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Public Knowledge suggests ULS is broken

January 18, 2013 3:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In comments submitted to the FCC, the consumer advocate wrote that while searching the ULS for data to support policy positions in several spectrum proceedings, “PK noticed how challenging it is to gather meaningful information on carriers’ spectrum licenses and affiliate control in order to understand the mobile wireless market.”

Intel’s Q4 profit down

January 18, 2013 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel said its fourth-quarter net income fell 27 percent from the previous year, as PC sales continued to weaken. Net income was $2.47 billion, or 48 cents per share, for the October-to-December period. That was down from $3.36 billion, or 64 cents per share, a year ago.

Comcast upgrades core network with Ciena

January 17, 2013 1:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is future-proofing its core network with the addition of Ciena’s newest 100G technology, which will allow the nation’s largest ISP and cable operator to scale to 400G at some point. Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform is equipped with third-generation WaveLogic coherent optical line interfaces.

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Bright House Networks tunes up faster data speeds

January 17, 2013 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has increased the download speed of its top data tier to 60 Mbps across its footprint, while offering small- and medium-size businesses a new speed of 70 Mbps. Bright House’s DOCSIS 3.0-based Lightning Internet service increased from 40 Mbps to 60 Mbps on the downstream.

Report: AT&T considering overseas acquisition

January 17, 2013 1:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T may be looking to acquire an overseas carrier. The Journal cites "people familiar with the carrier's thinking" who said that AT&T is currently looking at a number of targets, and a deal could come before the end of the year.

Sprint announces upcoming LTE in 28 cities

January 17, 2013 1:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint announced it will be rolling out LTE soon in 28 more cities, including many spots along the Gulf Coast. Since Sprint introduced its LTE network in July, it has made the service available in 49 cities, with another 200 markets in the works.

U.S. Cellular completes 2nd wave of LTE rollout with help from NSN

January 16, 2013 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia Siemens Networks has successfully launched an LTE network for U.S. Cellular and its partner, King Street Wireless, in 11 markets, covering select cities in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Report: U.S. mobile payments to hit $90B by 2017

January 16, 2013 1:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mobile payments are set to explode over the next few years, according to new research released from Forrester. According to the report, U.S. mobile payments will reach $90 billion by 2017, a 48 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from the $12.8 billion spent in 2012.

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Shaw enters into $700M deal with Rogers that includes AWS, Mountain Cable

January 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications have signed a series of agreements that include the sale of Hamilton-based Mountain Cablevision and Shaw’s AWS wireless spectrum to Rogers. The agreements total $700 million and also include Shaw gaining Rogers’ one-third stake in TVtropolis.

Studies: Smartphones beat tablets, tablets beat PCs

January 14, 2013 1:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Smartphone users have for the first time surpassed tablet users in mobile data consumption. Apple’s iPhone 5 is the “hungriest” in terms of download volume, with Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and HTC’s Sensation XL in second and third, respectively, and a phablet, the Galaxy Note 2, in a not-too-distant fourth.

CED's Broadband 50

January 14, 2013 1:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.

TWC cuts ribbon on new concept store in Wilmington, N.C.

January 11, 2013 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The nation’s second-largest cable operator is taking a more hands-on approach with its customers by allowing them to interact with its products and triple-play services at the new experiential store. The Wilmington store is the first of its kind, but Time Warner Cable plans on expanding the concept nationally over the next few years.

Carriers spat over spectrum weighting

January 11, 2013 2:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

It seems everyone agrees that the Federal Communications Commission needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed recently with the FCC.

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Crow Creek Sioux Tribe files to block Sprint-Softbank deal

January 11, 2013 2:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Utility Authority has filed a petition with the FCC to block Sprint's impending 70 percent share transfer to Softbank on the basis that Sprint has "demonstrated a blatant disregard for the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and its regulatory authority over Sprint’s operation on the Crow Creek reservation."

Comcast cues up live ESPN Buzzer Beater stream

January 10, 2013 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast said it’s the first multichannel provider to bring its authenticated subscribers live streaming of ESPN Buzzer Beater via its Xfinity.com/TV Web portal. ESPN Buzzer Beater is ESPN’s weekly HD college basketball live cut-in and highlights network.

Report: Sprint doesn't see need to up Clearwire bid

January 10, 2013 3:01 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint isn't sweating Dish Network’s offer to buy Clearwire for $3.30 per share, an 11 percent increase over its $2.97 offer, and doesn't foresee needing to up its bid in acquiring a 100 percent stake in the WiMAX provider. Clearwire stock rose 8 percent on news of Dish’s offer.

FCC to move on better Wi-Fi

January 10, 2013 2:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is pursuing a plan to open a nationwide swath of unlicensed spectrum specifically for the deployment of "Gigabit" Wi-Fi technology in major hubs, such as airports and convention centers. The plan increases the capacity and speed of Wi-Fi networks in public spaces.

Former Rogers exec O’Carroll joins Sandvine’s board

January 10, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Rogers Communications executive Dermot O’Carroll, who retired from Rogers last year, has joined Sandvine’s board of directors. O’Carroll had almost 40 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including 15 years at Rogers, before he retired.

Dish jumps in with unsolicited, $3.30-per-share offer for Clearwire

January 9, 2013 2:06 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network has offered to buy up to all of Clearwire’s common stock at $3.30 per share in a proposed deal that would allow Dish to purchase some spectrum assets from Clearwire. Under the conditions of the preliminary offer, Dish would acquire approximately 11.4 billion MHz-POPs from Clearwire, or 24 percent of its total spectrum holdings, for $2.2 billion.

Aereo to make its streaming service available in 22 more cities

January 9, 2013 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bolstered by a $38 million second round of financing, controversial streaming provider Aereo plans on expanding its service to 22 more cities across the nation this year. Aereo launched its streaming service in New York City and was promptly sued by major broadcast networks.

Google to offer public Wi-Fi in NYC neighborhood

January 9, 2013 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google said it is teaming up with a New York City neighborhood business group to provide the company's first urban Wi-Fi network. The network will be available free to about a 10-block area surrounding Google's offices in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Azuki backs multi-screen distribution of apps

January 9, 2013 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ES3 is teaming with Azuki Systems to demonstrate how TumbleBooks TV can be turned into a multi-screen service accessible on mobile devices in the home and elsewhere. ES3 develops apps for the Microsoft Mediaroom environment. TumbleBooks TV is an app that delivers read-along children’s books to the TV.

Mediacom serves up BTN2Go in multiple states

January 9, 2013 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications is now offering TV Everywhere services from Big Ten Network to authenticated subscribers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and parts of other Midwestern states. Mediacom customers in those areas can now access BTN2Go live.

Survey: Wi-Fi becoming critical for differentiation

January 9, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A survey conducted on behalf of Amdocs reveals that service providers have an intense interest in Wi-Fi, even as they struggle with technical and business issues. Authenticating customers as they roam and as they juggle devices remains an issue, and service providers are still casting about for sure-fire ways to monetize the service.

Smart TVs get smarter, by just a little bit

January 9, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the not-so-distant future, couch potatoes will be waving, pointing, swiping and tapping to make their TVs react, kind of like what Tom Cruise did in the movie "Minority Report." That's the vision of TV manufacturers as they show off "Smart TVs."

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