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FCC postpones 600 MHz auction again

October 24, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC attributed this new delay to legal challenges from broadcasters. The proposal rests on a guarantee to broadcasters that the spectrum can be used without interfering with their signals. Not all broadcasters are satisfied that the FCC is doing that with the way it is evaluating coverage areas.

U-verse a bright spot in AT&T's Q3

October 23, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company recorded 601,000 U-verse high speed Internet subscriber net adds, including 44,000 business customers, pushing its total of broadband customers past 12 million. AT&T also tallied 216,000 U-verse TV subscribers added, for a total of more than 6 million.

X1 drives solid third quarter for Comcast

October 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aided by declining video subscriber losses, an increase in data subscribers and continued growth in the business services sector, Comcast posted solid results in its third quarter earnings report this morning. While Comcast lost 81,000 video subscribers in the recent third quarter, it was still the best third quarter for video in the past seven years. 

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Eastlink launches Wireless TV

October 22, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian cable operator Eastlink recently launched “Wireless TV” across its footprint, which gives its subscribers the ability to watch TV on up to six sets in a home without cable connections.The service uses Eastlink’s Maestro DVR, which, according to pictures on Eastlink’s website, is made by Arris.

The AWS-3 auction is going to be a street fight

October 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Eighty potential bidders have submitted applications to participate. Smaller carriers like Guam-based Docomo and Bluegrass Wireless have thrown their hats in the ring, but the ones to watch are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Dish, which needs a strong broadband play and thinks wireless will be the way to go.

Apple Pay makes debut with today's iOS 8.1 release

October 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple today launched its new Apple Pay service via the company's latest iteration of iOS 8. Apple Pay will allow iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to pay for goods and services using their phone's Touch ID fingerprint scanner at select retailers that support the service.

New DirecTV satellite might be used for 4K delivery

October 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV’s latest satellite has been delivered in preparation for launch. This satellite represents what appears to be the first commercial use of reverse band, which enables some of the same spectrum, and/or some adjacent spectrum, used for the uplink to also be used for the downlink.

Qualcomm buying CSR in $2.5 billion deal

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Qualcomm is buying British chip maker CSR in a deal worth approximately $2.5 billion as it pushes aggressively into technology that connects devices over the Internet. CSR concentrates on the auto, consumer, and voice and music segments. The company's fiscal 2013 revenue totaled $960.7 million.

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Company turns LED lights into a Wi-Fi network

October 13, 2014 2:01 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The company by the fourth quarter plans to begin shipping Li-Flame, a ceiling-mounted unit that can turn an LED light fixture into a multi-user access “atto-cellular” communication system. The Li-Flame moves Visible Light Communication (VLC) past point-to-point and into full wireless network territory, according to a press release.

AT&T finishes 1-Gig upgrade in Austin; to offer faster Wi-Fi gateway

October 13, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T announced this morning that it had completed the free speed upgrade to 1 Gigabit for all of its GigaPower subscribers in Austin. AT&T also said it would be launching a new gateway in Austin that would be “twice as fast as what is generally available today." 

Samsung gooses Wi-Fi transmission speeds with 60 GHz

October 13, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said it has enabled a five-fold increase in Wi-Fi data transmission speeds by using the 60 GHz band. Samsung said its 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology enabled data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, or 575 MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866 Mbps, or 108 MB per second, which is the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

Shaw opens up hotspots in areas of Calgary where power is down

October 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is providing free access to non-subscribers on thousands of its Wi-Fi hotspots in downtown Calgary where a power outage occurred over the weekend. According to published reports, a Saturday night fire in an underground electrical vault in the core downtown area of Calgary caused the power outage, which could take four to seven days to fix.

Exclusive: TWC enables seamless Passpoint connectivity on Wi-Fi apps

October 9, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has developed an upgrade to its WiFi Finder and My TWC apps that makes connections to its TWCWiFi-Passpoint enabled hotspots more seamless. With the update, Time Warner Cable subscribers sitting at home can now access upgraded versions of the apps that proactively prompt users, both current and new, to create and save TWCWiFi-Passpoint enabled Wi-Fi profiles on their Android and iOS devices. 

