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FCC approves SoftBank-Sprint-Clearwire transaction

July 8, 2013 1:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has given its blessing to SoftBank’s $21.6 billion merger bid for Sprint and Sprint’s $5 per share buyout bid for Clearwire. In the order, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction will likely result in public interest benefits.

Big disconnect: Telcos abandon copper phone lines

July 8, 2013 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For most people, the phone line's demise will have little impact. But there are pockets of the country where copper lines are still critical for residents. As a result, state regulators and consumer advocates are increasingly concerned about how the transition will unfold.

UPC offering separate neighborhood SSID Wi-Fi access

July 2, 2013 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Comcast announced last month that it would open up a separate, public Wi-Fi network on customers’ home gateways, Liberty Global’s UPC Netherlands also has second SSIDs enabled. Since most of UPC’s  cable plant is underground, it needed to find another way to turn on more Wi-Fi hotspots. 


Tribune to acquire 19 TV stations for $2.73B

July 1, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tribune Co. has reached a deal to buy Local TV Holdings LLC's 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion in cash, significantly boosting its television business as it looks to sell its newspaper operations. The  company said the acquisition makes it the No. 1 local TV affiliate group in America.

Dish throws in the towel on Clearwire acquisition

June 27, 2013 12:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish was far from winning over Clearwire investors to its offer anyway. Sprint earlier this month announced that Clearwire had accepted Sprint’s raised bid of $5 per share to buy out Clearwire, a deal that values Clearwire at approximately $14 billion and represents a 47 percent premium over Sprint’s previous offer of $3.40 per share.

TWC to light up 1,000 hotspots in Manhattan; offer free Wi-Fi for All-Star Week

June 27, 2013 12:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable plans to have 1,000 Wi-Fi access points live in Manhattan by the middle of next month, and will also allow free access to all of its New York City-area hotspots during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week. The nation’s second-largest cable operator plans on adding up to 10,000 more access points in the four New York boroughs it serves by the end of the year.

Cisco upgrades Hong Kong provider's Wi-Fi network

June 26, 2013 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A network operator in Hong Kong is upgrading its Wi-Fi network to the latest generation of the wireless technology, 802.11ac, using Cisco’s service provider Wi-Fi products. PCCW-HKT plans to deploy the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series wireless access point. Using the 802.11ac standard, the Aironet 3600 Series is able to support up to 1.3Gbps of throughput.

TWC breaks ground on National Data Center West expansion

June 26, 2013 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

sterday in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Time Warner Cable broke ground on expanding its National Data Center West facility. The expansion comes with a price tag of $85 million and the revamped data center is slated to go live in January of 2015.


tv2u sets up global CDN

June 25, 2013 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Malaysian company has activated a global CDN service that can deliver both live and on-demand content and can also perform ad insertion on behalf of clients, including over the top (OTT), web TV, and mobile service providers. Technology partners include SeaWell Networks, Elemental Technologies, Minerva, Verimatrix, and VuBiquity.

Cox Business tuning up Hospitality WiFi service

June 25, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business announced this morning it will launch its Hospitality WiFi service across its footprint later this year. Cox has been offerings its business-grade Wi-Fi in Las Vegas hotels and casinos for several years, as well as in other portions of its footprint.

Zeebox adds in Digitalsmiths' search & discovery

June 24, 2013 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Zeebox is using Digitalsmiths’ video discovery technology, called Seamless Discovery, across all platforms that the former supports. The range of second-screen applications now includes search and discovery; the Zeebox "Recommended For You" feature delivers personalized recommendations based on individual viewing behavior.

Sprint, Clearwire agree to new $5 per share acquisition deal

June 21, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint today announced that Clearwire has accepted Sprint’s raised bid of $5 per share to buy out Clearwire. The new deal values Clearwire at approximately $14 billion and represents a 47 percent premium over Sprint’s previous offer of $3.40 per share. Clearwire’s board has accordingly adjusted its recommendation and is advising shareholders to vote against Dish’s competing tender offer of $4.40 per share.

Sprint sues to block Dish’s plan to buy Clearwire

June 19, 2013 1:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has filed a complaint  against Dish and Clearwire, asking the courts to put the brakes on Dish’s tender offer to Clearwire.  Sprint said “DISH has repeatedly attempted to fool Clearwire’s shareholders into believing its proposal was actionable in an effort to acquire Clearwire’s spectrum and to obstruct Sprint’s transaction with Clearwire.”


