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Best Buy posts dismal Q4, will close 50 stores

March 29, 2012 2:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Best Buy will close 50 of its big-box stores after the company posted fourth-quarter earnings that showed a $1.7 billion loss.

Sprint mulls LTE tie-ups with regional carriers

March 28, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint may consider partnering with regional wireless providers on LTE through network sharing and spectrum hosting arrangements, according to a top network executive.

NTIA report identifies prime spectrum, advocates sharing

March 28, 2012 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Commerce, through the NTIA, announced the results of a report that found 95 MHz of prime spectrum could be repurposed for wireless broadband use.

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NetAmerica, Panhandle light up Bonfire LTE

March 28, 2012 2:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative is about to switch on LTE service in rural Oklahoma, and it won't do it alone: It's getting help from the NetAmerica Alliance

Aurora wins SCTE Canadian Summit’s Technology Challenge

March 28, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aurora Network’s Remote QAM module took the top honors at the SCTE Canadian Summit’s Technology Challenge yesterday.

Comcast tees up cloud-based phone service for businesses

March 27, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast continued its push in the commercial services sector with the recent launch of a cloud-based VoIP service for businesses.

Time Warner Cable uses mPortal to provision My TWC app

March 27, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s My TWC mobile gateway, which lets subscribers access and manage their Time Warner accounts remotely on their Android and iOS devices, is being powered by mPortal.

Cities without FiOS protest Verizon, cable deal

March 27, 2012 2:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Five cities in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland that don't have Verizon's FiOS service are slamming the company's tie-up with cable operators.

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Cable vet Carlucci onboard as Alticast’s CTO of Americas

March 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Interactive TV and middleware vendor Alticast has tapped cable industry veteran John Carlucci as its new chief technology officer for the Americas.

FTC report tackles privacy, suggests changes

March 27, 2012 2:50 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is calling on mobile companies to work toward improved privacy protections, including the development of shorter, more succinct privacy disclosures.

Carlson, Neul intro white space system for WISPs

March 27, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The wireless system is designed to get service providers up and running with minimal investment.

Lantiq’s new ADSL chips add onboard Ethernet support

March 27, 2012 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) are headed for gateways that can support Gigabit Ethernet connections.

GreenTouch unveils hyper-efficient FTTH

March 27, 2012 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The GreenTouch Consortium's latest contribution to the energy-efficiency of future communications networks was designed for fiber-to-the-home, but it has implications for the wireless space, as well.

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Wowza backer takes a minority stake

March 27, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Summit Partners’ investment will help the streaming media specialist expand its marketing operations.

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - SeaChange

March 26, 2012 4:55 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

See how SeaChange enables the world’s most exciting commercial multi-screen video services, fully integrating on-demand and linear television with iPads, PCs and smartphones.

Comcast opens doors on Xfinity Customer Center in Colo.

March 26, 2012 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is taking steps to improve its customers’ experience on several fronts, one of which includes the transformation of many of its customer service centers across its footprint.

Verizon, cable ops shed light on AWS, marketing deals

March 26, 2012 2:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and the four cable operators it is buying spectrum from have presented the FCC with a nuanced explanation of a marketing and cross-selling arrangement that was penned at the same time the companies agreed on a $3.9 billion sale of AWS spectrum.

AT&T to FCC: 'I told you so' about T-Mobile layoffs

March 26, 2012 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is linking the layoffs of 1,900 T-Mobile USA call center workers to the FCC's decision to block the two companies' merger, a scathing critique that prompted a quick response from the agency.

Hillcrest offers motion control for phones, tablets

March 26, 2012 2:36 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Hillcrest Labs might not be a household name, but it’s hoping to make its Freespace technology a common component in smartphones and tablets.

Time Warner Cable pumps up data speeds in NY metro area

March 23, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently increased the speeds of some of its tiers at no additional cost in its New York metropolitan footprint.

Clearwire CFO lays out trump card: Capacity

March 23, 2012 2:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire finance chief Hope Cochran laid out the company's trump card at an investor conference yesterday: Operators need capacity, and Clearwire has it in spades.

T-Mobile axing 1,900 jobs, closing call centers

March 23, 2012 2:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA plans to close seven call centers and layoff 1,900 employees in a cost-cutting move its chief executive says is needed to "invest for growth."

Comcast: We tried to sell AWS to 'virtually every' U.S. carrier

March 22, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A top Comcast executive said during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that it had tried to sell its AWS spectrum to "virtually every wireless carrier in the country" before forging a multi-billion-dollar deal with Verizon Wireless.

Review: New iPad screen is eye-opening upgrade

March 22, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beware the new iPad: Not because it's an inferior product, but because it's a superior one. Using one is like living the life of a millionaire for a day, then getting dumped back in your regular life. Your eyes are now opened to how miserable your existence is.

Comcast, Liberty Global pump $11M into ad firm Integrate

March 21, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global Ventures and Comcast Ventures stepped to the plate to lead an $11 million second round of financing for advertising enabler Integrate, led by Jeremy Bloom.

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