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Charter Snatches Bright House
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3/31/2015  |  7 comments
Charter plans to buy Bright House for $10.4 billion, assuming that Comcast's deal to acquire Time Warner Cable wins US government approval.
Comcast Commits Cash, CFO to New Company
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3/31/2015  |  6 comments
Comcast is committing $4 billion to a new strategic investment company that will be headed up by current Comcast CFO Michael J. Angelakis.
Australia's NBN Launches FTTB Service
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3/31/2015  |  1 comment
The government-backed operator says an FTTN launch in the third quarter will follow its recent introduction of FTTB technology.
Eurobites: BT, Virgin Form Unlikely Alliance
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3/31/2015  |  6 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Alcatel-Lucent prepares for submarine unit IPO; EchoStar takes a stake in Kudelski's set-top box arm; Ericsson extends services contract with Telenor Denmark.
South Korean MSO Taps Alticast for 4K Help
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3/30/2015  |  1 comment
CJ Hallovision, South Korea's largest cable operator, selects Alticast's AltiProject conditional access solution for securing its rollout of Ultra HD programming.
FCC Suffers Content Security's Growing Pains
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3/30/2015  |  1 comment
The rapidly changing content and security landscapes are causing issues for the FCC's Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee.
Leading Lights Awards: It's Now or Never!
Shades of Ray  | 
3/30/2015  |  2 comments
Deadline extension means there are still a few more days to submit those winning entries, but don't delay -- April 10 is the final deadline and then the judging begins.
TV Everywhere Nears Mainstream Adoption
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3/27/2015  |  12 comments
Adobe benchmark report shows TV Everywhere usage strongly on the rise over the past two years, finally reaching beyond the "early adopter" stage.
Cable Sweats SDN/NFV Challenges
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3/26/2015  |  2 comments
Seeking to ease the growing bandwidth demands on their access networks, cable technologists are pursuing ways to virtualize headend equipment and network functions but face a number of big challenges.
AT&T Woos SMBs With Small-Scale WiFi
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3/26/2015  |  18 comments
New WiFi-small site service lets SMBs set up their own AT&T access points to offer free public WiFi to customers as competition for smaller enterprises heats up in the US.
Comcast Says TWC Deal Will Close Later
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3/26/2015  |  13 comments
Comcast now expects the federal regulatory review of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable to extend well into the summer.
Eurobites: EC Plots Its Digital Single Market
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3/26/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica gets approval for GVT buy; Telecom Italia reconsiders Metroweb bid; Orange spectrum plans in Poland.
True or False, Telecom-Style
Rewired  | 
3/26/2015  |  4 comments
Rutberg's Rejeev Chand gets FCC's Clbyburn plus Google Fiber and DISH execs to play the true-false game, with interesting results.
Average US Broadband Speeds No Great Shakes
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3/25/2015  |  9 comments
Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report puts the average broadband connection speed in the US at 11.1 Mbit/s.
BT Backs G.fast for Backhaul
Shades of Ray  | 
3/25/2015  |  1 comment
British carrier really wants to sweat that copper plant and sees a real opportunity to use that asset for high-speed backhaul.
Accedian Takes Virtual CPE to the Minimum
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3/25/2015  |  Post a comment
'Bite-sized' devices support maximum flexibility at the edge and continue Accedian's history of service assurance.
Net Neutrality Suits: Only The Beginning?
Breznick Unbound  | 
3/24/2015  |  8 comments
Now that USTelecom and a Texas-based ISP have filed the first lawsuits against the FCC's new Title II rules, will cable, wireless and other trade groups join in the fun?
Eurobites: Hutchison's O2 Deal Poised for Take-Off
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3/24/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica invests in mobile OS startup; Deutsche Telekom opens 5G lab; Amazon Fire TV Sticks it to Europe.
Icontrol Unlocks New Revenue Channel
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2015  |  Post a comment
After making its name in the cable market, Icontrol is entering the independent security dealer market with Icontrol One.
Get Your Kicks at BTE: Enter Our 5-a-Side Soccer Tournament
Shades of Ray  | 
3/24/2015  |  4 comments
If you think you can show us some silky soccer skills this June, sign up for the Light Reading five-a-side soccer tournament that's taking place in the middle of the Big Telecom Event show floor in Chicago.
Google Fiber Tees Up Targeted Ads in KC
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2015  |  1 comment
Google Fiber's 27,000 video subscribers in the Kansas City metro area are about to get their first dose of targeted advertising from their new pay-TV provider.
Women in Tech Coming Into Focus
Que Sera Sarah  | 
3/20/2015  |  29 comments
There is progress being made as tech firms begin to make women a priority, but there's still a long road ahead to redress the gender balance.
Cable Starts Scoring With OTT
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3/20/2015  |  3 comments
Several cable companies revealed promising early results from their OTT video integration efforts at the Light Reading Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies conference this week.
Eurobites: Orange Acquires 'Spy-Proof' Cloud
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3/20/2015  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange monetizes SDN/NFV service; Vodafone agrees to buy Metroweb stake; Sky offloads betting business.
Prepping for D3.1, Cox Expands All-Digital
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3/19/2015  |  3 comments
Cox Communications' transition to all-digital TV has extended to two more markets – Rhode Island and Tulsa, Okla. – with several more on the way.
Leading Lights Awards: Only Days Left to Enter!
