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Cable-Powered Wireless Faces Tech Hurdles
Column  | 
4/21/2017  |  Post a comment
The technical challenges of going wireless aren't small.
Cable, Telecoms Spend Millions to Fete Trump
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2017  |  2 comments
And AT&T tops the list.
Comment: Re: Routine? - msilbey - 4/19/2017
Verizon's Fiber Spend Won't End With Corning
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2017  |  3 comments
Verizon needs a lot of fiber for future 5G rollouts, which leads to the age-old question: build it or buy it?
Comcast Ready for Clash With Hulu
News Analysis  | 
4/18/2017  |  6 comments
Untangling the tangled web of Comcast and Hulu.
Comcast Wins Spectrum – What's Next?
News Analysis  | 
4/14/2017  |  1 comment
A peek at what Comcast could do with its new wireless spectrum assets.
Cable Clashes With DOT Over Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
4/13/2017  |  1 comment
There's only so much wireless spectrum to go around.
Survey Says Future's Bright for Android TV
News Analysis  | 
4/12/2017  |  1 comment
Ovum reports clear skies for Android, surprising success with RDK and ominous signs for Roku.
YouTube Rains on Cloud DVR Parade
News Analysis  | 
4/11/2017  |  4 comments
There's a reason cloud DVR is so hard to get right.
FCC Broadband Panel Starts on Shaky Ground
MariNation  | 
4/10/2017  |  6 comments
The first meeting of the FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee is scheduled for next week, and I'm not optimistic.
Comment: Who? - msilbey - 4/7/2017
Xfinity Mobile Isn't a WiFi Phone Service
News Analysis  | 
4/6/2017  |  3 comments
Comcast's new mobile service may be WiFi-first, but that only applies to data usage at launch, not traditional voice calls.
Verizon Adds Smarts to Digital Media Services
News Analysis  | 
4/6/2017  |  1 comment
Verizon is calling it a content intelligence system, or the Verizon Media Xperience Studio.
YouTube TV Is Here... in 5 Markets
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4/5/2017  |  Post a comment
YouTube is the latest to launch an online TV service, starting in five markets.
Google, Amazon & the Video CDN Revolution
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2017  |  Post a comment
At first glance, two recent announcements by Google and Amazon have little to do with each other, and yet there is a connection.
Malone Cable Empire Expands to Alaska
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2017  |  Post a comment
Another complicated financial transaction is putting new cable assets into the hands of cable kingpin John Malone.
New Comcast Wireless Details Drop This Week
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2017  |  4 comments
Besides its MVNO agreement with Verizon, what role will spectrum play in Comcast's upcoming mobile launch?
Pai's FCC Makes Access Regs Flip-Flop
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2017  |  9 comments
Business Data Services are back on the FCC docket but instead of more regulation to promote competition, Pai is pushing fewer rules.
Verizon Takes IoT Network Nationwide
News Analysis  | 
3/30/2017  |  1 comment
The big question: Is Verizon's new 4G LTE Category M1 network for IoT applications cost-competitive?
About That Broadband Privacy Vote
MariNation  | 
3/29/2017  |  10 comments
Warning: opinion piece ahead.
Comcast May Go All IP by End of Year – Rumor
News Analysis  | 
3/29/2017  |  1 comment
Speaking on stage at the ACA Summit, NCTC CEO and President Rich Fickle reported that he's heard Comcast will be delivering all-IP video service to all new customers by the end of the year.
The Skinny on Comcast's Skinny Bundle
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2017  |  4 comments
Don't call it OTT.
Comment: Video failure - msilbey - 3/28/2017
WOW Makes Its Case for IPO
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3/28/2017  |  Post a comment
WOW is looking to raise $100 million in an initial public offering.
Cable's DAA Moment Is Here
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Cisco is rolling out its Remote PHY product in volume this month, an indicator of the momentum behind distributed access architectures in the cable industry.
Comcast Stacks Up National TV Rights – Report
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Comcast is reportedly working to extend its video distribution rights nationally, though the company says it's still not planning on offering an OTT service.
Why Do Content Creators Like OTT So Much?
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Ben Watkins, creator and executive producer for the Amazon series Hand of God, says OTT is still the Wild, Wild West, and that's very appealing to a content creator.
Comcast Has a New Timeline After 4K Delay
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2017  |  3 comments
There are a lot of reasons Comcast's 4K video service rollout hasn't gone according to plan.
YouTube Packs VR Mesh Key in 4KB Payload
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2017  |  1 comment
YouTube's new Projection Independent Mesh technology seeks to define how best to render 360-degree video on a rectangular surface.
Cablecos Gain From Era of Telco Transition
News Analysis  | 
3/17/2017  |  7 comments
The cable industry is benefiting from a tough period of technology transition in telecom.
Incoming! Comcast Eyes SmartOffice Launch
News Analysis  | 
3/16/2017  |  5 comments
Light Reading has uncovered details about a new Comcast video surveillance service for the business market.
Tivo Takes Wurl for a Whirl
News Analysis  | 
3/15/2017  |  1 comment
The Wurl TV streaming network that combines linear and on-demand video is now accessible on Tivo boxes sold at retail stores and leased by pay-TV operators.
NYC Charges Verizon With Fios Fraud
News Analysis  | 
3/14/2017  |  6 comments
New York City has filed suit against Verizon for failing to live up to its Fios promises.
Comment: Intel Inside - msilbey - 3/13/2017
$100M at Stake in US Wireless RFP
News Analysis  | 
3/13/2017  |  1 comment
The National Science Foundation has tasked US Ignite and Northeastern University with managing an estimated $100 million in funding set aside for advanced wireless networking research.
Dish's 5G Plans Should Rouse Cablecos
News Analysis  | 
3/10/2017  |  5 comments
Dish's spectrum could pair well with cable companies' fiber.
Comcast Gets Its IoT On With Icontrol Close
News Analysis  | 
3/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Icontrol is now formally split between Comcast and Alarm.com.
AT&T, Verizon Want to Wholesale IPTV
News Analysis  | 
3/8/2017  |  Post a comment
It's early days, but AT&T and Verizon are already looking ahead to licensing their IPTV platforms.
