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Oct
22
2014

Town of Orono, Maine Approves Fiber Optics in Tech Park

ORONO, ME — In an effort to spur economic development and bring new jobs to the community, the Orono Town Council gave the go ahead for a fiber optics development project that would establish infrastructure for high-speed Internet access at the Maine Technology Industrial Park, as reported in The Maine Campus, the student newspaper of the University of Maine. The project came about when Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) expressed interest in establishing satellite offices […]

Oct
22
2014

Sckipio Launches First G.fast Chipsets

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Sckipio Technologies, a semiconductor company that delivers ultra-broadband using next-generation G.fast-based modems in fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) architectures, introduced the G.fast modem chipsets, fundamentally changing how telecom service providers can deliver 1 Gbps ultra-broadband Internet access to bandwidth-hungry customers at the lowest cost per megabit. Sckipio’s new DP3000 G.fast DPU Chipset and CP1000 G.fast CPE Chipset deliver 1 Gbps last mile broadband access over existing copper wiring. The new chipsets are based on […]

Oct
22
2014

AFL’s New OSP MicroCore Cable Accommodates Up to 432 Fibers

SPARTANBURG, SC — AFL has expanded its OSP MicroCore air-jetted fiber optic cable product line with the introduction of a 432-fiber Telcordia GR-20 compliant MicroCore cable. With a 12.6 mm outer diameter, the 432-fiber OSP MicroCore is one of the world’s smallest high fiber count fiber optic cables with a stranded core geometry designed for easy mid-span access and fiber express through applications typically used in the FTTx market. “AFL’s new 432-fiber OSP MicroCore fiber […]

Oct
21
2014

Verizon Largely Laughs Off T-Mobile Competition -

Verizon’s latest earnings were released this morning, the company seeing a net income of $3.79 billion on revenue of $31.6 billion. While Verizon slightly missed Wall Street estimates, competition from T-Mobile didn’t dent big red much: the company added 1.5 million wireless customers in the third quarter, 1.1 million of which were tablets. Verizon saw a net gain of 1.2 million LTE smartphones but only a net gain of 457,000 phones, suggesting a 743,000 user […]

Oct
21
2014

CableLabs Posts DOCSIS 3.1 Test Schedule -

According to a new schedule posted to their website, CableLabs is prepped to host a DOCSIS 3.1 “plugfest” in “a multi-vendor environment” during the week of December 1. The company also plans to host a follow up interoperability testing session during the week of January 19, 2015. Most of the 1 Gbps promises you’re seeing made by companies like Cox or Comcast will rely on the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, which isn’t expected to see significant […]

Oct
21
2014

Sprint Waives $10 Tablet Fee for iPad on Plans 20GB or Higher -

Sprint’s latest promotion has the company waiving tablet access fees — if you’re signing up for enough data. The company has announced they’re now selling the Apple iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, and interested individuals can add the tablets to the company’s Sprint Family Share Pack for an access charge of $10 per month per line. Sprint stated the company will be waiving that $10 monthly fee “throughout 2015″ if users sign […]

Oct
21
2014

How Big a Deal is Mobile "Spectrum Exhaust?"

Forecasting is a perilous business, and forecasts “always” are wrong, to some extent. That holds for estimates of Internet bandwidth demand as well, which historically tend to overestimate long term rates of growth. “The evidence reveals a persistent tendency to overestimate in both number and value,” say researchers Aalok Mehta of the University of Southern California and J. Armand Musey, Goldin Associates, LLC principal. “Of the past seven Cisco mobile traffic forecasts for North America, […]

Oct
21
2014

Dish Customers Lose Access to CNN, Other Turner Networks -

Dish customers are the latest to lose access to channels they’re paying for thanks to yet another retransmission fee dispute. Turner Broadcasting channels including CNN, Cartoon Network and Headline News were pulled from Dish’s lineup yesterday after the two sides failed to agree to terms. As with other fights of this type, both sides blame the other and are using websites to direct consumer ire toward the other party (See Turner’s SaveMyShows.com website and Dish’s […]

Oct
21
2014

Frontier Sued in West Virginia for Dismal Service -

Already under investigation in West Virginia for possible mishandling of government subsidy money, Frontier Communications is now facing a new class action in the state for failing to offer the services they advertised. According to the Charleston Gazette, the suit complains of frequent outages and accuses Frontier of failing to deliver speeds paid for. Of specific note is Frontier’s 12 Mbps “High Speed Internet Max,” which often struggles to deliver users 1 Mbps downstream: quote:Frontier […]

Oct
21
2014

Sprint Forced to Pay Comcast $7.5 Million in Patent Fight -

In December of 2011, right after the cable industry struck their massive spectrum and marketing arrangement with Verizon, Sprint filed suit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, CableOne, and Cox for supposedly violating Sprint VoIP patents. In early 2013 Comcast returned the favor, suing Sprint for violating numerous patents related to core network services, SMS/MMS, and 3G modem technology. After a four day federal trial, this week Sprint was forced to pay $7.5 million to settle […]

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