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Cox Brings OTT-Like Smarts to the Set-Top
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/17/2012  |  1 comment
Cox's top-end Cisco boxes gain the ability to recommend video selections for up to eight individuals in a given household
Cox Restores Big Email Outage
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/17/2012  |  1 comment
Also: Ziggo and UPC drop out of LTE auction; Avail-TVN goes multi-screen with subscription VoD; Akamai names new CEO
Sprint Ups Bid for Clearwire to $2.2B
LR Mobile News Analysis  | 
12/17/2012  |  Post a comment
Sprint offers $2.97 per share to buy the remaining 49% of Clearwire it doesn't already own
Rumor: Cisco Looking to Sell Linksys Unit
LR Mobile Rumors  | 
12/17/2012  |  1 comment
It's likely that Cisco will get much less than the $500M it paid for Linksys in 2003, Bloomberg reports
Euronews: Dutch Auction Brings 4G Windfall
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12/17/2012  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Telenor hooks up in the cloud with Microsoft; AlcaLu scores in Tunisia; Orange buys Spanish MVNO
SPIT Spinoff Seeks Enterprise Niche
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/17/2012  |  1 comment
Billing spinoff Cycle30 will try to beat Amdocs and Convergys for cable deals using a system tailored for commercial services
Who's Buying Clearwire Shares?
Jonestown  | 
12/14/2012  |  1 comment
4:40 PM At $3.38 a share, Clearwire is trading way above the premium that the Sprint offer is supposed to establish
BSS Blues for Comverse
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12/14/2012  |  Post a comment
The first earnings results following the spinoff reveal the challenges facing the SPIT vendor
Is There Really a Spectrum Shortage?
Jonestown  | 
12/14/2012  |  1 comment
11:20 AM The big three US wireless carriers appear to be better off with bandwidth than it would sometimes seem
Who's Behind Comcast's Video Downloader?
The Bauminator  | 
12/14/2012  |  1 comment
11:10 AM The dots suggest it's Michael Willner's new company, Penthera
What Comcast Learned From Trying Out CCAP
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/14/2012  |  2 comments
A six-month trial revealed that CCAP's operational impact won't be trivial, Comcast's Jorge Salinger says
Charter Strikes Back at the CEA
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/14/2012  |  1 comment
Also: A bunch of firsts - Aereo strikes its first cable network deal; Comcast gets first dibs on A&E's iPad app; 3net's first cable partner
Euronews: NSN Nabs AlcaLu Exec
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12/14/2012  |  Post a comment
In other regional news: Alcatel-Lucent's overdraft; the impact of video; legal disputes; and so much more
Alcatel-Lucent Secures €1.6B Lifeline
News Analysis  | 
12/14/2012  |  Post a comment
A €1.615B credit facility gives vendor some breathing room as it attempts a turnaround – but is it enough?
Huawei Lays Off 100 in US
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12/13/2012  |  Post a comment
The network infrastructure group gets scaled down, but Huawei is far from giving up on the United States
AT&T: 7 Up for LTE 4G
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12/13/2012  |  Post a comment
AT&T adds seven more LTE markets as it spanks Sprint in the race for the 4G silver medal
Clearwire: Sprint's Next 4G Integration Headache?
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Tough network integration decisions face Sprint even if it succeeds in getting its hands on Clearwire's fat belt of nationwide 4G spectrum
Cisco Says CCAP's Tipping Point Is 1Gbit/s
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12/13/2012  |  1 comment
A forklift upgrade to the converged platform won't be necessary until operators are delivering 1Gbit/s to service groups, the vendor claims
Contrail Sizes Up SDN
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12/13/2012  |  Post a comment
Some interfaces beyond OpenFlow are the really important hot spots for software-defined networking, according to the startup's CEO
Verizon/Redbox Take a Swing at Netflix
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/13/2012  |  4 comments
Also: Verizon pushes 'FlexView' titles; former Moto exec takes reins of SeaChange platforms unit; commercial loudness rules take effect
Wayra Czechs In to Central Europe
EuroBlog  | 
12/13/2012  |  Post a comment
10:15 AM Telefónica Digital's Wayra operation is opening a startup incubator in the Czech Republic
Sprint Wants to Buy Clearwire Outright for $2.1B
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12/13/2012  |  Post a comment
Bring me the rest of our 4G provider, say Hesse and crew, while Clearwire says it is reviewing the offer
Ciena Still Struggling for Profitability
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Optical vendor ends its financial year in the red
Euronews: More Brits to Get 4G
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Also: Verizon expands its 100G reach; NSN's virtual core; H3G cleared for Orange Austria acquisition; Tellabs gets SaaSy in Ireland; and more
Juniper Cracking SDN Open
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12/13/2012  |  Post a comment
5:00 AM The $176M acquisition of startup Contrail looks like an attempt to create an open-source movement in software-defined networking
FCC Shows Radar Love for Small Cells
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12/12/2012  |  Post a comment
Claiming the mini basestations could increase capacity 10X over macrocells, the FCC proposes opening up some 3.5GHz spectrum for them
Juniper Buys Contrail for (More) SDN Smarts
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12/12/2012  |  1 comment
The startup with some fresh ideas about how to apply software defined networking has already been snapped up for $176M in cash and stock
Do Copper Rules Belong in an All-IP World?
