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Overture snags $8 million in funding

May 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Carrier Ethernet vendor Overture Networks announced this morning that it had secured  an initial equity investment of $8 million, with an opportunity to raise up to $11.7 million. Overture will also be opening two new development centers in Westford, Massachusetts and Bangalore, India to support its existing engineering team in its Research Triangle Park, North Carolina headquarters.

Optical packet equipment market booming in 1Q

May 22, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The total optical packet equipment market grew 23 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013 to reach $1.1 billion, according to research firm Dell’Oro Group. Over the trailing four-quarter period, optical packet revenue grew 20 percent to $4.6 billion.

Spirent takes Casa’s CCAP on a test run

May 20, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Casa Systems tapped Spirent Communication’s test platform to put its next generation cable modem termination system (CMTS) and integrated converged cable access platform (CCAP) products through their paces. The Spirent TestCenter was used to validate routing performance, asymmetric throughput, latency and packet loss of Casa Systems’ C10G and C3200 platforms.

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Service provider segment powers Cisco's Q2

May 16, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco reported that second quarter revenue in its Service Provider Video segment grew 30 percent year over year, in its Wireless segment by 27 percent, and in its Data Center segment 77 percent; the average for the company as a whole was 5 percent.

Troy Cablevision's 100G network up and running

May 16, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Troy Cablevison has installed a 100G network in Alabama, using equipment from Optelian. Using funding from the broadband stimulus – specifically the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – Troy Cablevision installed Optelian’s MPX-9110 Flexible 100 Gbps Platform.

Home network interop standard ratified

May 14, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2) was developed to enable home energy information, control and management applications, as well as utility communications to devices in and around the home, via wired and wireless connections using IP. Devices might include thermostats, appliances, electric meters, gateways, and vehicles.

Aurora Networks taps Soleto for director of sales in Canada, Alaska

May 14, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optical network vendor Aurora Networks announced this morning that it had hired Vince Soleto as its new director of sales in Canada and Alaska. Soleto previously served as regional sales manager for ATX Networks where he was responsible for selling that company’s products in the same areas.

Samsung testing 5G 100 times faster than 4G

May 13, 2013 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

 Samsung's new adaptive array transceiver technology will allow data to transmit at higher frequencies than currently possible. Samsung's transceiver transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.

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Huawei founder: we won't spy

May 9, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

During 26 years at the helm of Chinese tech giant Huawei, founder Ren Zhengfei has never once agreed to be interviewed by a journalist. Until now. Huawei is taking steps toward trying to dispel its image as a secretive and opaque company, and to reassure the world of its good intentions.

Zanaware adds support to legacy headend gear

May 9, 2013 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Zanaware Technologies said its products can now support the headend equipment not only of the most prevalent newer systems, but also the equipment of many formerly popular legacy systems from companies such as General Instrument, Scientific-Atlanta and Terayon.

The 2013 CTO Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:35 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie, Cablevision’s Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications’ Kevin Hart, and Buckeye Cablesystem’s Joe Jensen share their thoughts on some of the most prominent technological challenges they are dealing with today, and a few they might have to contend with tomorrow.

Engineering-Wise: Cable’s place atop the operations world

May 7, 2013 8:26 pm | by Marty Davidson, VP Engineering & Network Operations, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Cable has made incredible progress in network and service reliability/availability. From vast improvements of the early days to the introduction of lifeline services like voice, we have reduced customer reported troubles from 40 percent to under 3 percent in an amazingly short time. Network troubles have followed a similar trajectory.

Active Broadband heads to IMS over DOCSIS

May 7, 2013 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Active Broadband Networks said its service management system now supports the IMS Rx interface as specified in PacketCable 2.0. The support for the interface paves the way for the delivery of IMS services over DOCSIS networks by providing support for PCMM policy control via the Diameter-based Rx interface.

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Comcast Business carries the load for PBS Coals

May 3, 2013 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Comcast Business’ Ethernet services are doing the heavy lifting for PBS Coals, which is the fourth-largest coal producer in Pennsylvania. In order to serve PBS Coals, Comcast Business extended its fiber network to the company’s 10 mining and processing facilities located across Somerset County. 

Study: OTN switching ready for primetime

May 3, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optical transport networks (OTN) switching are reaching mainstream status with service providers. To wit: 86 percent of the service providers surveyed by Infonetics Research said they planned to deploy OTN switching. Packet-optical is a niche market today, representing only 10 percent of all optical spending, but by 2016 nearly all operator respondents want systems that integrate OTN switching and packet switching in the same platform

TWC changes Twitter customer care handle

May 1, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning it had changed its Twitter customer care handle to @TWC_Help. The new customer care handle gives Time Warner Cable a more unified front with all Time Warner Cable Twitter handles following the “TWC” designation.  

Report: Ethernet switch market evolving

May 1, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Ethernet switch market is undergoing a transformation as end users start to favor products purpose-built and optimized according to deployment location, in the data center, enterprise, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and carrier Ethernet services.

Telesystem begins network upgrade

April 29, 2013 1:22 pm | News | Comments

Buckeye Cablesystem sister company Telesystem said it has embarked on a network upgrade to achieve 99.999 percent availability for its IP-based services. Five-nines availability translates to no more than 5.26 minutes of downtime per rolling year.

Cable One spending $60 million on upgrade

April 24, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One is spending $60 million on a infrastructure enhancement, which includes upgrading nearly 50,000 amps, installing more than 600 nodes, replacing 800 miles of cable and adding 600 miles of fiber. The project started last year and will continue through next year.

Arris names new executive leadership team

April 18, 2013 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris CEO Bob Stanzione has assembled his new leadership team now that the deal to buy Motorola’s Home division closed yesterday. Former Charter Communications CTO Marwan Fawaz, who joined Motorola last year, won’t be a part of the new executive team, but Stanzione said in a company memo that Fawaz would stay on board over the next few weeks to help with the transition.

Rogers buys data center subsidiary, strikes M2M deal with Raco

April 18, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve its business customers, Rogers Communications announced yesterday that had bought a data center subsidiary from Primus Telecommunications Group for $200 million. Rogers paid cash for Primus’ Blackiron Data and the acquisition closed yesterday.

Zanaware debuts headend device backup and recovery service

April 18, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

This morning Zanaware Technologies announced a new service that provides multiple headend device backup, recovery and monitoring for cable operators. The service, Headend Health (HEalth) Manager Service, augments the capabilities of Zanaware’s Auto Backr Pro, which has been deployed by eight of the top-10 largest cable operators in North America.

DCN adopts Cycle 30's back office

April 17, 2013 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Device Cloud Networks said it will adopt Cycle 30’s back office management products to handle billing, provisioning, rating and diagnostics. DCN specializes in machine-to-machine (M2M) enablement for clients in the communications industry.

Arris’ pickup of Moto a done deal

April 17, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Stick a fork in Arris’ acquisition of Motorola. Arris announced this morning that its $2.3 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google was wrapped up. The completion of the acquisition, which was first announced Dec. 19, came after the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) signed off on the deal on Friday.

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.”

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