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Cablevision changes name of business services division to Lightpath

December 5, 2012 3:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision announced that it was rebranding its business services division as Lightpath. Lightpath was formerly known as Optimum Lightpath, but the name change separates the commercial service offerings from Cablevision’s Optimum-branded residential services.

AT&T to offer personalized ‘video bills’ to wireless customers

December 5, 2012 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Going it alone against a long, winding wireless bill can be scary and confusing. It’s an affliction AT&T will look to alleviate as it rolls out “video bills,” personalized online videos explaining account statements with a soothing voiceover, graphics and music.

Sigma Systems launches cloud-based SaaS platform

November 29, 2012 3:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

 Sigma Systems announced that its Sigma Cloud ServiceBroker is now generally available to cable operators and service providers around the world. The Cloud ServiceBroker platform manages telecommunications business services, including VoIP and broadband, as well as cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.


Cablevision certifies SIP trunking with Cisco

November 29, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve its small business customers, Cablevision has certified its Optimum Voice SIP Trunking offering with the Cisco Unified Communications 300 Series. Small businesses can now take advantage of an IP Private Branch Exchange (PBX) system while avoiding the costs of an analog gateway or T-1.

Comm giants respond to Chicago broadband RFI

November 28, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chicago may end up succeeding where so many other cities have failed with its plan to build a municipal broadband network. Two dozen communications companies have responded to the city’s request for interest (RFI), including Cisco, Alcatel, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Mobility.

Videotron rings up new features for phone service

November 27, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian cable operator Videotron has added two new residential telephone call management options for its voice subscribers. Videotron voice customers can use its Customer Centre to manage their privacy options and set up call features.

Bright House signs deal to buy cloud provider Telovations

November 26, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks announced that it had signed an agreement to buy the business of cloud communications provider Telovations for an undisclosed sum. Telovations provides businesses with hosted voice solutions, including PBX and managed SIP trunking.

RCN offers holiday promo in NYC

November 26, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is offering a holiday promotion of reduced rates on its voice and data services in the New York City boroughs that it serves. Over-builder RCN offers its services in Manhattan and Queens, as well as in parts of downtown Brooklyn, where it competes against Time Warner Cable.


Time Warner Cable slashes international call fees

November 21, 2012 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

 Time Warner Cable has sweetened its triple play bundle with the addition of  its Global Penny Phone Plan, which features calling to land line phones in over 40 countries worldwide for as little as one penny per minute.

Navigation guides yet to take flight

November 21, 2012 10:14 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

TV’s user interface (UI) – combining navigation, search, discovery and more – is as sophisticated a product as the TV industry has. But it doesn’t by a long shot get viewers literally everywhere they might want to go. “Disaster” might be too strong a word for TV’s UI, but whatever the appropriate description is, the difference is a matter only of degree.

Telecompetition top concern at TelcoTV

November 20, 2012 7:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers remain squeezed by circumstances. Some are scraping up the wherewithal to build infrastructure supporting new services. Meanwhile, equipment vendors continue to devise solutions sized and priced appropriately for the market.

Cox kickstarts campaign for Boys & Girls Clubs

November 20, 2012 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced a nationwide marketing campaign that was designed to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the holiday season. Customers can donate new, unwrapped toys at the 133 Cox stores across the nation. The toys will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs in each of Cox's markets.

Time Warner Cable’s $82M National Data Center opens in Charlotte

November 19, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable officially opened the doors on its $82 million National Data Center on the company’s Charlotte campus. The new data center will enable Time Warner Cable to leverage the latest IP technology to deliver its video to various services and devices.


Memory Lane - A signal of what would come

November 19, 2012 12:50 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

In cable, the cable modem and the television converter loom large as signatures of technological advancement. But industry historians point to a far less notorious device as the innovation that propelled the industry from its tenuous origins to an echelon reserved for the truly game-changing. It was a signal meter.

Videotron CEO touts mobile service at conference

November 16, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron President and CEO Robert Dépatie used the Mobiz 2012 conference to tout the cable operator’s mobile service, which it launched two years ago. Despite facing intense competition, Videotron built its own AWS network for its illico mobile service.

Wave Broadband rakes in $1B to expand West Coast ops

November 15, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, which operates as cable operator Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it raised more than $1 billion in funding. The funding included substantial equity investments from Oak Hill Capital Partners and GI Partners.

Nortex to purchase Verizon Wireless’ 700 MHz spectrum

November 15, 2012 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to sell a portion of its lower 700 MHz B-block spectrum to Nortex Communications, an independent telephone company based in Muenster, Texas. The spectrum is part of Verizon's holding in the 700 MHz A- and B-blocks.

Time Warner Cable zapped with 2 lawsuits over cable modem fees

November 14, 2012 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable was hit with two class-action lawsuits in regard to its decision to charge its data customers a cable modem lease fee of $3.95 a month. The lawsuits were filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey and the Supreme Court of New York.

Sprint unveils Phone Connect for MVNOs

November 13, 2012 3:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint announced Sprint Phone Connect for Wholesale, a product for MVNOs to provide their customers with a home phone service without the need for a landline or broadband service. It's a plug-and-play device that enables end users to plug their current office or home landline phone into the Sprint Phone Connect device.

Bright House boots up cross-promotions with Verizon Wireless in Orlando

November 9, 2012 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is on the board with Verizon Wireless now that the two companies have started their joint marketing efforts in Orlando. Bright House is the last MSO to start cross-promoting its triple-play services with Verizon Wireless’ smartphones and tablets.

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.

Windstream shares down after earnings warning

November 8, 2012 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company Windstream's quarterly report disappointed Wall Street for the third time in a row, sending its stock down to a three-year low. The company is offering promotional prices on broadband and is seeing slower growth in sales of connections for cellular towers.

Time Warner Cable rings in holiday season with Best Buy offer

November 7, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s “Holiday Triple Play” is hitting Best Buy stores. New and existing Time Warner Cable customers that sign up for Time Warner Cable’s voice, video and data services during the holiday offer get a $150 Best Buy gift card. The triple-play bundle starts at $89.99 a month and lasts for one year.

AT&T sets $14B broadband expansion

November 7, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Many homes in AT&T's local phone service areas will see the company becoming more competitive with cable for broadband service under a new $14 billion, three-year investment plan the company revealed. But in more outlying areas, the company will start shifting customers from regular phone lines to wireless service.

AT&T broadens LTE plans in 22 states

November 7, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is leveraging its extensive wireline infrastructure to expand its LTE network into new markets across nearly two dozen states. The LTE service will cover 99 percent of "customer locations" across AT&T's 22-state wireline area, growing to rural markets it may have otherwise left unserved.

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