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Arris Rides Capex Wave Again
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  1 comment
Continued shipment surges in set-tops, video gateways, CCAP devices, wireless data gateways and other devices drive healthy hikes in revenue and income, but fourth quarter may be dicey because of merger deals.
Apple Launches 'Massive' CDN -- Report
Wagner’s Ring  | 
7/31/2014  |  8 comments
The company has interconnect deals in place with Comcast and other ISPs and will likely spend $100 million this year.
Utilities Drive Connected Cars Into the Smart Grid
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  19 comments
Utilities and automakers are collaborating to create a unified way of connecting power systems to electric cars to facilitate better energy management.
Charter Revenues Up, Video Subs Down
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  1 comment
Charter reports higher revenues but more video subscriber losses, as more details emerge on its proposed system swaps and new cloud-based UI.
Iliad Offers $15B for a Stake in T-Mobile
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  7 comments
Merger prospects for the "Uncarrier" get interesting as the French operator throws its chapeau in the ring.
Does T-Mobile Need Sprint to Scale?
Jonestown  | 
7/31/2014  |  8 comments
CEO John Legere stresses T-Mobile has options, as Iliad's $15 billion bid for a stake in the operator proves.
Comcast Strengthens Billing Bond with CSG
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  5 comments
BSS vendor will take on all of Comcast's residential billing services, adding 2.3 million customers to the platform it has already deployed with the cable company.
REIT Bandwagon May Be Small
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  7 comments
Windstream's strategy won't easily translate to other telecom network operators, says a veteran financial analyst.
T-Mobile Expands VoLTE, Gets Going with 700MHz 4G
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  3 comments
T-Mobile says that VoLTE is now live across its 4G footprint and it has 700MHz sites up, with compatible handsets expected in Q4.
Alcatel-Lucent Preps Submarine IPO, Expects Core Growth
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  6 comments
Vendor reveals plan to raise capital from an IPO of its submarine cables business as it reports Q2 financials, but investors are showing signs of nerves.
Cloudwatt Builds Snoop-Proof Cloud
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  1 comment
Take that, NSA! The French cloud provider is using OpenStack and Juniper's OpenContrail to build a cloud that can resist surveillance.
Eurobites: BT Boasts of FTTX Expansion
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7/31/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: Spirent preps more M&A action as revenues rise; Telefónica suffers currency crunch; Colt's voice strategy hits sales.
Nokia Networks Buys RAN Assets in Japan
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  5 comments
Improves its position with NTT DoCoMo with the planned acquisition of Panasonic's radio access networks business.
Verizon, thePlatform Team Up on IP Video
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  1 comment
Verizon Digital Media Services and Comcast's thePlatform are partnering to deliver an end-to-end IP video solution.
Singapore's IDA Preps HetNet RFP
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  3 comments
As Singapore readies a wireless HetNet RFP for its Smart Nation network, its trial starts with a crackdown on rule-breakers.
Cavium Joins The SDN Chip Set With Xpliant Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2014  |  2 comments
Cavium snaps up stealthy silicon startup it previously funded.
Sprint, T-Mobile: The Price War's On
Que Sera Sarah  | 
7/30/2014  |  17 comments
T-Mobile lowering its family data pricing is forcing Sprint to respond, and could spark a true price war in the US.
The Power of the Gig
The Gigabot  | 
7/30/2014  |  8 comments
The increasing pace of gigabit network rollouts by providers of all stripes is putting more pressure on competitors to respond.
Sprint Seeds Market with LTE-A Handsets
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2014  |  1 comment
Carrier is working with Qualcomm to get handsets to market that support 3x carrier aggregation, way ahead of network availability.
Netflix Adds AT&T to Pay-to-Peer List
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2014  |  3 comments
In the latest net neutrality-related deal, Netflix has notched a paid interconnection agreement with AT&T.
Eurobites: BlackBerry Buys German Security Firm
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's regional roundup: Apollo's fat pipe; KPN reports sales decline but stock leaps; Test vendor Rohde & Schwarz buys a security specialist; and more!
Swisscom Boasts FTTX Milestone
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2014  |  2 comments
Extending fiber to homes, buildings and local street distribution points has taken the Swiss incumbent's 'ultra-fast' broadband subs numbers to more than 1 million.
Pics From Comic-Con -- Honest!
Slide Shows  | 
7/30/2014  |  14 comments
Light Reading takes Comic-Con -- even technology editors need a break!
Is Windstream Boldly Setting a New Trend?
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  20 comments
Strategy separating services organization from network operations could catch on elsewhere and is already a big hit on Wall Street.