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12/12/2012  |  Post a comment
FCC Commissioner says old rules 'no longer make sense in an all-IP world,' as agency launches a task force that could signal the close of the copper era
Google Fiber's Non-Experimental Experiment
The Bauminator  | 
12/12/2012  |  2 comments
5:00 PM Eric Schmidt says Google's fiber project is 'not an experiment' and hints at expansion. But what else is he really supposed to say?
Photos: Broadcom's CES Preview
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12/12/2012  |  Post a comment
1:35 PM From an 18th-story San Francisco office, Broadcom shared its ideas for a wireless near-future
What 4G Players Want for Christmas
EuroBlog  | 
12/12/2012  |  Post a comment
1:20 PM A stocking full of personalized data plans, it seems…
APIs Can Generate Billions for Telcos
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/12/2012  |  Post a comment
Application programming interfaces can provide telcos numerous opportunities and generate billions of dollars
Cisco Extends Bridge to CCAP
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/12/2012  |  1 comment
Cisco unveils two line cards that boost the capacity of its flagship CMTS as it develops a next-gen CCAP platform
Swisscom Buys Into HP's Utility Vision
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12/12/2012  |  Post a comment
European operator sees more potential in HP's pay-as-you-use enterprise networking model than in the managed service developed with Cisco
HP's New Risky Business
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12/12/2012  |  Post a comment
HP develops utility networking equipment model for telco-managed services that lumps the capex strain onto HP's books UPDATED 12:50 PM
TW Cable iPad App Opens Set-Top VoD Tap
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/12/2012  |  2 comments
Also: Belden buys PPC for $517M; another Apple TV rumor; Suddenlink broadens TiVo Stream offer; Comcast dunks Celtics MetroE deal
FreedomPop Sends a Free Gigabyte to the Home
LR Mobile News Analysis  | 
12/12/2012  |  1 comment
The folks who brought you the 'freemium' iPod data sleeve are taking on the big boys with 2GB of home broadband for less than $10
Euronews: Is BT After 4G Spectrum?
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12/12/2012  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA roundup: BT sells remaining stake in Tech Mahindra; Ericsson's LTE debut in Africa; Kcell IPO kicks off
Dish Spectrum Gets Clearance for Takeoff
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/11/2012  |  2 comments
Dish gets approval to use its AWS-4 spectrum for mobile broadband but will 'consider its strategic options' before making its next move
Japanese Firms Tackle 400G
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12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
A year-long R&D project is yet another sign that the carriers might need that intermediate step while waiting for 1Tbit/s
Sprint in Talks to Take Over Clearwire?
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12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
Broadcom Thinks NFC's Time Is Nearing
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12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
Looking back at carriers' history with Wi-Fi, Broadcom thinks it knows what it will take for near-field communications to become a hit
Netflix Hearts Google Fiber
The Bauminator  | 
12/11/2012  |  2 comments
3:45 PM Netflix ranks the nation's 'major' ISPs, and apparently Google Fiber qualifies as one while satellite broadband providers get the cold shoulder
Cloud Services: A New Mobile Security Challenge
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12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
Mobile workers want access to cloud-based services and data, but supporting those workers creates potential new security breaches and a major challenge for enterprise, says BT Assure's Toby Weir-Jones
Romley Drives 10GBase-T
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
Controller/MAC and PHY device integration presents challenges and opportunities to 10GBase-T PHY vendors and adapter vendors
UK Kicks Off 4G Auction Process
Wireless Bits  | 
12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
2:35 PM Hurrah! 4G auction process gets under way today as regulator Ofcom starts taking applications
Radio Ga Ga: Dealing With 4G Congestion
LR Mobile News Analysis  | 
12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
Mobile operators have a number of ways to deal with 4G LTE access network constraints, says Heavy Reading Chief Analyst Graham Finnie
Sprint & Dish Slug It Out Over Spectrum
LR Cable News Analysis  | 
12/11/2012  |  2 comments
Also: Cablevision gets closer to selling Bresnan systems; Google Fiber's national sticker shock; Samsung backs TV app startup
Tackling RAN Congestion
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12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading Chief Analyst Graham Finnie talks about the development of RAN congestion strategies and technologies
Euronews: Ericsson Makes Video Play at TEF
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12/11/2012  |  Post a comment
In today's EMEA roundup: Ericsson takes on tough Global Video Platform role; Huawei takes R&D to Finland; NSN trumpets LTE market-share growth
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