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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.

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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.

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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.

Austin next for TWC Maxx upgrade; 7 cities on tap next year

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus outlined several of the company’s top priorities during this morning’s second quarter earnings call, which included the announcement that seven cities are slated to receive TWC Maxx network upgrades next year. TWC Maxx, which features 300 Mbps on the downstream, will touch down in Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego.

T-Mobile deal helps Rhapsody hit 2M paying subs

July 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rhapsody International Inc. said Tuesday its partnership with T-Mobile US Inc. has helped boost its number of paying subscribers to more than 2 million, up from 1.7 million in April. Last month, Rhapsody teamed up with the nation's fourth-largest carrier on a new service called unRadio. It allows users to stream randomly generated songs along a genre, artist or song name without ads.

March / April 2014

July 25, 2014 6:19 pm | by CED | Digital Editions | Comments

Uncoiling Viper: the future of converged IP platformsIt's InGeNeOs! Every cable modem a probe!Video encoding: HEVC is actually hereWallchart: The Evolution of Multi-screen Networks

U-verse chugs along in Q2

July 24, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T said it added 488,000 high speed Internet subscribers, including 55,000 business customers. The company said it also added 190,000 U-verse TV subscribers, for a new total of 5.9 million. That’s roughly on par with the number of adds in the last few quarters.

Tablets enrich Verizon’s 2Q results

July 22, 2014 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In the second quarter earnigns report this morning, tablets helped Verizon's bottom line as it added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and 1.15 million postpaid tablets. On the FiOS side, Verizon posted subscriber gains across its video, data and phone services.

Google, others mull NYC WI-Fi project

July 21, 2014 11:54 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google and a number of partner companies may be looking to transform New York City pay phones into Wi-Fi hotspots, according to a report from Bloomberg. New York is accepting proposals from interested parties willing to install, operate and maintain up to 10,000 “Public Communications Structures providing advertising, Wi-Fi, and phone service in all five boroughs.” 

Ericsson 2Q beats street, posts $394M profit

July 18, 2014 12:38 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson today posted a second quarter profit of $394 million despite curtailing LTE rollouts by major North American carriers. Revenue for the quarter came in at just over $8 billion, which beat analyst expectations. In a press release, the Swedish equipment maker said sales in the quarter were mainly driven by continued capacity projects in North America and growth in the Middle East, China and India. 

Shaw knocks on CableWiFi door

July 16, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has reached out to the CableWiFi alliance to express its interest in becoming a peer to the consortium in Canada. If Shaw gains entry, it would add its 40,000 hotspots, which are spread throughout Western Canada between Victoria and Sault Ste. Marie, to CableWiFi’s more than 250,000 access points that are located across the U.S.

Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications

July 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

Cisco’s Lloyd, Liberty Global Fries to speak at Cable-Tec Expo

July 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco’s Rob Lloyd and Liberty Global’s Mike Fries have been added to the list of featured speakers for the Denver edition of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Sept. 22-25. Lloyd, president, development and sales for Cisco, will be on center stage on Sept. 23 at Expo while Liberty Global president and CEO Fries will follow on Sept. 24.

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