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Cox lights up more hotspots in Vegas, Phoenix

December 19, 2014 11:58 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This month Cox Communications has added 1,700 Wi-Fi hotspots for its subscribers to log into in Phoenix and Las Vegas. Cox has launched its Wi-Fi service, CoxWiFi, in six markets to date with more planned for next year, including hundreds of new access points in San Diego after the first of the year.

Submit those SCTE Cable-Tec Expo abstracts now

December 19, 2014 11:33 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is actively recruiting abstracts for...

Dish welcomes Netflix in

December 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dish said it is integrating Netflix into its service, available as an app to customers who have...

Boingo, Time Warner Cable boot up Passpoint-enabled roaming

December 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Boingo are laying claim to being the first companies in the world to...

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Wi-Fi chipset maker Quantenna scores $22m in investment round

December 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Wi-Fi chipset vendor Quantenna Communications has raked in $22 million in its latest investment round and added two members to its board of directors in the process. Leading new investors in the latest round were Centerview Capital Technology, Vivint and NTT Group. In tandem with the financing, founding partner of Centerview Capital Ned Hooper and Harold Hughes were appointed to Quantenna’s board.

T-Mobile announces data stash rollover program

December 16, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile is going commercial with an idea that undermines one of the fundamental tenets of the broadband industry: data is not a use-it-or-lose-it proposition. From now on, if a T-Mobile customer pays for X amount of a data a month, they get to keep the allotment and roll it over into the next pay period.

Research: Most smart home device owners willing to pay for tech support

December 16, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Internet of Things and connected consumer electronics devices are morphing the technical needs of consumers, according to a recent report. Park Associates' research found that more than 56 percent of smart home device owners were willing to pay extra for monthly tech support services.

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Orange, Ericsson hit 300 Mbps on LTE

December 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In a lab test, Orange and Ericsson achieved up to 300 Mbps using FDD technology, a version of LTE that aggregates bandwidth in two different frequency bands. The test confirms the potential of using 3.5 GHz FDD technology to increase mobile broadband capacity.   

Report: SoftBank downsizing U.S. operations, giving up on T-Mobile bid

December 12, 2014 1:13 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SoftBank is scaling down its Silicon Valley operations. Sources say SoftBank is now considering renting out one of two buildings it leased to accommodate a “T-Mobile driven expansion.” Most of SoftBank’s workforce on the west coast will be moved back to Tokyo or to Sprint’s headquarters near Kansas City.

Taking care of business: a Cable-Tec Expo recap

December 10, 2014 11:03 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Today it remains somewhat murky where the whole pay TV business is going, or precisely what it will look like when it gets there, but MSOs know for certain they need to prepare their networks to deliver whatever has to be delivered, and Cable-Tec Expo made it crystal clear that those networks will still depend heavily on DOCSIS 3.1.

Qwilt unveils caching to improve mobile video QoS

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Video is rapidly becoming the most dominant application in mobile networks, which were not architected to support the level of demand they’re seeing. The resulting problems include RAN congestion, buffer bloat, latency and packet loss in both RAN and mobile backhaul.

Cablevision hires Paxton as SVP, exec director of creative services

December 5, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mickey Paxton has boarded Cablevision as the cable operator’s senior vice president and executive director of creative services. In his new job, Paxton is responsible for the execution of Cablevision’s marketing and brand initiatives that support the company’s Optimum-branded services and products.

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GCI snaps up Alaska Communications’ wireless assets

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anchorage-based Alaska Communications announced plans Thursday to sell its remaining wireless assets in the state to General Communication Inc. (GCI) to help pay down debt and focus on its growing broadband business. The sale, for $300 million, includes Alaska Communications' wireless subscriber base and its 33 percent interest in a partnership between the companies known as The Alaska Wireless Network LLC. 

DirecTV 4K service will rely on Elemental transcoding

December 5, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV became the first MVPD to announce plans to offer 4K content on demand, sometime in 2015. The satellite broadcaster will be using Elemental Server, a file-based transcoding solution, to prepare Ultra HD content for delivery. Elemental tweaked its HEVC algorithms so DirecTV didn't have to take a hit on bandwidth usage.  

RCN Business rings up Office Mobility app

December 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business has launched a new app that lets its business customer employees stay connected with their office phones when they’re on the go. The Business Office Mobility app, which is a new feature from RCN Businesses’ hosted voice and business phone with call manager products, works with both iOS and Android devices. 

