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Verizon hints at OTT product; reports Internet of Things revenue

January 22, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CFO Fran Shammo teased about an over-the-top product that might be introduced in the summer.  He said the IoT is now a defined, growing business with specific revenue attached. He also reiterated Verizon’s opposition to Title II reclassification.

Google, Fidelity invest $1B in SpaceX

January 21, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent weeks, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has talked about lofting a network of satellites that would be used for delivering broadband services, including remotest areas on Earth. Speculation is that Google might be investing to help finance that vision.

China Mobile Research aiming at 800 Gbps wireless

January 20, 2015 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A new 5G research partnership involving China Mobile Research Institute and Nutaq Innovation will start work on testing and fine-tuning massive MIMO antenna applications, with a goal of 800 Gbps speeds -- far, far beyond the typical aims for  5G technology.

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NBC to stream Super Bowl for free

January 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is extending its habit of using big events to promote broadband TV, with its NBC subsidiary set to stream the Super Bowl for free to tablets and PCs. The stream will include a total of 11 hours of content, including the game itself and the halftime show. 

How “Big Brother-ish” Can Sponsored Data Get?

January 16, 2015 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Blogs | Comments

It’s true that sponsored data has some benevolent, or at least fairly benign, applications. But an app that uses Fitbits to monitor hotel employees to make sure they're working suggests that more Orwellian applications could be on the horizon. 

Apple aims to unify home networking with HomeKit

January 15, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Think of HomeKit as a way to unify smart-home products from different manufacturers. Currently, if Acme Co. makes a light switch, you need to download Acme's app to control it remotely. With HomeKit, companies can integrate their apps into a single software platform that you control from your iPhone or iPad.

Intraway adds subscriber Wi-Fi self management tool

January 15, 2015 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

How would you like it if you never heard another customer ever say "I forgot my password"? Intraway’s solution allows users to change and recover passwords and SSID, and select the Wi-Fi channel, among other capabilities inherent in their Wi-Fi DOCSIS devices.

Shomi costs drag Shaw’s 1Q profit down

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications reported this morning that its first quarter profits were down year-over-year, partially due to the start up cost associated with its streaming service that launched in November. Shaw and Rogers Communications both own a 50 percent stake in shomi, which is a new subscription VOD service that was designed to compete against Netflix, but Shaw lost $13 million on the joint venture in the first quarter.

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NYC libraries pioneer free hot spot lending program

January 12, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents. The program — which offers the devices for up to a year, about a $1,000 value — seeks to bridge a digital divide in the nation's largest city, where studies have found nearly 3 million of the 8 million people lack broadband access.

Comcast gets green light for train station Wi-Fi service

January 9, 2015 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has gotten the green light to offer its Wi-Fi service at 13 PATCO train stations in New Jersey and its hometown of Philadelphia starting this summer. The commuter rail line announced on Thursday that the operations and maintenance committee of its board of directors had endorsed Comcast’s proposal for Wi-Fi at the stations. 

Sale of Iusacell stake removes hurdle for AT&T’s purchase of mobile carrier

January 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Yesterday Mexican broadcaster and media company Grupo Television announced it had wrapped up the sale of its 50 percent stake in wireless operator Iusacell back to joint-venture partner Grupo Salinas. The deal paved the way for AT&T to close on its acquisition to buy Iusacell for $2.5 billion, which was announced in November of last year.

AT&T tees up LTE broadcast trial at championship game

January 9, 2015 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will trial LTE Broadcast at the College Football Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday. The carrier will use the technology to give customers with compatible devices access to additional feeds, alternate camera angles or bonus footage. 

C Spire extends rollover data to shared plans

January 8, 2015 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The consumption model of charging for broadband continues to morph, as wireless broadband carriers try to match or exceed each other's offers to let consumers rollover unused portions of their monthly data allocations. AT&T yesterday adopted the approach; C Spire today modified it's plan.

