Comcast Telephony Numbers Sister pub CableFAX Daily reports that Comcast added 211,000 new VoIP customers in the first quarter of 2006. It added an average of 15,385 phone subscribers per week that quarter; in the present quarter, some weeks have totaled another 20,000 new phone subs per week. Speaking of Wireless Aperto Networks and EDX Wireless are pushing the WiMAX envelope with a relationship where Aperto will market EDX SignalPro, an advanced, comprehensive and flexible software package with specialized modules and customizable features to meet a WiMAX service provider’s specific needs. If that WiMAX service provider needs 700 MHz spectrum, though, it could be a problem that no number of planning tools can resolve. Looped de Loop Minacom and AM Networks have joined forces to support triple-play service validation using AM’s DOCSIS power supply transponders as remote test probes and allowing Minacom platforms to perform nonintrusive real-time transfer protocol (RTP)/IP loopback tests to troubleshoot and validate the quality of VoIP, digital TV, VOD, Internet and even fax-over-IP services, the companies said. Minacom is also working with ElectroLine. Minacom’s DirectQuality R7 Service Level Test Automation platform now supports remote testing to Electroline cable transponders, providing VoIP, IPTV, Internet and Fax-over-IP service quality and reliability assurance throughout the HFC network. The Fiber Diet The Fiber-to-the-Home Council, in cooperation with the Telecommunications Industry Association, reported there are now 936 "U.S. Optical Fiber Communities" in 47 states. The new list shows that 280 communities were added since last October, and more than 4 million homes have been passed by fiber. Anyone out there want to guess how many of these homes/communities/states were fed by cable operators? Jingle Bells? Jingle Networks, a free 411 director service, has selected Broadwing Communications as its primary backbone provider …. In a similar vein (it’s about VoIP, for heaven’s sake), RTX America has introduced the PORTALphone combining VoIP, standard telephony and personalized information delivery in what it calls an easy-to-use (test that on your aging mothers before you buy) household cordless telephone that also offers rich Web content services such as news, local traffic and weather reports, stock portfolios, entertainment, personal address books, buddy lists, and instant messages …. The lawyers at Allen & Overy have selected LiteScape Technologies VoIP for global communications and collaboration at the firm’s London offices …. Finally, Wonder Boy Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating kids and their families on protection techniques against predators, has endorsed CAT Communication‘s latest technology, the CATTRAX, or what the company called "the most advanced local based service that allows parents to keep track of loved ones through a GPS cell phone and even alerts them when their child is in a sexual predator zone." That’s the nice, altruistic purpose; imagine the suspicious boss, or even suspicious wife with this kind of tracking ability. Gives you shivers, doesn’t it?

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C-band Auction Concludes

The C-band auction officially came to a close Friday after 97 rounds of bidding that grossed just under $81bln, cementing its place as the highest-grossing spectrum auction held in the US. FCC chairman Ajit

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