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2012 International CES Roundup

February 1, 2012 3:29 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

Here’s a look at a few trends that are either incubating or fully hatched ...

Cable Could Prosper with Messaging Services

February 1, 2012 3:14 am | by Josh Wigginton, Senior Product Manager for Messaging and Billing at Interop Technologies | Articles | Comments

Never before have consumers had so many communication options. Voice, email, short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS), instant messaging and social networking are nearly ubiquitous.

Real-time services make their debut

February 1, 2012 3:04 am | by Chad Dunavant, Vice President of Product Management at CSG International | Articles | Comments

Consumers can’t get enough of high-speed data, voice and the ever-growing inventory of video content available in the marketplace today.

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Open Mic - Who owns the home network?

February 1, 2012 1:51 am | by Benoit Joly, Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing at Technicolor | Articles | Comments

If there’s one safe bet in telecom, it’s that the percentage of households worldwide with connected consumer electronics (CE) devices will continue to grow at a healthy clip.

New Products February 2012

February 1, 2012 1:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has launched its new GP570 chip; Dialogic Debuts PowerMedia XMS for Conferencing; Adtran has added the Total Access 1600 series to its FTTH portfolio.

Cisco Introduces Faster Access Point

January 31, 2012 1:03 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Cisco used its Cisco Live! event in London today to introduce what it calls the fastest Wi-Fi access point on the market, the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series Access Point.

Comcast among latest round of investors for SnagFilms

January 30, 2012 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a $10 million round of investment last year, SnagFilms has raised another $7 million in funds from its investors, which included Comcast Interactive Capital.

SEMI Forum set for March 15 in Philly

January 25, 2012 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

If there's any doubt that the cable industry is serious about energy management, it should be dispelled when the SCTE opens the doors on its SEMI (Smart Energy Management Initiative) Forum in Philadelphia.

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Ericsson's Q4 profit drops

January 25, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LM Ericsson shocked the market by posting much-worse-than-expected fourth-quarter results, mainly blaming operators for turning cautious due to the global financial turmoil.

Concurrent scores a customer win in Poland

January 25, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent recently racked up a customer win with Vectra, which is Poland's second-largest cable operator.

Amino picks Celeno's Wi-Fi platform for IPTV STBs

January 24, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amino Communications has selected Celeno Communications' Wi-Fi solutions for use in its IPTV set-top boxes.

Charter upgrade to EBIF is underway

January 23, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the aid of itaas, the MSO has upgraded about 1.6 million set-tops in nine of its systems so that they are EBIF-enabled, and it is in the process of upgrading another 1.9 million more.

Time Warner Cable serves up live TV in the home with iPhone app

January 20, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's TWC TV app is now available for use on iPhones, which means subscribers can now watch live shows in their homes, remotely manage their DVRs and change channels with their iPhones.

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CableLabs sets interop for 3-D TVs, set-tops

January 20, 2012 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs invited manufacturers of 3-D-capable cable set-top boxes, TV sets and test equipment to an event during which they'll be able to evaluate how well their products interoperate.

Comcast's Parker box goes for a test drive at the FCC

January 19, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is planning its first major rollout of its next-generation Xcalibur service, so it makes sense that reports are surfacing that the box, which is called "Parker" by Comcast, being used for the service is making its way through testing at the Federal Communications Commission.

Zodiac claims 2 more customers for HTML5 platform

January 19, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two operators were identified only as Tier 1 North American MSOs. The company previously announced that it has been working with Cablevision and with Videotron.

Clearfield adds mid-size access point

January 18, 2012 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The new FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) Outdoor 48-Port Wall Mount Panel hits the spot between larger-scale OSP deployments and smaller MDU applications.

Cheetah upgrades its network monitoring system

January 17, 2012 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company adds the ability to analyze QAM video carriers and expands spectrum coverage to 1 GHz.

Clearwire, China Mobile deepen TD-LTE partnership

January 17, 2012 1:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

There's a catch: The development of equipment and devices for TD-LTE lags behind FDD-LTE, the standard used in Verizon Wireless and AT&T's LTE networks.

Nortel fraud trial begins

January 17, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fraud case against three former Nortel Networks executives who are accused of falsifying financial reports began eight years after they were fired.

STMicroelectronics proposes green home control system

January 13, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Solar-powered sensors and monitors can be distributed throughout the home and can connect through a gateway, set-top or PC.

Cisco allies with ActiveVideo

January 12, 2012 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco adds ActiveVideo technology to enable cloud services through its Videoscape TV platform. Meanwhile, ActiveVideo offers support for the HTML5 environment.

@ CES: Ericsson's Vestberg brings wireless vision to CES

January 12, 2012 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg is never shy about expressing his vision for the connected-everything world of the future.

@ CES: Customer data will drive TV 3.0

January 11, 2012 8:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of different scenarios for what the TV of tomorrow may look like, but a panel session at CES did drive home the point that collecting customer data can play a key role.

@ CES: Cable One testing EchoStar's Aria platform

January 11, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One looks like it's the first customer for EchoStar's Aria platform, which was designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators.

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