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Apple patents iPhone with wraparound display

April 1, 2013 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is seeking a patent for an iPhone that has a display that wraps around the edges of the device, expanding the viewable area and eliminating all physical buttons. The patent application reveals that Apple has put some thought into a device that takes advantage of a new generation of displays, which don't have to be flat and rigid like today's liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs.

MetroPCS shares up as T-Mobile deal is criticized 


March 29, 2013 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors bet Thursday that T-Mobile USA will have to sweeten its proposal to merge with smaller cellphone carrier MetroPCS Communications Inc. after an influential shareholder advisory firm came out against the deal. Shares of Dallas-based MetroPCS, the fifth-largest U.S. cellphone company, rose 42 cents, or 4 percent, to $10.95 in midday trading.

Cisco Systems raises dividend 21 percent

March 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. is increasing its dividend 21 percent, its second boost in less than a year. The San Jose, California-based technology giant will pay a 17-cent quarterly dividend on April 24 to shareholders of record April 8. That's up 3 cents from the last quarter.

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Research: OTN market to hit $13 billion by 2017

March 29, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The optical transport network (OTN) equipment market is well on its way to topping the $13 billion mark by 2017, according to a recent study by Infonetics Research. Last year the OTN transport and switching equipment market grew 8 percent to $7.3 billion with the bulk of that growth coming from the OTN switching segment, which was up 46 percent in 2012 from 2011.

Clearwire dips into $80 million from Sprint

March 28, 2013 12:52 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Clearwire has opted to draw $80 million in funding for April from Sprint, as part of the carrier’s proposed offer to buy the WiMax provider for $2.97 per share. Clearwire accepted the draw for March despite Dish’s insistence it would withdraw its offer to buy the remaining half of Clearwire for $3.30 per share.

Lightpath connects Westchester Community College

March 28, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, has helped New York-based Westchester Community College connect its main campus to five remote locations with its fiber network. Using the Lightpath Education Services Suite, the college was also able to enable online registration for students, connect the security staff across locations, offer classes via VOD, and incorporate closed-captioning into lectures. 

Time Warner Cable opens Manhattan data center

March 28, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class, the commercial services division of Time Warner Cable, has opened the doors on a new data center in downtown Manhattan to better serve its business customers. With the opening of the Manhattan data center, Time Warner Cable Business Class now operates nine data centers throughout the United States, and another in the United Kingdom.

Malone’s Liberty Global buys a stake in Ziggo

March 28, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global has continued its recent shopping spree with today’s news that it has bought a 12.65 stake in Dutch cable operator Ziggo for about $808.3 million.Liberty Global, which announced last month it was buying Virgin Media in a cash and stock deal valued at $23.3 billion, bought 25.3 million Ziggo shares from Barclays Capital Securities Limited.

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CSG signs contract with Comcast, lowers yearly forecast

March 27, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CSG International has inked a multi-year billing and customer care agreement with Comcast, but as a result of the new deal the vendor revised down its outlook for this year. CSG’s previous agreement with Comcast was slated to expire at the end of last year, but was extended until March while the two sides hashed out a new deal.

Buckeye CableSystem picks Moto’s edge QAM

March 27, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem has opted for Motorola’s Apex300 edge QAM to help provision its VOD and switched digital video services (SDV). The Apex3000 will also put Buckeye on a migration path to the industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) down the road.

Comcast Business cooks up partnership with celebrity chef

March 26, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better target the hospitality vertical, Comcast Business announced a partnership with celebrity chef Robert Irvine. Irvine is well known for his Food Network show “Restaurant: Impossible,” in which he helps struggling restaurants across the nation by assessing and overhauling their operational or personnel weaknesses.

Cox names Myers, Stanley market VPs in Virginia systems

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

Cox Communications recently promoted Kim Stanley and J.D. Myers to the positions of market vice presidents in two of its Cox Virginia systems. Stanley is market vice president, Roanoke Operations for Cox Virginia while Myers is now market vice president, Northern Virginia Operations.

T-Mobile Goes Live With New No-Contract Plans

March 25, 2013 12:56 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile’s new no-contract pricing plans are now live on the company’s website with plans starting at $50 for unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB of data. The plans add on $10 for each additional 2 GB and include mobile hotspot. 

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Report: Broadband CPE enjoys stellar year in 2012

March 25, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Driven by DOCSIS 3.0 and Wi-Fi, customer premise equipment (CPE) racked up its best year ever in 2012, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research. Based on strong EMTA shipments to North American cable operators, Arris remained the top dog in revenue in the DOCSIS 3.0 CPE segment, followed by Motorola,  Cisco, Netgear and Ubee Interactive.

Haigh steps over to Charter from Midcontinent

March 21, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After more than 10 years at Midcontinent Communications, David Haigh will start his new job on Monday as Charter Communication’s regional vice president of inside plant. Haigh will be based in Madison, Wis. and will report to Sean Gallagher, vice president of corporate ISP.

Sigma Designs bows next-gen Z-Wave home control platform

March 21, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

System-on-a-chip (SoC) vendor Sigma Designs introduced its next-generation product portfolio, which is based on the Z-Wave wireless protocol, that was designed to improve the performance of home control devices. Sigma’s Z-Wave Next Gen product portfolio was designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and service providers interested in developing home control products and services. 

Comcast to open doors on new customer support center in Pa.

March 20, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that it will open a new, state-of-the art customer support center this summer in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, which is near Harrisburg Pa. Comcast will fill 425 new jobs at the facility, which brings its total number of employees across the state to 12,000.

Liberty Media plunks down $2.62 billion for 27% stake in Charter

March 19, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s holding company, Liberty Media, has bought a 27.3 percent stake in Charter Communications for about $2.62 billion. The deal is slated to close in the first half or second quarter of this year. Liberty expects to fund the purchase with a combination of cash on hand and new loan arrangements.

Comcast cues Ethernet up in Vermont communities

March 18, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced today that over the coming weeks its Ethernet services would be available across six communities in Chittenden County, Vermont. The six towns in Chittenden County feature a large number of the state's businesses, ranging from snowboard manufacturers to global high technology. 

Aurora closes $46 million deal with Harmonic

March 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aurora Networks has closed its $46 million deal to buy Harmonic’s Cable Access unit that was first announced on Feb. 19. Aurora said the acquisition would increase its market share lead in the optical transport market by significantly increasing its installed base for next-generation service-providing products and create long-term strategic growth opportunities.

SCTE issues call for abstracts for Expo

March 4, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) today announced that it is seeking proposals for papers and presentations for the technical sessions at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013. The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Program Committee is looking for abstracts that address the evolution of cable networks, services and business processes for the Monday through Thursday, Oct. 21-24 event in Atlanta.

Time Warner Cable scores marketing deal with University of Kentucky

March 4, 2013 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has struck a multi-year sponsorship deal with the University of Kentucky’s athletic program centered around the men’s basketball and football teams. With the agreement, Time Warner Cable serves as the official sponsor of University of Kentucky athletics across its core video, high speed data, Wi-Fi and home phone products and services.

Comcast connects city of West Haven

March 1, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has connected city hall, schools and libraries throughout the city of West Haven, Conn. with its Ethernet and trunking services. Comcast is providing West Haven with high-speed Internet access and voice services that connect city hall to 17 municipal locations, including West Haven's three libraries, six firehouses, the high school, beach patrol offices and the police department. 

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. 

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