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December 14, 2012
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  • Alcatel secures $2.1 billion in bank financing
    Alcatel-Lucent landed a $2.1 billion financing package with Credit Suisse Group and Goldman Sachs, the telecom-gear manufacturer confirmed today. As collateral, the company was forced to put up a trove of patents from its Bell Labs unit and its data-networking unit. The money is intended to ease investors' fears about the company's solvency and to reassure potential customers. The Wall Street Journal (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • Frost & Sullivan: Windstream leads N. America in VoIP and SIP trunking
    Windstream held 22% of the revenue market share in VoIP and SIP trunking services this year, making it the North American leader in that market, according to Frost & Sullivan. The market research firm's Michael Brandenburg said of Windstream, "Its successful merger with PAETEC and the creative bundling of data and voice services in ways that make the most sense to the customer have helped Windstream take the lead in a highly competitive market." Channel Partners (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What would a Clearwire takeover cost Sprint in terms of capital?
    Sprint Nextel's proposed takeover of partner Clearwire carries some risks, according to one analysis, which points to huge amounts of capital Sprint would have to spend to adapt its spectrum to areas outside major cities where the carrier would need to build additional cell towers. That would cut into the combined entity's cash flow, say analysts at the Sanford C. Bernstein research firm. The deal would, however, allow Sprint to continue to offer its unlimited data plans to consumers, says consultant Chetan Sharma. News Service (12/13), The Wall Street Journal/Heard on the Street (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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USTelecom Spotlight

  • SIP training and certification
    In cooperation with The SIP School, USTelecom is offering online training courses in the Session Initiation Protocol. SIP is the underlying protocol of VoIP and voice over LTE and is the fundamental building block of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture. Using lively and animated eLearning materials, the courses allow you to learn at your own pace. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video Upload 
  • Report: Mobile device owners watch videos mainly at home
    Most people who watch TV shows or movies on their wireless devices are not actually on the go, according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which found that 63% of the viewing took place at home, with 36% taking place in a room even with another device available to watch content. The report also found that two-thirds of respondents watch more than one hour a week on their smartphones or tablets, with 85% of it in short bites -- less than 10 minutes in length. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (12/13), VentureBeat/Mobile (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon, Comcast team up on Xfinity video downloads
    Verizon Wireless has joined with Comcast on an application that allows mobile device owners to download video content to smartphones or tablets over the carrier's 3G or 4G network, as well as a Wi-Fi network, and watch it later using the cable company's Xfinity TV Player, according to a Verizon blog post. Comcast subscribers who subscribe to Showtime, Encore, Starz or Movieplex will be allowed to download movies and TV shows and have up to 14 days to watch them. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bloomberg TV is first cable outlet on Aereo streaming service
    Bloomberg TV has become the first cable channel to be offered by startup streaming service Aereo. Bloomberg is being paid an undisclosed fee by Aereo, which has the backing of Barry Diller's IAC. Aereo has been sued by the top broadcast networks because it is streaming their programming without permission and without paying a licensing fee. The Wall Street Journal (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Gigabit Squared chooses Seattle for Gig.U rollout
    Gigabit Squared has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Seattle to implement "ultra-fast" broadband services over existing fiber infrastructure starting next year. The company -- which plans to build gigabit broadband networks in six college towns under an arrangement with the Gig.U project -- has been authorized to begin raising capital and says it intends to build "a dedicated gigabit broadband wireless umbrella to cover Seattle providing point-to-point radio access up to one gigabit per second." GigaOm (12/13), The Seattle Times/Brier Dudley's Blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IP Download 
  • Demand for advanced telepresence drives need for new standards
    Enterprise demand for advanced telepresence solutions that can support high-intensity collaboration over emerging platforms will create new challenges for vendors, industry observers note. As telepresence platforms move to the cloud and collaboration tools such as whiteboarding and document sharing join existing video, the industry will need to adopt standards such as the emerging H.265 to boost bandwidth efficiency, writes Snorre Kjesbu of Cisco Systems' TelePresence Systems Business Unit. Network World (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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