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Midcontinent gears up for network expansion

August 14, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in October, Midcontinent Communications will begin a 15-month expansion project that will span nearly 270 miles between its network operations in Sioux Falls, S.D. and the 511 Building in Minneapolis. The 511 Building is a secure redundancy center housing back-up and offsite disaster redundancy for over 150 network companies throughout the United States.

Group advocates optical networking for LANs

August 6, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Corning, IBM, SAIC, TE Connectivity, Tellabs, Zhone and 3M have formed an association to promote the use of passive optical network (PON) technology in LANs. The adoption of passive optical LANs, replacing copper-based Ethernet, would represent a revolutionary change for the IT industry, as well as for every company that provides business services, and thus the need for an organization to encourage the transition.

Cable-Tec opening session to focus on network operations

August 1, 2013 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast's John Schanz will be joined by Cablevision's Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications' Guy McCormick, TWC's Matthew Stanek, and consultant Marwan Fawaz to talk about ensuring fast and seamless service rollouts, the ability of technology to enhance the customer experience, and the steps that cable engineers need to take today to prepare for the technologies of tomorrow.


OTT: an entree with a side of IPDR

July 31, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Incognito Software just released data that pretty much settles the “over-the-top: friend or foe?” debate, at least in North America. OTT is has widely come to be seen as an opportunity, and MVPDs are actively preparing for it. Part of that preparation is learning how to deliberately collect, store, and analyze IPDR data.

Zanaware automatically senses new headend gear

July 30, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Zanaware Technologies has upgraded its Channel Lineup Pro and Auto Backr Pro to automatically detect and record any new devices in a headend, simplifying the management of headend facilities. Using standard networking protocols, the products regularly poll each headend device to automatically identify and record any network or configuration changes.

Comcast Business hooks up health network with Ethernet

July 30, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Inspira Health Network is using Comcast Business’ Ethernet services to transfer high-resolution radiology images, internal office communications and documents, and electronic medical records (EMRs) across various locations. Medical professionals in the Inspira Health Network will be able to share medical files across multiple locations in a high bandwidth, secure manner. 

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.

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

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. 

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.

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