Why Is Verizon Offering Prepaid Fios?
News Analysis  | 
3/6/2017  |  25 comments
A prepaid option may increase Fios penetration rates, but is it worth it for Verizon?
Comcast: Our Network's Ready for 5G
News Analysis  | 
3/6/2017  |  3 comments
Comcast's Neil Smit says that independent evaluators have reviewed Comcast's network footprint and believe it's well suited for future 5G rollouts.
Comment: Re: Stone age - msilbey - 3/3/2017
Technicolor Table Lamp Runs on AWS
News Analysis  | 
3/3/2017  |  5 comments
Technicolor shows how the future of the connected home could run through Amazon Web Services.
Comment: Crowded field - msilbey - 3/3/2017
This Is the New Fios TV From Verizon
News Analysis  | 
3/1/2017  |  3 comments
Timing is still unclear, but Verizon has quietly revealed how its current Fios TV service will transition to all-IPTV.
Comment: Re: Charter... - msilbey - 3/1/2017
US Ignite Unites Telecom With Smart Cities
News Analysis  | 
2/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Once again, US Ignite is partnering local governments with telecom companies, this time for new funding pursuits.
Is Ruckus Right for Arris?
News Analysis  | 
2/24/2017  |  5 comments
The Ruckus acquisition is a big bet for Arris. Here's a look at some of the challenges ahead and what CEO Bruce McClelland thinks are the strategic opportunities.
Arris Bags Ruckus Assets in $800M Deal
News Analysis  | 
2/23/2017  |  3 comments
For $800 million in cash, Arris plans to buy both Ruckus Wireless assets and the ICX Switch business from Brocade.
Dish in 2016: ARPU Up, Video Subs Down
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2017  |  1 comment
Riddle me this: How is Dish increasing ARPU even as its base of cheaper Sling TV subscribers grows?
AT&T Lab Tests DirecTV Now Over 5G
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2017  |  1 comment
The telco's OTT video service gets its first 5G trial run.
Comment: Re: Red tape - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Comment: Layer cake - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Comment: Re: Red tape - msilbey - 2/21/2017
Broadband Has a Problem on the Pole
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2017  |  21 comments
Competitive broadband providers want to take their pole attachment fight to the federal government.
Sen. Schatz: No Big Infrastructure Bill Coming
News Analysis  | 
2/17/2017  |  1 comment
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) warns the telecom industry not to hitch its wagon to a big infrastructure bill out of Congress.
Comment: Re: Happy trials - msilbey - 2/16/2017
Comment: Re: Happy trials - msilbey - 2/16/2017
Charter Launches 5G Field Trials
News Analysis  | 
2/16/2017  |  6 comments
In a surprise move, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge used the company's Q4 earnings call to announce new 5G plans.
Comcast Teases X1 With Xfinity Stream
News Analysis  | 
2/15/2017  |  2 comments
For those Comcast subscribers who can't get X1, there's Xfinity Stream.
Qwilt Opens Up at the Edge
News Analysis  | 
2/9/2017  |  Post a comment
Qwilt's new Open Edge Cloud is the next evolution of its transparent caching technology for video delivery.
Comment: DAA architecture - msilbey - 2/8/2017
New CableLabs Optical Tech Promises Big Bandwidth Boost
News Analysis  | 
2/8/2017  |  Post a comment
Early CableLabs tests of coherent optics for the access network are producing speeds above 2 terabits per second.
Comment: Never shy - msilbey - 2/7/2017
Playing Politics at the FCC
News Analysis  | 
2/7/2017  |  1 comment
Rancor at the FCC isn't fading with new leadership in place.
Nagra, Altice Unlock TV Security Market in US
News Analysis  | 
2/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Cable content protection will never be the same.
Cox Picks Arris, Netgear for Next-Gen WiFi
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2017  |  1 comment
Cox isn't licensing the new Comcast digital home solution to power its premium Panoramic WiFi service. At least not yet.
Facebook's Video Future Still Hazy
News Analysis  | 
2/2/2017  |  4 comments
What does Facebook want to be when it grows up?
NY State Sues Charter for Broadband Fraud
News Analysis  | 
2/1/2017  |  Post a comment
New York AG claims Charter isn't providing the broadband speeds that subscribers are paying for.
Comment: Fee is coming - msilbey - 2/1/2017
Comment: Re: Shifting sands - msilbey - 2/1/2017
Pai Opposes Title II, FCC Alums Oppose Pai
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  10 comments
New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reiterated his opposition to Title II classification for ISPs today, while others hope to preserve the Open Internet Order.
Tibit Wins $13.8M for CORD Play
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2017  |  Post a comment
With AT&T and Liberty Global on its partner list, Tibit plans to disrupt the access network industry.
There's a Reverse Cloud on the Horizon
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2017  |  1 comment
So says CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney, who also believes a 'reverse cloud' will be necessary to support future augmented and virtual reality applications.
Comment: Re: Maybe not so bad - msilbey - 1/27/2017
Lawmakers Say Lock That Box
MariNation  | 
1/27/2017  |  4 comments
There go the keys to the set-top kingdom.
Comment: Time Warner deal - msilbey - 1/26/2017
Comment: Re: Comcast Kicks A$$ - msilbey - 1/26/2017
Comcast Kicks A$$, Earns $80B in 2016
News Analysis  | 
1/26/2017  |  12 comments
It's good to be in cable, especially if you're Comcast.
Comment: Customers? - msilbey - 1/25/2017
Muni Broadband Hits New Speed Bumps
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2017  |  28 comments
Municipal broadband is off to a rough start in 2017 – both financially and in the face of potential new regulations – but supporters aren't backing down.
Verizon Uses Fios as Shiny Object in Q4
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2017  |  9 comments
There was a time when it looked like Verizon might give up on Fios, but the telco is once again touting fiber to the home as a success story.
Comment: Show me the $$ - msilbey - 1/23/2017
Comment: LPWA deployments - msilbey - 1/23/2017
FCC: Comcast Unparalleled in TV Distribution
News Analysis  | 
1/23/2017  |  2 comments
Comcast occupies a unique position among television distributors, according to the FCC's latest report on competition in the market for video programming delivery.
Is Pai Filling FCC Role?
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2017  |  Post a comment
There are only three FCC Commissioners today, and rumor has it that one of them could soon be the new Chairman.

