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Apps World - Feb. 7-8, 2013

November 28, 2012 11:58 am | by CED Magazine | Events

Apps World will be returning to North America for two days of engagement and high-level insight and discussion around one of the largest-growing industries – mobile apps. More than 5,000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals are expected.

Mediacom serves up customer care on mobile devices

November 27, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications subscribers can troubleshoot and resolve service issues, schedule service appointments, and view or pay their bills on a new mobile customer care app that the cable operator provisioned with Synchronoss Technologies.

TiVo connects with Cable One on DVR deal

November 27, 2012 3:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has landed yet another cable operator customer: It has signed a deal with Cable One to provide its DVR software and multi-screen video applications to the nation’s 10th-largest cable operator, which will start rolling out its TiVo offering next year.


Videotron rings up new features for phone service

November 27, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian cable operator Videotron has added two new residential telephone call management options for its voice subscribers. Videotron voice customers can use its Customer Centre to manage their privacy options and set up call features.

Fujitsu stitches 10G into backhaul system

November 27, 2012 3:12 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The latest version of Fujitsu’s Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) is designed to make mobile backhaul easier with the integration of 10G SONET and Ethernet. Version 9.1 of Fujitsu’s FlashWave 4100 ES integrates 10 Gbps-capable OC-192 network access.

TVNZ sets on-demand catch-up TV app

November 27, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

New Zealand’s national broadcaster is preparing to launch an on-demand catch-up TV app for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. TVNZ’s onDemand catch-up app will be built to use Brightcove’s App Cloud mobile app platform, allowing TVNZ to securely deliver content.

CWA, DOJ weigh in on T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger

November 27, 2012 3:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Communications Workers of America, as well as the Department of Justice, have weighed in on the proposed merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. The CWA is asking the FCC to ensure that the deal does not result in a loss of jobs in the United States.

ICOA: Google acquisition rumors are false

November 27, 2012 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google has not acquired Wi-Fi hotspot provider ICOA for $400 million, according to statements from both companies. George Strouthopoulos, president and CEO of ICOA, said that his company is investigating the source of the fake press release.


RCN offers holiday promo in NYC

November 26, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is offering a holiday promotion of reduced rates on its voice and data services in the New York City boroughs that it serves. Over-builder RCN offers its services in Manhattan and Queens, as well as in parts of downtown Brooklyn, where it competes against Time Warner Cable.

PISC argues for approval of AWS-4 rules

November 26, 2012 2:38 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Public Interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC) argues that the FCC imposing lower power and stringent out-of-band emission requirements on the lower boundary of the AWS-4 band would harm rather than promote competition in the wireless industry.

HughesNet adds business tiers

November 26, 2012 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

After introducing residential satellite broadband service, Hughes Network Systems has introduced three service plans specifically for business customers. The EchoStar subsidiary said its Gen4 Business Internet is aimed at areas lacking cable or DSL service.

Navigation guides yet to take flight

November 21, 2012 10:14 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

TV’s user interface (UI) – combining navigation, search, discovery and more – is as sophisticated a product as the TV industry has. But it doesn’t by a long shot get viewers literally everywhere they might want to go. “Disaster” might be too strong a word for TV’s UI, but whatever the appropriate description is, the difference is a matter only of degree.

DOCSIS 3.1 takes center stage at Cable-Tec Expo

November 21, 2012 9:56 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

There were plenty of buzz-worthy topics during the most recent edition of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, but the official debut of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification made the biggest splash in Orlando outside of Sea World. A panel provided some insights on DOCSIS 3.1.


Telecompetition top concern at TelcoTV

November 20, 2012 7:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers remain squeezed by circumstances. Some are scraping up the wherewithal to build infrastructure supporting new services. Meanwhile, equipment vendors continue to devise solutions sized and priced appropriately for the market.

A compelling multi-screen user experience

November 20, 2012 7:37 pm | by Kirk Edwardson, director of marketing at Espial | Articles | Comments

Managed service providers, telcos, MSOs and satellite broadcasters alike are facing intense competition from over-the-top service providers such as Netflix and Hulu. These new market entrants are rapidly building their subscriber base by providing premium video and video-on-demand services on any device.

Report: FCC to limit Dish spectrum

November 20, 2012 1:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is saying it intends to limit the use of Dish Network's AWS-4 spectrum, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal.  FCC officials told the paper that they are leaning towards limiting Dish's 40 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum to prevent interference with the H-block, a chunk of spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.

Time Warner Cable’s $82M National Data Center opens in Charlotte

November 19, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable officially opened the doors on its $82 million National Data Center on the company’s Charlotte campus. The new data center will enable Time Warner Cable to leverage the latest IP technology to deliver its video to various services and devices.

Report: FCC to limit Dish spectrum

November 19, 2012 2:32 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is saying it intends to limit the use of Dish's spectrum. FCC officials said that they are leaning toward limiting Dish's 40 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum to prevent interference with the H-block, a chunk of spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.

Verizon continues lower B-block sales

November 19, 2012 2:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless announced that it has agreed to sell Oklahoma-based Panhandle Telecommunications Systems licenses for spectrum in the 700 MHz B-block. The spectrum covers 12 counties in the northwest part of Texas. The sale is subject to FCC approval.

Cisco Systems to buy Meraki for $1.2B

November 19, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems is buying Meraki for $1.2 billion to expand its ability to let customers compute in the cloud. Cloud computing refers to the increasingly popular practice of storing software applications in remote data centers that are accessed over the Internet.

In Perspective - Faster, pussycat

November 19, 2012 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Every year, we all get treated to a country-by-country breakdown of average broadband speeds. In recent years, several traditional economic powerhouses find themselves somewhere down in the middle of the rankings. This is a group of countries used to being leaders, so lagging in any way tends to chafe.

Memory Lane - A signal of what would come

November 19, 2012 12:50 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

In cable, the cable modem and the television converter loom large as signatures of technological advancement. But industry historians point to a far less notorious device as the innovation that propelled the industry from its tenuous origins to an echelon reserved for the truly game-changing. It was a signal meter.

Open Mic - May the source be with you

November 19, 2012 12:30 pm | by Bob Edwards, vice president of engineering at itaas | Articles | Comments

In the “Star Wars” saga, the legendary Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi describes the “Force” as an energy field that “surrounds us; it penetrates us and binds the galaxy together.” In a similar fashion, the move to “open-source” software binds together the many moving parts of the ever-expanding galaxy of software and electronics devices.

Engineering-Wise - Get your cable networks ready for higher capacity

November 19, 2012 12:06 pm | by Daniel Howard, senior vice president of engineering and CTO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

The race is on to develop the next-generation access signaling schemes for cable operators to keep up with Nielsen’s Law growth in network capacities and speeds delivered to customers. CableLabs and the SCTE have partnered in new and deeper ways to accelerate the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1.

Capital Currents - The FCC’s attack on Channel 37

November 19, 2012 11:18 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The FCC has a plan to induce broadcasters to give up some of their frequency spectrum assignments so that more spectrum becomes available for mobile communications. But the FCC plan might also bump the radio astronomy scientists out of off-air TV Channel 37.

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