In a stock deal with one of its main suppliers, Comcast has agreed to pay $150 million for a stake in Arris. Comcast will acquire 10.6 million shares in Arris, and the deal will be completed in concert with Arris’ $2.35 billion purchase of Google’s Motorola Home division.
Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.
Expanding its Northwest footprint, Wave Broadband has acquired a fiber network operator that specializes in high-capacity links to public and business customers. Wave Broadband’s parent, WaveDivision Holdings, paid $50 million for Black Rock Cable, which provides fiber connectivity in northwest Washington State.
Former Rogers Communications executive Dermot O’Carroll, who retired from Rogers last year, has joined Sandvine’s board of directors. O’Carroll had almost 40 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including 15 years at Rogers, before he retired.
Imaginative minds have sometimes pegged the Internet as the new Wild West, a vast land of opportunity fraught with peril. That’s a bit of a stretch, but if there’s one ideal that should hold as true in this new frontier as it did in the old, it’s Roy Rogers’ plea to never fence him in
In the weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Mid-Atlantic region, cable was a whirlwind of activity. Engineering crews worked tirelessly to ensure that critical facilities were up and running and that key telecommunications services would be quickly restored.
According to Needham and Co. analyst Richard Valera, Arris stands to triple its sales and double its EPS while adding $2 billion in debt. All well and good, but how Arris goes about executing its merger strategy with the much larger Motorola Home assets remains a work in progress.
Netgear announced that its new CG4500TM voice/data gateway, which has the capability for 24 x 4 channel bonding, has received CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 certification. On the channel-bonding front, Netgear is using MaxLinear’s MxL267 Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) digital cable front-end receiver.
With an assist from Comcast Business Services, the Boston Celtics have upgraded their data and voice services between their administrative and practice facilities. The Celtics are using Comcast’s Ethernet service to download and transfer bandwidth-intensive video files and images.
The cost of Cablevision’s video and voice services will remain the same, and the price increase doesn’t apply to subscribers who are currently part of a promotional package, but the new pricing will go into effect once a customer’s promotion ends.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.