Dish exec talks advantages of fixed-wireless broadband

June 19, 2013 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish’s vice president of wireless networks sees the unique potential for Dish to offer a combined television and broadband service for underserved customers. David Zufall noted that from an end-user perspective, it’s very similar to other broadband services except that it’s coming via a wireless network and not cable, copper or fiber.

Netgear sampling MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender

June 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Netgear is sampling a MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender based on Entropic’s silicon and software. Netgear’s WM2500RP extender is designed for service providers to use to boost coverage in whole-home video and data installations. The device delivers more than 400 Mbps of usable MAC (medium access control) throughput.

NJ Transit approves Cablevision’s Wi-Fi service on trains

June 13, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Yesterday New Jersey Transit’s board put its stamp of approval on Cablevision’s plan to make its Wi-Fi services available to commuters on its trains. The Wi-Fi access will be provided to NJ Transit customers via a dedicated, trackside Wi-Fi network, which NJ Transit said was the first of its kind in the nation.

Cable Show: Tech forums get smart about devices, consumers, Wi-FI

June 12, 2013 9:17 am | by Craig Kuhl | News | Comments

More devices, more choices and more broadband translate to more intelligence in our home networks, and intelligent gateways will lead the way. That was the key takeaway from the first of Tuesday’s Spring Technical Forums: “Human Touch: The Intersection of Intelligent Devices and Intelligent Consumers.”

Cable Show: Cable WiFi Alliance tops 150,000 hotspots

June 10, 2013 10:55 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Roughly one year after five of the top-six cable operators in the nation announced that they had formed a pact to share each other’s Wi-Fi hotspots, the Cable WiFi Alliance has topped 150,000 access points across the nation. All told, the 150,000 hotspots represent the largest Wi-Fi network in the nation.

TWC has more than 12k hotspots in Southern Cal

June 10, 2013 10:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Two years after announcing it was spending $15 million to build a Wi-Fi network in the Los Angeles area, Time Warner Cable announced it was up to 12,000 hotspots. Today the Wi-Fi network spans more than 300 miles of Southern California and features more than 12,000 hotspots.

Obama pushes plan for fast Internet in U.S. schools

June 7, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The President is advocating for an initiative that calls on the FCC to use an existing program that funds Internet access in schools and libraries through a surcharge on telephone bills to meet the goal. He also directed the government to do a better job of using existing funds to get Internet connections and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers who know how to use it.

In Perspective: Flexinets

June 5, 2013 11:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

When people watch video on cellular networks, the meter is running, and that’s a severe inhibitor to increased consumption. Wireless carriers are understandably reluctant to stop running the meter.  So what to do? Subsidize the minutes, somehow - an idea ESPN has been floating. 

Virgin Media testing MPEG-DASH

June 3, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media is trying out Harmonic's ProMedia Suite as a delivery mechanism for MPEG-DASH. Harmonic's ProMedia Live transcodes MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC H.264 content to multiple adaptive bit-rate streams optimized for the Virgin Media MPEG-DASH service. Virgin Media and Harmonic are demonstrating the MPEG-DASH workflow at the ANGA show this week in Germany.

Mobile video consumption growing at 60 percent / year

June 3, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Video consumption on mobile devices continues to increase at an extraordinary rate – 60 percent annually, and it is expected to continue to grow at that clip for at least another 5 years, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. Video consumption is on average 2.6GB per subscription per month in some networks.

Clearwire postpones Sprint vote, could force SoftBank’s hand

May 31, 2013 12:30 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The wireless broadband carrier has rescheduled a shareholder vote on a bid to buy out Clearwire. Meanwhile, Sprint’s shareholders are scheduled to vote June 12 on SoftBank’s proposal to acquire a 70 percent stake in Sprint. As a result, Softbank may be put in the position of deciding whether to close the deal for Sprint without knowing the fate of Clearwire.

Cisco: M2M manifests; video still driving global traffic

May 29, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

According to the company's latest global Internet traffic report, M2M Internet traffic has begun to have a measurable impact on global IP networks. The latest version of the annual Visual Networking Index also attested to the ongoing nature of other well-known trends: on a global basis, more people are getting connected, data consumption is increasing, and video represents a growing constituent element of global traffic.

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