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Cox Business will debut indoor small cell offering this year

June 24, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Cox Business plans on having an indoor small cell service available this year with the initial elements of an outdoor offering in place later this year and into the first half of 2015. With mobile network operators (MNOs) looking to extend the reach and speeds of their 3G and 4G services, small cell deployments could be the next big thing for cable operators, but coming up with a specific game plan has been a work in progress.

Cablevision dials in new HD phone service

June 24, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Among cable operators’ triple play services, voice offerings are somewhat taken for granted these days as consumers migrate to cell-phone only use, but there are still landline innovation opportunities to be had. A case in point is Cablevision’s new HD phone service, which is available for free to its Optimum Voce subscribers.

Sonoma County Farm Bureau blossoms with Comcast Business services

June 19, 2014 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business is serving up its data and cloud-based voice services to a non-profit farming organization located in the heart of the nation’s premier winemaking region. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will use Comcast Business’ services to keep area farmers and ranchers in Sonoma County connected with each other and the world at large.

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Review: Amazon phone watches you watch it

June 19, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon set out to do something different with the unveiling of its first smartphone Wednesday. How about a completely new way of interacting with your phone, for starters? As part of the showcase of its brand new "Fire Phone," Amazon.com Inc. took the wraps off a feature it calls "dynamic perspective." Turns out, it's more than just a gimmick that allows you to see in 3-D.

Consumer Reports: Majority of consumers give thumbs down on TWC/Comcast deal

June 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a new opinion poll released this morning by the Consumer Reports National Resource Center, most citizens are against the proposed coupling of Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The poll showed that 11 percent of the public supported the merger, 56 percent opposed it and 32 percent had no opinion either way.

T-Mobile jumps into music streaming with 'unRadio'

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

T-Mobile is jumping into the music streaming game with a price and a package of features that set it apart. At its "Un-carrier" event Wednesday, the fourth-ranked mobile carrier said customers of its Simple Choice plan will be able to stream music from popular services like Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio and Slacker without it eating into their high-speed data caps.

Amazon ties new 4.7-inch phone to its services

June 19, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that seeks to help consumers locate and purchase products and services from the nation's largest e-commerce company. The Fire phone comes with audio and object recognition technology, known as Firefly, to guide users to Amazon's stores.

Amazon is about to jump into smartphones

June 18, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones. The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos.

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TWC exec to join SpinCo as CFO

June 16, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The executive leadership team of SpinCo continues to coalesce with current Time Warner Cable treasurer and former Insight Communications exec Matthew Siegel slotted for the chief financial officer position. Charter Communications and Comcast announced this morning that Siegel would assume his new role once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal and the Charter/Comcast transactions were completed.

Genband’s Fring aims to make OTT a good thing for service providers

June 12, 2014 1:28 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: Fring’s core business is allowing a service provider—including a cable operator—to take full advantage of a network that might include fixed or mobile wireless voice and definitely includes broadband as a way to give consumers the flexibility to use whatever services they may want anywhere they may want.

TDS expands VoIP reach with Bandwidth

June 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom is pushing its VoIP service for businesses beyond its traditional CLEC footprint by teaming up with vendor Bandwidth. The expanded service will connect corporate headquarters, branch offices and teleworkers in single or multiple state locations. 

Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

Arris notches another CCAP win

June 9, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers. By deploying Arris’ E6000, which is based on the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP), Liwest said it was future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service down the road.

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China Mobile to take stake in Thailand's True

June 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China Mobile Ltd. has agreed to buy an 18 percent stake in Thai telecommunications and cable TV company True Corp. for $880 million, the highest profile corporate deal announced in Thailand since the military sized power in a May 22 coup. True said Monday that the investment by the state-owned Chinese company is part of a 65 billion baht ($2 billion) share issue that will mainly be used to reduce the Thai company's debt.

Vodaphone: Some governments can access networks directly

June 6, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's largest cellphone companies on Friday revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access its network without seeking permission.

Comcast Business provisions 10-Gig network in Calif. business park

June 6, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has pushed its fiber network into a business park in Pleasanton, Calif. en route to delivering Ethernet, data, Wi-Fi and voice services to various businesses located in the park. With the fiber upgrade, Valley Business Park is now being served by a network that features speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

Apple’s HomeKit vs. Comcast’s Xfinity Home

June 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Apple was busy trumpeting its new home automation software platform yesterday, which is called HomeKit, Comcast provided an update on new features for its Xfinity Home service. Apple announced that HomeKit would give users the ability to adjust their thermostats, lock doors, control and dim lights, among other home automated features, by using the new iOS 8 on their iPads or iPhones.

New Apple Mac, home automation features coming this fall

June 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices. Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together, even though the Mac and mobile systems are separate. 

AT&T re-enlists with Navy for VoIP service

June 2, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T Government Solutions, a division of AT&T that serves federal agencies, announced it had landed a $10.4 million contract with the U.S. Navy to provide VoIP services to Navy facilities across the nation. The renewed contract provides AT&T’s cloud-based VoIP enterprise 911 routing and call handling offerings to the Navy via four geographically diverse AT&T data centers. 

Motorola to close Texas smartphone factory

June 2, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S. At the time, Google had explained its surprising decision by saying the location would enable it to fulfill customized, built-to-order devices and deliver them anywhere in the U.S. within five days. 

Virgin Media takes small cells for a spin in Leeds

May 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Virgin Media Business partnered with vendor Siklu for a small cell trial in Leeds, which is the third-largest city in the United Kingdom. To showcase the ease of the installs, Siklu’s radios were installed on various types of light poles by technicians that didn’t have any telecommunications experience.

Vyve teams up with Level 3, Alianza for VoIP service

May 28, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband has teamed up with Level 3 and Alianza for its VoIP service. Vyve picked Alianza’s turnkey wholesale VoIP platform, the latter of which is part of Level 3’s Carrier Cloud Voice Solution. Alianza’s cloud-based VoIP platform is combined with access to Level 3’s VoIP Enhanced Local Service, resulting in a hosted voice platform.

Cable operators can cash in on international calls

May 22, 2014 5:35 pm | by Pete Pattullo, CEO, NetworkIP | Articles | Comments

An ILD platform solution offers cable TV operators the opportunity to increase their ILD revenues dramatically within months and to sustain that revenue growth over the long term. Further, the migration/integration process from the previous solution to the cloud-based platform requires only a few weeks to complete.

TWCBC’s Warfield 1st winner of SCTE’s Oakes scholarship award

May 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Jeanie Warfield was named as the first recipient of the Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women, the SCTE Foundation announced today. The $3,700 scholarship award was created to honor the memory of Cathy Oakes, senior vice president, operations for SCTE, who passed away suddenly last November. 

AT&T: DirecTV deal won't impact network plans

May 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Bill Smith, president of AT&T’s network operations, said AT&T’s pending acquisition of DirectTV won’t have any effect on how the carrier invests in its network. Smith said that if anything, the acquisition of DirecTV was complimentary to AT&T’s current network plans. 

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