Light Reading
Also: Comcast targets hotels; ex-SeaChange exec resurfaces at Envivio; Elemental knows its HEVCs; Comcast invests in fantasy sports startup

Cox Turns Up Wi-Fi Heat in the East

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/30/2013
50%
50%

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • Cox Communications Inc. has lit up Wi-Fi networks in Northern Virginia and parts of Connecticut that provide free access to Cox subs who take the company's Preferred, Premier and Ultimate high-speed Internet tiers. Cox said qualifying customers in those areas now have access to more than 1,400 hotspots that support speeds of up to 15Mbit/s down and 4Mbit/s upstream. Cox is also part of a cable Wi-Fi roaming consortium that includes Bright House Networks, Cablevision Systems Corp., Comcast Corp., and Time Warner Cable Inc. Those MSOs are in the process of updating their Wi-Fi networks to support the new "CableWiFi" SSID, but that element has not been activated yet on Cox's wireless networks in Northern Virginia and Connecticut. For now, Cox is supporting just its own SSID: "CoxWiFi." (See Cable Goes Big With Wi-Fi Roaming.)
  • Comcast's business services arm is breaking into the hotel services market. Comcast Business Hospitality is pitching a service suite comprising Ethernet data, video (up to 60 HD channels) and voice services across the MSO's service area. Comcast will use the offer to drive more revenue in a commercial services category that could bring in about US$3 billion in revenues this year. The MSO enters this market as one of the sector's competitors, LodgeNet Interactive Corp., is trying to emerge from Chapter 11. (See Cable's Cut of the Biz Services Pie to Eclipse $7B and LodgeNet Eyes Speedy Chapter 11 Exit.)
  • Ex-SeaChange International Inc. exec Ira Goldfarb has resurfaced at Envivio Inc. as SVP of global sales and service. Goldfarb, who spent about 18 years at SeaChange, joins Envivio as the newly public video processing specialist goes through some growing pains. (See Rough Times Continue at Envivio and RGB CEO: Envivio IPO Jumped the Gun.)
  • Elemental Technologies Inc. (ETI) has added High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)/H.264 to its multi-screen video processing platform. Elemental's addition comes soon after the International Telecommunication Union, Standardization Sector (ITU-T) granted first-stage consent approval on HEVC, a codec that is 50 percent more efficient than H.264 (but requires 10 times the processing power), and will play a role in UltraHD and mobile video services. (See ITU Blesses Bandwidth-Saving Video Codec and Elemental Eases Into Comcast OTT Role.)
  • Comcast Ventures has joined an $11 million "C" round in FanDuel Inc., a fantasy sports game operator launched in 2009 that claims to have paid out $50 million in league winnings in 2012, up from $10 million in 2011. FanDuel, which employs 40 staff, has raised about $16.2 million so far. — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable
    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/31/2013 | 3:33:38 PM
    re: Cox Turns Up Wi-Fi Heat in the East
    For those keeping track, NCTA estimates that US cable ops have now deployed "well over" 100,000 Wi-Fi hot spots. http://www.cabletechtalk.com/b...
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Integration Towards the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Era

    12|23|14   |   9:50   |   (0) comments


    NFV offers communication service providers a way to drastically simplify their network by decoupling software and hardware. This makes an organization more agile and it also reduces operational expenses. Today we're talking to Huawei and current analysis about how an operator can build an NFV platform with specific focus on how they can capitalize on the ...
    LRTV Interviews
    Amdocs CEO Interview

    12|23|14   |   19:05   |   (2) comments


    Amdocs CEO Eli Gelman talks data analytics, global markets, acquisitions, NFV and the move to software virtualization, and more in a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with Light Reading.
    LRTV Documentaries
    EE Talks Biz Transformation on Road to 5G

    12|23|14   |   2:10   |   (0) comments


    EE's Director of Network Strategy David Salam discusses how data growth on its wireless network is driving business transformation and the move to 5G for the UK-based carrier.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Paul Bunyan's Giant Gigabit Plans

    12|22|14   |   03:26   |   (0) comments


    Gary Johnson, the CEO and GM of Minnesota rural operator Paul Bunyan Communications, discusses the company's 5,000-square-mile gigabit network rollout.
    LRTV Interviews
    CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

    12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


    At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
    LRTV Interviews
    Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

    12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


    Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
    LRTV Documentaries
    EE: The Road to 5G

    12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


    Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

    12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


    Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

    12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


    Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

    12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


    US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
    LRTV Interviews
    How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

    12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


    Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

    12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


    Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
    Upcoming Live Events
    February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
    March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
    April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
    May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    Hot Topics
    Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
    Google Steering Android Towards Cars – Report
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/19/2014
    Google Has Self-Driving Prototype Ready
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/22/2014
    Apple Global SIM Could Drive Connected Cars
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/18/2014
    US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive