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Mexico’s Totalplay picks Envivio for IPTV, VOD services

February 20, 2013 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Totalplay Telecomunicaciones, an IPTV service provider in Mexico, has deployed Envivio Muse encoders to provision its live and on-demand services. Totalplay is also using software-based Muse encoders on the Envivio 4Caster Gen III platform.

Cisco debuts mobile targeted ad system

February 19, 2013 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vendor’s new Cisco Quantum software suite is designed to handle any sort of new monetization scheme; combining Cisco Systems' software with new small cell products, cable operators can create a system for mobile targeted advertising.

Rogers nets $455M in Q4 on $3.26B in revenue

February 19, 2013 1:18 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A record quarter for smartphone sales helped Rogers Communications exceed analysts’ expectations in the fourth quarter. The company reports a 3 percent gain in quarterly revenue to $3.26 billion and 88 cents in earnings per share – beating estimates of $3.19 billion and 72 cents per share.

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Sprint LTE live in parts of San Fran, NYC, D.C.

February 19, 2013 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is turning on LTE in some parts of San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York City. While these markets haven't officially launched, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed "more and more reports of Sprint customers discovering LTE on their 4G LTE devices in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York City."

Verizon finalizes 3 spectrum deals to rural telecoms

February 19, 2013 1:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless completed three sales of its 700 MHz A- and B-block spectrum licenses to rural telecoms. Nortex Communications picked up the Texas RSA 6-Jack 700 MHz lower B-block license, and Panhandle Telecommunication Systems acquired the Texas RSA 2-Hansford 700 MHz lower B-block license.

Former Insight exec Griffith joins Willner at Penthera

February 19, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was an offer that Melani Griffith couldn’t refuse. Griffith started her new job at Penthera Partners, which reunited her with former Insight Communications head honcho Michael Willner. Griffith was hired as Penthera’s executive vice president of business development.

Kansas House approves telecom deregulation bill

February 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas would lessen its regulation of telecommunications but begin to phase out consumer-financed subsidies for universal landline service under a bill approved by the state House. The House's 118-1 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it also is expected to have bipartisan support.

NCTC picks SageQuest for GPS fleet tracking

February 14, 2013 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has named Fleetmatics Group’s SageQuest GPS fleet tracking platform as an exclusive provider to its members. Fleetmatics Group's products are marketed both under the Fleetmatics and SageQuest brands

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Intel working on TV set-top box to replace cable

February 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel said it will sell a set-top box that brings Internet-delivered movies and shows to a TV set this year. Erik Huggers, general manager of Intel Media, said the company plans to sell a box that will offer "a vastly superior experience" to today's cable boxes.

Clearwire subscribers dwindle 8% in Q4 to 9.6M

February 13, 2013 3:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As both Dish Network and Sprint haggle for control of Clearwire, the WiMAX provider delivered up disappointing fourth-quarter results, proving once more that its spectrum is its most valuable asset. Clearwire ended Q4 with approximately 9.6 million total subs.

Ericsson preps unified CDN

February 13, 2013 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Ericsson is preparing a unified content delivery network designed to handle managed and unmanaged content over both fixed and mobile networks. Specifically, the approach aims to help companies manage the rising demand for OTT video.

Report: Global mobile phone sales declined 1.7% in 2012

February 13, 2013 3:10 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Global mobile phone sales totaled 1.75 billion units in 2012, marking a 1.7 percent decrease to the amount of handsets snatched up by end users in 2011. Smartphones rang up the most sales, with 207.7 million units moving in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Comcast unlocks vault of Fox TV Everywhere content

February 12, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Fox Networks announced a multi-platform distribution deal that gives nearly 22 million Xfinity TV customers access to a wide range of video content from Fox across linear TV, online, tablets, mobile devices and gaming consoles.

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Dish: Without wireless partner, selling spectrum an option

February 12, 2013 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen reiterated that his company will sell its AWS spectrum if it can’t find a suitable partner to help it deploy an LTE Advanced wireless network. Ergen made the comments at The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D conference.

Genband unifies product line, launches white label cloud service

February 12, 2013 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Genband launched a new white label cloud service, which is called “NUViA,” that it said will cut down on the amount of equipment service providers need to provision their services while also cutting down on time to market.

ThinkAnalytics doubles its revenue

February 12, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bolstered by a nice run of new customer signings, ThinkAnalytics reported financials that saw a doubling of its revenue and profits over the previous year. Recent new customer signings include Cox, Swisscom, Unitymedia in Germany, Zon in Portugal and Nordic operator Canal Digital.

Ruckus hires Cisco Wi-Fi expert

February 12, 2013 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ruckus Wireless has hired David Stephenson, formerly with Cisco Systems, as senior principal engineer within its System Architecture group. Stephenson worked at Cisco for nearly 14 years within its Wireless Networking Business Unit, where he was responsible for the technical architecture of Hotspot 2.0.

TWC adds VOD content for PCs, Macs on Web browser

February 11, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After offering VOD content on its TWC TV app for iPads, Time Warner Cable has upgraded its TWCTV.com Web portal to do the same on Macs and PCs. With the upgrade to TWCTV.com, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles to subscribers.

SCTE offers 9 new or updated training courses

February 11, 2013 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that it will offer a record 50 virtual classes this year, including nine new or revised courses, across a wide range of technical areas. This year’s virtual lineup is a 35 percent increase over the 37 classes it offered last year.

Phone cos: Cell service holding up after storm

February 11, 2013 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cell phone companies say their networks are largely up and running after a blizzard dumped up to 3 feet of snow on New England. Not all cell towers have backup power, so natural disasters can take out cell service through power outages.

Milius and milestones

February 8, 2013 5:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ray Milius and his team are responsible for engineering matters at Starz. Starz is not among the largest programmers, but it frequently is among the first programmers to adopt new technologies. Recently, Ray and his team got Starz into TV Everywhere with its Encore and MoviePlex On Demand And Play services.

Report: Early Isis results warrant skepticism

February 8, 2013 11:37 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mobile wallet joint venture Isis is seeing results from trials in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas, according to Yankee Group, but the research group isn't quite convinced. Since the trials were launched, merchants supporting the mobile payment system have seen an uptick in both repeat visits and overall purchases.

FCC aims to improve completion rate of long-distance calls to rural areas

February 8, 2013 11:35 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which seeks comment on rules to help address problems in the completion of long-distance telephone calls to rural customers. The NPRM is specifcally aimed at intermediate carries that complete long-distance calls for long-distance providers.

Idaho panel: Let telecoms call existing customers

February 8, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A House committee agreed that Idaho should lift a 13-year-old restriction barring phone and cable TV companies from calling existing customers to market new products or services, rejecting an argument from the attorney general's office that the change would erode people's privacy protections.

Comcast 1st ISP to offer safety, security platform for smartphones, tablets

February 7, 2013 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to protect its subscribers against security threats on their mobile devices, Comcast has launched its Constant Guard Mobile app. Comcast said it’s the first ISP in the nation to offer an Internet safety and security platform for its smartphone and tablet users.

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