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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.

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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.

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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.”

United Fiber goes with Entone for hybrid TV

April 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The subsidiary of the United Electric Cooperative is using Entone’s FusionTV to deliver both linear and over-the-top content on the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network it is building in rural Missouri, using money from the Broadband Stimulus.

Storey takes the helm as CEO of Level 3

April 11, 2013 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Level 3 announced this morning that its board of directors had promoted chief operating officer Jim Storey to  CEO. Storey takes over the tiller from longtime CEO Jim Crowe, who announced last month that he was stepping down by year’s end.

Shaw buys Enmax, field trials 400 Gbps

April 9, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications and Alcatel-Lucent have laid claim on the first successful field trial in North America for 400 Gbps data transmissions over a live network. Using Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 PSS with the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE), the trial ran over a 400 kilometer route between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.

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Digital Rapids adds Netflix preset

April 5, 2013 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Digital Rapids is making available presets for its media transformation and workflow solutions designed specifically to make it easier for suppliers to prepare their content for streaming on Netflix. The Netflix presets will be available for the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0.

Harmonic adopts Aspera’s fast transfer tech

April 5, 2013 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic has integrated Aspera’s fasp technology in its Media Applications Server (MAS). The combined solution allows complex workflows to be orchestrated and enforced, allowing quick and efficient routing of content to the intended destination, the two companies explained.

Internet from lamps one step closer

April 5, 2013 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Transmitting data using simple LEDs is still a research technology, but it took another step closer to practical implementation when the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute used off-the-shelf LED room lights for data transmission with data rates up to 800 Mbps in one laboratory experiment.

Broadcom launches first 5G WiFi hotspot

April 3, 2013 1:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Broadcom continues its push to support 5G WiFi with the announcement today of a router that supports the technology; it has made the 5G WiFi hotspot available through SK Telecom. Broadcom's 802.11ac Wi-Fi boasts speeds up to three times faster and up to six times more power efficient than previous generations of Wi-Fi.

Survey: FTTH leads to huge opex savings

April 3, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Companies deploying fiber to the home are reporting saving an average of 20 percent on opex costs. The survey from the FTTH Council also reveals to 20 percent yearly increase in North American homes connected to all-fiber networks.

MegaPath using Edgewater gear

April 2, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is deploying equipment from Edgewater to deliver its business VoIP and data services. Megapath provides managed data, voice, security and hosted IT services in North America, using T1 and Ethernet connections. It is now installing its T1 and Ethernet circuits using Edgewater’s EdgeMarc 4552 Series ESBC as a WAN access router.

Comcast has IPv6 running on all Arris-based systems

April 2, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has enabled IPv6 functionality on its entire Arris C4 CMTS footprint, completing a process begun the middle of last year. The transition to IPv6 is necessitated because the fund of IPv4 addresses is approaching exhaustion. At the same time, NIST has just issued IPv6 transition guidelines.

Cisco Systems raises dividend 21 percent

March 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. is increasing its dividend 21 percent, its second boost in less than a year. The San Jose, California-based technology giant will pay a 17-cent quarterly dividend on April 24 to shareholders of record April 8. That's up 3 cents from the last quarter.

Research: OTN market to hit $13 billion by 2017

March 29, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The optical transport network (OTN) equipment market is well on its way to topping the $13 billion mark by 2017, according to a recent study by Infonetics Research. Last year the OTN transport and switching equipment market grew 8 percent to $7.3 billion with the bulk of that growth coming from the OTN switching segment, which was up 46 percent in 2012 from 2011.

Cisco unveils silicon transciever for 100 G

March 19, 2013 2:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco’s 100 gigabit CMOS-based transceivers reduce space and power requirements, promising to make 100 Gbps backbones deployable. Cisco says that CPAK reduces space and power requirements by over 70 percent compared with CFP.

Broadpeak ups capacity of cache servers

March 19, 2013 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company cranks up the streaming capacity of its BkS400 to a new maximum of 30 Gbps. The software upgrade to the company’s BkS400 video cache server and the attendant capacity expansion improves operators’ ability to deliver video content.

Ciena sets up CenturyLink for GigE

March 18, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CenturyLink has upgraded its metro networking capability with packet optical technology from Ciena, in order to target business customers with Gigabit Ethernet access services up to 100G. The upgrade allows CenturyLink to offer a 1GE, 10GE, 100GE and equivalent wavelengths to businesses.

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