The FCC late yesterday gave approval for Dish Network to deploy a terrestrial wireless broadband network on its holdings of what was previously spectrum reserved for satellite transmissions. The decision came concurrent with the commission’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for an auction of the H Block, a chunk of airwaves adjacent to Dish’s AWS spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.
Sprint and Clearwire are nearing a deal that would allow Sprint to buy the remaining 49 percent of Clearwire that it doesn't already own, according to a report from CNBC. In October, Sprint acquired a 4.5 percent stake in Clearwire from Eagle River Holdings LLC to push it up to a 50.8 percent controlling interest in the company.
The MVNO operating on Clearwire’s WiMAX network announced its foray into home broadband, and that it has begun accepting orders for its Hub Burst modem/router. The broadband service will operate on a “freemium” model similar to the wireless data services that FreedomPop began offering earlier this year, but customers’ initial data allocation will be upped to 1GB.
With the update, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles on iPad, iPhone and iPad touch devices to subscribers. The movies and shows come in both SD and HD formats from 91 providers. Users have access to the VOD programming associated with their subscription packages. Other cable operators, such as Cablevision, also offer subscribers access to their VOD libraries across multiple screens.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced that Cox Communications executive vice president and CTO Kevin Hart will be the keynote speaker at its SCTE SEMI (Smart Energy Management Initiative) Forum 2013 in April.
Belden continued its expansion into the broadband space with an acquisition of privately held PPC for $515.7 million. For the last few years, Belden has been expanding out of its origins in broadcast equipment into other areas of the communications market.
Huawei announced a move to set up shop on Nokia's home turf. The Chinese company says it will invest $90 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland. The move will add to its existing R&D deployments.
Avvasi has introduced a new system network operators can use to actively adjust the quality of video – per subscriber and per device. While the system could be used by any broadband provider, Avvasi’s new product (like its previous products) are aimed at LTE network operators.
Comcast’s X1 platform, which was originally called “Xcalibur” internally, represents the future of video because it combines cloud-based navigation, personalization and search functions, and an interactive programming guide with customized apps and social media features.
The back and forth between Dish Network and Sprint continued, as Dish Network submitted an ex parte filing that blasts Sprint's suggestion that the FCC do more to protect the H-block from being interfered with by Dish's AWS-4 spectrum.
Europe's largest chipmaker, STMicroelectronics, said it plans to exit its money-losing joint venture ST-Ericsson as it struggles to manage a downturn in global demand. Swiss-based STMicroelectronics said it is negotiating "exit options" from ST-Ericsson.
The global connected device market continues to grow, according to the latest numbers from IDC Research. Shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones as a collective grew 27 percent annually in the third quarter of 2012, hitting a record 303.6 million shipments valued at $140.4 billion.
The cost of Cablevision’s video and voice services will remain the same, and the price increase doesn’t apply to subscribers who are currently part of a promotional package, but the new pricing will go into effect once a customer’s promotion ends.
Google is reportedly closing up its auction for Motorola Mobility’s Home unit, with Arris, Pace and Technicolor among the list of prospective suitors. The last round of bids were due, although the deadline could be extended, according to one of the sources.
In the ongoing drama surrounding Dish Network's AWS-4 spectrum, the CTIA in a filing said there is no need for the adoption of GPS-specific technical requirements in the Federal Communications Commission's final rules on Dish Network's holdings.
Deutsche Telekom announced that its subsidiary T-mobile USA is partnering with Apple to "bring products to market in 2013." The news comes almost as a side note in a press release covering Deutsche Telekom's financial investments for the coming year.
Cablevision announced that it was rebranding its business services division as Lightpath. Lightpath was formerly known as Optimum Lightpath, but the name change separates the commercial service offerings from Cablevision’s Optimum-branded residential services.
Dish Network says it's willing to accept a 5 MHz guard band on its AWS spectrum that would protect the H-block from interference. In a filing with the FCC, Dish said it recognizes that the Commission desires to retain flexibility in the future use of the H-block.
Going it alone against a long, winding wireless bill can be scary and confusing. It’s an affliction AT&T will look to alleviate as it rolls out “video bills,” personalized online videos explaining account statements with a soothing voiceover, graphics and music.
Amdocs announced two big projects: CenturyLink will consolidate all of its operational support systems (OSS) on Amdocs products, while Telefónica Argentina will employ Amdocs’ business support systems (BSS) to back its wireless broadband service.
In an effort to boost the worldwide presence of its TV Everywhere and IP video offerings, RGB Networks has hired Scott Pranger as its new vice president of global channels. Pranger comes to RGB from rival Envivio, where he was vice president of global channels.
Samsung Electronics promoted its chairman's only son, Jay Y. Lee, to vice chairman, putting the 44 year old closer to the top leadership position at the world's largest maker of memory chips, mobile phones and TVs. Lee contributed to the growth of its smartphone and TV businesses.
Cablevision has enabled its Optimum App for select Android devices to stream live and on-demand programming, as well as remote DVR programming capabilities, to its customers. The free app currently works with some Android devices from Motorola and Samsung.
Rogers Communications has introduced a second screen app for its video services that enables subscribers to use their mobile devices as a remote control, to perform navigation and search, to program their video recorders, and to stream live video.
Universal Sports Network announced it was moving its production and broadcast operations to the Comcast Media Center. The move, which is slated to be completed the first of next year, will bring 44 new jobs to the Comcast Media Center (CMC).