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Sprint, Dish Network partner on fixed mobile broadband

December 17, 2013 1:37 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The service trial will kick off by middle of 2014 and will be limited to Corpus Christi, Tex., initially. Dish will be installing either outdoor routers or indoor units for customers who want to take advantage of the TDD-LTE airwaves riding on Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum. The companies plan to expand into other markets after that.

San Francisco begins offering free public Wi-Fi

December 17, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ruckus Wireless donated some of the Wi-Fi hardware, while Layer42 Networks donated access to its gigabit backbone. Ruckus estimates that this is now the single most extensive municipal Wi-Fi network in the U.S., and San Francisco has plans to expand access from along Market Street to other public areas.

Report: Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market booming

December 16, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pushed along by mobile operators using Wi-Fi for data offload, operators will spend $8.5 billion on carrier Wi-Fi equipment over the next five years. Globally, revenue for carrier Wi-Fi equipment, including carrier Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi hotspot controllers, totaled $338 million in the first half of this year, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Triveni Digital adds M-EAS capability

December 10, 2013 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has created a software interface developed in conjunction with Digital Alert Systems that bridges Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder 5 metadata generation system and Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC emergency messaging platform. The combination constitutes an integrated solution for the reception, generation, and subsequent distribution of messages over the M-EAS platform.

UUX sets up Telenor with video service

December 10, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telenor Hungary has just launched a video service using an end-to-end system provided by UUX. The system delivers video not just to mobile devices, but to any IP-enabled viewing device, including smart TVs. UUX  is the result of the recent merger of TotalMovie and OTT.

AT&T adds device that detects falls, calls emergency services

December 5, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) uses AT&T’s wireless network for communications and location information. The device can automatically detect a fall and connect to a call center for two-way voice communication for immediate response and support.

Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Round-Up: What’s Up, DOCSIS?

December 4, 2013 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor in Chief, and Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

Members of the gang that helped create CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 have already moved on to the next thing. Ready for digital forward links, remote PHY, and the next next-generation architecture network (N2GAN)? Also, updates on the Reference Developer Kit and the Converged Cable Access Platform, and more.

CSG picks up some Volubill assets

December 4, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Billing vendor CSG International announced this morning that it had purchased some of the assets of Volubill. According to media reports, Volubill was put into compulsory liquidation and receivership on Oct. 29 in France. Financial terms weren’t available.

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Capital Currents: White Spaces Update – the Next WiFi?

December 3, 2013 6:54 pm | by Jeffrey Kraussm, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

There has been a lot of regulatory activity since the FCC adopted its revised White Spaces rules in 2010, but not much marketplace activity. The FCC allows unlicensed low power transmitters to operate on “White Spaces”—TV band frequencies that are not being used by TV stations or other licensed transmitters.

FCC Chair alludes to spectrum aggregation limits for upcoming auctions

December 3, 2013 1:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler said, “Spectrum is finite, and the FCC is charged with managing the airwaves that are used for commercial purposes. A key goal of our spectrum allocation efforts is ensuring that multiple carriers have access to airwaves needed to operate their networks.”

Telus taps Ericsson for IMS migration

December 2, 2013 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IMS will enable Telus to generate new revenue streams through differentiated services based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Ericsson will not only supply equipment and software, but also act as systems integrator.

Videotron boots up Wi-Fi optimization service

December 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Just in time for all those BYOD showing up under the Christmas tree, Videotron has launched a new Wi-Fi optimization service. The service features an in-home visit from a specially trained technician that comes to the customer’s home to optimize the Wi-Fi setup and reception.

Rogers scores landmark deal with NHL

November 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications went top shelf in scoring a multi-billion-dollar, 12-year carriage agreement with the National Hockey League “on all platforms in all languages." Rogers said the new media rights deal, which starts in the 2014-2015 season and runs through the 2025-2026 season, was the largest in league history.

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Cox extends Contour app to Android devices

November 25, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following its initial release on iPads in August, Cox Communications’ Contour app now works on several Android-based tablets including Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2, Tab 3 and Note tablets. Contour serves up video content to Cox subscribers both in-home and on the go, and works with the personal recommendation engine from ThinkAnaytics. 

TWC hotspot network now open to Cox customers

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Communications customers can now link in to Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi hotspot network, pursuant to the roaming arrangement among major MSOs announced earlier this year called Cable Wi-Fi. Bright House, Cablevision/Optimum, Comcast/Xfinity, Cox and Time Warner Cable formed Cable Wi-Fi as a vehicle for creating a much wider network of Wi-Fi hotspots.

Study: Tier 1 mobile operators expect big boost from Wi-Fi offload

November 20, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study on the Wi-Fi hotspot market, tier 1 mobile operators expect 22 percent of all additional data capacity added during the 2013-2014 timeframe to come from Wi-Fi offload. By 2018, Wi-Fi offload was forecast to contribute 20 percent of additional mobile data capacity plus a further 21 percent will come from small cells with integrated Wi-Fi.

FCC OKs Adaptrum + Google white space combo

November 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adaptrum said this is the first pairing with Google TV the FCC has certified. A white space broadcaster can employ systems that work in one of two ways. The system can either analyze broadcast signals and select an unoccupied band, or it can check against a database of existing local broadcast signals and select an unused frequency. Adaptrum's ACRS 1.0 does the latter.

Wi-Fi: friend or foe for wireless carriers?

November 12, 2013 1:27 pm | by Jim Hudmon, Nexius Solutions | News | Comments

Cable Wi-Fi is beginning to nullify cellular carriers' natural advantage. Mobile operators can find a new service advantage by embracing cloud computing and the virtual environment of applications and clients. In particular, operators are ideally positioned to bundle cloud apps with their network assets to deliver over–the-top bundled services.

Samsung makes quiet push for new mobile OS 


November 12, 2013 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Most mobile phone users have never heard of Tizen. Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google's Android or Apple's iOS. 

Many millions at stake at 2nd Apple-Samsung trial

November 12, 2013 11:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple Inc. has argued that Samsung's Android-based phones copy vital iPhone features. 

Start-up hawks Aereo alternative on Indiegogo

November 8, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nuvyyo is developing a tablet-and-DVR combo that will record free over-the-air (OTA) HDTV for replay at any time. The new product, called Tablo, will include a tablet-based app to browse, record and stream broadcast TV content to any device, anytime, anywhere.

Synacor snaps up Android-based company

November 6, 2013 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Synacor, which is a TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor, announced this morning it had bought Android development company Teknision for an undisclosed sum. The addition of Ottawa-based Teknision will allow Synacor to branch out into the mobile arena while adding an Android-based platform for developers and users. 

Blackberry plans end to new hardware

November 5, 2013 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The "CrackBerry" might not have much of a future: Its new chairman and interim chief executive says he wants to emphasize software and services — not devices. That could mean the company might ultimately get out of the business of selling smartphones.

Sprint debuts 50 Mbps wireless network

October 31, 2013 1:34 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint Spark currently hits peak speeds of 50-60 megabits per second but the carrier promises those transfer rates will go up and that it’s “technically feasible” to hit 2 Gbps over-the-air in the future. Spark uses a combination of carrier aggregation, 8T8R, MIMO antenna technology and TDD to crank up speed, capacity and coverage.

Senate confirms Wheeler, O’Rielly to FCC

October 30, 2013 1:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wheeler, appointed by President Obama in May, comes to the Commission from his work with venture capital firm Core Capital. Wheeler was also president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984 and was CEO of CTIA until 2004, when Steve Largent took over the post.

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