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Don’t cut that fiber just yet

December 19, 2011 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Will end users opt to cut the data cord in the same way they've cut their voice landlines? While it might sound improbable, LTE is certainly capable of providing such a service.

Cox sells AWS spectrum to Verizon; they agree to sell each other’s services

December 16, 2011 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The other shoe just dropped now that Cox Communications announced that it is selling its 20 MHz Advanced Wireless Services licenses to Verizon Wireless for $315 million.

Time Warner Cable in an Android state of mind

December 15, 2011 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has released its second Android-based app in as many weeks, with the latest, My TWC, taking flight.

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Using Pseudowire to Keep Up in Cell Backhaul

December 12, 2011 5:06 pm | by Chris York, product marketing manager at DragonWave | Articles | Comments

Cable operators have been in a strong position to address the demand for mobile backhaul and business services. The biggest impediment to satisfying that demand is that cable networks built to support primarily residential video and data services do not meet the SLA requirements of large enterprise customers.

NTCA sues FCC over USF, ICC reform order

December 12, 2011 2:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) is challenging the FCC's efforts to overhaul its Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation systems.

Suddenlink tunes in VOD, Caller ID in Ariz. communities

December 9, 2011 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink has dropped video-on-demand services and TV Caller ID features into some Arizona communities that were formerly served by NPG Cable.

Charter Business makes move into SIP trunking

December 8, 2011 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Business is getting ready to join the ranks of cable operators that are offering Session Initiation Protocol trunking to medium-size and large businesses.

Cablemas phasing out VOD for streaming

December 6, 2011 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Last May, Cablemas bought more than a quarter million hybrid set-tops. The other shoe just dropped: Cablemas is going to phase out its traditional video-on-demand (VOD) system for a quarter of its TV subscribers in favor of a broadband-based streaming service managed by Avail-TVN.

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Cox's iPad app lifts off

December 5, 2011 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Cox President Pat Esser said his company would deliver on its iPad app during the holiday season. The free app, which Cox calls Cox TV Connect, is available for downloading from the Apple App Store.

Comcast, TWC, Bright House sell wireless spectrum to Verizon for $3.6B

December 2, 2011 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Strange days indeed. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announced that they are selling their wireless spectrum, which was held under the guise of joint venture SpectrumCo, to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion.

Comcast Business Services to hook up San Mateo with faster data

November 30, 2011 3:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

San Mateo's Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Comcast Business Services to upgrade the broadband network in San Mateo's downtown underground utility district.

Cox Business wraps up voice manager, data install for Care New England

November 30, 2011 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business technicians cut more than 1,400 phone lines from a competitor en route to installing a new voice platform, as well as a backup data network.

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - Fujitsu

November 29, 2011 10:07 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Fujitsu's cable-ready, carrier-grade optical and professional services solutions are helping MSOs across North America deliver video, data and telecom services over a single, high-speed network.

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Bright House hooks up museum with unified communications platform

November 29, 2011 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has teamed up with Whaleback Managed Services to provision managed unified communications services to the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Dali Museum.

Comcast's metro E service easy as 1, 2, 3

November 28, 2011 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's decision to throw its hat into the medium-size business sector is paying off in spades, and its metro Ethernet service is at the heart of that success.

Comcast goes full-footprint with Dory gateway

November 21, 2011 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is preparing wider commercialization of its home gateway that combines an embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTA), a cable modem and a Wi-Fi router.

CommScope helps ops with high-bandwidth services

November 17, 2011 1:34 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

CommScope is ready to assist cable operators that are deploying technology to support their customers' ever-increasing demand for new and higher-bandwidth services.

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.

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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