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Lantiq chipset supports 300 Mbps VDSL in FTTN networks

April 16, 2015 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The semiconductor company now has available a new chipset designed for the distribution points in GPON networks that connect customers with VDSL-based service at speeds up to 300 Mbps.

Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent

April 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a...

Disney/ABC Imagines taking linear broadcast to the cloud

April 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Disney/ABC is in the process of shifting its linear broadcast operations to an IP-based...

Employee Retention – What are the Keys?: Open Mic

April 10, 2015 4:59 pm | by Stacey Slaughter, CEO and CFO of Jones/NCTI | Articles | Comments

A clearly defined career path, feeling proficient on the job, and compensation tied to...

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Wave makes another aquisition.

April 9, 2015 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Wave Broadband said it has acquired ReallyFast, an ISP in Seattle that specializes in services for multi-unit housing and business customers. Separately, a Wave subsidiary that provides residential gigabit connectivity has expanded with its first clients in Everett, WA.

Comcast bringing 10GigE to Denver

April 7, 2015 2:39 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is investing $2 million in Northern California and $10 million in Denver to provide 10 Gbps Ethernet service. Comcast’s portfolio of Ethernet options will be offered in the new Denver and Northern California networks as will “a cloud based voice and unified communications solution.”

Arris marketing new RFoG approach

March 31, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris is hitting the market with its previously announced AgileMax system, which introduces a variation of RF over glass technology that is designed to entirely sidestep optical beat interference problems.

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What Gap? What the Generations Say About Learning and Technology in the Workplace

March 23, 2015 2:45 pm | by Wayne Applehans, president and chief product officer, Jones/NCTI | Articles | Comments

Strife in the workplace. Headlines about generations in the workforce play up the differences among Baby Boomers (born 1946-1965), Generation X (born 1966-1980) and Millennials (born 1981-2000) . . .

AT&T's Project VIP dropped $1.8B in Missouri

March 23, 2015 2:25 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

From 2012 to 2014 AT&T has invested over $ 1.8 billion in its Missouri wired and wireless network as a part of its project velocity IP (VIP) investment plan.  

Comcast to help build Braves' new ballpark

March 18, 2015 11:48 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has partnered with the Atlanta Braves on a development that will include a new stadium and a nine-story office tower for Comcast that will include two datacenters.

Cisco enhances core/edge routing

March 17, 2015 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The new technologies include application engineered routing; the IOS XRv 9000 Virtual Router; and 100GE line cards for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series. The new capabilities, Cisco said, will help service providers with service agility.

Alcatel-Lucent adds switches for metro networks

March 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The new photonic switches were designed specifically for service providers who need to cater to enterprise customers, supporting increasing video, cloud and data center traffic.

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Ethernet switch market sets record in 4Q

March 3, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Ethernet switch market reached a high-water mark in revenue and port shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014. Data center and campus markets were key drivers in the record setting fourth quarter.

HP to fork out $2.7 billion to buy Aruba Networks

March 2, 2015 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is making a move into the mobile wireless market with today’s news that it has reached a deal to buy wireless networking vendor Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion. HP said the deal would combine Aruba’s wireless mobility offerings—which include Wi-Fi systems that have been installed in airports, shopping malls, hotels and universities—with its switching portfolio.

TWC’s NaviSite launches new West Coast data center

February 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has opened the doors on a new enterprise class data center in Santa Clara, Calif. The state-of-the-art data center—the building is owned by data center provider Digital Realty—joined NaviSite’s nine existing data centers across the United States and the United Kingdom.

Survey says cloud lives up to hype for enterprise businesses

February 26, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A recent survey by communications and enterprise IT service provider Tata Communications found that enterprise organizations with more than 500 employees saw tangible benefits to their cloud computing efforts. The survey results included 85 percent of the respondents saying that the cloud had lived up to the industry hype, while 23 percent said it had exceeded their expectations.

Report: Broadband access market scales to $11.5 billion in 2014

February 25, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Pushed along by high demand in the PON sector, the worldwide broadband access market, which also includes DSL and cable technologies, set a new record of $11.5 billion last year. Dell’Oro Group senior analyst Alam Tamboli said PON spending had picked up in North American  last year with the advent of gigabit networks, but those deployments were small when compared to China.  

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Cisco beats Street 2Q forecasts

February 12, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Cisco Systems rose in aftermarket trading Wednesday after its fiscal second-quarter results surpassed Wall Street's expectations. The San Jose, California-based company also raised its quarterly dividend to 21 cents from 19 cents.

Atlantic Broadband hooks up with Miami Data Vault

February 9, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has bolstered its presence in the burgeoning South Florida communications sector by partnering with Miami Data Vault. The deal allows Atlantic Broadband to offer its suite of commercial services to businesses via Miami Data Vault’s data center and coloction facility.

ALU demos aggregating current fiber links to 400G

January 30, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone Spain said they have used the former’s 1830 Photonic Switch to reach aggregate data transport rates up to 400 Gbps on an existing fiber link. The trial demonstrates the ability of an existing optical network to carry data at up to 17.6 Tbps.

Charles Townes, who helped invent laser, dies

January 29, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would lead to the laser, the invention he's known for and which transformed everyday life and led to other scientific discoveries.

Integra reorganizes; vows network expansion

January 13, 2015 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @BrianRSanto | News | Comments

Integra has reorganized along sales lines, forming two new business units, one focused on larger customers, the other dedicated to medium-sized businesses. The company also said it plans to “expand its fiber assets” to better serve the former group. 

Report: Move to generic hardware, NFV put pressure video equipment prices

January 12, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The migration to generic hardware and network functions virtualization (NFV) is putting a strain on current video equipment prices, according to a recent report. Overall, global broadcast and streaming video equipment revenue decreased 4 percent to $810 million in the first half of 2014 with nearly all product segments down, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

Proximus allies with Cisco on cloud video, smart cities, and more

January 9, 2015 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Proximus is preparing to tie its fortunes more closely with the vendor, not only continuing to deliver video services based on Cisco products, but to explore expanding the relationship into smart/connected cities, service orchestration for business customers, SDN, and more.

Sony CEO: 'No playbook' for hack

January 9, 2015 12:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was dumped online, including Social Security numbers and the purported salaries of top executives. More than six weeks later, the studio's network is still down as techs work to get it back online.

Report: IoT morphing Internet

January 8, 2015 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While the full fruition of the Internet of Things may be a several years away, smart home and connected devices are already having an impact on the Internet. Cloud-vendor Akamai Technologies released its third quarter 2014 State of the Internet report this morning, which said, in part, that the Internet of Things (IoT) was starting to change the Internet.

Kentucky begins $250M project to improve "dismal" broadband availability

December 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The state is getting most of the money from Macquarie Capital. Macquarie has assemble a team including First Solutions, Fujitsu Network Communications, Black & Veatch, and Bowlin Group, to design, develop and operate the private/public network over the next 30 years.

ZTE floats Enablence with another $2.7M

December 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ZTE will receive 18 million shares of newly-issued Enablence stock (15 cents a share). Enablence is a long-time supplier to ZTE, providing optical components and subsystems for access, metro and long-haul markets. The vendor has been struggling for years to remain afloat. 

Imagine upgrades Egypt’s Rotana TV

December 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Imagine Communications recently completed a major upgrade of the playout and asset management facilities for Rotana TV in Cairo, Egypt. The project allowed Rotana TV, which broadcasts 14 discrete channels as well as time shifts and rebrands, to migrate all of its channels to HD, which allowed the playout center to operate in the file domain.

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