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March 28, 2013
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  • Softbank's Sprint bid gets snagged in concerns about Chinese vendor
    Softbank's bid to buy Sprint Nextel has run into a hurdle, with the U.S. government voicing concerns about the purchase of network supplies from certain overseas firms, such as China's Huawei Technologies, because of potential national security issues. The government reportedly will seek some oversight of equipment purchases as a condition of approving the deal. The Wall Street Journal (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Telecom-deregulation bill is approved in Kan. Senate
    The Kansas Senate on Wednesday joined the House in overwhelmingly approving legislation aimed at deregulating telecoms in the state, in essence treating them as wireless or cable-TV carriers. Lawmakers will smooth out differences in the legislation before passing it on to the governor. "This legislation is trying to keep pace with changes in technology and changes in the marketplace," said state Sen. Pat Apple. The Kansas City Star (Mo.)/The Wichita Eagle (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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USTelecom Spotlight

  • Get certified in SIP without traveling (it's online)
    In cooperation with The SIP School, USTelecom is offering online training courses in the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). 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 
  • Survey: Consumers crave live content with TV Everywhere
    Pay-TV subscribers are hungry for the next logical step in the evolution of TV Everywhere services, according to a study from The Diffusion Group -- adding live, linear content. Of the 1,000 consumers polled, more than 80% said they were eager for that service, with 64% terming it a "highly valuable" option. About half of those surveyed said they were already viewing live streaming services. Home Media Magazine (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opera Software continues to make inroads in smart TVs
    Opera Software's browser software-development kit has been used for Internet-connected televisions and other devices by Boxee, Panasonic, Philips, Sharp and Toshiba, writes Janko Roettgers. The company's deal with Sony to bundle the Opera TV Store with all Bravia smart TVs will extend its reach even further, he adds. This TV-app store will include ads with "offers to try and install certain apps within other apps, much in the same way advertising is working on mobile phones," Roettgers writes. GigaOm (3/27)
  Technology Trends 
  • Virgin Media is under regulatory scrutiny for broadband claims
    Virgin Media has been rebuked by the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority after complaints by rivals BT and BSkyB that the cable company was misrepresenting its broadband service in ads. At issue was Virgin Media's claims that customers could expect "unlimited" downloads, "with no caps and no hidden charges." The ASA agreed with the complainants that the claim was misleading. The Register (U.K.) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IP Download 
  • Google exec lays out case for variable-speed Ethernet
    Google is lobbying for changes to the protocols governing Ethernet delivery to allow for so-called variable-rate transmissions somewhere between the industry standards of 100 Gbps or 400 Gbps. Speaking recently on an industry panel, Bikash Koley, Google's manager of network architecture, said allowing for more flexibility in Ethernet rate delivery could help providers be more efficient and save costs. "The reason we keep forcing the industry to reduce cost of goods is because we cannot use them efficiently," Koley said. Light Reading (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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