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Wi-Fi Alliance adds new features to Passpoint

October 9, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to make the Wi-Fi user experience more seamless, the Wi-Fi Alliance has added new features to Passpoint. In a nutshell, the new capabilities in Passpoint include a streamlined process for establishing new user accounts, the ability to provision devices with the correct security credentials, and support for operator-specific subscriber and network access policies.

Samsung expects lowest profit in over 3 years

October 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest smartphone maker is suffering a financial decline in the face of intense competition from Apple Inc. and upstart Chinese brands. In a preview to earnings due out this month, Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that its quarterly profit is estimated to have fallen to its lowest level in more than three years, dragged down by weak sales of its flagship Galaxy phones.

Sprint shutting down WiMax network

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

News of the shutdown originally surfaced when Android Central published a Sprint internal email. The memo states that starting Oct. 6 letters are being sent to corporate-liable customers and that individual-liable and prepaid customers will be notified 180 days before the scheduled shutdown.

Angels fans get Wi-Fi connectivity for the playoffs

October 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Angel Stadium was set up with stadium Wi-Fi, just in time for fans of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to have their spirits crushed by the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network, owned and operated by 5 Bars, went live last night.

Dish family set to bid on AWS-3 auction

October 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, two companies in which it has indirect ownership, to bid on AWS-3 spectrum. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will also bid. Sprint will not participate in this auction, but instead save its strength for next year’s Incentive Auctions.

San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

October 2, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google. Internet giant Google donated about $600,000 to help the city buy and install Wi-Fi equipment and cover maintenance cost for two years

Cox Business launches SMB gateway and guest Wi-Fi service

September 24, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new gateway providesSMBs with a networking solution that provides connectivity for their own employees. An ancillary gateway can be used to provide separate access for guests who visit their offices or customers who visit their stores.

Carrier grade Wi-Fi poised for liftoff

September 23, 2014 8:22 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With Wi-Fi access points multiplying exponentially, service providers need to find better ways to manage their networks while providing the best user experience possible. During the SCTE’s pre-conference symposium on Monday, CableLab’s Mark Poletti and ZCorum’s Scott Helms went over how to build better Wi-Fi networks, both in public places and in customers’ homes.

Small cells: Recognizing the opportunities, meeting the challenges

September 18, 2014 8:03 pm | by Ed Myers, vice president of telecommunications and sales, Parallel Infrastructure | Articles | Comments

The wireless data revolution and its impact is analogous to Boyle’s Law, which states that a gas will expand to fill the available space. The same can be said for a data network. The more throughput available, the more uses people will find to fill up that pipe.

WiFi - The Next 15 Years Bring Higher Expectations

September 18, 2014 7:33 pm | by Justin Colwell, Vice President, network technology, CableLabs. | Articles | Comments

This year, Wi-Fi celebrates its 15th birthday with a number of important milestones: more than 2 billion chipsets sold per year, exceeding the Gbps milestone with 802.11ac, and the first commercial launch of Passpoint/ HotSpot 2.0. Cisco estimates by 2015 more than half of the world’s Internet traffic will be carried by Wi-Fi.

Verizon expands XLTE to 22 more markets

September 18, 2014 1:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

After substantially completing its nationwide LTE buildout on 700 MHz, Verizon began supplementing that with an AWS LTE deployment. The carrier is promising XLTE will deliver double the LTE bandwidth and faster peak speeds. T-Mobile has also been working on improving capacity.

Senate Commerce Committee passes satellite bill

September 17, 2014 6:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Senate Commerce Committee has passed STAVRA, reauthorizing satellite TV broadcast of distant signals. One of the few non-satellite provision retained prevents local TV stations from colluding when negotiating retransmission consent contracts with cable operators.

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