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AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Stand Up for mmWave Auction, but Cable Is MIA Again
News Analysis | 10/9/2019

Some of the nation's biggest telecom companies – including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Dish Network – appear to be planning to participate in the FCC's upcoming mmWave spectrum auction. But big cable companies are missing in action.

Net Neutrality Is Dead Yet Again
The Philter | 10/1/2019

States still have the option of enacting their own net neutrality regulations following today's DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the FCC rollback of net neutrality rules.

WiFi 6 Is Here. Should Mobile Operators Worry?
News Analysis | 9/26/2019

A new, more powerful version of the WiFi standard is now available. How might this new technology impact mobile network operators heading toward a 5G future?

Cox also flexing its streaming muscles
The Bauminator | 9/18/2019

Cable op has quietly launched the Contour Stream Player, Cox's twist on Comcast's Xfinity Flex video streaming product for broadband-only subs.

Comcast offers 'Xfinity Flex' for free to broadband-only subs
News Analysis | 9/18/2019

Video streaming platform features a video client, voice remote and integration with Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and, soon, an upgrade path to Comcast's full pay-TV service.

Comcast snares set-top app specialist Metrological
News Analysis | 9/16/2019

Comcast pulls more engineering and software development expertise in-house for its X1 and Xfinity Flex video and smart home platforms.

Charter Is Preparing to Build a Wireless Network
News Analysis | 9/13/2019

Cable company Charter Communications is expected to begin building an LTE network in 3.5GHz spectrum in select locations where it counts a large number of Spectrum Mobile customers.

What to Expect From Altice Mobile
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Analysts expect Altice USA to collect 1.7 million mobile customers by 2023, and pay Sprint around $2.50 for each GB those customers consume.

Altice Mobile debuts $20 per month 'price for life' to Optimum and Suddenlink subs
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

Altice USA's new 'Unlimited Everything' offering, underpinned by its MVNO deal with Sprint, will be sold for $30 per line per month to non-Optimum and Suddenlink customers in or near its 21-state footprint.

Videotron Pulls Out Comcast's Playbook
News Analysis | 8/28/2019

Canadian MSO debuts 'Helix' platform featuring broadband gateways, IP video clients, WiFi extenders and home networking management software originating from Videotron's X1 syndication deal with Comcast.

Comcast, Charter to Offer 5G Via Verizon MVNO
News Analysis | 8/23/2019

Comcast's Xfinity Mobile and Charter's Spectrum Mobile MVNOs will offer Verizon's 5G service to their respective customers at some unspecified point in the future.

Light Reading Packs Double Wallop at Cable-Tec Expo
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/19/2019

For the first time, Light Reading will offer two breakfast roundtables on key tech topics at this fall's SCTE|ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans – the first on network virtualization and the second on cable and 5G.

Did Altice Change Its Tune on Buying Spectrum?
News Analysis | 8/16/2019

Altice said it wants to buy C-Band spectrum, which appears to represent a bit of a change from the company's previous strategy.

CommScope Seeking New Leader for Ruckus Unit
News Analysis | 8/13/2019

CommScope CTO Morgan Kurk is running Ruckus on interim basis following recent departure of unit's former president, Ian Whiting.

Comcast Expands Reach of 'Internet Essentials,' 15-Meg Remains Service's Sweet Spot
News Analysis | 8/6/2019

By including people with disabilities and seniors, Comcast says 3 million more homes are eligible for Internet service, subsidized PCs and digital literacy training targeted to low-income Americans.

Cable MVNOs Are Beginning to Hurt U.S. Cellular
News Analysis | 8/6/2019

U.S. Cellular acknowledged that cable MVNOs from the likes of Comcast and Charter are now beginning to affect the company's mobile business.

Former Dish Wireless Exec to Take R&D Helm at CableLabs
News Analysis | 8/2/2019

Mariam Sorond was most recently chief wireless architect and VP of technology development at Dish.

Charter Sets Employee Tests for 'Spectrum Connectivity Platform'
News Analysis | 8/2/2019

Software for broadband devices, believed to support OpenWRT, designed to help customers manage and optimize in-home WiFi, tweak router settings and pause Internet connectivity.

Comcast's Xfinity Mobile to Tweak By-the-Gig Pricing
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

Two years after launching its Xfinity Mobile MVNO, Comcast is tweaking its By-the-Gig pricing by adding two new options: 3GB for $30/month and 10GB for $60/month.

