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Amdocs launches M2M, Connected Home services

February 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs is launching two new programs that enable service providers to quickly enter the connected devices market – one focused on machine-to-machine (M2M) services and the other on connected devices in home and office.

Sprint gives LightSquared until mid-March for FCC clearance

February 1, 2012 2:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has agreed to give LightSquared until mid-March to resolve GPS interference problems that have delayed the launch of its LTE network.

Videotron added 540 new customer service reps last year

February 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to keep up with a growing customer base, Videotron said it added 540 new customer service employees across Québec last year.

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Telefónica de Argentina switches to Comptel

February 1, 2012 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica de Argentina recently selected Comptel Convergent Mediation to help manage more than 90 million daily transactions from its 23 million subscribers.

Sony's Hirai to replace Stringer as CEO in April

February 1, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony announced that Kazuo Hirai, who leads the company's core consumer products business, will replace Howard Stringer as CEO and president, effective April 1, as the electronics and entertainment company desperately tries to engineer a turnaround.

Super Bowl advertisers go after "second screens"

February 1, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About two-thirds of smartphone and tablet owners use their gadgets to do things like text or post on Twitter while watching TV, according to research firm Nielsen. So for the game, companies from Coke to Chevy are trying to reach fans on all of the "second screens" they have.

2012 International CES Roundup

February 1, 2012 3:29 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

Here’s a look at a few trends that are either incubating or fully hatched ...

Cable Could Prosper with Messaging Services

February 1, 2012 3:14 am | by Josh Wigginton, Senior Product Manager for Messaging and Billing at Interop Technologies | Articles | Comments

Never before have consumers had so many communication options. Voice, email, short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS), instant messaging and social networking are nearly ubiquitous.

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Real-time services make their debut

February 1, 2012 3:04 am | by Chad Dunavant, Vice President of Product Management at CSG International | Articles | Comments

Consumers can’t get enough of high-speed data, voice and the ever-growing inventory of video content available in the marketplace today.

UP Front - February 2012 - Latest Industry News and Insights

February 1, 2012 2:30 am | Articles | Comments

Numbers and Letters: HTML5, 3-D TV, RF4CE

In Perspective - (Can’t get no) Satisfaction

February 1, 2012 2:20 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks plan to sell their spectrum to Verizon Wireless. If that goes through ...

Open Mic - Who owns the home network?

February 1, 2012 1:51 am | by Benoit Joly, Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing at Technicolor | Articles | Comments

If there’s one safe bet in telecom, it’s that the percentage of households worldwide with connected consumer electronics (CE) devices will continue to grow at a healthy clip.

Comcast among latest round of investors for SnagFilms

January 30, 2012 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a $10 million round of investment last year, SnagFilms has raised another $7 million in funds from its investors, which included Comcast Interactive Capital.

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LightSquared GPS argument up for public comment

January 30, 2012 1:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared has been fighting for FCC approval of its plans to deploy a hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network despite charges of interference with GPS systems.

Alliance: Super Wi-Fi an 'Inaccurate Moniker'

January 30, 2012 1:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wilmington, N.C., is first city to host services in white spaces – previously unused spectrum that lies between television channels.

Motorola Mobility posts Q4 loss

January 27, 2012 3:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For the full year, however, STB shipments were up 6 percent compared with 2010, but the operation was barely mentioned during the company's conference call with analysts.

In original Internet shows, hints of coming change

January 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of experimenting, the top video destinations on the Web are suddenly flush with original programming: documentaries, reality shows and scripted series.

Samsung's Q4 profit rises 17% on smartphone sales

January 27, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported a 17 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit on the strength of smartphone sales, even as the company battled claims it had copied Apple's iPhone.

TWC reports robust Q4, outlines plan for more IP streaming

January 26, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its iPad video app, Time Warner Cable will be sending live video streams to even more devices – including PCs and Macs, game consoles, and Internet-connected TVs – around the home.

AT&T posts $6.7B loss despite surging smartphones

January 26, 2012 2:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T said it lost $6.7 billion during the fourth quarter on the cost of its benefit plans, the downgrade of the value of its directory assets and a $4 billion charge for its attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA.

White space goes live in Wilmington, N.C.

January 26, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The city of Wilmington, N.C., has been testing out white space technology for almost a year, and the experiment went live.

Social TV evolves with Viggle app for iPhone, iPad

January 25, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When you tap the screen, Viggle's software for iPhones and iPads listens to what's on, recognizes what you're watching and gives you credit at roughly two points per minute. It even works for shows you've saved on a DVR.

Ericsson's Q4 profit drops

January 25, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LM Ericsson shocked the market by posting much-worse-than-expected fourth-quarter results, mainly blaming operators for turning cautious due to the global financial turmoil.

Concurrent scores a customer win in Poland

January 25, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent recently racked up a customer win with Vectra, which is Poland's second-largest cable operator.

Sprint reveals more on roaming; AT&T pounces

January 25, 2012 1:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The articles in the Oklahoman and the Kansas City Business Journal seem fairly innocuous: As a cost-cutting measure, Sprint plans to rely more on roaming for rural areas in the two states.

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