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FCC mulls best use of 4.9 GHz band

June 14, 2012 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has adopted rules allocating 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for fixed and mobile wireless services.

Sprint hikes fiber backbone to 100G, plans 400G trials

June 14, 2012 1:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The operator said it hired Ciena to upgrade its optical backbone network to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps and that it plans to conduct trials of 400 Gbps links next year.

Sprint pulls online iDEN sales; retail to follow

June 7, 2012 2:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is no longer selling iDEN phones on its website and will phase the devices out of stores this month.

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Breakdown in Beantown

June 6, 2012 1:19 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

The cable industry is responding to consumer demands and countering the competition with a heavy arsenal of services and features. At The Cable Show, there were numerous examples of how the cable industry is rapidly evolving to improve the consumers experience while adding cash to the bottom line.

SIP trunking: Meeting the opportunities and challenges

June 6, 2012 12:23 am | by Hamid Qayyum, vice president of MSO sales at Metaswitch | Articles | Comments

After proving out the technology, and an economic downturn in 2010, businesses are purchasing IP telephony like never before. The business benefits from decreased costs, more efficient networks and increased productivity have driven demand to what has now become a robust market with mainstream technology.

New Products - June 2012

June 5, 2012 12:35 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Zhone introduces a green, GPON-based FiberLAN suite; Vytran adds new splicers to its CAS-4000 Series; and DragonWave ups spectral efficiency.

Execs, equity firms buy out Wave Broadband

June 4, 2012 2:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, which operates cable operator Wave Broadband and data provider Astound Broadband, is being sold to two private equity firms and members of its management team.

Need for speed: Kabel Deutschland uses Arris gear to hit 4.7 Gbps

May 31, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris and Kabel Deutschland proved there’s plenty of mileage left in DOCSIS 3.0 by reaching a downstream speed of 4.7 Gbps in a field trial that used existing standards, technology and hardware.

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Comcast’s VoiceEdge for businesses available across Michigan

May 31, 2012 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s cloud-based VoIP service for businesses, Comcast Business VoiceEdge, is now available across Michigan.

Verizon CTO cautious on small cells, Wi-Fi

May 31, 2012 2:23 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon CTO Tony Melone turned away from the wireless industry's sometimes hyperbolic optimism about new technologies during an investor conference.

Windstream to cull up to 400 management positions

May 31, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After buying nine companies since 2006, Windstream said that it is streamlining management positions by cutting 375 to 400 jobs.

Charter adds 20 more HD channels in Great Lake state

May 30, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter drops in 20 more HD channels in Michigan, for a total of 100.

Sprint sets hard stop for iDEN operations

May 30, 2012 3:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to shut down its iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013, allowing it to reuse the service's spectrum for LTE.

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Report: Residential gateways boost broadband revenue

May 29, 2012 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Residential gateways are adding to service providers’ bottom lines by enabling new services.

UXP Systems, Motorola winners of CIO.IT | Competition 2012

May 25, 2012 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

UXP Systems and Motorola Mobility bested 35 other companies to win The Cable Show’s CIO.IT | Competition 2012 in Boston.

Minority groups ask FCC for Lifeline extension

May 25, 2012 12:14 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nine leading senior, consumer, disability and minority organizations are calling on FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to allow states seven additional months to modernize the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Lifeline program.

Comcast dials up free phone calls over Wi-Fi

May 23, 2012 10:22 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has added some new bells and whistles to its Xfinity Voice service, including the ability to make free phone calls over a home or public Wi-Fi hotspot.

@ The Cable Show: User interfaces that don’t stink?

May 21, 2012 4:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Even though HTML5 is still evolving, creating user interfaces using the Web-based markup language are perfectly feasible today.

Suddenlink’s Kent sounds off on cable industry, Vanguard Award

May 21, 2012 11:42 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be honored with the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership during a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Cablevision promotes Kanouff to EVP of corporate engineering, tech

May 18, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kanouff worked her way up to president at SeaChange International prior to leaving the company to join Cablevision.

N.H. House resurrects Internet access tax ban

May 17, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After it killed it, the House resurrected a bill that would ban taxing Internet access in New Hampshire.

Verizon: Data sharing will end ARPU metric

May 16, 2012 2:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo revealed more than had previously been released about the company's plans to launch data sharing plans

Cox, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotion in Oklahoma

May 15, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After previous deployments by Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications is on the scoreboard now that it has rolled out its cross-promotional effort with Verizon Wireless in Oklahoma.

Rogers launches SIP trunking for enterprise businesses

May 14, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Business Solutions is now offering its SIP trunking services to enterprises in Canada that are seeking scalable voice services while using less equipment.

Cable gets the lead out

May 11, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

CableLabs’ booth at the upcoming Cable Show will demonstrate how cable is moving at a gallop to innovate, with everything from augmented reality to a new way to tag and ID video content.

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