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NSA fears prompt Germany to end Verizon contract

June 26, 2014 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday. The New York-based company has for years provided Internet services to a number of government departments, although not to German security agencies, said Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate.

Analysts expect Shaw's subscriber base continued to erode in latest quarter

June 25, 2014 11:49 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is fighting an uphill battle according to analysts, who say its heavy reliance on television puts it at a disadvantage to other telecommunications companies that also offer wireless services. The Calgary-based company is expected to report Thursday an improvement on the three previous quarters, but opinion is split on whether the third quarter will be a blip or signal a return to growth.

Google to show off smart home gadgets, wearables

June 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch —into cars, homes and smartwatches.

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Cox Business will debut indoor small cell offering this year

June 24, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Cox Business plans on having an indoor small cell service available this year with the initial elements of an outdoor offering in place later this year and into the first half of 2015. With mobile network operators (MNOs) looking to extend the reach and speeds of their 3G and 4G services, small cell deployments could be the next big thing for cable operators, but coming up with a specific game plan has been a work in progress.

Brazilian carrier taps Entone, Minerva for new TV service

June 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TIM Brasil is using Entone’s Hybrid TV system as the basis for a video service it has tested in two cities and plans to launch commercially later this year that will blend free to air and over the top (OTT) content. The carrier has also deployed Minerva Networks’ platform to define and manage content from multiple sources.

T-Mobile offers iPhone trial, free music streaming

June 19, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Starting Monday, June 23, people can sign up for T-Mobile's Test Drive online. A few days later, they’ll receive an iPhone 5s fully loaded and ready to go. As for streaming music, even after subscribers exhaust their data allotments, they will still stream music for free.

Cox Business debuts dual Wi-Fi router; access to CableWiFi hotspots

June 17, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As of last week, Cox Business data customers can tap into more than 250,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation from other members of the CableWiFi Alliance at no additional charge. Also on the Wi-Fi front, Cox Business has deployed a gateway from Cisco that enables public and private SSIDs for its business customers.

AT&T accepting applications for free school connectivity

June 13, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The non-profit organization Connected Nation has signed on to administer the selection process for AT&T’s $100 million commitment to provide free mobile broadband Internet access to select middle and high school students in Title 1 schools across the country.

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Comcast, Universal Orlando Resorts team up on Wi-Fi

June 12, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Using hotspots provided by Comcast, Universal Orlando Resort has luanched a new Wi-Fi app that lets theme park attendees check out waiting times on rides as well as use interactive maps to help find park destinations. The Universal Orlando Resort App is available as a free download for Apple and Android mobile devices.

A tale of two telcos: BT and Verizon balancing wireless with wireline

June 10, 2014 6:42 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: BT is using strong wireline infrastructure get back into the wireless business -- an "inside-out" strategy, while Verizon plans to leverage a strong wireless position while it gradually evolves its wireline network -- an "outside-in" approach.

Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

Amtrak opens bidding for Wi-Fi network

June 9, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amtrak is looking for proposals on how to upgrade its on-board Wi-Fi service on trains running the Northeast Corridor. The goal is to increase available bandwidth per train from the currently available 10Mbps to a minimum of 25 Mbps. The company is soliciting bids for a proof-of-concept project.

Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

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Report: 802.11ac starting to push WLAN market

June 9, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite a downward dip in revenue in the first quarter, the wireless LAN equipment market is on a roll, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research. The global wireless LAN equipment market saw its first down quarter since the end of 2012, with revenue shrinking 11 percent sequentially in the first quarter of this year to $1.1 billion. Overall, the market was up 3 percent from the same period a year ago.

Report: Apple Teaming with AT&T, T-Mobile for Prepaid Push in Retail Stores

June 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple will reportedly partner up with AT&T and T-Mobile in order to offer prepaid account activations for iPhones purchased in Apple’s retail stores. 9to5Mac said Apple Stores will begin stocking AT&T GoPhone SIMs and activations kits and T-Mobile SIMs, allowing customers to buy full-price iPhones and walk out of the store with a connected device. 

SCTE, CableLabs team up on wireless, 3.1 symposium

June 5, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Prior to the start of this fall’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the SCTE and CableLabs will cue up wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 in a symposium designed to provide the current status of the two technologies and their impact on cable operators’ services. The symposium will also tackle the technical requirements and engineering techniques that are needed to ensure seamless, successful deployments of DOCSIS 3.1 and wireless technologies.

Lantiq, Intel push gateways with LTE connectivity

June 4, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Lantiq and Intel have added a new LTE module option enabling manufacturers of home gateways to add 4G wireless connectivity at up to 300 Mbps in their home routers. The LTE router option has been growing rapidly in emerging telecommunications markets and in some rural markets.

Time Warner Cable offers Wi-Fi to business customers

June 4, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class will start offering business data customers its TWC WiFi Hotspot solution for no additional charge. The service, which will be available across Time Warner Cable’s footprint, includes a free Wi-Fi access point installed and managed by Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC.)

TWC, Boingo make Wi-Fi connection

June 3, 2014 6:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Boingo Wireless and Time Warner Cable have signed a bilateral Wi-Fi roaming deal that will allow their subscribers to tap into each other’s hotspots across the nation. The deal marked the first time a cable operator has inked a roaming agreement with Boingo.

Comcast Business debuts dual band gateway for SMBs

June 3, 2014 10:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Taking a page out of its residential playbook, Comcast Business is offering a dual band Wi-Fi gateway for small businesses. As part of its neighborhood Wi-Fi initiative, last year Comcast started deploying gateways with dual SSIDs, which is the same tack its taking with the new business wireless gateway. 

New Apple Mac, home automation features coming this fall

June 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices. Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together, even though the Mac and mobile systems are separate. 

Report: Google dropping more than $1B on satellites to extend Internet

June 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google is deploying 180 satellites to provide Internet access to under-served and unconnected regions in the world, according to The Wall Street Journal. The price range for the project could range from $1 billion to more than $3 billion. The report said the number of satellites could double based on final designs.

Huawei kicks tires on 802.11ax with 10 Gbps trial

May 30, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While service providers and consumer electronics companies are just starting to settle in on 802.11ac, Huawei said it had successfully achieved the industry’s first 10 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds in laboratory trials at its campus in Shenzhen, China. Using the emerging 802.11ax standard, Huawei said it achived a record transmission data rate of 10.53 Gbps on the 5 GHz frequency band during its lab trial. 

Report: Deutsche Telekom accepts SoftBank’s offer for T-Mobile

May 29, 2014 1:18 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son has been loudly making a case for further consolidation in the U.S. wireless industry. Son’s arguments have suggested that a combined Sprint and T-Mobile would be better equipped to take on the “duopoly” of Verizon and AT&T as well as improve service and pricing for U.S. wireless consumers.

Kansai TV, Elemental Tech, demo 4K on ISDB-T network

May 29, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kansai TV, a commercial broadcaster in Osaka, demonstrated the delivery of HEVC-encoded 4K video over ISDB-T to an Ultra HD TV. The demo used Elemental Technologies’ video processing equipment. The off-air demonstration took place during a 4K educational event hosted by Kansai TV and system integrator CTCSP last week.

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