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Actiontec to build screencast boxes supporting Intel WiDi

May 15, 2013 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Actiontec Electronics said it will be the lead developer of a new line of products incorporating Intel wireless WiDi designed to link laptops to TVs. WiDi is already built into Intel’s current Core processors, and the company said it has integrated the technology in its forthcoming fourth-generation Core processors as well.

Cranky broadcasters could get their licenses yanked

May 15, 2013 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TV broadcasters who pull their signals off the air might risk forfeiting their spectrum licenses, Sen. Mark Warner this week warned. Fox CEO Chase Carey last month vowed to pull Fox off the air and distribute exclusively through pay TV services if Aereo were allowed to proceed with its current business model.

Comcast shores up services in Superstorm Sandy area

May 15, 2013 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve its subscribers, Comcast is putting its collective resources into the New Jersey Shore area that was hit by Superstorm Sandy last year. Along the Jersey Shore communities, Comcast has upgraded 144 miles of its infrastructure and plans on offering new services in the area over the coming months.

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Home network interop standard ratified

May 14, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2) was developed to enable home energy information, control and management applications, as well as utility communications to devices in and around the home, via wired and wireless connections using IP. Devices might include thermostats, appliances, electric meters, gateways, and vehicles.

Samsung testing 5G 100 times faster than 4G

May 13, 2013 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

 Samsung's new adaptive array transceiver technology will allow data to transmit at higher frequencies than currently possible. Samsung's transceiver transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.

The 2013 CTO Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:35 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie, Cablevision’s Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications’ Kevin Hart, and Buckeye Cablesystem’s Joe Jensen share their thoughts on some of the most prominent technological challenges they are dealing with today, and a few they might have to contend with tomorrow.

Report: Residential gateways key to multi-screen video delivery

May 6, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, residential gateways are taking on added importance when it comes to the delivery of multi-screen video in subscribers’ homes. The report by Infonetics Research also said that the number of operators offering home automation services via residential gateways would grow to 44 percent by next year.

Avgiris promoted to CFO of Comcast Cable

May 2, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a promotion last year, Comcast’s Cathy Avgiris continues to climb the corporate ladder with today’s news that she was promoted to chief financial officer for Comcast Cable Avgiris will start her new job July 1 and report to Comcast Cable president and CEO Neil Smit.

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Comcast's Q1 fueled by price hikes

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

Price increases on video service and customers upgrading to HD packages and digital video recorders (DVRs) helped boost Comcast’s first quarter profit by 17 percent. It lost 60K basic video subs, but  increased its broadband subscriber count by 433,000 in the quarter. It also added 211,000 new voice customers.

TWC changes Twitter customer care handle

May 1, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning it had changed its Twitter customer care handle to @TWC_Help. The new customer care handle gives Time Warner Cable a more unified front with all Time Warner Cable Twitter handles following the “TWC” designation.  

Comcast bows faster gateway; doubles speeds on 2 data tiers

April 26, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has leveraged MoCA 2.0 and the 5.0 GHz frequency on its new wireless gateway that features speeds of up to 270 Mbps. According to research by Allion USA, Comcast’s new gateway more than tripled the speeds of competing wireless gateways from AT&T and Verizon.

TWC boots up free Wi-Fi in Austin

April 25, 2013 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started to deploy its Wi-Fi service, which is called TWC WiFi,  to its subscribers in Austin, Texas. There are currently several dozen access points deployed in Austin to date, but the cable operator plans on having up to 1,000 go live this year.

Bright House Networks, Verizon Wireless ring up 4 more markets

April 24, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Bright House Networks’ cross-promotional bundles have rolled into four more markets; Bakersfield, Calif., Birmingham, Ala., Indianapolis and Detroit. The latest launches of the joint marketing effort followed up on the initial launch in Orlando late last year

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RCN partners up to enable free Wi-Fi service in Boston

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business Services has forged a partnership with two other companies that will enable free Wi-Fi access in the Boston area. RCN’s piece of the puzzle is providing the backhaul necessary to connect the small cells to the core network. 

CBS invests in Aereo alternative

April 23, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. says it has made a minority investment in Syncbak, a technology company that allows mobile device users to pick up signals from their local TV stations over the Internet. The broadcaster said it would like to work closely with cable, satellite and telecommunications companies on building the capability.

Verizon FiOS adds outweigh DSL losses in Q1

April 18, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon added a total of 188,000 FiOS Internet and 169,000 FiOS video subscribers in its first quarter. Verizon ended the quarter with a total of 5.6 million FiOS Internet and 4.9 million FiOS video connections. It also migrated 83,000 homes from copper to fiber.

DCN adopts Cycle 30's back office

April 17, 2013 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Device Cloud Networks said it will adopt Cycle 30’s back office management products to handle billing, provisioning, rating and diagnostics. DCN specializes in machine-to-machine (M2M) enablement for clients in the communications industry.

US Internet ad revenue grows 15 percent in 2012

April 17, 2013 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Internet advertising revenue grew 15 percent to a record $36.6 billion in 2012, with mobile ad revenue growing faster than other types, according to a new report Tuesday. The report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers said that mobile ad revenue more than doubled from the previous year to $3.4 billion. 

Time Warner Cable app delivers TV outside the home

April 16, 2013 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is preparing to provide on-demand content outside the home for the first time. TWC has secured the rights to provide a subset of the channels it has available for both on-demand and live programming outside the home , via its TWC TV app.

Amdocs unveils Wi-Fi Experience Solution

April 16, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Amdocs took the wraps off its Wi-Fi Experience Solution at the Policy Control and Data Pricing conference in Berlin. Using Amdoc’s network control offerings, the Wi-Fi Experience Solution enables mobile and broadband service providers to accelerate their Wi-Fi service deployments. 

In the media: Verizon offers to buy Clearwire spectrum

April 15, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has reportedly offered to buy spectrum rights from Clearwire Corp. for up to $1.5 billion. Clearwire had earlier agreed to be bought out by majority shareholder Sprint Nextel Corp.  Sprint has, in turn, agreed to sell 70 percent of itself to Japan's Softbank Corp.

Dish leapfrogs Softbank with $25.5B bid for Sprint

April 15, 2013 1:53 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Networks' $25.5 billion merger bid for Sprint represents a 13 percent premium over the value of Softbank’s current offer.  Softbank’s bid, valued at approximately $20 billion, would put the Japanese cellular giant in control of 70 percent of Sprint.

Motorola connects Howard Community College with POL

April 15, 2013 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia, Maryland-based Howard Community College is using Motorola Mobility’s passive optical LAN (POL) platform to provide IP connectivity in its new Heath Sciences building. The fiber-optic network will serve more than 1,500 Ethernet ports, and was designed and deployed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Comcast strikes Ethernet accord with Nationals

April 15, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced today that it has signed a multi-year deal with the Washington Nationals to provide its Ethernet services in the ballpark. The Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) line from Comcast serves as the backbone for Wi-Fi and other data services at Nationals Park. 

From NAB: Broadcasters wary of spectrum plans

April 12, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadcasters lost access to spectrum in the transition to digital TV in 2009, and are worried they'll lose more under in a complicated reverse auction. The U.S. wants to clear 500 megaHertz of spectrum by 2020, with 120 mHz coming from TV stations.

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