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Yahoo targets mobile as primary path

February 13, 2015 12:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Yahoo is on a path to generate a significant portion of its revenue from mobile. Yahoo Senior Vice President Adam Cahan on Thursday told Bloomberg Television that mobile advertising is set to fuel its new businesses and in turn generate half of the company's total revenue in the next 12 to 18 months. 

Charter beefs up product and strategy team

February 12, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications has beefed up its product and strategy team with the addition of three new employees as well as a promotion for another. Peter Brown was promoted to vice president, user experience design where he will be responsible for the development of user experiences for all of Charter’s customer-facing products.

Connected cars have few safeguards against hackers

February 9, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle or against those who may wish to collect and use personal driver information, according to a report from Sen. Edward Markey's office.

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Texas two-step: TWC Maxx rolls into Dallas area

February 6, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started notifying its subscribers in Dallas and surrounding areas that its TWC Maxx project, which includes the conversion to all-digital, will soon be underway. By early summer of this year, those Dallas area subscribers will be able to tap into speeds of up to 300 Mbps down with the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion.

Sprint to set up shop as RadioShack files for bankruptcy

February 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint's latest plan for luring new subscribers is to occupy the remains of RadioShack.The long-struggling consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. Part of its plan is for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, to open mini-shops in as many as 1,750 of RadioShack's remaining stores.

Cablevision starts Freewheeling today

February 5, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision turned on its Wi-Fi-exclusive phone service providing unlimited data, talk and text. Monthly fees will be much lower: $9.95 a month for Optimum customers and $29.95 a month for everyone else. The company is currently supporting Motorola’s Moto G.

It's official: the FCC intends to reclassify broadband

February 4, 2015 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In order to enforce network neutrality, the FCC will propose reclassifying broadband under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to raise network neutrality principles from general tenets to explicit rules, and he intends to include mobile broadband for the first time.

Time Warner Cable boots up Denver data center

February 3, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable flipped the “on” switch to its $85 million National Data Center West facility near Denver over the weekend. Time Warner Cable first broke ground on expanding the national data center, which is located in the Denver suburb of Centennial, in June, 2013. 

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GCI closes deal to buy Alaska Communications’ wireless assets

February 3, 2015 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

General Communications, Inc. (GCI) has wrapped up its $300 million deal for Alaska Communication’s wireless business. The deal, which was announced in December, included Alaska Communications' wireless subscriber base and its 33 percent interest in a partnership between the companies known as The Alaska Wireless Network LLC

AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction, shelling out $18.2 billion in provisional winning bids (PWB). Verizon spent $10.4 billion in the auction. T-Mobile spent about $1.8 billion. Dish Network and its allies surprised by spending more on PWBs than estimated.

Cablevision suing Verizon over ad claims. Again.

January 30, 2015 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon for false advertising claims again, this time charging its rival with misleading and deceptive advertising claims about Wi-Fi service. Cablevision is objecting to Verizon’s promotions of its new FiOS Quantum gateway.

AWS-3 Auction Ends, Pulls in $44.9 Billion

January 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Analysts estimate the bulk of the proceeds came from AT&T and Verizon, each of which might have spent $15 billion to $20 billion on the auction. It’s possible that both carriers bid around each other since the AWS-3 band plan made it possible for two carriers to land 20 MHz of spectrum.

Why cable objects to broadband being 25 Mbps

January 29, 2015 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are now providing broadband rates far in excess of the proposed new minimum, but the cable industry insists that’s not the point. The speed definition of broadband is intrinsically tied into the network neutrality debate, which is tightly intertwined with the argument about how to classify broadband. (updated Jan. 30 to include ACA comment)

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U-verse grows a bit; Stephenson allows Title II feasibility

January 28, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse added a modest 73K video subscribers in Q4. Meanwhile, CEO Randall Stephenson allowed that there might be ways for the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II without damaging the industry; he just wants to see the plan first before deciding. 

Cox tunes up free Wi-Fi in Phoenix during Super Bowl week

January 28, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications has opened up more than 1,200 access points in Phoenix this week for free ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Cox has also added temporary hot spots in high traffic areas of Phoenix in order to better serve Super Bowl XLIX attendees.

CommScope to pay $3 billion for part of TE Connectivity

January 28, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In an effort to expand its geographic reach and business portfolio, CommScope Holding announced this morning that it was buying TE Connectivity’s telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion in cash. The deal included Switzerland-based TE’s telecommunications, enterprise networks and wireless businesses, which generated $1.9 billion in annual revenue last year.

Spec for wireless network supporting Internet of Things released

January 27, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The specification for the wireless standard that will support field area networks has been released. The IEEE 802.15.4g standard has promise as a key enabler for the Internet of Things, especially business, industrial and smart-city applications.

TWC gears up for epic blizzard

January 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

With up to 3 feet of snow forecast Monday night into Tuesday, Time Warner Cable has geared up for the blizzard of historic proportions. Time Warner Cable has been down this road before in its New York City footprint after 9/11 in 2001 and Super Storm Sandy three years ago, so the nation’s second largest cable operator started mobilizing its techs. 

AT&T Seeks 'North American Service Area' with Another Mexico Buy

January 26, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In the wake of closing its acquistion of Iusacell, AT&T announced Monday that it has agreed to acquire Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings for $1.8 billion. The purchase includes wireless properties in Mexico, including spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 3 million subscribers.

Cablevision to offer Wi-Fi only phone service

January 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Starting next month, Cablevision will be the first cable operator to offer a Wi-Fi based phone service to both subscribers and non-subscribers. The service, which is called “Freewheel,” will provide users with unlimited data, talk and text over Cablevision’s 1.1 million New York metropolitan area Wi-Fi hotspots or anywhere else in the world where Wi-Fi is available.

Report: Google to Sell Phone Plans on Sprint’s, T-Mobile’s Networks

January 22, 2015 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

By one estimation, Google's ultimate goal is to force down prices in wireline broadband. The Internet search giant has reportedly codenamed the new venture Nova and a number of employees at the company have already tested the service. The service will likely launch this year.

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.

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. 

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