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Pandemic adds new wrinkles and complexities to cable network capacity planning

New CommScope data provides a fresh view into the traffic demands driven by the pandemic, particularly in the upstream. But the pandemic will also alter the way cable ops plan to stay ahead of the capacity curve.

Podcast: MyBundle.TV coaches viewers on cutting the pay-TV cord

CEO Jason Cohen examines drivers behind the cord-cutting trend, and shares why many viewers are still holding out with traditional pay-TV services.

WiCipedia: Climate tech needs more women on its team

This week in our WiC roundup: Women's role in climate tech; how Black women are affected by AI; Women in Tech's monumental pandemic growth; and more.

AT&T drops another 620K pay-TV subs as HBO Max gains more ground

Meanwhile, AT&T tacked on another 235,000 fiber broadband customers, extending that total to 5.18 million.

Comcast Full Duplex DOCSIS trial pumps out 4-Gig symmetrical speeds

Powered by a new Full Duplex DOCSIS chipset from Broadcom, the successful lab trial puts Comcast, and possibly other cable operators, on the road to DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G.'

Rogers blames Ericsson software upgrade for wireless outage

Rogers will apply credits to customer bills after tracing the problem to a software issue that impacted a piece of equipment central to the wireless network, which led to intermittent congestion and service outages.

Quibi content to be recast as 'Roku Originals'

Other fresh fare will also be part of future originals programming as the streaming giant continues to shore up the strategy of The Roku Channel.

Verizon broadband gains continue to outpace video losses

Aided by Verizon's broadband-led 'Mix & Match' plans, Fios revenues climbed in Q1 2021 as the company added 98,000 Fios Internet subs against a loss of 82,000 Fios TV customers.

Netflix comes up short in Q1

The addition of 4 million subs was below guidance of 6 million – and down from a whopping 16 million net sub adds a year earlier – as Netflix dealt with a big 'pull through' from 2020 paired with a slowdown of fresh content.

The Apple TV 4K gets an upgrade

Apple's new streaming box, starting at $179, is still a pricey gadget when compared to many other 4K-capable devices. But support for Dolby Vision and high-frame rate HDR make it a target for higher-end home theaters.

Sling TV pitches deep discount to nab new subs

Dish-owned OTT-TV service is pitching first month of Sling TV for $10 along with a premium DVR service that provides 200 hours of storage.

Adtran takes shot at LoRaWAN market

Vendor says it has already scored purchase agreements as the new IoT gateway places Adtran into a new market, and in position to help service providers build overlay networks for enterprise IoT apps.

Rogers suffers some kind of big wireless kerfuffle

A massive service outage arrives as Rogers Communications and fellow Canadian service provider Shaw Communications pursue a merger that touts mobile and 5G as a major driver.

Will the feds set our broadband Internet prices?

President Biden has hinted that the federal government might step in to 'reduce Internet prices for all Americans.' But some analysts aren't expecting that kind of heavy-handed regulation.

Frontier headed for 'modest' growth following Chapter 11 – analysts

'We wouldn't call Frontier a diamond in the rough. Instead, it's more of a semi-precious stone in the rough,' analysts say in a report that sizes up Frontier's fiber-focused, post-bankruptcy future.

Rural will rev Altice USA's broadband growth – analyst

The operator could lose some share in Fios territories on the east coast, but its underpenetrated, less competitive (and underappreciated) rural markets have 'unusually high potential,' new study finds.

CableLabs takes on role of convergence catalyst

CableLabs is spearheading two initiatives – a group made of up execs from service providers and an advisory council comprised of vendors – focused on driving collaboration and scale around network and service convergence.

WiCipedia: A cybersecurity PR blunder for the ages

This week in our WiC roundup: A cybersecurity PR blunder; Amazon makes commitment to hire minority employees into senior roles; the evolution of diversity in space travel; and more.

Shaw's wireless biz waxes as wireline wanes

Extending a theme that has taken hold at the Canadian company in recent quarters, Shaw's cable pay-TV and broadband business continued to shed subscribers in fiscal Q2 as its mobile business gained more ground.

Cable ops to be 'surgical' with latest Wi-Fi tech

Wi-Fi 6E will eventually reach the masses, but cable operators will likely use the technology early on targeted, app-driven situations for wireless set-tops, cloud gaming services and in Wi-Fi-constrained MDU environments.

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