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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.

Time Warner Cable adds Wi-Fi hotspots in San Diego

September 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has turned up more than 300 Wi-Fi hotspots in the San Diego area for a total of 17,000 access points in Southern California. The nation’s second-largest cable operator, which is in the process of being acquired by Comcast, plans to add hundreds of additional TWC WiFi hotspots in San Diego this year. 

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'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

September 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

AT&T eyes bundle of DirecTV and 15 Mbps wireless broadband

September 12, 2014 6:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

If its acquisition of DirecTV is approved, AT&T plans to dedicate spectrum for a fixed wireless broadband complement to satellite TV services, according to comments AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. He also said signaled that AT&T has no interest in building out Wi-Fi networks.

CTIA: Mobile drives new levels of sports engagement

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The consensus at the CTIA Day 3 sports panel discussion is that mobile is fundamentally changing how sports fans experience the game. Andrea Kremer, chief correspondent for the NFL Network, spoke with Colin Smith, managing director of digital media at NASCAR; John Kosner, executive vice president of digital and print media at ESPN, among others.

ZigBee controls set-tops and smart home devices with same remote

September 11, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 includes a “Find My Remote” feature, the ability to connect to other devices in the smart home, as well as complete control of the set-top box or TV set.  All parts of a ZigBee smart home network can be operated with the same remote control.

Comcast, Liberty Global connect on Wi-Fi roaming

September 11, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Liberty Global, the world’s two largest cable operators, have forged a Wi-Fi  agreement that lets their respective subscribers use each other’s Wi-Fi access points both here and abroad. The landmark international roaming partnership between the two companies will go to trial later this year before launching across millions of Wi-Fi access points next year.

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AT&T lines up apps for connected cars

September 5, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T said it has attracted a half-dozen developers to AT&T Drive, the company’s program to support the adaptation of mobile apps for use in connected vehicles. AT&T set up the program to give automakers a selection of services and capabilities to include in their connected vehicles.

MetroPCS expands into 10 new markets, ups data for existing subs

September 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The T-Mobile prepaid brand will be setting up shop in Chattanooga, TN; Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis-St.Paul; Milwaukee, WI; Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA; Richmond-Petersburg, VA; Salt Lake City; St. Louis, MO; and Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, WA.

IBC 2014 Preview

September 3, 2014 2:42 pm | by CED | News | Comments

This year's show will focus on all the technological innovations and trends of interest to video broadcasters and distributors of all kinds: the migration to IP, multi-screen delivery, 4K/Ultra-HD, HEVC, wireless technologies, user interfaces, and more.  Here are previews of what some of the key innovators in the industry will be talking about and demonstrating at the conference.

Calix debuts pair of gateways with gigabit Wi-Fi

September 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Available to be private-labeled by Calix customers, the 844G and 854G GigaCenters are the first in a family of customer premises service delivery platforms, the company said. The company claims they are the first gateways to support carrier class Wi-Fi in the home.

Ericsson trials LTE broadcast in Poland

September 2, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson and Polkomtel said they were successful with a test of LTE broadcast technology. The trial was conducted on August 30, when the operator streamed the opening game of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship between Poland and Serbia to 300 selected guests and journalists at Warsaw's National Stadium.

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Cox doubles down on speeds at Las Vegas Convention Center

August 26, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has doubled the speeds for three of its wired data tiers at the Las Vegas Convention Center at no additional cost to exhibitors, show management and other users. The faster speeds from the cable operator’s Cox Business/Hospitality Network division went into effect immediately at the convention center.

Cox not interested in buying T-Mobile

August 21, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Speculators on Wall Street, eager for deals to move the market and frustrated by the collapse of talks between Sprint and T-Mobile, have been toying with the names of other companies who might step in and buy T-Mobile. Who's in a position to do it, though?

FCC approves MSOs' shift to new Wi-Fi spectrum

August 20, 2014 7:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox have received approval from the FCC to switch the frequency at which their outdoor Wi-Fi access points operate from a portion of the unlicensed band now in common use to another nearby frequency at 5.1 GHz.

Time Warner Cable holds serve on U.S. Open Wi-Fi

August 19, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable will be serving up free Wi-Fi access at next month’s U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York City. The nation’s second-largest cable operator said the Wi-Fi deployment at the U.S. Open was its largest public venue installation to date with 235 access points. 

Business Wi-Fi Everywhere

August 13, 2014 12:40 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Wi-Fi has become the wireless play that cable operators have long yearned for, and it doesn’t require the costly build out of LTE networks or flaky partnerships that ultimately failed. From homes, to stadiums, to trains, to metro areas with heavy foot traffic, Wi-Fi has been a shining star.

Wireless Microphones: Incentive Auction Losers

August 12, 2014 10:58 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Capital Currents: The FCC has released a nearly 500-page decision that lays out the rules for the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. If the auction succeeds, the big losers will be users of wireless microphones, and folks hoping to use unlicensed white spaces devices for data networks.

Verizon bets on video, VoLTE and tablets for growth

August 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless expects to prosper with video. "Multicast is a few years out...that's the pivotal start to change the way content is delivered on the mobile handset," said CFO Fran Shammo, who noted that driving an ecosystem of devices that support the technology will be key to its adoption.

Telstra deploys Netgear’s Wi-Fi gateway

August 12, 2014 11:58 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telstra, which is Australia’s largest telecommunications service provider, has given a boost to in-home Wi-Fi speeds with a new gateway from Netgear. By using 802.11ac, DOCSIS 3.0 and Netgear’s Beamforming+ technology, Netgear said its work with Telstra boosted home network Wi-Fi speeds up to three times faster than previous speeds.

Sprint CEO Hesse out, T-Mobile merger off

August 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure will take over as President and CEO at Sprint. Claure founded Brightstar, a wireless distribution company, and earlier this year sold a majority stake to SoftBank for $1.26 billion. After the sale he joined the board at Sprint, also owned by SoftBank.

Verizon to FCC: throttling unlimited users “widely acepted”

August 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Following consumer consternation over reports that Verizon is occasionally restricting the access of some of its heaviest users, and after FCC Chairman cautioned the company, Verizon responds that its actions are necessary network management practices to handle network congestion.

Cablevision loses customers, but has faith in Wi-Fi

August 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision lost 28,000 video customers, 8,000 broadband subscribers, as Verizon FiOS enticed subscribers away with offers of the triple play priced as low as $69 a month. But Wi-Fi usage is increasing, and the MSO believes it may yet be turned into a key differentiator against competitors.

French Carrier Iliad Offers to Buy T-Mobile

July 31, 2014 3:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Small French carrier Iliad  is offering $15 billion for a 56.6 percent stake in T-Mobile. Iliad owner Xavier Niel said the deal represents a 42-percent premium over T-Mobile's stock price at the time of the announcement. Iliad confirmed the deal already has backing from international banks.

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