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Infinera Introduces Instant Network

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Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
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Vodafone's Eubank on Sponsors, Mentors & Moving On Up

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Vodafone America's Head of Operations Kimberly Eubank breaks down the difference between a sponsor and a mentor and shares why both made a big difference in her career.
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NYC Auto Show: Are We Smart Yet?

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The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
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The Impact of Video

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David Mercer from Strategy Analytics discusses the impact of video on current strategies.
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Pardeep Kohli Discusses Network Transformation & the Market Opportunity for the 'New' Mavenir Systems

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In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
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Tech Maverick Shares Her Tips for Gender Inclusivity

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Wendy Hall Bohling, a corporate escapee, author and gender exclusivity consultant, tells her story of sexism, bias and progress along the road to gender equality in the workforce.
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Huawei at MWC 2017

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At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
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China Telecom NFV Infrastructure on RSD

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Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom on what NFV brings.
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Nokia's IMPACT Software Demo

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Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
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Nokia Introduces Virtual Service Router for More Rapid Service

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James Cumming, product line manager for virtualized service routers at Nokia, demonstrates how the virtual router based off the Nokia ecosystem changes the network function experience.
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The Keys to SD-WAN Success

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Versa Networks CEO Kelly Ahuja talks about the key requirements for service provider-managed SD-WANs.
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Intel & Cisco on Joint 5G Solutions

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Dave Ward, SVP and CTO of Cisco, is joined by Sandra Rivera, corporate VP and general manager of network platforms group of Intel, on the revolutionary 5G technology that changes networking and computing fundamentally.
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