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Cox snaps up Tulsa-based CLEC

September 5, 2013 11:54 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to buy EasyTEL, which is a Tulsa, Okla.-based competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC.) The deal will give Cox Business better access to a metropolitan fiber network in order to provide voice, video and data services to area businesses.

Charter hits refresh on website

September 5, 2013 11:51 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After almost a year of designing, building and testing, Charter Communications has re-launched its website. The new corporate website, which features integrated entertainment, products and services information, was largely done in-house by Charter’s digital marketing team.

Verizon sees few changes to US wireless business

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon's $130 billion deal with Vodafone is huge for both companies, although Verizon customers in the U.S. are unlikely to see any big changes to their bills or their service. Verizon is buying the 45 percent of its wireless business owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.


Nokia stock surges on Microsoft takeover

September 3, 2013 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. 

Vodafone in talks to sell Verizon Wireless stake

August 29, 2013 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in the U.S.'s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 percent.

Bright House Networks turns up voice, data services for school district

August 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced it was provisioning voice and data services for the nation’s eighth-largest school district. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), which is headquartered in Tamp Bay, Fla., started migrating its voice and data transport services to Bright House Networks in April before completing the process on July 1.

Suddenlink inks outside sales channel deal with Telarus

August 23, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has signed a deal with Telarus that allows the latter to resell its portfolio of small, medium and enterprise broadband and voice services. The deal marked Suddenlink’s entry into the outside sales channel sector, which will help the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator reach higher-end business clientele. 

Cox Business reaches for cloud with ViaWest

August 22, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Cox Business announced a strategic partnership with ViaWest that will enable it to offer commercial customers secure fiber network connectivity along with compliant colocation and cloud infrastructure services. Cox Business will start offering ViaWest’s services to customers initially in its Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern California markets.


Cox Business scores deal with Las Vegas Convention Center

August 20, 2013 11:41 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has won a seven-year contract to provide voice, video and data services to the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. The deal covers 3.3 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space across Las Vegas. Cox will start providing its services to some of the conventions and special events this fall. 

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.

Comcast tabs Martinez as SVP in Houston

August 15, 2013 3:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this week that Ralph Martinez has been appointed as the senior vice president for the company’s Houston Region. In his new job, Martinez is the top executive responsible for operations, financial performance and customer service for the region, which includes 63 communities throughout the Greater Houston area.

Comcast, TWC team up to form RDK Management

August 15, 2013 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have formed RDK Management, LLC, which will take the reins on licensing, training, community support and code management for the Comcast Reference Design Kit. Comcast will contribute RDK components into the new entity, including the RDK code and specifications, related intellectual property rights and associated contracts.

Cisco 4Q profit grows but plans to cut 4,000 jobs

August 14, 2013 11:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco's revenue guidance for the current quarter was weaker than Wall Street expected, and shares fell sharply in extended trading. The company's stock fell $2.51, or 9.5 percent, to $23.87 in extended trading after the results were released.


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.

AT&T to serve up triple play to properties in Atlanta, Austin, Orlando

August 14, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning AT&T announced an agreement with Camden Property Trust to serve up its triple play services to high-end apartment properties in Atlanta, Austin and Orlando. AT&T is provisioning the services to the properties over its FTTP network in the three cities, the first of which will go live this fall.

Despite subscriber losses, Suddenlink’s revenues grow 5.6% in Q2

August 13, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications saw subscriber defections from both its video and data services, but still managed to post second quarter revenues that were higher than the same quarter a year ago. Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator, reported second quarter revenues of $554.0 million this morning, which were a 5.6 percent increase over the same quarter a year ago.

Comcast Business signs colocation deal with Cologix

August 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cologix announced today that Comcast Business has signed up to use its data center in downtown Minneapolis in order to better prevision its business services portfolio. The deal makes Comcast Business a preferred partner with Cologix and helps the cable operator’s business unit support its enterprise customers’ colocation needs.

Despite Q2 video sub losses, Mediacom’s revenue increases

August 1, 2013 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Thursday privately held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the second quarter, which mirrored the results of its larger cable brethren. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator saw more basic video subscribers leave the fold in the second quarter, but continued the trend of adding more data customers.

Cox Virginia promotes three employees

August 1, 2013 11:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications recently named Bob Latvis as vice president of field operations, Jim Ruel as vice president of outside plant, maintenance and construction and Toni Stubbs as vice president of engineering and operations for Cox Virginia.As new members of Cox Virginia’s senior executive team, Latvis, Ruel and Stubbs are based out of the Hampton Roads office in Chesapeake.

NBCUniversal, data increase Comcast’s Q2 bottom line

July 31, 2013 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s decision to buy into, and then buy all of, NBCUniversal is now paying off in spades as the nation’s largest cable operator reported a 28.6 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter. Broadband continued to chip in on Comcast’s bottom line with the addition of 187,000 new subscribers in the quarter.

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. 

GCI adds former NBCU exec Baker to board

July 30, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

General Communication, Inc. (GCI) announced that former NBCUniversal executive Bridget Baker was appointed to its board of directors. With Baker’s appointment, GCI said it had expanded its board to nine members. Baker was a founder of CNBC and NBCUniversal's first president of TV Networks Distribution.

Report: OTT, multi-screen push surge in ABR, transcoders

July 26, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Faced with increased competition, pay-TV operators are investing in more adaptive bit rate gear and transcoders, according to a recent report. More transcoders are needed to prepare linear broadcast and file-based content for multi-screen distribution to subscribers, according to the report by Infonetics Research. 

Apple's smartphone on slippery slope

July 26, 2013 11:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's share of the global smartphone market fell during the second quarter to its lowest level in four years, according to data released Friday. Apple took 13.1 percent of the worldwide market, according to ABI Research, down from 16.6 percent a year ago.

Britt to retire from TWC at year’s end; Marcus to take the helm

July 25, 2013 4:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt will retire at the end of the year. Time Warner Cable’s board announced Thursday afternoon that Robert Marcus was elected to succeed Britt as the company’s new chairman and CEO. Britt, 64, will stay on Time Warner Cable’s board in a non-executive role after he retires. 

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