Rogers' Ignite TV Not Yet Taking Off
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Despite its accelerating rollout of Ignite TV, a syndicated version of Comcast's cloud-based X1 video platform, Rogers is still seeing video subscriber losses mount.

CONFIRMED: Altice Mobile MVNO Priced at $25/Line for Employees
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Altice confirmed that its mobile offering is currently available to employees at $25 per line. That price is below what Comcast, Charter and Sprint charge for unlimited services.

An Inside Look at Cable's MVNO Business Model
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

Comcast and Charter have successfully pushed some of their mobile customers' traffic from Verizon's network and onto WiFi networks, according to new findings from Tutela.

Shaw bets on BlueCurve for broadband
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

As part of its broad product syndication deal with Comcast, big Canadian MSO is counting on new home WiFi app, DOCSIS 3.1 rollout and IPTV launch to trigger fresh subscriber and revenue growth.

Charter & NY Formally Kiss & Make Up
News Analysis | 7/12/2019

After New York's Public Service Commission rescinded approval of Charter's merger with TWC and Charter threatened to leave the state, negotiations succeeded and both orgs come out winners.

Cogeco Scores in US, Slips in Canada
News Analysis | 7/11/2019

Large cross-border cable operator exceeds analyst expectations with Q3 Atlantic Broadband results in US but disappoints with Cogeco Connexion results in Canada.

CableLabs Seizes On Smarter WiFi
News Analysis | 7/1/2019

Teams with the Wi-Fi Alliance on new open source, standard way to collect and analyze WiFi network data and troubleshoot in-home WiFi issues that have been a drag on cable opex.

Cable techies eye 25-Gig path
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Even though cable's 10-Gig-enabling broadband spec, Full Duplex DOCSIS, hasn't hit the streets yet, some leading industry engineers are already laying the groundwork for a future DOCSIS spec that would support symmetrical speeds of up to 25 Gigs.

Altice USA's Mobile Service to Fetch $20-$30 Per Month – Report
News Analysis | 5/28/2019

Pricing on cable op's Sprint-assisted mobile service reportedly will undercut offerings from major mobile service providers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

CableLabs Seeks to Supercharge WiFi
News Analysis | 5/21/2019

New open source project from CableLabs focuses on 'Dual Channel WiFi' technology that can set up dedicated channels for specific apps and traffic types such as streaming video and online gaming.

Liberty Global Grapples With Revenue Slump
News Analysis | 5/13/2019

Even as it carries out its phased retreat from the European continent, Liberty Global is trying to stem video sub losses and spur fresh revenue growth with a slate of new product and service offerings.

5G Opportunity Still Outweighs the Threat to Cable Ops
News Analysis | 5/13/2019

MSOs must remain wary of 5G-powered in-home broadband services, but the backhaul and fronthaul opportunities will abound for cable operators as 5G networks are deployed.

Subdued Cable Spending Hits Arris
News Analysis | 5/10/2019

Arris is off to a sluggish start, but hopeful that business will pick up as operators bulk up on DOCSIS 3.1 network capacity and start to snap up customer premises equipment.

Comcast Ups Zelesko to CTO, Stirling to Group Chief Product Officer at Sky
News Analysis | 5/8/2019

Recent promotions are among other significant executive moves within Comcast's technology and product organizations.

Comcast Business beefs up managed WiFi via Deep Blue buy
News Analysis | 5/1/2019

Deep Blue specializes in the planning, engineering and installation of managed WiFi networks for hotels and entertainment venues, and reportedly pulled down $38 million in revenues last year.

Charter Exploring 'Dual SIM' Technology
News Analysis | 4/30/2019

Charter, which added 176,000 mobile lines in Q1, is testing dual SIM capabilities, but deployments are not expected in 2019.

Comcast, Charter MVNO Deals Are Bad for Everyone – Analyst
The Bauminator | 4/16/2019

The cablecos and Verizon could be better suited with a revised deal centered on collaboration and network convergence – an agreement focused on small cell deployments that can fuel 5G networks.

Rogers, Videotron Angle for X1 Edge
News Analysis | 4/2/2019

Like Shaw Communications in the western half of the nation, the two big Canadian cablecos are now rolling out their own syndicated versions of Comcast's cloud-based video platform in their respective regions.

