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Open Mic - May the source be with you

November 19, 2012 12:30 pm | by Bob Edwards, vice president of engineering at itaas | Articles | Comments

In the “Star Wars” saga, the legendary Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi describes the “Force” as an energy field that “surrounds us; it penetrates us and binds the galaxy together.” In a similar fashion, the move to “open-source” software binds together the many moving parts of the ever-expanding galaxy of software and electronics devices.

Engineering-Wise - Get your cable networks ready for higher capacity

November 19, 2012 12:06 pm | by Daniel Howard, senior vice president of engineering and CTO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

The race is on to develop the next-generation access signaling schemes for cable operators to keep up with Nielsen’s Law growth in network capacities and speeds delivered to customers. CableLabs and the SCTE have partnered in new and deeper ways to accelerate the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1.

Capital Currents - The FCC’s attack on Channel 37

November 19, 2012 11:18 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The FCC has a plan to induce broadcasters to give up some of their frequency spectrum assignments so that more spectrum becomes available for mobile communications. But the FCC plan might also bump the radio astronomy scientists out of off-air TV Channel 37.

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3GPP approves specs for Dish's AWS-4 spectrum

November 16, 2012 3:02 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The 3GPP has approved technical specifications for 40 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum controlled by Dish Network. The 3GPP's approval will allow Dish the necessary technical blueprints needed to design and build everything from cell phone chipsets to broadband networks.

Report: Dish, Google discussing wireless network

November 16, 2012 3:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google and Dish Network have reportedly been in talks recently about teaming up on a wireless service, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal that cited people familiar with the matter. The report notes that the talks could amount to nothing.

Verizon, AT&T: Cell networks back up after Sandy

November 16, 2012 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon and AT&T said Thursday that their wireless networks are fully back up after Superstorm Sandy blew into New York and New Jersey on Oct. 29. Verizon Wireless said its network is at pre-storm levels, while AT&T said it's "pretty much back to normal."

AT&T’s LTE available in 103 markets

November 16, 2012 2:55 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T offered an update on its LTE rollout, which now covers more than 150 million people across the United States. The coverage is more than double AT&T's LTE coverage at the end of 2011, with still more expansion planned through the end of the year.

Videotron CEO touts mobile service at conference

November 16, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron President and CEO Robert Dépatie used the Mobiz 2012 conference to tout the cable operator’s mobile service, which it launched two years ago. Despite facing intense competition, Videotron built its own AWS network for its illico mobile service.

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Ruckus Wireless shares fall in debut on NYSE

November 16, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Ruckus Wireless fell in their first hours of trading after raising $126 million in an initial public offering of stock. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company makes equipment for and builds big Wi-Fi networks. Its biggest customers are phone companies.

Telefonica standardizes on Mediaroom IPTV

November 15, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefonica Digital is rolling out IP video services based on Microsoft’s Mediaroom across an unspecified number of countries included in its vast international reach. The global operator has already begun deploying the technology in three countries – Brazil, Chile and Spain.

Virgin Media app enables TV anywhere

November 15, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media is expanding its TiVo service with a mobile app that provides cloud-based access to live programming outside the home. The app works with Apple iOS-based mobile devices. The app will also enable Virgin Media subscribers to remotely manage their TVs.

Nortex to purchase Verizon Wireless’ 700 MHz spectrum

November 15, 2012 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to sell a portion of its lower 700 MHz B-block spectrum to Nortex Communications, an independent telephone company based in Muenster, Texas. The spectrum is part of Verizon's holding in the 700 MHz A- and B-blocks.

Report: Tier 1s losing smartphone sales to smaller carriers

November 15, 2012 2:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Smaller prepaid carriers offering a broader range of devices, as well as lower prices, are grabbing smartphone sales from larger carriers like AT&T and Verizon, according to a report released from NPD Group. The report is backed up by trends seen at the larger carriers.

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Verizon Wireless, Comcast expand co-marketing reach

November 14, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Comcast have added a set of new markets in which the two will market each other’s services. The two have made available their combined quad-play bundle into various markets in states including California, Florida, Ohio and Texas.

Cisco’s Q1 income up as U.S. businesses buying again

November 14, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, said that U.S. companies are starting to spend again, helping Cisco find more solid footing after some shaky months early this year. Cisco said its earnings rose 18 percent in the latest quarter.

ThinkAnalytics touts trumpets for explosive growth

November 14, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics said it has grown its customer base by 75 percent in just the last six months, going from 20 to 35 clients, which together represent more than 80 million subscribers. The company did not identify its newest customers but said they include service providers in both Europe and North America.

RCN turns up the volume on interactive music video channel

November 13, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over-builder RCN is now offering a new interactive music video network that allows viewers to interact with the content online and through their mobile devices. RCN is offering Music Choice’s SWRV linear channel to subscribers across all of its markets.

Verizon Wireless to dole out $8.5B to parent companies

November 13, 2012 3:03 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless' board has approved an $8.5 billion payout to its owners. The payment will be made according to each entity's stake in Verizon Wireless. Currently, Verizon Communications owns a 55 percent share of Verizon Wireless, while Vodafone owns 45 percent of the partnership.

AT&T launches enhanced PTT service

November 13, 2012 2:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced the availability of its Enhanced Push-to-Talk (PTT) service, which runs over the company's LTE network. The carrier also announced a pair of ruggedized PTT devices that support the new service, including the Samsung Rugby III and Sonim XP5560 Bolt, as well as a pair of BlackBerry devices.

Alaska Communications debuts LTE network

November 12, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alaska Communications has launched LTE in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, a service that will eventually become part of a statewide network operated together with General Communications. Alaska Communications' LTE coverage is still fairly limited.

Bright House boots up cross-promotions with Verizon Wireless in Orlando

November 9, 2012 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is on the board with Verizon Wireless now that the two companies have started their joint marketing efforts in Orlando. Bright House is the last MSO to start cross-promoting its triple-play services with Verizon Wireless’ smartphones and tablets.

Suddenlink reports robust Q3, plans to add TiVo Mini next year

November 9, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bucking the trend of cable operators losing basic video subscribers, Suddenlink Communications actually added a total of 200 in the third quarter en route to chalking up some solid financial results. Suddenlink reported third-quarter revenues of $511.9 million.

Time Warner Cable to auto-credit for Sandy outages

November 9, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable, one of the two big cable companies in the New York area, says it will automatically credit customers for outages caused by Superstorm Sandy. Time Warner Cable says it will post credits to all customers in the hardest-hit parts of its service area.

Verizon accelerates LTE build

November 9, 2012 2:19 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo told analysts that the company is accelerating the deployment of its LTE network, which already has a wide lead over AT&T’s LTE coverage. Verizon Wireless now plans to complete its LTE rollout by the middle of next year.

AT&T changes policy, will allow FaceTime over cellular

November 9, 2012 2:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T will allow any customer with an LTE-capable iOS device on a tiered or shared data plan to use Apple's FaceTime video conferencing app over a cellular connection. AT&T had previously said it would only allow users who switched to the company's new shared data plans to access the app.

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