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Federal judge hands Samsung setback against Apple

September 17, 2012 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a preliminary move, a federal judge has denied Samsung's request for a ban on imports of the iPhone, iPad and iPod. It's another setback for Samsung in a globe-spanning legal battle, where each company is accusing the other of violating its patents.

Huawei, ZTE deny spying before Congress

September 14, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major Chinese technology companies denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing's communist government.

Huawei: Australia law could exclude China firms

September 14, 2012 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An official of Huawei Technologies said he is concerned that new Australian laws to protect communications networks from cyber attacks could exclude companies from tendering for work simply because they're Chinese. Huawei's Australian subsidiary was last year barred on security grounds from working on a national broadband network that is now under construction.

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Canada's Competition Bureau sues 3 wireless giants

September 14, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Competition Bureau is suing the country's three biggest wireless carriers and an industry association for $31.79 million in customer refunds over advertising of texting services. The federal agency said it is seeking $10.25 million each from Telus, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada.

FCC to adopt 'key' parts of federal spectrum sharing report

September 13, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC will execute "key recommendations" of a government report that advocated spectrum sharing between the feds and commercial wireless operators. The Commission will take formal steps to move forward with parts of the report.

U.S. congressional panel probes Huawei, ZTE

September 13, 2012 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. lawmakers will question executives of two major Chinese technology companies as part of a congressional probe into whether those firms' ambitions to carve out a bigger niche in the American market pose a threat to national security.

Cablevision announces $500M debt offer

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

Cablevision said it will address its upcoming debt maturities by making tender offers for $400 million of its 8.5 percent Senior Notes due 2015 and 8.5 percent Senior Notes due 2014, repaying $100 million of its Term Loan B-2 and for general corporate purposes.

Time Warner Cable opens Learning Lab in Manhattan

September 12, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Chinese-American Planning Council is the first community service organization in lower Manhattan to receive a Learning Lab, which is a Time Warner Cable-funded program providing New Yorkers with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet.

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Janney Capital starts Comcast at 'Buy'

September 11, 2012 3:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast should benefit from the move toward usage-based billing for broadband. Charging by the gigabyte could encourage more households to sign up for cheap, basic tiers and start to bring in more money if wealthier households start adopting data-hungry "4K" or "Ultra HD" TV sets.

FCC advances TV spectrum selloff plans

September 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency would vote on a "detailed proposal" for implementing the auctions at the meeting, "an important step toward pioneering the world’s first incentive auctions and freeing up significant spectrum for mobile broadband."

C Spire lights up LTE in Mississippi

September 10, 2012 2:19 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Regional provider C Spire Wireless has switched on its LTE network in Mississippi after problems getting equipment compatible with its 700 MHz A-block spectrum caused a nine-month delay in the service's launch. The network went live in Greenville, Miss.

Huawei, ZTE face House hearing on security threats

September 7, 2012 2:58 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The House Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity threats from Chinese telecommunications vendors Huawei and ZTE, companies long scrutinized for alleged ties to the Chinese government. ZTE confirmed that it intends to participate.

FCC to probe mobile broadband speeds

September 5, 2012 2:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is stepping up its data collection on mobile broadband service, bringing its information on wireless on par with the statistics it holds on fixed Internet access. The Commission has already taken steps to produce accurate measurements of fixed broadband service, but its data on the performance of mobile broadband has been limited.

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Huawei calls for cybersecurity cooperation

September 5, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies has issued a report on cybersecurity that includes a pledge never to cooperate with spying in a fresh effort to allay concerns in the United States and elsewhere that threaten to hamper its expansion.

T-Mobile goes live with unlimited data plan

September 5, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has gone live with a new unlimited data plan that could help it compete with rival Sprint, the only other top-tier provider in the country to offer all-you-can-eat plans. The plan differs from T-Mobile's other data plans by not "throttling."

Memory Lane - Wi-Fi’s long road

September 4, 2012 10:45 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

In the lore of the wireless broadband technology known as Wi-Fi, the recognized “father” of the category is Victor Hayes, a former NCR Corp. engineer from the Netherlands who first chaired the famous 802.11 Working Group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Capital Currents - The FCC’s ‘annual’ report on video competition

September 4, 2012 10:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The FCC recently released its 14th “Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming.” The most interesting part to me was the back story, and the nearly five-year interval between the 13th report and the 14th.

New Products - September 2012

September 4, 2012 9:54 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 multi-screen video platform has been enhanced with new features, SeaChange demonstrated the latest innovations of its Nucleus soft box gateway, and Volicon’s loudness monitoring and logging solution is now available on its Observer Scout platform.

Time Warner Cable tabs Ruckus for Wi-Fi connectivity at DNC

September 4, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is hooking up attendees at the Democratic National Convention with Wi-Fi gear from Ruckus Wireless. TWC has installed Ruckus’ ZoneFlex family of Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) systems to deliver high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the 19,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

Fitch: Sprint, T-Mobile merger 'makes sense'

September 4, 2012 2:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A top ratings agency says there's still a chance for Sprint to merge with T-Mobile USA despite years of failing to come to fruition. T-Mobile had long been an acquisition target of Sprint before AT&T threw down a $39 billion offer to buy the German-owned operator, a bid that failed amid government opposition.

Tokyo court: Samsung didn't infringe Apple patent

August 31, 2012 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Tokyo court dismissed Apple's claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent. The Japanese court case addressed only the synchronizing technology that allows media players to share data with personal computers and was not comparable in scope to the much larger victory that Apple won in the U.S. last week.

Pac-12 Networks opens coverage without DirecTV

August 31, 2012 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pac-12 Networks opened it football coverage with the Utah-Northern Colorado game, with DirecTV subscribers unable to watch because of a distribution stalemate. The network also televised the Arizona State-Northern Arizona game and has exclusive rights to 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 games this season.

Bain-owned cable STB company files for bankruptcy

August 31, 2012 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cable box repair company owned by the private equity firm Bain Capital is filing for bankruptcy protection, citing weakened demand for its services in recent years. Contec Holdings said it will continue to operate as usual during its Chapter 11 reorganization.

TiVo's Q2 loss narrows on DVR subscriber gains

August 30, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo whittled its losses as more subscribers signed up for the digital video recorders that turned the company into a household name. The results were highlighted by a gain of 230,000 subscribers. That left TiVo with 2.7 million subscribers.

Country Cablevision going all-fiber

August 29, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Armed with a broadband stimulus award, the rural N.C. provider is installing equipment from Clearfield to pursue its FTTH build-out. Country Cablevision has begun deploying Clearfield’s FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) as part of its fiber-optic broadband network build.

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