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Broadcom takes wraps off of DOCSIS 3.1 chipset

January 6, 2015 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom announced this morning at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it was the first vendor to debut a DOCSIS 3.1-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) for cable operators. Cable operators have been frothing at the mouth for DOCSIS 3.1 gear and today’s announcement from Broadcom included executive quotes from the two largest cable operators in the world, Comcast and Liberty Global. 

Echo resonates across BHN’s footprint

January 6, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After first deploying the service in Tampa Bay and Central Florida last summer, Bright House Networks has rolled out its “Echo” Wi-Fi offering, which was designed to fill-in Wi-Fi dead spots within a home, across its footprint. The Echo access points are supplied by Actiontec Electronics while Entropic provides the MoCA silicon for both the Arris modems and hotspots.

AT&T Digital Life Partners with Samsung, LG, Qualcomm

January 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T today announced new partnerships with Samsung, LG, Qualcomm and Lutron Electronics for its Digital Life smart home platform. New services and third-party product integrations will allow Digital Life subscribers to control connected home features with their smartwatches. 

Service providers have big role to play in IoT market

December 29, 2014 7:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

IoT Special Report: The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to be in sore need of management. Cycle30 specializes in back office systems that service providers can deploy to manage any connected device – mobile handsets, sensors, anything, and then manage how to make money from the systems.

Cox lights up more hotspots in Vegas, Phoenix

December 19, 2014 11:58 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This month Cox Communications has added 1,700 Wi-Fi hotspots for its subscribers to log into in Phoenix and Las Vegas. Cox has launched its Wi-Fi service, CoxWiFi, in six markets to date with more planned for next year, including hundreds of new access points in San Diego after the first of the year.

Submit those SCTE Cable-Tec Expo abstracts now

December 19, 2014 11:33 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is actively recruiting abstracts for next year’s Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans. The deadline for abstract submissions, which will be reviewed by the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo2015 Program Committee that’s chaired by Liberty Global CTO and EVP Balan Nair, is Feb. 17.

Dish welcomes Netflix in

December 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dish said it is integrating Netflix into its service, available as an app to customers who have a second-generation Hopper DVR. The company plans to also roll out the app out on its Joey, Super Joey and Wireless Joey clients. Dish is still considering integrating Netflix content directly into its search functionality.

Boingo, Time Warner Cable boot up Passpoint-enabled roaming

December 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Boingo are laying claim to being the first companies in the world to launch a reciprocal Passpoint-based roaming network for their customers. The two companies announced a bilateral Wi-Fi roaming deal back in June and said then that they would complete a Passpoint-enabled integration later this year. 

Wi-Fi chipset maker Quantenna scores $22m in investment round

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

Wi-Fi chipset vendor Quantenna Communications has raked in $22 million in its latest investment round and added two members to its board of directors in the process. Leading new investors in the latest round were Centerview Capital Technology, Vivint and NTT Group. In tandem with the financing, founding partner of Centerview Capital Ned Hooper and Harold Hughes were appointed to Quantenna’s board.

T-Mobile announces data stash rollover program

December 16, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile is going commercial with an idea that undermines one of the fundamental tenets of the broadband industry: data is not a use-it-or-lose-it proposition. From now on, if a T-Mobile customer pays for X amount of a data a month, they get to keep the allotment and roll it over into the next pay period.

Research: Most smart home device owners willing to pay for tech support

December 16, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Internet of Things and connected consumer electronics devices are morphing the technical needs of consumers, according to a recent report. Park Associates' research found that more than 56 percent of smart home device owners were willing to pay extra for monthly tech support services.

Orange, Ericsson hit 300 Mbps on LTE

December 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In a lab test, Orange and Ericsson achieved up to 300 Mbps using FDD technology, a version of LTE that aggregates bandwidth in two different frequency bands. The test confirms the potential of using 3.5 GHz FDD technology to increase mobile broadband capacity.   

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