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C Spire plans fiber to the home network

September 24, 2013 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Regional carrier C Spire, formerly known as Cellular South, Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to move forward with the deployment of 1 Gbps ultra high-speed fiber to the home.  Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless, said in a statement that to unlock "the potential of broadband for the communities we serve requires taking optical fiber all the way to their door.” 

Cisco introduces network gear for "Internet of Everything"

September 24, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco announced a new family of what it’s calling network fabric products based on the new network processor chip that the company announced two weeks ago. The systems in the family are designed to handle a network that can support trillions of M2M transactions.  BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra are deploying the NCS. 

Zanaware sets up services operation

September 20, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Zanaware Technologies has established a separate unit specifically to provide customized headend management solutions for broadcast, cable, MPEG/digital video, satellite and IPTV. Service options may include: extension of Zanaware’s platform, development hardware/software solution, or a hybrid combination.

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MRV Communications bulks up Pasadena’s communications network

September 19, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The city of Pasadena picked MRV Communications’ optical transport offering for its new communications network. Pasadena is using MRV’s FiberDriver to provide high-capacity optical services for its municipal network. The city’s new network will be used to link its facilities using future-proof, high bandwidth services over a fully-owned fiber infrastructure.

Akamai improves data delivery with FastTCP

September 16, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Akamai Technologies said it has deployed FastTCP broadly across its network, the Akamai Intelligent Platform. FastTCP algorithms are deployed within Akamai edge servers and do not require any software installation on user devices or any action on the part of Akamai’s customers or their site visitors.

Edgeware accelerator speeds up origin servers

September 13, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Edgeware’s D-VDN Origin Accelerator accelerates both ingest and playout capacity of origin servers. Separately, the company announced another in its line of network video delivery appliances. The Orbit 3080 handles live, video on demand (VOD) and network digital video recorder (NDVR) applications, with 80 Gbps wire speed streaming.

Ericsson builds CDN for Rostelcom

September 13, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rostelecom in Russia has deployed what may be the world's largest operator content delivery network, according to Ericsson, the company that built the CDN. The Media Delivery Network from Ericsson includes content servers in 30 major cities across all federal districts of Russia.

Cisco touts new chip for mystery networking gear

September 12, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco today unveiled a single-chip, reprogrammable network processor it believes will be especially useful in network equipment that handles M2M traffic that is expected to grow exponentially in coming years. The company believes the nPower X1 is the first single-die chip to handle traffic at 400 Gbps.

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RDK Management names president/GM, lays support foundation

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

Following on the heels of its formation last month, RDK Management has named Comcast executive Steve Heeb as its president and general manager, along with picking S3 Group and itaas to provide support services to the organization and its licensees. Heeb, who is already manning the RDK Management helm, brings 20 years of industry experience to the organization. 

IBC: SeaChange blends software into Netgear’s headless gateway

September 12, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International’s Nucleus software is doing the heavy lifting in Netgear’s new headless media gateway. Netgear is showing its HMG7000 gateway, which will be ready for operator trials the first half of next year, in its booth at the IBC2013 show in Amsterdam.

Report: PON spending rallies broadband equipment market

September 4, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

An increase in PON equipment spending helped boost the broadband aggregation equipment market in the second quarter, according to a recent report. Overall, the global broadband aggregation market, which includes PON, FTTH and DSL equipment, grew 6 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2013 to $1.6 billion.

Ciena 3Q loss narrows, results top Street view

September 4, 2013 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as it posted double-digit revenue growth and its restructuring costs declined. The company's adjusted earnings and its revenue beat analysts' estimates. Its stock surged in premarket trading.

Enterprise router market shows signs of life

August 29, 2013 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The global enterprise router market saw a surge revenue in the most recent second quarter, but it’s too early to say whether the turnaround was complete. According to a report by Infonetics Research, the global enterprise router market totaled $945 million in the second quarter, up 12 percent from the first quarter, and up 6 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

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Frontier part of 1 Gbps build in Illinois

August 29, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Frontier Communications will take part in the build out of a $1.5 million 1 Gbps network in Southern Illinois. The network, which was announced by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, will serve residents, businesses and institutions, and is partnership between the city of Carbondale, Southern Illinois University and Connect SI.

Report: Carrier router/switch market is booming in 2Q

August 23, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Based on second quarter numbers for the carrier router and switch market, service providers started opening up their wallets in the second quarter of this year. Globally, service provider router and switch revenue was up 27 percent, to $4 billion, in the second quarter of this year from the first quarter, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

Wait a sec...

August 20, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The cloud is being sold as the greatest innovation since the food industry started building zip-lock technology into the packages of everything from hot dogs to shredded cheese, but there have been concerns: can cloud computing scale to cover hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and aren’t you just courting trouble by automatically building in too much delay? But the world is safe for the cloud, according to ActiveVideo.

Study: Tight race between Huawei, Cisco, Ericsson

August 19, 2013 11:47 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telecommunications vendors Cisco, Huawei and Ericsson were neck and neck on Infonetics Research’s equipment vendor leadership scorecard. While each vendor had different strengths, Huawei was ranked first on the scorecard, followed closely by Ericsson and Cisco.

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.

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