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Report: Sprint doesn't see need to up Clearwire bid

January 10, 2013 3:01 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint isn't sweating Dish Network’s offer to buy Clearwire for $3.30 per share, an 11 percent increase over its $2.97 offer, and doesn't foresee needing to up its bid in acquiring a 100 percent stake in the WiMAX provider. Clearwire stock rose 8 percent on news of Dish’s offer.

FCC to move on better Wi-Fi

January 10, 2013 2:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is pursuing a plan to open a nationwide swath of unlicensed spectrum specifically for the deployment of "Gigabit" Wi-Fi technology in major hubs, such as airports and convention centers. The plan increases the capacity and speed of Wi-Fi networks in public spaces.

Former Rogers exec O’Carroll joins Sandvine’s board

January 10, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Rogers Communications executive Dermot O’Carroll, who retired from Rogers last year, has joined Sandvine’s board of directors. O’Carroll had almost 40 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including 15 years at Rogers, before he retired.

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Dish jumps in with unsolicited, $3.30-per-share offer for Clearwire

January 9, 2013 2:06 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network has offered to buy up to all of Clearwire’s common stock at $3.30 per share in a proposed deal that would allow Dish to purchase some spectrum assets from Clearwire. Under the conditions of the preliminary offer, Dish would acquire approximately 11.4 billion MHz-POPs from Clearwire, or 24 percent of its total spectrum holdings, for $2.2 billion.

Aereo to make its streaming service available in 22 more cities

January 9, 2013 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bolstered by a $38 million second round of financing, controversial streaming provider Aereo plans on expanding its service to 22 more cities across the nation this year. Aereo launched its streaming service in New York City and was promptly sued by major broadcast networks.

Google to offer public Wi-Fi in NYC neighborhood

January 9, 2013 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google said it is teaming up with a New York City neighborhood business group to provide the company's first urban Wi-Fi network. The network will be available free to about a 10-block area surrounding Google's offices in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Azuki backs multi-screen distribution of apps

January 9, 2013 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ES3 is teaming with Azuki Systems to demonstrate how TumbleBooks TV can be turned into a multi-screen service accessible on mobile devices in the home and elsewhere. ES3 develops apps for the Microsoft Mediaroom environment. TumbleBooks TV is an app that delivers read-along children’s books to the TV.

Mediacom serves up BTN2Go in multiple states

January 9, 2013 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications is now offering TV Everywhere services from Big Ten Network to authenticated subscribers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and parts of other Midwestern states. Mediacom customers in those areas can now access BTN2Go live.

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Survey: Wi-Fi becoming critical for differentiation

January 9, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A survey conducted on behalf of Amdocs reveals that service providers have an intense interest in Wi-Fi, even as they struggle with technical and business issues. Authenticating customers as they roam and as they juggle devices remains an issue, and service providers are still casting about for sure-fire ways to monetize the service.

Smart TVs get smarter, by just a little bit

January 9, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the not-so-distant future, couch potatoes will be waving, pointing, swiping and tapping to make their TVs react, kind of like what Tom Cruise did in the movie "Minority Report." That's the vision of TV manufacturers as they show off "Smart TVs."

CTIA, IFA partner for 'borderless' show

January 9, 2013 1:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA and IFA announced that they are joining forces on what the two organizations are calling the world’s first "borderless" trade show in 2014. IFA is an annual consumer electronics and home appliances trade show based in Berlin, and CTIA focuses primarily on mobility.

Crest Financial files to block Sprint, Clearwire deal

January 8, 2013 3:38 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Crest Financial Limited, which owns an 8.3 percent share of Clearwire, has petitioned the FCC to block Sprint's proposed 100 percent acquisition of Clearwire, citing proper public notice was not issued in Sprint's 2012 deal with Eagle River Holdings to reacquire a controlling stake in Clearwire.

Samsung sees record-high Q4 profit

January 8, 2013 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said its operating profit for the October-December quarter would be about 8.8 trillion won ($8.3 billion).

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CES: Time Warner Cable hooks up with Roku for streaming

January 7, 2013 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Time Warner Cable announced it has added Roku to its roster of partners that can stream the MSO’s TWC TV service. The TWC TV service is free to authenticated subscribers and will launch on Roku this quarter.

CES: Celeno demos video bridge, IP camera

January 7, 2013 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno has partnered with Edimax on a video bridge that supports 802.11ac and boasts a peak radio throughput of 866 Mbps. The video bridge is capable of provisioning uninterrupted streaming of HD IPTV, as well as data streams to multiple screens within a user’s home, while also insuring QoS and QoE.

Blockbuster On Demand to use Moto encryption

January 7, 2013 2:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the deal, Motorola Mobility has scored a notable trifecta for its Medios+ encryption technology, having struck deals in the past year with a major satellite company – Blockbuster is owned by EchoStar/Dish – a major IPTV provider – Verizon FiOS – and a major MSO – Time Warner Cable.

Kilar to quit as CEO of Hulu by March

January 7, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jason Kilar will step down as the chief executive of Hulu, the online video service owned by the parents of ABC, NBC and Fox. NBC parent Comcast is required to be a silent partner in Hulu as part of the government signing off on its purchase of NBCUniversal.

RFMD adds module for ac Wi-Fi

January 7, 2013 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RFMD’s new RFFM4501E module enables 802.11ac connectivity in the 5.15 GHz to 5.85 GHz frequency band. It is optimized to support multiple applications, including notebooks, mobile routers and low-power customer premises equipment (CPE).

Can MVNOs help peel the cap off Big Data?

January 7, 2013 2:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Imaginative minds have sometimes pegged the Internet as the new Wild West, a vast land of opportunity fraught with peril. That’s a bit of a stretch, but if there’s one ideal that should hold as true in this new frontier as it did in the old, it’s Roy Rogers’ plea to never fence him in

Broadcasters intro MyDTV multi-screen service

January 4, 2013 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Fisher Communications and Hubbard Broadcasting announced what they are calling a soft consumer launch of a mobile digital television service, called MyDTV, in Seattle and Minneapolis, respectively. Both are initially distributing 750 receivers in each of their respective markets.

Rural proponents come out for LightSquared proposal

January 4, 2013 2:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A number of comments were filed with the FCC, encouraging the Commission to approve LightSquared’s most recent proposal to give up 10 MHz of spectrum located closest to the GPS band and instead share spectrum currently used by the NOAA.

CED Person of the Year

January 4, 2013 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

For Cequel Communications Holdings, doing business as Suddenlink, 2012 was the occasion of a remarkably simultaneous culmination of several multi-year efforts. These efforts included both engineering and business aspects, which ultimately amplified each other.

The future of MPEG video transport over QAM

January 4, 2013 11:52 am | by Conrad Clemson, director of strategy and product management for Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group | Articles | Comments

In this age, with every point in the distribution line being threaded through and through with IP-based technologies, it is important to consider the near-, mid- and long-term future of the MPEG video transport architecture this industry invented and built.

WiGig, Wi-Fi alliances join forces

January 3, 2013 2:54 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance announced that they will merge the two entities into one organization that will operate under the Wi-Fi Alliance. The two have been collaborating for more than two years on the WiGig Alliance's work to develop an interoperability certification for 60 GHz products.

Alticast casts lot with ThinkAnalytics

January 3, 2013 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Alticast will integrate ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Windmill interactive TV software product suite. ThinkAnalytics specializes in personalizing recommendations for intelligent navigation. The company has software that cuts across most popular devices.

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