Cable's Performance in Mobile Fails to Impress Wall Street
News Analysis | 3/28/2019

Investors had hoped that Comcast and Charter might pose a significant threat to the likes of AT&T and Verizon in mobile. Newly reduced expectations from Wall Street indicate those hopes haven't panned out.

Comcast Targets 'Xfinity Flex' at Broadband-Only Subs
News Analysis | 3/21/2019

In-footprint offering, at $5 per month, provides integrated access to a variety of free and subscription OTT services, offers an upgrade path to pay-TV, and runs on an X1-powered 4K/HDR-capable TV-connected device.

T-Mobile Details Home Internet Service to Challenge 'Cableopoly'
News Analysis | 3/7/2019

T-Mobile released more details about plans to challenge Comcast and Charter with a fixed wireless Internet service. But the broader message was aimed at regulators reviewing its proposed merger with Sprint.

CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown sets his exit
News Analysis | 3/1/2019

In another CableLabs-related personnel move, Ike Elliott has succeeded Mitch Ashley as president of organization's for-profit Kyrio subsidiary.

Cox's 5G Ambitions May Have Shifted From mmWave to CBRS
News Analysis | 3/1/2019

Cox – America's third-largest cable TV company – isn't going to bid on mmWave spectrum, but it does apparently have interest in looking at the 3.5GHz CBRS band for wireless operations.

Margins on Streaming TV Packages 'Nothing to Write Home About' – Charter CFO
News Analysis | 2/27/2019

But new, slimmer options enable Charter to focus on broadband-only customers that haven't responded to offers for traditional pay-TV service, Charter's Chris Winfrey says.

NCTC Plots Plan to Help Cable Ops Work Together on Broadband
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Cable industry co-op is heading up a new project to help its hundreds of tier 2/3 operator members get easier access to peering sites and reduce Internet transport costs, new VP of broadband solutions says.

Amid 5G Buildout, AT&T Offloads More Traffic to WiFi
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Despite its efforts to build out new spectrum, densify its network and deploy 5G, AT&T is also working to add capacity to its network via an expanded WiFi offloading deal with Boingo.

Nearly 12% of Global Mobile Data to Ride 5G Networks by 2022 – Cisco Study
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

5G will also represent about 3.4% of global connections by 2022 as 4G continues to dominate but begins to taper off as 5G activity picks up.

Amazon to snap up Eero, claw into whole-home Wi-Fi market
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

eero battles with the likes of Google and Netgear at retail, and has made some strides in the service provider sector.

Can Cable Beat 5G?
Breznick Unbound | 2/11/2019

Cable leaders will make the case for their new 10G initiative at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver next month.

Virgin Media, Arris Test 8-Gig Symmetrical Speeds
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Trial to involve about 50 homes will use Arris E6000 chassis outfitted with 10-Gig EPON line card and DOCSIS-based provisioning.

Cable Next-Gen Is Calling
LRTV Documentaries | 2/4/2019

Could our Cable Next-Gen Tech event make your cable dreams come true? Or are we just being delusional? In his head, LR cable guy Alan Breznick is there already...

Podcast: Bundle Up, Everyone. Pay-TV Is a Cold, Cold Business
The Philter | 1/31/2019

The world of pay-TV is an unholy mess, and no one is better at keeping up with the players, plans and problems than Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner. In this podcast, Jeff joins Phil Harvey for a chat about how cable providers are using mobile, why adding Netflix to your set-top isn't a bad idea and what kind of subscribers aren't worth chasing.

AirTies Buys a Piece of Technicolor
News Analysis | 1/30/2019

AirTies CEO says acquisition of Technicolor's in-home WiFi software business and expertise will help company scale its platform to more devices and reach more service providers.

Comcast Pushes Past 1.2M Mobile Subscriber Lines
News Analysis | 1/23/2019

Xfinity Mobile 'on track' to stand alone economically as unit is set to report out of Comcast's cable business starting in Q1 2019.

CES 2019: Cable's 10G Tech 'Will Work'
News Analysis | 1/10/2019

Early trials prove that Full Duplex DOCSIS tech is real and poised to help cable operators deliver symmetrical 10-Gig speeds on their widely deployed HFC networks, top industry execs say.

Comcast Uses AI to Clamp Down on Cyber Threats
News Analysis | 1/8/2019

New Xfinity xFi Advanced Security service, which uses AI and machine learning techniques to identify and lock down threats on the in-home WiFi network, fetches $5.99 per month.

