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Superstorm Sandy rains on Cablevision’s earnings

February 28, 2013 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s fourth quarter subscriber numbers and revenue took a hit in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The nation’s fifth-largest cable operator lost about 50,000 video subscribers, 5,000 data customers and 10,000 voice subscribers in the fourth quarter.

TDS forges deal to buy Baja Broadband

February 27, 2013 1:48 pm | News | Comments

The small cable operator market continues its wave of consolidation. Yesterday TDS Telecom announced a deal to buy all of the assets of Baja Broadband. Baja Broadband, which is headquartered in Alamogordo, New Mexico, offers triple play services to residential and business customers in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. 

ZCorum shows new VoIP diagnostic features

February 26, 2013 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Testing vendor ZCorum has added a new reporting feature to help cable operators keep abreast of VoIP quality issues, as well as a loop diagnostics test that can be run from a smartphone or tablet.

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Time Warner Cable delivers bundles for telecommuters

February 25, 2013 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) has rolled out a new suite of services that were designed to meet the needs of businesses with remote employees. Teleworker Solutions is available across the greater New York City area, New York State, New England and the Carolinas.

Charter narrows Q4 loss; heading for all-digital

February 22, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications said its residential customer relationships increased by 20,000 during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the year-ago period, which CEO Tom Rutledge said was the best Q4 performance at the company in 10 years.

Frontier reports flat Q4

February 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Frontier Communications reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenue of $1.2 billion, slightly down from the similar quarter last year, and net income of $24.9 million. During the quarter, the company reported having lost approximately 50,400 customers.

Comcast debuts cloud services market for SMBs

February 20, 2013 3:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is now making available a suite of third-party cloud-based products and services that its business customers can purchase directly through an online portal. The MSO has partnered with other companies that provide storage, security, and Web and document collaboration.

TWCBC connects schools in N.C. with gigabit speed

February 19, 2013 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class has broadened the reach of its fiber-optic network in North Carolina in order to offer schools systems a gigabit-per-second service. TWCBC is the largest school data provider in North Carolina, serving 25 school systems across the state.

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Windstream returns to profit in Q4

February 19, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Windstream posted fourth-quarter net income of $10.1 million, reversing a year-ago loss, as the company grew its broadband business. Windstream, which was spun off from Alltel, has been transforming its business to provide more lucrative broadband and data services.

Kansas House approves telecom deregulation bill

February 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas would lessen its regulation of telecommunications but begin to phase out consumer-financed subsidies for universal landline service under a bill approved by the state House. The House's 118-1 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it also is expected to have bipartisan support.

GTCR, Rural Broadband strike deal to buy NewWave Communications

February 14, 2013 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Private equity firm GTCR and Rural Broadband Investments have struck a deal to buy NewWave Communications from Pamlico Corporation. Financial terms of the definitive agreement weren’t released, and neither was the target date for the closing.

NCTC picks SageQuest for GPS fleet tracking

February 14, 2013 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has named Fleetmatics Group’s SageQuest GPS fleet tracking platform as an exclusive provider to its members. Fleetmatics Group's products are marketed both under the Fleetmatics and SageQuest brands

Comcast all in on NBCUniversal; broadband subs drive Q4

February 13, 2013 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced that it was buying out General Electric’s 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion instead of waiting until next year’s previously scheduled date of July to take full control of NBCUniversal. Comcast earned $1.52 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the fourth quarter.

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Ohio telco adopts Adtran’s video platform

February 13, 2013 3:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Glandorf Telephone has installed Adtran’s broadband platform to provide broadband and video services to its customers in the northwestern part of Ohio. Glandorf is using Adtran’s Total Access 5000 to deliver services both on its DSL network and via FTTH lines.

Genband unifies product line, launches white label cloud service

February 12, 2013 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Genband launched a new white label cloud service, which is called “NUViA,” that it said will cut down on the amount of equipment service providers need to provision their services while also cutting down on time to market.

Cablevision signs distribution deal with Telarus

February 11, 2013 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Sandy, Utah-based Telarus recently announced that it had entered into an agreement with Cablevision to distribute its triple-play business services. The deal opened the door to 1,200 independent commercial communication consultants who source through Telarus.

FCC aims to improve completion rate of long-distance calls to rural areas

February 8, 2013 11:35 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which seeks comment on rules to help address problems in the completion of long-distance telephone calls to rural customers. The NPRM is specifcally aimed at intermediate carries that complete long-distance calls for long-distance providers.

Charter bags former Bresnan systems for $1.625B

February 8, 2013 11:28 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications, which is the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, emerged as the sweepstakes winner for the former Bresnan systems with a winning bid to Cablevision of $1.625 billion. The deal is slated to close in the third quarter.

Idaho panel: Let telecoms call existing customers

February 8, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A House committee agreed that Idaho should lift a 13-year-old restriction barring phone and cable TV companies from calling existing customers to market new products or services, rejecting an argument from the attorney general's office that the change would erode people's privacy protections.

Sprint posts record Q4 revenue, $1.3B loss

February 7, 2013 1:54 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The company said the loss was primarily due to network improvements related to its Network Vision initiative, including the shutdown of the Nextel platform. The company also noted $45 million, or negative $.01 per share (pre-tax), related to impacts from Superstorm Sandy.

A kaleidoscope of moving parts

February 7, 2013 11:34 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The once heavily tech-driven business model of small Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable and broadband service providers is morphing into a kaleidoscope of moving, interchangeable parts. Smaller operators whose subscriber counts number in the four- and five-figure range are fiddling with and tweaking their business models like never before.

Harnessing the power of interoperability

February 6, 2013 11:59 am | by Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum | Articles | Comments

Technology development is accelerating, and consumer and enterprise demand for bandwidth-hungry content and applications continues to expand. The need for global standardization has become an industry prerequisite, driven by the needs of service providers to deliver robust new services quickly and cost-effectively.

Malone’s Liberty Global eyes Virgin Media

February 5, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global is in the process of cooking up a deal to buy Virgin Media. Virgin Media’s price tag could be in the range of $24 billion, while its market capitalization stands at $10.4 billion. Including debt, its enterprise value is around $19.4 billion.

Skype launches direct carrier billing; it’s coming soon to U.S.

February 5, 2013 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Skype has launched carrier billing in Russia through technology from Mach and payvia. The company expects the service that allows users of the VoIP service to charge Skype credits directly to their carrier's monthly bill. Mach said the new feature will soon be available to Skype users in the United States and Canada.

Axtel launches IPTV with Ericsson

February 4, 2013 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mexican telephony and broadband provider Axtel just fired up an IPTV. Ericsson said it is providing managed services, consulting and systems integration for the service. The initial launch is in Mexico's three largest cities: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

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