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Moloney exits Motorola; Fawaz takes helm at Home division

June 28, 2012 4:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility President Dan Moloney is leaving the company, and former Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz is now on board as EVP of the company’s Home division.

Bright House reels in multi-year services contract with Fla. school district

June 28, 2012 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has landed a multi-year services contract with Orange County Public Schools in Florida.

Motorola intros denser optical terminal

June 27, 2012 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The new product in the company’s optical LAN portfolio for business users handles a higher concentration of users – both human and machine.

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Falcon to resell Imagine video equipment

June 26, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One of the first installations of Imagine’s Ice products performed by Falcon is with Media Three.

Liberty Global hits refresh on corporate identity

June 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

International cable operator Liberty Global announced that all of its corporate offices will now operate under the Liberty Global banner.

N.J. Senate panel considers call center measure

June 18, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey lawmakers considered penalizing companies that move call center jobs overseas by making those companies ineligible for state grants, loans and tax benefits for three years.

Report: Worldwide mobile broadband subs up 50% last year

June 18, 2012 2:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Infonetics Research expects the number of subscribers to increase to 2.6 billion by 2016.

Cablevision offers self-provision tool to business customers

June 14, 2012 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The online tool will enable small business customers to manage many aspects of their own services, including provisioning services and features.

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Democrats push FCC, DOJ to scrutinize Verizon AWS deal

June 14, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A group of House Democrats are urging the FCC and Justice Department to closely scrutinize Verizon Wireless' purchase of a nationwide block of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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