LR Teams With SCTE on Webinar Series
Breznick Unbound | 1/7/2019

In close partnership with SCTE|ISBE, Light Reading will host and produce 'Live Learnings for Professionals' seminars on cable tech topics each month, starting with a January 17 webcast on improving the home networking experience.

Charter to Pay $175M to Settle Broadband Speed Suit
News Analysis | 12/18/2018

Settlement stems from 2017 suit claiming that systems formerly run by Time Warner Cable in New York had under-delivered on promised Internet speeds.

Will Plume's Open Source Plan Pay Off?
News Analysis | 11/29/2018

Comcast, Liberty Global, Bell Canada, Samsung and Sagemcom are on board with 'OpenSync,' as Plume seeks much more buy-in for its smart home software initiative.

LinkNYC Kiosks Could Become a Launch Pad for City 5G
News Analysis | 11/19/2018

Link's president gives an indication of a 5G future for the WiFi kiosk company.

Comcast Vetting Video Streaming Box for Broadband-Only Subs
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

Tests centered on X1-powered device with voice remote capability will integrate Netflix and other OTT content, provide customers an upgrade path to Comcast's pay-TV bundles.

CommScope, Arris Nearing $5.6B Deal – Report
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

A deal would value Arris at more than $31 per share, CNBC says.

Consumer Broadband Focus Shifts From Big Billboard Speeds to a Broader, Whole-Home Experience
News Analysis | 11/6/2018

Whole-home device and software setups have become a critical, new weapon in broadband service arsenals.

Making Smart Cities Smarter
LRTV Documentaries | 11/5/2018

At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta last week, Arris and its partners demonstrated how fast broadband links can enable a growing array of smart-city applications.

FCC Tests Show WiFi Can Operate Safely in 5.9GHz Band
News Analysis | 10/30/2018

Cable industry wants FCC to free up substantial portion of the band for WiFi.

Arris Gets a Fix on WiFi 6
News Analysis | 10/25/2018

New DOCSIS 3.1 router for cable ops builds in 802.11ax, 'EasyMesh' for whole-home WiFi.

CommScope in Talks to Buy Arris – Report
News Analysis | 10/25/2018

Such a deal would bring another massive wave of consolidation to the wireline and wireless infrastructure sector and establish an even larger supplier with a major focus on the cable industry.

Cable Makes Play for 5.9GHz Band
News Analysis | 10/19/2018

NCTA urges FCC to take a 'fresh look' at the band and reassign a substantial portion of it for WiFi, arguing that the spectrum is grossly underutilized today as a connected car safety technology.

Comcast Wraps Up DOCSIS 3.1 Rollout
News Analysis | 10/18/2018

Comcast says speed is still key, but emphasis is shifting to whole-home connectivity, control and the broader consumer experience.

AirTies Hikes Hardware-Agnostic Path as Whole-Home WiFi Takes Off
News Analysis | 10/18/2018

Hooks WiFi mesh software into cable-backed RDK-B open source software stack for gateways and extenders, claims tier-1 operator has given the greenlight.

Why Vodafone Is Betting on Cloud Video
Breznick Unbound | 10/15/2018

Major European provider will lay out the strategy behind its new Vodafone TV streaming service at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Europe event in London next month.

Charter Chief Shrugs Off 5G Threat
News Analysis | 9/14/2018

Speaking at a Goldman Sachs media conference, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge says 5G fixed-wireless networks won't be able to match cable's planned 10-Gig symmetrical speeds or economics.

Altice USA's 'Full' MVNO Puts It in SIM City
News Analysis | 9/7/2018

Operating the core network and owning the SIM card will lead to lower churn, pave the path to more control of the service and offer other benefits, CEO says.

Altice USA: 'Wait Till Next Year!'
News Analysis | 8/3/2018

Fourth-biggest US MSO is laying the groundwork for a fresh wave of subscriber and revenue growth next year with FTTH buildout, uber set-top rollout, 1-Gig deployments and MVNO deal.

Charter's 'Inside-Out' Wireless Plan Starts to Take Shape
News Analysis | 8/1/2018

Cable op introduces 802.11ax router alongside plans for a more advanced in-home small cell that will also sport LTE and IoT antennas.

Netflix Is Growing, but Don't Ask by How Much
News Analysis | 7/16/2018

Netflix missed its subscriber forecast, which spooked investors, but the company's execs insist that nothing about the business has really changed.

