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Shaw’s engineering efforts pay off with launch of Exo

February 9, 2012 4:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Exo features HD signals in a higher, less compressed bit rate for improved quality and a larger selection of on-demand titles in full 1080p HD, along with fiber-based Internet speeds of up to 250 Mbps.

AT&T, competitors spar over FCC legislation

February 9, 2012 4:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and a number of its competitors have come out on opposite sides of the fence about provisions in a House bill that would strip the FCC of some of its authority to govern spectrum auctions.

Stoke ups ante on Wi-Fi offload

February 9, 2012 4:30 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Mobile broadband start-up Stoke has come out with a new network gateway designed to make it easier for operators to dump network-clogging data traffic onto Wi-Fi connections.

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Protesters deliver petitions to Apple retail stores

February 9, 2012 4:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Protesters bearing a petition of 250,000 signatures prepared to march on Apple retail stores in pursuit of a commitment by the iPhone maker to "clean up its supply chain."

BendBroadband joins TV Everywhere fray with Turner

February 8, 2012 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In keeping with its legacy of being a cable innovator, BendBroadband launched its TV Everywhere service with video content available from Turner Broadcasting.

Sprint’s iPhone gamble widens losses

February 8, 2012 2:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint's bet on the iPhone helped it bring in the highest number of new customers in six years during the fourth quarter, but the success came at a hefty price.

More than 2M viewers live stream Super Bowl online

February 8, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

That's a small fraction of the record 111.3 million viewers that watched NBC's broadcast of the big game. But it was still enough to make it the most-watched single-game sports event online, according to the network.

Poll: TV still trumps Web for campaign news

February 8, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this campaign season, the social networks have nothing on the news networks.

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In the media: Rogers, BCE take Apple’s iTV for a trial spin

February 7, 2012 1:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Apple’s TV sets have been the subject of rumor and conjecture for quite some time, especially since a biography on Steve Jobs said he had found a way to come up with an Apple-based TV user interface.

Industry Canada clears Dish Network, TerreStar deal

February 7, 2012 1:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Industry Canada cleared Dish Network's acquisition of TerreStar's satellite spectrum across the United States' northern border.

Flingo raises $7M to expand device footprint, improve ACR

February 7, 2012 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One of Flingo’s most recent clients is A+E Networks, which said it will introduce some social networking functions based on Flingo’s social TV capabilities on the A&E and History channels.

Alcatel-Lucent banks on customer service

February 7, 2012 1:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent is throwing its weight behind software that allows wireless operators to get a better understanding of what their customers are actually experiencing when they access the network.

Report: Apple snags big chunk of Q4 smartphone sales

February 7, 2012 1:18 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Android stood out as the top smartphone pick for those new to the market. Among the first-time smartphone buyers in the quarter, 57 percent purchased Android phones compared with just 34 percent who purchased iPhones.

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Verizon to set up streaming service with Redbox

February 6, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.

Dish protests AT&T’s rapid LTE build-out, affirms retail plans

February 6, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network wants the FCC to ignore a proposal from AT&T that it be forced to construct its LTE network faster than it had originally planned.

New Hampshire broadband project advances

February 6, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Work has been completed on four New Hampshire mountaintops to construct a wireless microwave network designed to help public safety agencies communicate better with each other.

Cablevision preps app to buy Super Bowl merchandise

February 3, 2012 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is working with Shazam, Delivery Agent, and FMI to give consumers the ability to buy NFL paraphernalia during the Super Bowl.

In the media: Cox to shed 100 jobs when wireless shuts down

February 3, 2012 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications will cut more than 100 jobs once it shuts down its wireless unit at the end of next month, according to a newspaper story.

MetroPCS Revives $40 LTE Plan

February 3, 2012 1:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company brings back a popular plan that was suspended when the company stopped selling a specific handset.

Japanese Entrepreneurs Aim for Silicon Valley

February 3, 2012 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places.

Comcast, Verizon's joint marketing effort docks in Bay Area

February 2, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amid increasing congressional scrutiny over their spectrum and reselling deal, Comcast and Verizon Wireless are now cross-promoting each other's products in San Francisco.

U.S. Cellular plans March LTE launch

February 2, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular will light up its LTE network in six states, covering about a quarter of its customers in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.

U.S. digital textbook proposal puts a premium on broadband

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

The Department of Education and the FCC propose to phase out physical textbooks for electronic versions that can be easily revised and updated.

FCC OKs Lifeline reforms

February 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC passed broad reforms of its Lifeline program at its open meeting, paving the way to overhaul a program that provides subsidized telephone service to low-income families.

Report: Service providers tap into home automation to reduce churn

February 1, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation is a burgeoning sector for service providers because it provides incremental revenues and reduces customer churn, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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