Oct
25
2014

AT&T Essentially Disables Apple iPad Air 2 Universal SIM

In a development that illustrates the tensions within the mobile ecosystem, AT&T apparently locks the Apple universal SIM that comes with the new Apple iPad Air 2, a feature Apple embedded to make it easier for device users to switch mobile data plans without having to manually insert a new subscriber information module. For Apple, the feature adds distinctiveness and value and makes easier the end user task of connecting to mobile Internet access networks. […]

Oct
25
2014

USDA Announces Funding for Rural Broadband and Telcom Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure improvements in rural areas. “Modern telecommunications and broadband access is now as essential to the businesses and residents of rural America as electricity was in the 1930s,” Vilsack said. “USDA is committed to ensuring that rural Americans have robust broadband and telecommunications systems. The investments we are announcing today will provide broadband in areas […]

Oct
25
2014

Ikanos Introduces Traffic Analyzer, Expanding inSIGHT Footprint

FREMONT, CA — Ikanos Communications, a provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the connected home, announced Traffic Analyzer, a powerful new capability of the company’s inSIGHT Broadband eXperience Manager (BXM), Ikanos’ innovative diagnostics and analytics software solution. Traffic Analyzer enables service providers and their subscribers to easily monitor the subscriber’s broadband usage directly from the gateway and to set custom alerts, such as signaling when broadband data limits are reached. It also […]

Oct
25
2014

Zhone Technologies Announces CE2.0 Certification

OAKLAND, CA — Zhone Technologies, a global provider of fiber access transformation for service providers and enterprise networks, announced that its GPON solutions have now become Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) Certified. Zhone is one of the first vendors within the telecommunications industry to earn this GPON certification, assuring customers that they are purchasing a full-featured, standards compliant, non-proprietary solution. According to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), “CE2.0 networks and services enable multiple classes of service […]

Oct
25
2014

AMC enters joint venture to operate BBC America

AMC Networks Inc. said Thursday it will pay $200 million to acquire a stake in BBC America. The entertainment company known for shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men” will have a 49.9 percent equity stake in the cable channel that is home of shows such as “Doctor Who” and “Orphan Black.” Read more about AMC enters joint venture to operate BBC America Comments

Oct
25
2014

Summit Broadband stocks executive ranks

Summit Broadband has hired two executives to help the company expand its fiber network and customer base. The company has hired Peter Murray as director of carrier services, responsible for maintaining and growing the carrier’s customer base. Murray will also manage service levels throughout the territory. Prior to joining Summit Broadband, Murray was general manager of wireless solutions at Wireless Access Communications. Read more about Summit Broadband stocks executive ranks Comments

Oct
25
2014

Comcast’s Roberts: ‘Customer service should be our best product’

Comcast has suffered several customer service related black eyes this year, including the overly zealous customer service rep that refused to cancel a former subscriber’s service and the allegation that the nation’s top cable operator got another disgruntled customer fired for complaining about his customer service (the latter of which Comcast issued an apology for while denying the allegation.) Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts took to the customer service stump during Thursday’s third quarter […]

Oct
25
2014

Hargray buys Kennedy Cablevision

In order to expand its presence in southeast Georgia, South Carolina-based Hargray Communications announced it has picked up Reidsville, Ga.-based Kennedy Cablevision. In addition to adding Kennedy Cablevision’s residential and commercial customers into the fold, Hargray said the deal would allow it to upgrade its existing network technology and infrastructure as well build out additional infrastructure. Read more about Hargray buys Kennedy Cablevision Comments

Oct
24
2014

New AppleSIM Won't Work As Intended on AT&T -

As noted recently, the most interesting thing about Apple’s latest round of announcements was probably the AppleSIM, which allows users to use their new iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 on different devices without swapping out the SIM card. As also noted that’s an idea that likely terrifies the biggest carriers, as keeping people’s devices locked down goes a long way toward keeping real competition at bay. Apple didn’t much talk about the AppleSIM […]

Oct
24
2014

Once Decried As 'Hype,' Frontier Quietly Offers Limited 1 Gbps -

Last year, Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter stated that people don’t really need 1 Gbps, and that the 3 to 6 Mbps most of her customers can get was just fine for most people. Last summer, trying to downplay the fact said 3-6 Mbps is painfully uncompetitive, Wilderotter called Google Fiber “hype” that “confuses customers,” and that even talking about 1 Gbps services was something that was “disrespectful” to the customer base. A few months […]

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