Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.
Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) has agreed to pay US$700 million to Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and its AMC Networks unit to settle a legal spat over the defunct Voom HD service, but there's a big wireless broadband angle in there, too. About $80 million of that money will go toward Dish's purchase of Cablevision's 500MHz of Multichannel Video and Data Distribution (MVDDS) licenses covering 150 million people in 45 metro U.S. areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Cablevision is using a portion of its MVDDS licenses for OMGFAST!, a wireless broadband service that delivers up to 50 Mbit/s in Florida's Broward and Palm Beach counties. MVDDS relies on equipment installed on cell towers and is capable of delivering Internet or TV services. Dish, meanwhile, still has some serious wireless broadband ambitions of its own and already owns a chunk of MVDDS spectrum. (See Dish May Seek Spectrum Sale and Dish Chairman Ready to Back Up Wireless Bet .)
In September, a Cablevision spokeswoman likened OMGFAST! to a small test so the company could learn more about MVDDS technology, noting that the company had no plans to expand the service beyond its isolated deployment in Florida. In the meantime, OMGFAST!'s latest marketing promos have featured NFL Hall Of Fame quarterback Joe Namath and his daughter, Jessica:
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) has launched a cloud-based software-as-a-service for small and medium-sized businesses that includes remote access to email, calendars, contact lists and documents accessible from PCs, smartphones and tablets. The MSO-managed SaaS offering supports apps such as Hosted Microsoft Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Outlook. TW Cable began to ramp up its cloud efforts after acquiring NaviSite in 2011 for $230 million. (See TW Cable Makes Cloud Progress With NaviSite.)
Last week's Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando drew 9,200 attendees, down from the more than 10,000 that the show attracted for the 2011 event in Atlanta. International attendance, meanwhile, was up 3 percent, with attendees representing a record 69 countries. Attendance for the pre-Expo, full-day symposium on "The Digital Home" jumped 47 percent on last year's numbers. Next year's Cable-Tec Expo is set for Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans. (See Cox CTO to Chair 2013 Cable-Tec Expo.)
There's no near-term changes underway for OMGFAST! and its customers following this deal. Dish is getting all of Cablevision's MVDDS licenses, but "OMGFast continues to have rights to the spectrum they are currently licensing," a Cablevision spokeswoman tells us. Cablevision has not disclosed how many customers it has for the wireless broadband service. JB
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.