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Alticast enables KT's satellite-based on-demand

February 26, 2014 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

At the heart of SkyLife's SOD service is the Alticast Media Cloud Platform, which is comprised of four major components:  a Cloud content ingest/delivery system, a Cloud service system, a Cloud media storage system and a Cloud streaming system. 

MWC: Incentives coming for payments by phones

February 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form, offering more security than standard plastic cards with magnetic stripes. To make a purchase, simply tap the phone on a card reader or wave a bar code over a scanner. Yet most people still prefer plastic.

Firefox, Spreadtrum chipset partnership promises $25 smartphones

February 24, 2014 1:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The chipset (SC6821) combines a “low memory configuration and high level of integration” to drive down costs. More specifically, Spreadtrum says the chipset could support smartphones with 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreens, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and camera functions.

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Time Warner Cable to boost speeds in Austin

February 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite its possible acquisition by Comcast, Time Warner Cable isn’t waving the white flag in Austin. Time Warner Cable announced it would boost its “Ultimate” 50 Mbps tier to 300 Mbps on the downstream by the this fall, as well bowing faster speeds across additional data tiers.

Aereo suffers first major legal setback

February 20, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A District Judge  argued that Aereo's retransmission of video signals is "indistinguishable from a cable company," and said that if Aereo continued to do business, it would damage broadcasters' ability to negotiate with legitimate licensees, siphon viewers away from their websites and subject them to potential piracy.

The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

Exploring Mobile Backhaul Opportunities

February 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by By Dawn Emms, Director, Marketing, Aurora Networks - A Pace Company | Articles | Comments

Consumer hunger for media-rich mobile communications is driving wireless operators to increase bandwidth at their cell sites to accommodate the dynamic growth of data, video and voice traffic generated by bandwidth-hungry applications. As a result, cell tower backhaul represents an enormous business opportunity for cable operators.

Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

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AT&T aims to buy Cable One spectrum licenses

February 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T’s potential deal with Cable One marks the second significant spectrum transaction already this year for the carrier. In January, AT&T announced it was buying from Aloha Partners 49 AWS licenses covering approximately 50 million people in 14 states including California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Qualcomm touts Broadcast LTE for video and more

February 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.

Report: service provider edge router market to approach $9B by 2018

February 5, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pushed along by investments in routers for mobile backhaul networks, the service provider edge router market is expected to approach $9 billion worldwide by 2018. The North American market drove the worldwide demand for mobile backhaul networks from 2009 through last year, but with LTE deployments largely completed service providers have started to taper their investments in this region, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group.

Cablevision turns on Wi-Fi access at 11 NJ Transit stations

January 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum WiFi service is now live at 11 NJ Transit stations. The 11stations, which include the major hubs of NJ Transit, were the first to be outfitted with Optimum WiFi as part of the 20-year partnership between NJ Transit and Cablevision that was announced in June.

CTI Towers buys four towers, hires Ryan for M&A

January 29, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Ventures-backed CTI Towers announced today that it had bought four new towers from NTCH in Amarillo, Texas. CTI Towers, which was formed three years ago with towers that were previously owned and operated by Comcast Cable, also announced it had hired Joe Ryan for the new role of vice president of acquisitions.

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NBCU/Comcast tee up deal with 49ers, Levi’s Stadium

January 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have struck a wide-ranging, 10-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers to provide a range of services at the new Levi’s Stadium. Hooking up professional sports stadiums with its Ethernet and Wi-Fi services is nothing for new Comcast, but the deal with the 49ers also included programming elements as well. 

Verizon picks up Intel's cloud video operation

January 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon Communications confirmed that it will buy Intel Media, Intel’s IP video operation. The company expects to use the technology to improve multi-screen delivery on both its wireline FiOS network and on its wireless LTE network.  Intel Media was driving to become a competitive commercial video company, similar to Netflix, Amazon Instant, or the forthcoming service from Sony.

SK Telecom to Show Off 450 Mbps LTE-Advanced

January 20, 2014 12:41 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Korean wireless provider said it can combine three bands—two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz—and hit aggregated downlink rates of 300 Mbps. The company expects to commercially launch the service by the end of 2014 when it estimates compatible chipsets will come to market.

Report: Sprint / T-Mobile merger in the works

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have moved to direct talks on a deal for the German carrier’s 67-percent stake in T-Mobile. The two companies are said to be ironing out obstacles to the deal and said the process could take months. The deal could have a profound effect on wireless broadband and broadband pricing trends.

Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system

January 15, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Designed using software-defined architecture and dynamic spectrum sharing, RuralConnect transmits in unused frequencies in the UHF TV band (470-698 MHz). The system uses the Spectrum Bridge database to determine what frequencies are unused in any given broadcast area.

Cablevision hires Comstock as EVP of operations

January 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has hired Robert Comstock to the newly created position of executive vice president, operations. Effective immediately, Cablevision said Comstock is responsible for all aspects of infrastructure that support the delivery of Cablevision’s customer experience, including network management, field operations, outside plant, Wi-Fi execution, and telecommunications network management.

T-Mobile to buy spectrum licenses from Verizon

January 6, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

T-Mobile said Monday that it's reached deals to buy spectrum licenses from Verizon Wireless for $2.37 billion in cash, allowing it to improve certain kinds of cellular service in markets across the U.S. The agreements also include the transfer of other kinds of spectrum licenses from T-Mobile to Verizon Wireless that the companies value at about $950 million.

Cox fires up Wi-Fi peering with Bright House

December 23, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Communications has concluded its integration with the other members of CableWiFi by wrapping up a peering arrangement with Bright House Networks. With the integration of Cox and Bright House Networks hotspots, Cox customers may now access free WiFi in Orlando, Tampa, Daytona, Northern Virginia, Connecticut and Indiana.

VeEX adds MPLS-TP and CPRI rate test modules

December 18, 2013 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MPLS-TP, a Layer 2 packet-based transport mechanism, is gaining momentum as a transport of choice for access and aggregation networks requiring a technology that combines the operational simplicity of packet switched networks with the operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) tools and fault resiliency capabilities of circuit switched networks.

Sprint, Dish Network partner on fixed mobile broadband

December 17, 2013 1:37 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The service trial will kick off by middle of 2014 and will be limited to Corpus Christi, Tex., initially. Dish will be installing either outdoor routers or indoor units for customers who want to take advantage of the TDD-LTE airwaves riding on Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum. The companies plan to expand into other markets after that.

San Francisco begins offering free public Wi-Fi

December 17, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ruckus Wireless donated some of the Wi-Fi hardware, while Layer42 Networks donated access to its gigabit backbone. Ruckus estimates that this is now the single most extensive municipal Wi-Fi network in the U.S., and San Francisco has plans to expand access from along Market Street to other public areas.

Report: Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market booming

December 16, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pushed along by mobile operators using Wi-Fi for data offload, operators will spend $8.5 billion on carrier Wi-Fi equipment over the next five years. Globally, revenue for carrier Wi-Fi equipment, including carrier Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi hotspot controllers, totaled $338 million in the first half of this year, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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