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Cisco software moves service providers toward SDN

February 18, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In keeping with the trend toward software defined networking (SDN), Cisco’s new software suite, called the Evolved Services Platform (ESP), aims to abstract network control, so that even if a service provider has a mix of network types (fixed, mobile, Wi-Fi), the provider can manage everything as if it were a single, integrated network.

AT&T, IBM ally on enabling Internet of Things

February 18, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two companies said they will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies to create services initially for city governments and midsize utilities. They intend to develop services that can integrate and analyze vast quantities of data from assets such as mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras.

2014 connected device production to hit 6 billion

February 14, 2014 1:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Among connected devices, those expected to enjoy higher production numbers this year include video game consoles, media tablets, mobile handsets, liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TVs), set-top boxes and mobile PCs. In contrast, IHS expects declines in digital still cameras, camcorders, desktop PCs, DVD players/records and portable media players.

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The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

DPoE: What’s the buzz? Flexibility, interoperability are a few of the key features

February 13, 2014 7:45 pm | by Shridhar Kulkarni, product manager, access network solutions, Aurora Networks | Articles | Comments

Two years ago, member companies of CableLabs developed the DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specification as an extension of the earlier DOCSIS certification programs with the goal of increasing interoperability and productivity, while providing cable operators with a means to deliver business connectivity services over fiber networks. The DPoE specification makes it possible to implement DOCSIS provisioning.

New Products: Triveni, ThinkAnalytics, Pasternack

February 11, 2014 7:57 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Triveni, Digital Alert team up on M-EAS | ThinkAnalytics expands recommendations capabilities | Pasternack bows new line of  dividers. Triveni Digital recently announced that Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) functionality is now available for its metadata generation system.

Kabel Deutschland licenses the RDK

February 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cable companies all over the world are clearly encouraging the cable equipment vendors to expand to global scale, which should have a salubrious effect on equipment costs. Prior to the development of the RDK, cable companies in Asia, Europe, and The Americas agreed to give up regional differences in DOCSIS in favor of the single approach represented by DOCSIS 3.1.

Ericsson announces lab to facilitate SDN projects

February 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As part of the program, Ericsson is opening a lab called the OpenDaylight community, which will be based at Ericsson's campus in San Jose, California. The lab will provide an OpenDaylight network environment open to all SDN developers based on an agreed schedule.

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Compass-EOS hires new chairman & CEO

February 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Following its latest venture round, Compass-EOS has installed Matthew Bross as its new chairman and CEO. The company specializes in silicon photonics, which it uses for inter-chip optical interconnect. The company has developed a family of carrier-grade routers, of a type the company said is particularly suitable for enabling SDN-based architectures in service provider networks.

Sandvine scores $5 million expansion order from cable operator

February 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Network policy control vendor Sandvine announced this morning that it had received a $5 million expansion order from a large North American cable operator that has been a customer since 2003. The follow on order represented the ongoing expansion of the operator's deployment of business intelligence and traffic optimization solutions. Sandvine expects to recognize most of the associated revenue in the first half of fiscal 2014.

TWC offers details on slate of service improvements

January 30, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO is set to embark on a series of service upgrades and improvements that will include significant speed boosts for its broadband customers, the introduction of a 6-tuner DVR for upper tier video customers, and an overhaul of its hubs all across its footprint.

Former Moto exec Moloney joins Lantiq’s board

January 29, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Motorola executive Dan Moloney has been named to Lantiq’s board of directors. Munich-based Lantiq is a supplier of chips and software for broadband access and home networking, which is right up Moloney’s alley after his time at Motorola.

Exfo debuts SNR test for new 40G/100G networks

January 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Exfo has expanded the capabilities of its optical spectrum analyzers with a new signal-to-noise test feature for 40G/100G WDM optical networks. The company’s WDM-Aware Pol-Mux is a module is a coherent polarization multiplexing (polmux) 40G/100G optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) tester. Exfo claims to be the first test company with this capability.

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Adva trial tests practicality of WDM-PON in rural markets

January 22, 2014 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adva Optical Networking is engaged in a WDM-PON trial in Austria to test the practicality of delivering uncontended gigabit connectivity to rural residential subscribers. WDM-PON enables individual subscribers to be independently connected to a remote central office that can be tens of kilometers away.

Slumping Intel to cut more than 5,000 jobs in 2014

January 20, 2014 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips. The Santa Clara-based company confirmed the job cuts Friday, the day after Intel Corp. reported its profit and revenue had fallen for the second consecutive year.

NH completes $63M project to grow broadband access

January 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The $63 million Network New Hampshire Now project, led by the University of New Hampshire, was funded with $44.5 million in federal stimulus money and $18.3 million in private support. The new cable network exceeded project goals by more than 300 miles.

Cablevision hires Comstock as EVP of operations

January 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has hired Robert Comstock to the newly created position of executive vice president, operations. Effective immediately, Cablevision said Comstock is responsible for all aspects of infrastructure that support the delivery of Cablevision’s customer experience, including network management, field operations, outside plant, Wi-Fi execution, and telecommunications network management.

Charter’s all digital train rolls into Missouri, Southern Illinois

January 2, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the end game of having all of its systems all digital by the first half of this year, Charter announced this morning that all-digital upgrades will start in the middle of this month in Missouri and Southern Illinois. Charter said the upgrades, which are scheduled to be completed by mid-summer, would add more than 200 HD channels to its lineup in those areas, as well as “significantly” faster Internet speeds.

IBM buying big-data transfer specialist Aspera

December 19, 2013 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Companies that deal in content in one way or another rely on the technology to shorten production cycles, or to upload TV shows and movies to popular consumer services. The company’s technology, called fasp, is used by cable operators and other service providers for backbone transmission of video and other data.

Japan MSO improves OTT delivery with Qwilt

December 17, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cable Television Toyama, a cable network operator in Japan, is claiming it has improved caching efficiency for over the top (OTT) video by nearly 50 percent, with a 2x improvement in quality of experience (QoE) for its subscribers, using technology from Qwilt.

Ciena narrows 4Q loss on improved revenue 


December 13, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ciena, a developer of high-speed networking technology, reported Thursday that it narrowed its fiscal fourth-quarter loss on improved revenue. The quarter's revenue exceeded market expectations, but expenses weighed on its profitability

Triveni Digital adds M-EAS capability

December 10, 2013 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has created a software interface developed in conjunction with Digital Alert Systems that bridges Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder 5 metadata generation system and Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC emergency messaging platform. The combination constitutes an integrated solution for the reception, generation, and subsequent distribution of messages over the M-EAS platform.

Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Round-Up: What’s Up, DOCSIS?

December 4, 2013 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor in Chief, and Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

Members of the gang that helped create CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 have already moved on to the next thing. Ready for digital forward links, remote PHY, and the next next-generation architecture network (N2GAN)? Also, updates on the Reference Developer Kit and the Converged Cable Access Platform, and more.

Home Networking: Cloud DVR has got next

December 3, 2013 7:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Aside from the demand for video more content “anytime, anywhere, on any device,” broadband penetration and the migration to IP are also terraforming the home networking landscape. One area that is emerging is cloud DVR, which allows subscribers to store content from their DVRs in the cloud, or more accurately, in data centers.

Memory Lane: Highway star

December 3, 2013 7:07 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

There are grand and vocal disagreements flying about today as governments and private parties square off over the supposed usefulness of next-generation networks capable of hurtling digital data to everyday consumers at speeds of 1 gigabit per second or faster. Skeptics argue investing in super-fast networks is folly.

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