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AT&T begins new broadband promo

March 18, 2013 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

New customers signing up for U-verse High-Speed Internet are eligible to get one of the following Wi-Fi-enabled products: an Xbox 360, Sonos Play:3, Kindle Fire or a Nexus 7 Tablet. The promotion aims to underscore Wi-Fi based connectivity that AT&T offers, first through the company’s gateways with Wi-Fi.

San Jose fires up free Wi-Fi network

March 15, 2013 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The city that considers itself the capital of Silicon Valley is offering free connectivity via a network built by SmartWAVE Technologies using 802.11n Wi-Fi products from Ruckus Wireless. San Jose also has one of the best acronyms ever for its metro area network exchange (see story).

Wireless spectrum crunch? Not so fast

March 13, 2013 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While devices such as iPhones and tablets have no doubt put a heavy burden on wireless networks the wireless spectrum seems to be holding up well, according to a report. Wi-Fi offload, which is a growing opportunity for cable operators,  has helped ease the spectrum crunch.

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Cablevision, CableLabs team up on Wi-Fi app

March 12, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs announced this morning that its Wi-Fi app, which it developed in conjunction with Cablevision and other member companies, has been licensed to mPortal in order to make the app more readily available to the cable industry. The CableLabs Wi-Fi app software includes Wi-Fi detection in order to help subscribers find the best Wi-Fi hotspot from their current locations.

Capital Currents: FCC broadcast spectrum incentive auctions

March 6, 2013 5:42 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The big picture on FCC incentive auctions of broadcast spectrum, includes two key elements: 1) The transfer of at least 120 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband use; and 2) The generation of enough revenues to pay broadcaster relocation costs, the funding of a national broadband public safety network, as well as support for deficit reduction.

Roku adds headphones to latest online video player

March 6, 2013 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Roku 3 box going on sale Wednesday also includes a more powerful search engine to find movies, TV shows and music more quickly and a new menu for perusing the more than 750 online services available through the device. The new model will be sold for $100, initially only at Roku's website and Amazon.com.

Schools shift from textbooks to tablets

March 6, 2013 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Schools are increasingly looking to the hand-held tablets as a way to sustain students' interest, reward their achievements and, in some cases, actually keep per-student costs down. News Corp. just introduced its $299 Amplify tablet designed for the education market; some 2,000 schools use Google's $199 Chromebooks.

FreedomPop giving away home broadband

March 6, 2013 2:21 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

After announcing its plans to enter home broadband service back in December, MVNO FreedomPop has today made its Burst wireless router available to the public. The device retails for $89 and gives users access to FreedomPop’s freemium service on Clearwire’s WiMax network.

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Google Builds White-Space Spectrum Database

March 5, 2013 2:16 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

 Google has unveiled a searchable map of the available white-space spectrum in the U.S. The company said this new effort is in order to help promote dynamic spectrum sharing. The FCC is in the process of evaluating the map for accuracy.

Time Warner Cable scores marketing deal with University of Kentucky

March 4, 2013 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has struck a multi-year sponsorship deal with the University of Kentucky’s athletic program centered around the men’s basketball and football teams. With the agreement, Time Warner Cable serves as the official sponsor of University of Kentucky athletics across its core video, high speed data, Wi-Fi and home phone products and services.

Former Knology execs Holt, Ard join Synapse

March 4, 2013 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Knology president Todd Holt has signed on as president of Synapse Wireless while Royce Ard, who worked with Holt at Knology, was hired as vice president of marketing. In his new job, Holt is responsible for directing the custom product offerings and horizontal market businesses in Synapse's core market of cloud-enabled, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication solutions

Companies struggle to popularize mobile money

March 1, 2013 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even people who work in the mobile phone industry passed up the opportunity to use their phones to get into the Mobile World Congress using their smartphones because it was just too much of a hassle to set up the capability. It's a poor omen for an industry that's eager to have the cellphone replace both tickets and credit cards.

Smart watches gain interest and popularity

February 28, 2013 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Miniaturized computers, worn on the wrist, link to the wearer’s iPhone or Android handset, and can display not only the time, but also e-mail messages. The Pebble smart watch is $150, and can also display texts, provide caller ID, and scan Twitter or Facebook feeds.

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Clearwire draws Sprint funding

February 27, 2013 2:11 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire has elected to accept the $80 million draw from Sprint for March, while continuing to discuss acquisition offers from both Sprint and Dish. Dish has said that it will withdraw its offer of $3.30 per share to buy the remaining 50 percent of Clearwire if the WiMAX provider drew any of the funding offered by Sprint.

Verizon to test Ericsson’s TV over LTE

February 26, 2013 3:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

What Ericsson is calling an end-to-end LTE broadcast solution is based on the eMBMS standard covering broadcast video over LTE. It represents one of the first proposed uses of both HEVC and MPEG DASH. Telstra in Australia and Verizon Wireless will be among the first to trial the system.

Alcatel appoints Combes as successor to Verwaayen

February 22, 2013 1:51 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent’s board of directors approved the appointment of Michel Combes as the company’s new CEO. The change goes into effect April 1. Combes will also join the company’s board, subject to the approval of shareholders at the Alcatel-Lucent annual general meeting.

Numera takes medical monitoring mobile

February 21, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The telehealth services company signed a deal with AT&T to be its wireless network and location services provider for a personal health monitoring device and associated service it is developing. Numera’s Libris includes a device that can detect when the person who is using it experiences a fall, at home or away.

FCC moves to open more unlicensed spectrum

February 21, 2013 12:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to make more unlicensed spectrum available for robust public Wi-Fi networks. The Commission proposed to make up to 195 MHz of additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band available to unlicensed wireless devices.

Ergen: Dish has time to mull many options for wireless

February 21, 2013 12:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said his company has seven years to use its spectrum, which was recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission for use in deploying an LTE-Advanced wireless network. Clearwire is still mulling its options.

FCC adopts new guidelines for signal boosters

February 21, 2013 12:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC issued a Report and Order concerning cellular signal booster use and preventing them from interfering with wireless networks. Under the new rules, consumers are required to obtain permission from and register their signal booster with their wireless carriers in order to continue using it.

Dish video subscribership flat in 2012

February 20, 2013 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dish Network added about 14,000 net new video subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2012, ending the year with 14.05 million, compared to 13.96 million at the end of the prior year. Dish also added about 78,000 net broadband subscribers in 2012.

Hesse: Sprint looking for more spectrum

February 20, 2013 3:00 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said his company is seeking to acquire more wireless spectrum in order to stay competitive with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint hopes to scoop up more of the precious commodity by either buying it from other companies or from the government.

Comverse bridges BSS with social media

February 20, 2013 2:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Comverse has introduced a software tool that its service provider customers can use to bridge social media and their BSS (business support systems) systems. That same connection enables service providers to draw data from social media that could be mined to improve business operations.

Mexico’s Totalplay picks Envivio for IPTV, VOD services

February 20, 2013 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Totalplay Telecomunicaciones, an IPTV service provider in Mexico, has deployed Envivio Muse encoders to provision its live and on-demand services. Totalplay is also using software-based Muse encoders on the Envivio 4Caster Gen III platform.

Cisco debuts mobile targeted ad system

February 19, 2013 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vendor’s new Cisco Quantum software suite is designed to handle any sort of new monetization scheme; combining Cisco Systems' software with new small cell products, cable operators can create a system for mobile targeted advertising.

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