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SCTE's Dzuban on bringing down cable's electric bill and protecting its networks from hackers

He drives a Jeep, and by all accounts, he's an outdoorsman. But don't be fooled by the aggressive energy-savings initiative Mark Dzuban is spearheading. Energy 2020, a wide-reaching cable-industry push to reduce electrical power consumption by at least 25 percent by the year 2020, is as much about hard economic reality for the cable business as it is about tree-hugging. What's at stake? By Dzuban's estimates, more than $1 billion.

CableLabs' McKinney helps cable TV stay in the innovation game

The cable television industry in the recent past could hardly be called innovative. But that has changed as a slew of disruptive technologies, including online video, rapidly developing mobile devices, and other pay-TV entrants, such as IPTV providers and their fiber-based networks, challenged traditional cable's dominance.

FoxSports' Davies talks 4K impact and the future of sports broadcasting

Fresh off coverage of the 2014 baseball All Star game, with 36 mostly HD cameras and a sprinkling of 4K devices catching every smile on Mike Trout's face, Michael Davies, senior vice president of field and technical operations at FoxSports sat down with FierceCable's Contributing Editor Jim Barthold to talk about 4K's impact now and in the future of sports broadcasting.

Nokia Networks' Moiin on the pillars of 5G and the likelihood of a new air interface

Though LTE and LTE Advanced are still being rolled out worldwide, the wireless communications industry is already gearing up for 5G, envisioned as its next technology revolution. Many in the industry are debating exactly what features and benefits should be offered by this next generation of wireless. FierceWirelessTech Editor Tammy Parker recently checked in with Hossein Moiin, CTO of Nokia Networks, to discuss his vision for 5G. Following is an edited and condensed version of that conversation.

Mediacom VP Larsen: Programming costs put 'huge strain' on pay TV model

What lies ahead for mid-sized pay-TV operators? With TV Everywhere struggling to rise, Local Choice on Congress' menu, and programming costs still spiraling, it's an interesting time for MSOs like Blooming Grove, N.Y.-based Mediacom. FierceCable Editor Dan Frankel spoke with Mediacom Group VP of Legal and Public Affairs Thomas Larsen about the state of the smaller operator. Read more

Mediacom's Larsen on programming costs, Local Choice and TV Everywhere challenges

Just as you can tell a lot about the state of the overall economy by the perspective of its middle class, so it stands to reason that the status of the pay-TV industry can be nicely summarized by a mid-sized cable company operating out of the Heartland. For that insight, we talked to the outspoken Thomas Larsen, group VP of legal and public affairs for Mediacom.

SK Telecom planning 'hyper-connected infrastructure' for 5G

The South Korean mobile communications market is one of the world's most competitive and innovative. That keeps the pressure on SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile service provider, to find way to keep implementing cutting-edge technologies. Editor Tammy Parker recently conducted an email Q&A with Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division, regarding the operator's roadmaps for LTE-Advanced and 5G. The following is an edited and condensed version of that Q&A.

AT&T Mobility's Marian Croak settles into the Hot Seat

AT&T Mobility's "User-Defined Network Cloud" initiative is aimed at transforming the carrier network. Phil Goldstein spoke with Marian Croak, senior VP of Domain 2.0 architecture and advanced services development, about these initatives. Croak talked about the importance of SDN and NFV, what vendors need to do to be part of the initiatives, and why other carriers should get on board. Here's an edited version of that conversation.

Time Warner Cable's Cerbone: 'Wi-Fi is our network'

As consumers continue to untether themselves from their wired home networks, cable operators are scrambling to make sure they remain relevant in their customers' lives by activating Wi-Fi hotspots and expanding their wireless networks with other providers.

BTI's Doherty sees data center growth, metro 100G opportunities

Newly named BTI Systems CEO Colin Doherty sat down with FierceTelecom 's Sean Buckley to discuss what's in store for the company, which has more than doubled its cloud services revenues.