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MetroPCS outs 1st VoLTE phone

August 8, 2012 3:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS has become the first operator in the country to launch voice service on an LTE network.

Charter narrows basic video subscriber loss in Q2

August 7, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications narrowed its revenue loss, improved on the number of basic video subscribers it had lost over the previous quarter a year ago and added 29,000 new data subscribers.

Cablevision holds the line on video subs in Q2

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

It was no surprise that Cablevision added data and phone customers in the second quarter, but the nation’s fifth-largest cable operator also managed to retain its basic video subscribers, as well.

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AT&T to ax 2G by 2017, reuse spectrum

August 6, 2012 2:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T plans to shut down its 2G service by the beginning of 2017 as it works to address a spectrum shortage limiting capacity on its networks.

Former Comcast exec Craddock joins SeaChange’s board; Goldfarb departs

August 6, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.

New Products - August 2012

August 3, 2012 12:02 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Clearleap now has available its ClearPlay Authentication service, GLDS has introduced an authorization service for TV Everywhere, GreenPeak Technologies announced the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, Tektronix has upgraded its Medius centralized management server for QoE, and PPC is providing a new mobile app that provides its customers with 24/7 access to step-by-step installation instructions and videos.

Time Warner Cable’s Q2 marked by seasonal disconnects

August 2, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO promises to start distributing IP-based gateways and set-tops beginning later this year.

Suddenlink’s revenue increases 6.5% in Q2

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

Suddenlink Communications posted revenue of $513.3 million in the recently completed second quarter, which was a 6.5 percent increase from a year ago.

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Reimagining data, content in an all-IP world

August 2, 2012 2:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The drying up of SMS and voice revenues is hastening the need for carriers to radically reinvent their businesses.

Comcast staunches flow of basic video losses in Q2; broadband flourishes

August 1, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the seventh consecutive quarter, Comcast has reduced the rate of its basic video subscribers losses, while overall second-quarter net profit increased 32 percent, thanks in part to new broadband subscribers.

Cable Bahamas picks UXP’s MINT Platform for multi-screen services

August 1, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable Bahamas has tabbed UXP Systems’ Multiscreen Interaction (MINT) Platform for an upcoming market trial on personalized, multi-screen video, voice and messaging services.

Survey: One-third of cable cord cutters won’t come back

July 30, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey, 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable operators’ embrace, even if the cost for the video service was drastically reduced.

FCC, S.D. utilities split on broadband fund reforms

July 30, 2012 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadband Internet access should start reaching more rural parts of the country after the Federal Communications Commission retooled a fund that has traditionally subsidized rural phone service.

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In the media: Comcast to pay $170M to explain Xfinity brand

July 27, 2012 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast seeks to better define Xfinity branding during Olympic spots.

BendBroadband buys Chambers Cable, plans all-digital upgrade

July 26, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.

MetroPCS’ VoLTE plans on track for Q3

July 26, 2012 2:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS is confirming its plans to launch an LTE-based voice service in the third quarter after pushing out its debut earlier this year.

Alcatel-Lucent to cut 5,000 jobs after loss in Q2

July 26, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecoms equipment group Alcatel-Lucent is to cut 5,000 jobs in a multi-million-euro cost drive after it reported a second-quarter net loss of €254 million, or $308 million.

Rogers teams up with SAP for mobile workforce apps

July 25, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has joined forces with SAP AG to develop a platform of enterprise mobile applications that can be accessed by employees on their smartphones and tablets. 

U-verse drives AT&T’s Q2 wireline operations

July 24, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues to bleed DSL customers, and some of those are lost completely.

GLDS debuts TV Everywhere authorization

July 23, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system links to the company’s Web-based self-care portal, so subscribers can manage all of their services with a single account.

Verizon’s broadband adds fewest in 4 years

July 19, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Solid subscriber growth of FiOS Internet barely compensates for DSL losses; FiOS TV grows, as well.

Illinois governor signs consumer utility laws

July 19, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The scam – with charges ranging from $10 to $45 per bill – has been around for years on landline phone bills and is creeping into the cell phone industry.

Optimum Lightpath powers iSpeech’s text-to-speech cloud service

July 17, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optimum Lightpath said iSpeech is using its fiber network to support its international text-to-speech and speech recognition cloud service.

U.S. Cellular snaps up Actel 700 MHz licenses

July 17, 2012 3:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is buying seven lower 700 MHz A-block licenses from CenturyLink subsidiary Actel for an undisclosed sum.

Amino gets 'substantial' order

July 17, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Intracom Telecom will use Amino’s IPTV boxes to roll out HD services in two markets in Eastern Europe.

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