Why ISPs Are High on Whole-Home WiFi
News Analysis | 7/13/2018

Premium in-home WiFi service creates new stream of revenue alongside important operational benefits.

Cable Undergoing Extensive Wireless Transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/13/2018

Cable is moving in on the wireless market, with many exciting opportunities opening up across the board, including in WiFi, mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and 5G.

5G Will Spur More Fixed-Mobile Convergence – Ovum
News Analysis | 7/10/2018

5G spells opportunity for FMC upsell, reckons the Ovum team.

Cable's New Focus: More Fiber & D3.1
News Analysis | 5/30/2018

In BBWN's latest poll about the cable industry's next-gen tech plans, constructing new FTTH networks scored as the top priority, followed closely by rolling out D3.1 and gigabit speeds.

FCC: Put a Price on Unlicensed Spectrum
News Analysis | 5/25/2018

Spectrum means money. Even the unlicensed kind.

Comcast, Hippo Offer Home Insurance With IoT-Powered Savings
News Analysis | 5/22/2018

2010 called. It wants its business model back.

Altice USA Rolls Out Uber Set-Tops
News Analysis | 5/10/2018

Altice USA deploys first 100,000 home entertainment hubs in NYC metro area and plans to launch box in former Suddenlink territories throughout the spring and summer.

WiC Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Female Tech Pioneer of the Year
Que Sera Sarah | 5/9/2018

Heavy hitters in cable, open source and optical networking make up the five women who are shortlisted for the Hedy Lamarr-inspired Female Tech Pioneer of the Year category.

Mobile Merger Changes Cable Calculus
News Analysis | 5/7/2018

The Sprint/T-Mobile deal complicates the cable MVNO universe.

Where Charter's Chugging Along... & Where It's Not
News Analysis | 4/27/2018

Investors may be worried about the wrong things.

New Data on Pole Prices Power 5G Debate
News Analysis | 4/25/2018

The cost of 5G deployments depends in part on the cost of pole attachment fees.

Comcast, Charter Hint at New MVNO Deals
News Analysis | 4/20/2018

A new joint operating platform owned by Comcast and Charter will support multiple MNVO partners.

Comcast Revs Up Smart Home Engine
News Analysis | 4/10/2018

New updates are rolling out on Comcast's smart home platform.

Cities to FCC: Stop Undermining Us
News Analysis | 4/3/2018

Another city leader has parted ways with the FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.

Boingo CTO: 5G No Threat to Cable
LRTV Documentaries | 4/2/2018

Boingo's Derek Peterson discusses use cases and opportunities for cable companies in preparing for 5G.

Arris Sees More Gold in Next-Gen Tech
News Analysis | 3/29/2018

In their annual Investor Day conference, Arris executives extol opportunities in DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, DAA, advanced WiFi, CBRS and other next-gen wireline and wireless gear while playing up more M&A prospects.

Leading Lights: Only Days Left to Enter!
News Analysis | 3/19/2018

Never mind the days, there are only HOURS remaining before the door closes on this year's Leading Lights awards deadline...

Rumor Mill: SoftBank Still Eyeing Charter
News Analysis | 3/12/2018

Take this one with a healthy grain of salt.

Mobile Is No Passing Fad for US Cable
News Analysis | 3/5/2018

Hello, can you hear me now?

Ruckus Reveals CBRS Home Gateway
News Analysis | 2/26/2018

Arris brings Ruckus to the home with new fixed wireless broadband gateway.

Quint Plays: The Smart (Home) Move for SPs
Column | 2/26/2018

IoT technologies are now enabling cable operators and other service providers to offer 'quint play' bundles with smart home services for subscribers.

Ruckus Revels in IoT & CBRS at MWC
News Analysis | 2/21/2018

Big product announcements arrive from the newly minted Arris subsidiary.

Liberty Global: Not So Fast on D3.1
News Analysis | 2/20/2018

Despite an initial 2017 deployment of DOCSIS 3.1, Liberty Global is holding at D3.0 while it brings its HFC networks up to speed.

Ruckus Gives Arris a Boost in Q4
News Analysis | 2/15/2018

Only a month after the acquisition closed, Ruckus was already contributing to Arris's top-line growth.

Warning: US Cablecos Will Go National
MariNation | 2/9/2018

The shot clock has started. Tick, tick, tick... boom!

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