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Videotron boots up Wi-Fi optimization service

December 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Just in time for all those BYOD showing up under the Christmas tree, Videotron has launched a new Wi-Fi optimization service. The service features an in-home visit from a specially trained technician that comes to the customer’s home to optimize the Wi-Fi setup and reception.

Rogers scores landmark deal with NHL

November 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications went top shelf in scoring a multi-billion-dollar, 12-year carriage agreement with the National Hockey League “on all platforms in all languages." Rogers said the new media rights deal, which starts in the 2014-2015 season and runs through the 2025-2026 season, was the largest in league history.

Cox extends Contour app to Android devices

November 25, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following its initial release on iPads in August, Cox Communications’ Contour app now works on several Android-based tablets including Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2, Tab 3 and Note tablets. Contour serves up video content to Cox subscribers both in-home and on the go, and works with the personal recommendation engine from ThinkAnaytics. 

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TWC hotspot network now open to Cox customers

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Communications customers can now link in to Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi hotspot network, pursuant to the roaming arrangement among major MSOs announced earlier this year called Cable Wi-Fi. Bright House, Cablevision/Optimum, Comcast/Xfinity, Cox and Time Warner Cable formed Cable Wi-Fi as a vehicle for creating a much wider network of Wi-Fi hotspots.

Study: Tier 1 mobile operators expect big boost from Wi-Fi offload

November 20, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study on the Wi-Fi hotspot market, tier 1 mobile operators expect 22 percent of all additional data capacity added during the 2013-2014 timeframe to come from Wi-Fi offload. By 2018, Wi-Fi offload was forecast to contribute 20 percent of additional mobile data capacity plus a further 21 percent will come from small cells with integrated Wi-Fi.

FCC OKs Adaptrum + Google white space combo

November 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adaptrum said this is the first pairing with Google TV the FCC has certified. A white space broadcaster can employ systems that work in one of two ways. The system can either analyze broadcast signals and select an unoccupied band, or it can check against a database of existing local broadcast signals and select an unused frequency. Adaptrum's ACRS 1.0 does the latter.

Wi-Fi: friend or foe for wireless carriers?

November 12, 2013 1:27 pm | by Jim Hudmon, Nexius Solutions | News | Comments

Cable Wi-Fi is beginning to nullify cellular carriers' natural advantage. Mobile operators can find a new service advantage by embracing cloud computing and the virtual environment of applications and clients. In particular, operators are ideally positioned to bundle cloud apps with their network assets to deliver over–the-top bundled services.

Samsung makes quiet push for new mobile OS 


November 12, 2013 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Most mobile phone users have never heard of Tizen. Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google's Android or Apple's iOS. 

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Many millions at stake at 2nd Apple-Samsung trial

November 12, 2013 11:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple Inc. has argued that Samsung's Android-based phones copy vital iPhone features. 

Start-up hawks Aereo alternative on Indiegogo

November 8, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nuvyyo is developing a tablet-and-DVR combo that will record free over-the-air (OTA) HDTV for replay at any time. The new product, called Tablo, will include a tablet-based app to browse, record and stream broadcast TV content to any device, anytime, anywhere.

Synacor snaps up Android-based company

November 6, 2013 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Synacor, which is a TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor, announced this morning it had bought Android development company Teknision for an undisclosed sum. The addition of Ottawa-based Teknision will allow Synacor to branch out into the mobile arena while adding an Android-based platform for developers and users. 

Blackberry plans end to new hardware

November 5, 2013 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The "CrackBerry" might not have much of a future: Its new chairman and interim chief executive says he wants to emphasize software and services — not devices. That could mean the company might ultimately get out of the business of selling smartphones.

Sprint debuts 50 Mbps wireless network

October 31, 2013 1:34 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint Spark currently hits peak speeds of 50-60 megabits per second but the carrier promises those transfer rates will go up and that it’s “technically feasible” to hit 2 Gbps over-the-air in the future. Spark uses a combination of carrier aggregation, 8T8R, MIMO antenna technology and TDD to crank up speed, capacity and coverage.

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Senate confirms Wheeler, O’Rielly to FCC

October 30, 2013 1:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wheeler, appointed by President Obama in May, comes to the Commission from his work with venture capital firm Core Capital. Wheeler was also president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984 and was CEO of CTIA until 2004, when Steve Largent took over the post.

TWC rolls 100 Mbps into LA

October 29, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced it was upgrading its Ultimate 50 subscribers to a 100 Mbps service for free in Los Angeles, with New York City and Hawaii to follow. Time Warner Cable said the 100 Mbps tier would be available to all of its customers in those three markets by early 2014 and will launch in additional markets next year. 

AT&T posts higher 3Q profit as revenue grows

October 24, 2013 10:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T reported its U-verse TV and Internet service reached 10 million subscribers during the third quarter, with one of the biggest gains in TV viewers in the history of the service. AT&T's third-quarter profit and revenue increased as the nation's largest telecommunications company added more smartphone and broadband subscribers.

Comcast’s turns on 900 Wi-Fi hotspots in Utah

October 18, 2013 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has launched its Xfinity WiFi service in Utah by lighting up 900 access points in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and other cities along the Wasatch Front. Comcast also recently announced it had turned on 300 hotspots in the Kansas City area, which is also served in some areas by Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi service. 

AT&T scores Wi-Fi deal at Dolphins’ stadium

October 17, 2013 1:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Miami Dolphin fans at Sun Life Stadium can keep track of game statistics and their social networking endeavors thanks to the installation of 1,100 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots. To complement the Wi-Fi access points, AT&T also installed its distributed antenna system (DAS) technology at Sun Life Stadium, which provides cell service equivalent to 16 individual cells sites.

Verizon 3Q profit soars as number of devices grows

October 17, 2013 1:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon's third-quarter net income jumped 40 percent as the largest U.S. mobile phone carrier continued to add more wireless devices to its network. Verizon earned $2.23 billion, or 78 cents per share, up from $1.59 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012.

Comcast spreads Wi-Fi across KC

October 17, 2013 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast turned on Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot service in the Kansas City metro area, including in public venues like the Independence Events Center, as well as dozens of local businesses and gathering spots, with plans to add more locations. The service is offered for no additional charge to Xfinity Internet customers.

Sony's $200 smartwatch works with Android phones

October 15, 2013 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's SmartWatch 2 hasn't gotten as much attention as Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Gear, but it's cheaper and compatible with a broader range of phones. The Gear costs $300 and currently works only with the company's Galaxy Note 3 phone.

AT&T, T-Mobile simplify mobile broadband plans

October 15, 2013 12:50 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T confirmed that it will only offer new customers its bucket-style Mobile Share plans, essentially doing away with its family plans. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is apparently also moving to streamline its offerings in the direction of its Simple Choice plans.

Broadcasters petition Supreme Court to kill Aereo

October 14, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a maneuver that has important ramifications for retransmission consent arguments, ABC, CBS, Fox and Comcast-owned NBC, along with Univision, Telemundo, PBS and several individual TV stations have signed the petition asking the Court to decide that Aereo's methods violate copyright law.

New gadget frees mobile TV from blocky attachment

October 11, 2013 1:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment. Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn't have to be attached to the mobile device physically

GE pulls AT&T, Cisco, Intel into its M2M schemes

October 9, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has agreed to provide connectivity for GE’s ambitious “Industrial Internet” strategy. GE already has an ongoing relationship with Cisco Systems, which has its own Internet of Everything plan. Meanwhile, GE will also be working with Intel on sensors and connectivity chips.

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