Shades of Ray  | 
3/19/2015  |  1 comment
The deadline for the 2015 Leading Lights awards is March 27, so get your skates on if you think you could be a winner!
NetScout: Service Assurance Still a Must for Virtual Realm
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2015  |  Post a comment
NetScout exec tells cable execs the next generation of service assurance must combine physical and virtual probes and not affect performance.
Eurobites: Ofcom Puts the Squeeze on BT
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3/19/2015  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre completes Peterborough project; Morocco 4G auction raises $200; is it all over for Uber?
Gigabit Trend Grows in Eastern Oregon
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2015  |  10 comments
Eastern Oregon Telecom is deploying a fiber network past 8,000 homes and businesses, many of them rural.
TWC Delivers First QAM Video Over CCAP
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3/18/2015  |  Post a comment
Outgoing Time Warner Cable EVP Mike Hayashi has announced that TWC is the first to deliver QAM video over a CCAP platform.
Eurobites: Vodafone Sues O2 for $15M in Czech Republic
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3/18/2015  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Imagination shares slip on licensing slowdown news; Tele2 upgrades with Huawei in Croatia; Russia's MTS forecasts stormy weather.
Comcast Puts DOCSIS 3.1 Live in the Field
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3/18/2015  |  2 comments
Comcast is running its first field tests of the next-gen DOCSIS 3.1 broadband spec, with the aim of deploying D3.1 and the gigabit services it will enable broadly, starting in 2016.
Cox's Athena to Virtualize Home Network
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3/17/2015  |  5 comments
New project builds on CableLabs' virtual CPE work to create personal cloud environments for customers to simplify home networks/services.
Infinera Urges Cable Toward Optical Innovation
News Analysis  | 
3/17/2015  |  1 comment
Adding capacity isn't enough to meet long-term demand. Cable must also add Flex-Grid, multi-layer switching, CDC ROADMs and more.
The Race Is on for Skinny TV
News Analysis  | 
3/17/2015  |  Post a comment
Cablevision's plans to offer HBO Now with a broadband subscription and rumors that Apple will launch an online video service show that interest in skinnier TV bundles is growing.
Cable Should Jump on OTT Bandwagon Now
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3/17/2015  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick advises US MSOs to see the writing on the wall, spelling N-E-T-F-L-I-X as they see pay-TV subs slipping.
Imagine Debuts CloudXtream
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3/17/2015  |  Post a comment
Imagine Communications is launching CloudXtream, a new end-to-end video platform for multiscreen video services.
Eurobites: Orange Plans €15B Networks Upgrade
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3/17/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei strengthens German ties; ETNO pushes for net partiality; Sky invests in OTT startup.
Cable Weighs Ways to Go Virtual
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3/17/2015  |  Post a comment
Seeking to ease bandwidth pressures on their access networks, cable technologists are exploring various ways to virtualize headend equipment and network functions so they can expand capacity and cut costs.
FCC Stops Clock on Merger Madness
News Analysis  | 
3/16/2015  |  Post a comment
The FCC has again stopped its review of merger transactions involving Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, AT&T and DirecTV pending a court ruling.
Why Charter Fancies Bright House
News Analysis  | 
3/13/2015  |  2 comments
Although neither large US MSO will confirm press reports that a Charter buyout of Bright House may be in the works, such a deal would offer strong benefits to both cable companies.
Eurobites: Swisscom Tests Low-Power IoT Network
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3/13/2015  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VimpelCom hires former SFR man; Netflix splashes out on content; T-Mobile Poland wants your Bitcoin.
NBN Takes DOCSIS 3.1 Down Under
News Analysis  | 
3/13/2015  |  Post a comment
NBN Co., Australia's government-backed broadband operator, plans to join Comcast, Liberty Global and Cox in rolling out DOCSIS 3.1 over HFC lines, starting early next year.
Bell Labs Prez: 40Gbit/s Copper on Horizon
Morris Lore  | 
3/12/2015  |  2 comments
Marcus Weldon says 10Gbit/s XG-FAST technology is not the end game for copper.
Net Neutrality Rules Pass on Interconnection
News Analysis  | 
3/12/2015  |  12 comments
Text of FCC Open Internet order spells out rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization but says agency isn't yet ready to regulate interconnection.
Suddenlink Sounds Alarm for Smart Homes
News Analysis  | 
3/12/2015  |  3 comments
Alarm.com is breaking into the cable market with a customer win for its smart home solution at US MSO Suddenlink Communications.
Eurobites: Ofcom Assesses State of the Digital Nation
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3/12/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu partners with startup hub; Ericsson goes to the Opera; euro-cablers buoyant; Nokia mapping on iOS.
Juniper Doubles Down on Custom Silicon
Wagner’s Ring  | 
3/12/2015  |  8 comments
In an effort to put a grim year behind it, Juniper has introduced a router based on new chips, new switches and security and management services.
What's Up With WiFi?
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/12/2015  |  3 comments
Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa talks about voice-over-WiFi and the upcoming introduction of Wi-Fi Aware, or Smart WiFi.
Verizon, Sony Primp for OTT Debuts
News Analysis  | 
3/11/2015  |  Post a comment
Verizon has signed new content deals for its upcoming online video service while Sony is planning to launch its PlayStation Vue OTT offering in select cities later this month.
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