Comporium Aims Gig at Businesses, Residents
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  7 comments
The carrier prepares to extend its Zipstream gigabit service to 15,000 residents in Rock Hill, S.C., while continuing to drive business development efforts in the region.
Ericsson Goes Beyond Telecom with MetraTech Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  9 comments
Vendor's acquisition was all about expanding its OSS for the IoT, which requires more flexibility, agility, and cost-effective platforms.
TV UIs In the Frame at CableLabs Conference
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  2 comments
Demos at the CableLabs Summer Conference next week will highlight immersive display technology, a location-based TV application, and RDK software solutions.
Bright House Launches VOD Ad Insertion
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  7 comments
Sixth largest US MSO picks BlackArrow to handle dynamic insertion of ads into VOD content, starting with Indianapolis market.
SDN Powers AT&T, IBM On-Demand Cloud Connections
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  5 comments
New proof of concept builds on SDN-based API that allows traffic to burst on any layer of the network, on-demand.
Eurobites: Liberty Merges Euro Operations
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange to cut costs further as profits slide in H1; Nokia Networks teams up for wide-area 4G broadcast trial; Vodafone brings Chromecast to the UK high street.
Cisco Ships Its SDN Architecture -- Almost
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  6 comments
Cisco tosses its ACI hat in the SDN ring.
Get Carter: Oclaro Did, From Cisco
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  2 comments
Oclaro hires the general manager of Cisco's module transceiver group.
VoLTE Gains Velocity: GSA
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2014  |  3 comments
Industry association says that 66 operators are investing in VoLTE, and that 92 different handsets can make 4G voice calls.
No Crocodile Tears for AWS Just Yet
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2014  |  5 comments
Amazon Web Services' price cuts contributed to the parent company's bad quarter and stock plunge -- but there's still gold in its clouds.
If Not Muni Networks, Then What?
Rewired  | 
7/28/2014  |  14 comments
Incumbents don't want cities and towns to build their own gigabit networks, but what's their alternative plan?
Phone Unlocking: Almost Legal, Still Not Easy
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2014  |  9 comments
But consumers shouldn't get too excited -- technical and monetary barriers to switching remain.
Getting 4G Ready for IoT
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2014  |  1 comment
Vodafone and other operators and vendors have now completed a study of how to support M2M with low-cost, low-power LTE.
Sling Shoots for Chromecast Support
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2014  |  5 comments
Sling is lining up Chromecast support for the new retail Slingbox M1 and other recent Slingbox devices.
Cable Broadband Surpassing Video: Moody's
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2014  |  4 comments
In a new report, Moody's Investors Service projects that the US cable industry will have more broadband subscribers than video subscribers by next year.
Muni Utilities Take Gigabit Fight to FCC
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2014  |  3 comments
Utilities in Chattanooga, Tenn. and Wilson, N.C. petition the FCC to let them expand their gigabit networks to surrounding communities.
Eurobites: Regulators Delve Into IoT
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2014  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Huawei teams up for the European soccer season; KPN trials VoLTE; Telecom Italia joins the drones brigade.
Samsung Delays Tizen Smartphone Launch
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2014  |  7 comments
Smartphone giant apparently needs more time to build supporting ecosystem for its home-grown OS.
TiVo Criticizes CableCARD Coverage
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2014  |  12 comments
TiVo takes exception to the latest coverage of the CableCARD debate, following key US House vote to kill separable security mandate.
Verizon Applies 3G Throttling Policy to LTE
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2014  |  12 comments
Verizon's heaviest LTE data users who are still holding on to unlimited data plans will soon see their speeds throttled if they hop on a congested cell site.
Slim Postpaid Pickings for Sprint, T-Mobile
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2014  |  3 comments
AT&T and Verizon reported reduced churn and flat postpaid smartphone customer adds, which means Sprint and T-Mobile had fewer customers to poach in the quarter.
Eurobites: BSkyB Agrees $9.1B M&A Deal
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2014  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe still weighs on Vodafone revenues; EE on course for 6 million 4G customers by year's end.
Qualcomm Looks to Soften China Antitrust Blow
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2014  |  4 comments
Chipmaker's CEO builds bridges in China as the company faces a significant antitrust fine.
Infinera Hints At Metro 100G Launch
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2014  |  3 comments
Is the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) specialist close to unveiling its long-awaited metro platform?
Startup Octoblu Wants to be An IoT Connector
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2014  |  6 comments
A startup emerges from stealth mode with an eye toward being a pre-standards connector on the Internet of Things.
U-verse Growth Slips But Still Strong
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2014  |  14 comments
AT&T's fiber-fed platform records slower growth in second quarter but still well outstrips pace of Verizon FiOS and other broadband pay-TV providers.
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