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Alan Breznick Cable Feuds With Senate Dems Over STBs
Alan Breznick  
7/31/2015   8 comments
The cable industry is squabbling with two key Senate Democrats over their new report lambasting the lack of choice and competition in the US pay-TV set-top box market and calling for new restrictions on integrated cable set-tops.
Sarah Thomas Verizon Small Cells Ready to Rock in Chicago
Sarah Thomas  
7/31/2015   6 comments
CHICAGO -- Depending on your age, taste in music and tolerance for long bathroom lines, heatstroke and drunk tourists, Chicago's Lollapooloza festival may be your ideal weekend or your worst nightmare. Either way, it'll be more palatable this year if you're a Verizon customer thanks to the operator's installation of small cells at the outdoor concert venue.
Mari Silbey Gigabites: Tempe Tees Up for Google Gig
Mari Silbey  
7/31/2015   2 comments
In this week's Gigabit Roundup, the Tempe, Arizona City Council votes unanimously to give Google permission to bring its gigabit service to town. Plus, the Midwest gets a gigabit jolt with new deployment plans in Kansas, North Dakota and more.
Iain Morris Proximus Raises Outlook on Strong Q2
Iain Morris  
7/31/2015   2 comments
Belgium's Proximus has raised full-year guidance after beating its own expectations for sales and earnings growth in the second quarter.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Refocused Colt Enjoys Healthy H1
Paul Rainford  
7/31/2015   2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global increases stake in ITV; Orange and SFR get the green light on 1800MHz; "Top Gear" trio head for Amazon Prime.
Mitch Wagner Predictions Are Hard, Especially About the Future
Mitch Wagner  
7/31/2015   4 comments
The next installment of our science fiction series, "Silence Like Diamonds," is up. Read it here:
Sarah Thomas The Collaboration Imperative
Sarah Thomas  
7/31/2015   6 comments
There is a word that keeps popping up in any comms-related discussion I've had lately (and no it's not SDN, NFV or big data, although they won't stop popping up either). It's collaboration.
Mitch Wagner 'Apprentice' Star & Telecom Entrepreneur Dies
Mitch Wagner  
7/31/2015   6 comments
Stuart Baggs, a telecom entrepreneur and former star of the UK version of "The Apprentice," was found dead at age 27 in his home in Britain on Thursday, just as his company was on the verge of launching an innovative wireless home broadband service.
Robert Clark China's Broadband Squeeze
Robert Clark  
7/30/2015   3 comments
As China's leaders battle to keep stock prices high, another group of Beijing officials is engaged in an equally difficult contest with market forces.
Alan Breznick SCTE Sets 1st Cable Energy Standards
Alan Breznick  
7/30/2015   1 Comment
Carrying out its mission to cut the cable industry's power consumption and costs, a leading cable tech group has issued the first four standards to achieve those goals.
Alan Breznick Slumping Video Sales Hurt Arris Results
Alan Breznick  
7/30/2015   3 comments
In yet another sign that the traditional pay-TV business is eroding, Arris reported slumping sales for set-top boxes, video gateways and other video equipment in the second quarter.
Sarah Thomas T-Mobile Puts Low-Band to Work
Sarah Thomas  
7/30/2015   5 comments
T-Mobile is coming off a strong second quarter in terms of customer growth and financials, but the network was really the star.
Mari Silbey TWC Earnings: Ups, Downs & Merger Clues
Mari Silbey  
7/30/2015   3 comments
With revenues up, but net income down, Time Warner Cable's 2015 second-quarter earnings report was a mixed bag.
Iain Morris Nokia Networks Enjoys 'Terrific Rebound'
Iain Morris  
7/30/2015   1 Comment
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri has said the Finnish vendor's networks business experienced a "terrific rebound" during the second quarter but warned investors that conditions may worsen in the third quarter amid fierce price-based competition.
Carol Wilson Level 3: Integration Has Us Poised to Grow
Carol Wilson  
7/30/2015   2 comments
Despite posting its first quarterly loss after six straight profitable quarters, Level 3 Communications is successfully integrating its tw telecom acquisition and increasing its enterprise revenues faster than its rivals, executives said this week on the carrier's quarterly earnings call. (See Level 3 Posts Q2 Loss on One-Time Items.)
Dan Jones FreedomPop Gets a $10M Asian Infusion
Dan Jones  
7/30/2015   3 comments
FreedomPop is looking Southeast with its latest round of funding. The startup has grabbed another $10 million, this time in a strategic investment from the Axiata Group, an Asian operator.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: BT Trumpets Broadband, TV Growth in Fiscal Q1
Paul Rainford  
7/30/2015  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT has to hand back taxpayer cash; Telefonica doubles net profits in first half; Telecom Italia does deal with Netflix; profits, revenue down at Russia's MegaFon.
Iain Morris AlcaLu Grows Profits Ahead of Nokia Deal
Iain Morris  
7/30/2015  
Alcatel-Lucent has trumpeted improvements in profitability for the second (April-to-June) quarter ahead of its acquisition by Finland's Nokia, despite signs of continued weakness on the sales front.
Sarah Thomas Telecom Italia Taps Startups for 8,000 Ideas
Sarah Thomas  
7/30/2015   3 comments
Telecom Italia may be wading through a recovery, but its startup program is alive and thriving, having garnered 8,000 new ideas and supported some 300 projects since it was launched six years ago.
Dan Jones Facebook: 2015 Is an Infrastructure Spend Year
Dan Jones  
7/30/2015   3 comments
Facebook is promising to spend more on infrastructure in 2015 as social media users spend more time on its platform.
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