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Skype adds Facebook video chatting to software

November 17, 2011 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet phone service Skype is letting users of its computer-based software make video calls to their Facebook friends and receive them, too.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP video transition – how to get there from here

November 16, 2011 4:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.

TWC's Ludington is 2012 Expo chairman

November 15, 2011 5:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Jim Ludington has got next. Ludington, executive vice president of network national operations for TWC, will serve as Program Committee chairman for next year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

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Cablevision offers voice services through Sprint stores

November 13, 2011 4:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum Business Benefits program is now available in nearly 60 Sprint stores in the New York City metropolitan area that the cable operator serves.

Arris extends Moxi label to entire whole-home solution

November 10, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

It seems to be old brand week. While Motorola was reviving the Razr name, Arris has decided to affix the Moxi name to its entire whole-home product suite.

Shaw lights up Canada's 1st 100 Gbps network

November 9, 2011 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has laid claim to the fastest data service in Canada with the launch of the nation's first 100 Gbps fiber-optic network.

Cass Cable TV picks Adara for SDV upgrade

November 9, 2011 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cass Cable TV, a triple-play service provider that serves central Illinois, has opted to use Adara Technologies' hosted switched digital video platform for its network upgrade.

AT&T rolls out free VoIP app

November 9, 2011 2:30 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Remember when apps like Skype were blocked? That was more than two years ago, and at the time, some speculated the reason for blocking was due in part to carriers' desires to offer their own branded VoIP apps rather than make it easier for competitors.

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Knology adds video subs in Q3, mulls usage-based data billing

November 8, 2011 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology's aggressive approach for adding revenue-generating units paid off in the third quarter, as the cable operator bucked the trend of its bigger cable brethren by actually adding video customers in the quarter.

Comcast debuts 100 Mbps, voice trunking service in Mich.

November 4, 2011 3:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast Business wideband tier features up to 100 Mbps on the downstream and 10 Mbps on the upstream, which is up to 60 times faster than download speeds for a T1 line.

Glum Q4 forecast overshadows Alcatel-Lucent's profit spike

November 4, 2011 3:29 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent's rosy third-quarter profits were overshadowed by a grim fourth-quarter forecast that warned sales could take a hit from the European financial crisis.

Google angling to enter MVPD biz

November 4, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The company has long talked about being in the TV business. The issue was whether it would voluntarily restrict itself to over-the-top (OTT) content or attempt to compete with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

AT&T extends deal to redistribute DirecTV

November 3, 2011 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a three-year extension with DirecTV to continue to be able to resell the latter's TV service across the 22 states where AT&T offers residential broadband and voice service.

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CenturyLink's Q3 net income falls as expenses rise

November 3, 2011 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company CenturyLink reported lower third-quarter net income Wednesday as operating expenses related to its April acquisition of larger phone company Qwest overshadowed increased revenue.

Comcast stems video sub losses in Q3; Xcalibur heads to 'major market'

November 2, 2011 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is still mulling the fine print of its Xcalibur service, including price point and whether it will be a premium-only offering, but the IP- and cloud-based service is headed to a major market next year.

Frontier touts Second Connection

November 2, 2011 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While most everyone else is talking about bandwidth caps, Frontier Communications has an interesting solution for its customers: Add another, separate DSL line.

Convergys consolidates Virgin Media inventory control

October 31, 2011 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media has consolidated 20 different equipment inventories onto a single inventory control system provided by Convergys.

Cablevision’s profits sink 65 percent in Q3

October 28, 2011 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

But Cablevision’s revenues did get a boost from the inclusion of the former Bresnan Communications customers.

Cablevision putting finishing touches on fiber ring

October 28, 2011 1:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Cablevision chief operating officer Tom Rutledge said the company is on track to complete a fiber ring in the former Bresnan Communications systems by year’s end.

Broadband, business services shine in TWC’s Q3 results

October 27, 2011 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

To borrow a phrase from an infamous actor, Time Warner Cable’s high-speed Internet services were “winning” in the third quarter.

FCC unveils rules for rural broadband fund

October 27, 2011 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have unveiled a plan for overhauling USF: It redirects the money toward broadband expansion.

Comcast’s metro Ethernet connects Ill. school district to cloud

October 26, 2011 1:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It’s a textbook example of how Comcast can deliver cloud-based services while also cutting the bottom line through virtualization.

Cablevision rings up click-to-call from Web browsers

October 25, 2011 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision voice customers now can dial-up phone numbers from a browser.

Verizon will depend on LTE for growth

October 21, 2011 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo and Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon’s Q3 was buoyed by postpaid subs and LTE devices.

STMicroelectronics supplies cable modem chip to Chinese op

October 21, 2011 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Gehua Cable will include the STi7141 in set-top boxes for all of its subscribers.

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