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thePlatform instantly converts linear broadcast for replay modes

November 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

thePlatform has introduced a service for broadcasters that converts linear TV almost immediately into a format that can be used for instant replay in a multi-screen delivery environment. The capability is based in part on Elemental Technology’s Delta JIT packaging system. 

AT&T’s in-flight LTE service aborts takeoff

November 11, 2014 12:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's LTE network will apparently not be taking flight, but things are looking up at GoGo. Runway Girl Network reported Monday that AT&T is abandoning plans that it announced back in April to bring in-flight LTE network service to airlines in 2015. 

Report: Carrier Wi-Fi revenues to reach $8 billion in U.S. by 2019

November 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spurred on by recent standardization efforts, carrier Wi-Fi revenues in the United States are projected to reach nearly $8 billion by 2019, according to a recent report. The report by ABI Research also said that Cisco and Ruckus Wireless were the early carrier Wi-Fi equipment vendor leaders while other main market players include Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, and Ericsson.

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AT&T Buying Mexico Wireless Provider Iusacell for $2.5B

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

On Friday AT&T agreed to buy Mexico wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion. The deal nets AT&T Iusacell’s licenses, network assets, retail stores as well as its approximately 8.6 million subscribers. Iusacell operates as both Iusacell and Unefón and maintains a network that covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s population.

Cable Wi-Fi growth to overwhelm LTE small cells

November 7, 2014 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

"Several large mobile operators have made a gigantic blunder, by ignoring the opportunity to deploy Wi-Fi or utilize Hotspot 2.0 – so cable operators and other service providers are jumping on the opportunity." The growth in public Wi-Fi installations will far outstrip the deployment of small cells by telcos.  

Boingo turns up 25K hotspots across military bases

November 6, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In the single largest deployment in the company’s history, Boingo Wireless has installed 25,000 hotspots across Marine, Army and Air Force bases. All told, Boingo's Wi-Fi service, which is called Boingo Broadband, now covers 21 United States military bases across the globe. 

Dish optimistic its mobile broadband will be “real business”

November 5, 2014 1:56 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network is “cautiously optimistic” that the fixed-mobile broadband trials it’s currently running with Sprint and nTelos will turn into a “real business.” Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said those trials and other opportunities have the satellite-TV provider well-positioned for growth.

Dish turns in uninspiring Q3 results

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dish Network reported a modest uptick in third quarter revenue, less than half the profit, a modest decline in subscribership for its video service, and a minimal increase for broadband. With the video market is saturated, the company is widely seen as treading water.

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Google boots up superfast Wi-Fi at KC Starbucks

November 4, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Google has added a triple shot of Wi-Fi speed to a Starbucks store in Kansas City now that the store has been connected directly to the Google Fiber network. The Starbucks located at the corner of 41St and Main Street in Kansas City was the first out of the gates to tap into Google’s fiber network. 

Carnival floats promise of faster Wi-Fi

November 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Carnival said will offer a long-range, broadband wireless Internet network on all of its 101 ships across nine cruise line brands. The cruise ship company says WiFi@Sea will use a combination of  land-based antennas installed along cruise routes, Wi-Fi from a port connection, and advanced satellites to offer onboard Internet.

Yellowstone park considers bumping up bandwidth

November 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Can Old Faithful compete with Netflix? The prospect of streaming wireless service deep inside Yellowstone National Park is re-igniting the debate over whether there should be any place off limits to technology. Park officials are in preliminary discussions with CenturyLink about installing a $34 million fiber-optic line through neighboring Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone. 

WiGig startup pulls in $20M of vencap

October 29, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Fabless semiconductor company Peraso Technologies has closed a $20 million funding round. The company's chipsets are designed for products that will support the 60 GHz IEEE 802.11ad specification, which supports gigabit wireless connectivity for wireless backhaul, small cell base stations, file transfer, docking stations and other applications.

TWC makes VoIP service portable -- call from anywhere

October 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

People who subscribe to Time Warner Cable (TWC) VoIP can now use their phone service anywhere in the world they have access to a Wi-Fi signal. TWC has launched an app, called Phone 2 Go, that lets its Home Phone customers take their service on-the-go at no additional cost.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success

October 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. While Apple has partnered with major banks and large retail chains including Macy's Inc., Walgreen Co. and McDonald's Corp., critics have noted that it's not accepted by a number of other large chains.

Amazon Fire TV Stick takes on Chromecast, Roku

October 27, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amazon has jumped into the TV stick arena to compete against similar devices from the likes of Google’s Chromecast and Roku. This morning Amazon announced its Fire TV Stick, which is available to existing and new Amazon Prime customers for $19 over the next two days, or $39 as a standalone. Amazon is currently taking preorders for the Fire Stick with shipping slated for Nov. 19.

Shentel serves up free Wi-Fi in W.Va.

October 27, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) is helping support the 2014 Create West Virginia Conference by offering free Wi-Fi in Glenville, W.Va. Shentel’s free Wi-Fi offer started on Oct. 15 and is slated to run through the rest of the month.

NAB chafes at being scapegoat for FCC auction delay

October 27, 2014 12:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) fired back at the FCC over implications that further delay of the 600 MHz incentive auction was due to an NAB lawsuit. NAB said the broadcast incentive auctions will be complex and that’s why Congress gave the FCC 10 years to complete the proceedings.

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. 

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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