November / December 2014

December 2, 2014 8:26 pm | by CED | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we profile Sherita Ceaser, the recipient of the 2014 Women In Technology Award. CED editors attended the 2014 Cable-Tec Expo, caught up on keynotes, sampled the seminars, and sat through the sessions to bring you a comprehensive overview of the technologies that are driving progress in the cable industry. Contributed articles address managing networks – one looks at smart home networks, the other at the cloud.

Survey says improved customer satisfaction driving carrier Wi-Fi investments

December 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Wireless Broadband Alliance's annual survey reported that 70 percent of the respondents said their main motivation for deploying carrier grade Wi-Fi in their systems was to improve the customer experience and increase subscriber retention. In addition, 41 percent cited this as the single most important driver to invest in next generation hotspot (NGH) projects ahead of offload.

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Rumor of hookup moving Vodafone, Liberty Global stock values

December 1, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vodafone is evaluating the possibility of a merger with or acquisition of Liberty Global, according to reports quoting unnamed Vodafone insiders. True or not, the rumor is having an effect: the value of Vodafone stock was driven down as much as 4 percent in London, while the value of Liberty Global was lifted by over 7 percent in New York.

Shaw Business to offer improved Wi-Fi service for hospitality sector

December 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting next month, Shaw Business will launch an upgraded managed Wi-Fi platform for its existing and new hospitality customers. Shaw’s turnkey Managed Guest WiFi service includes a complimentary site design and analysis to determine the optimal Wi-Fi offering for each property.

UTStarcom brings Wi-Fi offload system to North American market

November 26, 2014 11:15 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UTStarcom is targeting the North American cable operator market with its system for offloading wireless traffic onto a Wi-Fi network. The solution, in use for over a year in other markets, includes a carrier class Wi-Fi AC which supports more than 120,000 access points and over 1.3 million subscribers within a single chassis.

FCC, T-Mobile come to terms on speed tests

November 26, 2014 10:41 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC announced it has worked out an agreement with T-Mobile to ensure the carrier’s customers get accurate mobile broadband speed test readings even after they’ve been throttled. T-Mobile last summer began exempting data speed tests from impacting customers’ data caps, but speed tests under that program displayed full network speeds even if the customer is being throttled back to 128 Kbps or 64 Kbps.

By the numbers: Wi-Fi dominating cellphone data usage

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Infographic: On  average,  U.S.  subscribers consumed 1.8 GB of data per month in Q3, and that was roughly the same for iOS and Android phone users. The majority of that data was consumed on Wi-Fi networks, though iOS users relied on Wi-Fi a little more heavily than Android users.

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

November 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo operates like a cable TV company. As a result, the court said the service violates copyright law unless Aereo pays broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV station programs to customers' devices. 

Mobile still a struggle for Intel; PC doing better

November 21, 2014 12:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip-making giant Intel Corp. is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015. Intel's business has suffered as consumers have increasingly turned to smartphones and tablets that mostly use lower-power chips made by other companies. 

STELA bill passes House; ends CableCard mandate

November 21, 2014 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This version of the bill eliminates the integration ban, and also includes provisions that ban broadcasters from banding together to negotiate retransmission consent deals with MVPDs. The bill heads to the Senate, where passage is expected to be automatic. The President is expected to sign the bill.

NYC to convert phone booths into muni Wi-Fi network

November 18, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The city issued an RFP for the project, called LinkNYC, earlier this year, and today awarded the contract for the work to CityBridge, a team of companies comprised of Qualcomm, Titan, Control Group, and Comark. Titan is an ad company that currently operates most of the city’s pay phones.

Infographic: Global carrier Wi-Fi market to hit $3b by 2018

November 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Driven by upgrades to 802.11ac and Hotspot 2.0, as well as voice-over-Wi-Fi, the carrier Wi-Fi equipment market is poised to hit $3 billion in 2018. In the first half this year,  carrier Wi-Fi equipment revenue reached $286 million, which was a 6 percent from the second half of 2013, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

AT&T drops user-tracking "super cookies"

November 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Super cookies provide a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers. AT&T is giving up the practice because it made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online. Verizon Wireless said it is still using this type of tracking.

Small mobile providers voice concerns over Title II

November 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cellcom, Bluegrass Cellular and three other regional wireless providers are warning the FCC of the potential havoc Title II reclassification could wreak in the smaller markets they serve. The response from rural and regional carriers is similar to what larger carriers and wireless industry groups have said after President Obama earlier this week urged the FCC to reclassify ISPs as common carriers.

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