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AT&T, T-Mobile merger opponents want withdrawal blocked

November 29, 2011 1:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Two advocacy groups want the FCC to block AT&T's attempt to withdraw its application to merge with T-Mobile USA – Public Knowledge and Media Access Project.

Qualcomm pushes FCC to move on Flo deal approval

November 29, 2011 1:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

It's been nearly a year since AT&T announced it would pay $1.93 billion for the airwaves used in Qualcomm's discontinued Flo TV mobile television service.

Comcast's metro E service easy as 1, 2, 3

November 28, 2011 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's decision to throw its hat into the medium-size business sector is paying off in spades, and its metro Ethernet service is at the heart of that success.

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AT&T pulls T-Mobile application to avoid FCC hearing

November 28, 2011 2:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is threatening to sue the FCC if it moves forward with a plan to hold a hearing on the troubled T-Mobile USA deal after the operator withdrew its application for the $39 billion merger.

Qualcomm challenges LCDs through new e-reader

November 28, 2011 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new electronics display is poised to challenge power-hungry LCDs after U.S. mobile chip-maker Qualcomm teamed up with a South Korean bookseller to introduce a new e-reader.

AT&T 'reviewing all options' on T-Mobile deal after FCC setback

November 23, 2011 1:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to refer AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA to an administrative law judge after the agency was unable to approve the deal on the grounds it would diminish competition and lead to "massive" job losses.

NSN to terminate 17,000 employees by 2013

November 23, 2011 1:36 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia Siemens Networks will layoff 17,000 workers in a major strategy shift that will see the company focusing more on mobile broadband and related services.

Boxee Box adds support for SlingPlayer

November 22, 2011 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Boxee users will be able to take their content with them on the road now that the Boxee Box supports SlingPlayer.

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Super committee flop dashes spectrum auction hopes

November 22, 2011 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The "super committee" charged with cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade was unable to break its bipartisan gridlock, triggering major cuts to the nation's spending on defense, Medicare and other programs.

Heavy Reading White Paper: MSOs Move Wireless Backhaul to the Forefront

November 22, 2011 10:13 am | by Ciena | White Papers

This white paper examines growing mobile backhaul opportunities and prospects for MSOs as the wireless market continues to evolve rapidly, and the challenges inherent in that growth process. This paper also addresses the rationale for deploying Carrier Ethernet in the backhaul domain, describing a service provider use case as an example.

Comcast goes full-footprint with Dory gateway

November 21, 2011 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is preparing wider commercialization of its home gateway that combines an embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTA), a cable modem and a Wi-Fi router.

Expo leftovers

November 21, 2011 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Musings, observations and some notes that didn't make it into last week's coverage of the SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

Clearwire slammed as CEO reportedly mulls default

November 18, 2011 4:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock of wireless broadband network operator Clearwire is plunging after a report quoted its chief executive as saying that the company is weighing whether to make a large debt payment on Dec. 1.

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Motorola Mobility investors approve Google acquisition

November 18, 2011 2:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility's shareholders approved Google's $12.5 billion buyout deal at a special meeting on Thursday, clearing a key hurdle for the closing of the deal.

TWC serves up ESPN3 hoops games on Sports Pass

November 17, 2011 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is serving up a slate of ESPN3 college basketball games to multi-screens through its Sports Pass tier.

Incognito, Applied Broadband ally on IP device management

November 17, 2011 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Incognito Software and Applied Broadband said they are partnering on a subscriber consumption management solution for cable operators, which are struggling with the issue of provisioning the growing number of IP devices being used by consumers.

CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

November 16, 2011 8:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world, including business services, optical networking and multi-screen delivery.

Cox to shut down wireless service

November 16, 2011 4:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Late last night, Cox Communications announced that effective today, it will no longer sell its 3G wireless service, although it will continue to provide the service to its customers until March 30.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP video transition – how to get there from here

November 16, 2011 4:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.

Verizon LTE to light up in 14 cities, expand in 4

November 16, 2011 4:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless' LTE network will continue to speed ahead of AT&T when it launches in 14 new cities and expands in four existing markets tomorrow.

Cox dips its toe in IP waters with live streaming to iPad

November 16, 2011 10:01 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

In a Cable-Tec Expo that has largely lacked breaking news, Cox provided the two biggest nuggets to date: It’s launching a live streaming service, called Cox TV Connect, during the holiday season, and separately, it has pulled the plug on its wireless phone service.

Arris, Cisco ally on common C-band wavelength plan

November 15, 2011 6:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris and Cisco are pursuing a common wavelength management plan in the C-band (1550 nm), hoping that together they can head off potential problems as operators start migrating to multi-wavelength delivery using that band.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: MSO CTO Panel says new ecosystem on track

November 15, 2011 5:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The MSO CTO Panel gave an overview of where the cable industry is at in terms of battling the competition, serving the customers and building out new networks.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen ROI is a promise

November 15, 2011 5:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Multi-screen delivery is about as complicated an endeavor as an operator can get involved in, requiring the involvement of almost every aspect of the business, from network engineering to call centers to the legal department.

TWC's Ludington is 2012 Expo chairman

November 15, 2011 5:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Jim Ludington has got next. Ludington, executive vice president of network national operations for TWC, will serve as Program Committee chairman for next year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

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