracker’s new TOMS (Telecom Operations & Management Solutions) version 9.0.

Live from the Show: Cable Show 2013 Day III

June 12, 2013 10:42 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

As we roll into the third day of the NCTA Cable Show 2013, we ponder on what we have learned about X2 and the race to put stuff in the cloud, about high school football in Florida, about CCAP technology, and about life in general. Actually, not so much about life in general.

From the Cable Show: "Disruptors" not so disruptive

June 10, 2013 6:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Executives from Vox Media, Jawbone, Twitter, and Roku were all quite enthusiastic about being complements to the cable industry, but they all wished that cable would innovate a little faster. Tom Rutledge meanwhile essentially admonished programmers to give it up already.

Live From the Show: Cable Show 2013 intro

June 10, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

We're in Washington D.C., for the 2013 NCTA Cable Show. Eight of 10 buildings surrounding the convention center are being constructed, reconstructed, or deconstructed -- even the Washington monument is wreathed in scaffolding. There's a metaphor in there somewhere...

Cable Show: Cox, Cisco team up on two CCAP trials

June 10, 2013 11:01 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and Cisco have taken the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) for a test-drive in two trials. In addition to Cox, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have also kicked the tires on CCAP, which will eventually combine edge QAMs and cable modem termination systems into one ultra-dense platform.

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