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J:COM, Tokyu acquire Yokohama Cable Vision

Japanese cable services provider Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) has concluded an agreement with Sotetsu Holdings on buying a controlling stake in Yokohama Cable Vision, which is owned by Sotetsu. Yokohama Cable Vision (YCV) operates in Yokohama with 260,000 homes passed. J:COM will buy 51 per cent of the shares in YCV and Tokyu will buy 49 […]

September 27, 2011

Sezmi drops consumer service

Subscription video service Sezmi has joined the likes of Akimbo, ZillionTV, and Moviebeam in pulling the plug on its consumer operation. Sezmi’s subscription video service was available in 36 metropolitan areas of the United States. It provided a DVR which recorded free over-the-air broadcasts, plus OTT video from Internet sources. A customer communication September 23 […]

September 26, 2011By Colin Mann

PCCW flotation

PCCW in Hong Kong is looking to raise as much as 10bn Hong Kong dollars ($1.3bn) in a share sale. The company said it was planning to spin off its telecom unit into a publicly traded trust. A major slice of the money raised will be used to pay off the firm’s debts. “The directors […]

September 26, 2011

Mexico’s Maxcom plans online TV service

Mexico’s Maxcom Telecomunicaciones is set to launch an online video and live television rental service using a technology that allows streaming with a very low broadband speed. The telco already offers phone and Internet services in Mexico, where it has around 100,000 broadband users, The service will pitch it into competition with Netflix’s recently-launched operation […]

September 26, 2011

Pace introduces Helium software

Pace has announced the launch of its Helium Unified Gateway Software for broadband network providers. Helium enables operators to manage their services through any gateway or next generation smartbox system, regardless of vendor, and provides advanced home networking services to the consumer in a simple, operator-defined environment. Helium, a new addition to Pace’s Elements platform, […]

September 26, 2011

High demand for xDSL testing

The spike in demand for IPTV and broadband-based video service is a major factor spearheading growth in the world xDSL test equipment market. High bandwidth requirements for IPTV and customers’ higher expectations of service uptime are forcing service providers to purchase the latest test equipment and service monitoring tools. Analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds […]

September 23, 2011

RGU growth, cable widens gap on telcos

In the battle between the telcos and cable TV industries, cable service providers are pulling ahead of telecoms service providers. According to data from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Pay-TV research service, in Q2 2011, the number of IPTV subscribers worldwide exceeded 50 million as telcos continued striving to exploit their fixed broadband customer base to gain a […]

September 23, 2011

RRsat expands its back-up and disaster recovery services

RRsat Global Communications Network, a provider of comprehensive content management and global distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industries, has announced that it signed an agreement with Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, for monitoring, backup and disaster recovery services. As part of the agreement, RRsat will act as Spacecom’s remote […]

September 23, 2011

40% of Cord Cutters would pay more for à la carte

Collectively, US pay-TV providers lost 400,000 subscribers in the second quarter – their single worst period in over three years, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Cable TV took the brunt of the hit, though Satellite operators were not left unscathed.  While much of the subscriber loss can be attributed to traditional economic […]

September 21, 2011

Cisco: ‘Internet fundamental human resource’

Demonstrating the increasing role of the network in people’s lives, an international workforce study commissioned by Cisco has revealed that one in three college students and young professionals considers the Internet to be as important as fundamental human resources such as air, water, food and shelter. The 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report also found […]

September 21, 2011