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Suddenlink reports robust Q3, plans to add TiVo Mini next year

November 9, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bucking the trend of cable operators losing basic video subscribers, Suddenlink Communications actually added a total of 200 in the third quarter en route to chalking up some solid financial results. Suddenlink reported third-quarter revenues of $511.9 million.

Verizon accelerates LTE build

November 9, 2012 2:19 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo told analysts that the company is accelerating the deployment of its LTE network, which already has a wide lead over AT&T’s LTE coverage. Verizon Wireless now plans to complete its LTE rollout by the middle of next year.

AT&T changes policy, will allow FaceTime over cellular

November 9, 2012 2:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T will allow any customer with an LTE-capable iOS device on a tiered or shared data plan to use Apple's FaceTime video conferencing app over a cellular connection. AT&T had previously said it would only allow users who switched to the company's new shared data plans to access the app.


Judge rejects injunction against Dish DVR

November 8, 2012 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California judge has rejected a request for a preliminary injunction against Dish Network's ad-skipping digital video recorder in a dispute that has pit broadcasters against a main distributor of their programming. The ruling was not released publically.

Wireless ops report progress on post-hurricane repairs

November 6, 2012 3:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wireless providers on the East Coast report that progress is being made to restore service after major damage from Hurricane Sandy. Cell towers and other infrastructure were hit hard by flooding and power outages, particularly in New Jersey and New York.

Apple, Google suit over patent rates dismissed

November 6, 2012 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge in Madison, Wis., threw out a suit by Apple claiming that Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility is seeking unreasonably high license fees for the use of patents on wireless technology. The suit is part of a world-spanning battle between Apple and Google.

Europe opens 2 GHz band for LTE

November 5, 2012 2:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wireless providers in Europe will be able to access spectrum in the 2 GHz band for LTE service under a new decision from the European Commission. The rule changes remove restrictions that limited the band to 3G service, effectively opening an additional 120 MHz for LTE.

TWC rolls mobile charging stations into NYC; Cablevision re-groups

November 2, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With tensions mounting in some of the areas that saw the biggest impact from Hurricane Sandy, Time Warner Cable and other service providers are rushing into the morass to fix their triple-play services and ease subscribers’ frustrations.


Live From Cable-Tec Expo - SCTE

November 1, 2012 4:26 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

CED Editor-in-Chief Brian Santo talks with Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers President and CEO Mark Dzuban about the new and exciting things happening at the organization that hosted SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012 in Orlando.

Muni broadband with a twist

November 1, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Chicago intends to do what no American city even remotely its size has ever pulled off – get a municipal broadband network built. There isn’t a city in the country that doesn’t want better broadband infrastructure. Several cities, tiring of waiting for the market to create those networks, have attempted to build their own.

@ 4G World: AT&T exec dishes on small cells, SON, DAS

November 1, 2012 2:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T network technology executive Kris Rinne told a packed crowd yesterday that the operator's early small cell deployments showed promise, but some hurdles still remain. But there's still a lot of optimization that needs to be done, Rinne said.

FCC: Communications slowly improving after Sandy

November 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cell towers knocked out by Superstorm Sandy were slowly coming back to life, federal regulators said, but about 1 in 5 were still out of service in a storm-hit area stretching from Virginia to Massachusetts. That compares with 1 in 4 cell towers that were out of service the day after the storm made landfall.

Icahn buys 10 percent stake in Netflix

November 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's slumping stock price and weakening financial performance has finally attracted an opportunistic and sometimes nettlesome investor in Carl Icahn. In a regulatory filing, Icahn revealed he had used some of his $14 billion fortune to accumulate a 10 percent stake in Netflix.


In wake of Sandy, Comcast offers free access to Wi-Fi hotspots

October 31, 2012 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is lending a helping hand to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. It owns and operates thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

Shaw to add more Wi-Fi hotspots in Winnipeg

October 31, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has signed an agreement with the city of Winnipeg to offer its Wi-Fi service in more locations across the city, including libraries, arenas, recreation facilities and community centers. The Wi-Fi hotspots can be accessed by Shaw subscribers.

Sprint investments in Clearwire limited by Softbank deal

October 30, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Softbank's pending control of Sprint's purse strings could be bad news for Clearwire's ability to tap its largest shareholder for cash. Sprint has been a frequent source of capital for the perennially cash-poor WiMAX operator, having invested billions to fund Clearwire and gain access to its mobile broadband network.

Cable Center elects 3 new board members, realigns focus

October 30, 2012 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The new board members are Paul Cronin, senior vice president of customer experience at Cox Communications; Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs; and Comcast’s Kyle McSlarrow, who was recently named regional vice president of the Mountain Region.

FCC opens review of T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger

October 29, 2012 1:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC kicked off its formal review of T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS when it accepted the companies' application to transfer control of spectrum licenses. The deal will strengthen T-Mobile's position as the country's fourth-largest wireless operator.

Bahamas cable company plans Florida expansion

October 29, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cable and Internet provider in the Bahamas says it is planning to expand to the nearby U.S. state of Florida. Cable Bahamas says a $65 million deal would give the Nassau-based company access to millions of potential customers in Florida.

Spectrum sale, increase in data subs drive Comcast’s Q3 results

October 26, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The sale of spectrum to Verizon Wireless and a 10 percent gain in data subscribers contributed to Comcast more than doubling its third-quarter profit. In its third-quarter earnings report, Comcast’s net income was $2.11 billion, or 78 cents per share.

VeriSign’s Q3 profit rises on higher revenue

October 26, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VeriSign, which registers domain names on the Internet, said its third-quarter profit rose 32 percent, topping expectations. But it said that the U.S. Commerce Department might not finish reviewing the company's registry agreement before it expires.

Comcast’s McSlarrow heads to wide open spaces

October 25, 2012 3:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kyle McSlarrow will immerse himself in the operational side of the cable operator business in his new post as regional vice president of Comcast’s Mountain Region, which includes overseeing operations in Utah and Arizona. Before, McSlarrow led Comcast’s office in Washington, D.C.

Cohere rakes in venture dollars

October 24, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One of the co-founders of Terayon, Shlomo Rakib, has established a new start-up called Cohere and has recently secured $22.7 million in venture funding. Several people formerly associated with Terayon say that Cohere is working on a radical new approach for cable modem termination system (CMTS) technology.

Motorola Solutions, Motorola Mobility fortunes still divergent

October 24, 2012 2:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Before Motorola split itself apart, its infrastructure business had long outperformed its handset division, posting regular profits as its smartphone unit sunk further into the red. That trend is still in place nearly two years after the company's separation.

RF Micro Devices beats estimates; stock leaps

October 24, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of chips for wireless communications devices, including cell phones and cable modems, posted a net loss of $16.5 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with a profit of $14.3 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 14 percent to $209.7 million.

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