Suddenlink ready to offer 30 Mbps tier; Korea MSOs launch 4K UHD channel

More cable industry news from around the Web:

> Some Suddenlink users have told DSL Forum that the MSO's about to offer a 300 Mbps tier. Story. Story.

> Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Suddenlink are the MSOs to join the SCTE's Corporate Alliance Program to create and deliver training and educational opportunities for engineering and operations professionals. Press release.

> As FierceOnlineVideo reported last week, Korean cable operators have launched what is claimed to be the first 4K UHD cable channel in the world, UMAX. Story.

> Antenna maker Mohu is preparing to release a TV adapter free over-the-air broadcast programming with OTT content. Story.

> ViXS Systems has partnered with Intel to partner on Headed Video/Networking Gateway for equipment makers building products for the dual transition to HEVC and Ultra HD. Press release.

> Al Jazeera America has laid off dozens of the 850 employees who started with the company last August and will disband its sports unit and reschedule social-media-driven show "The Stream" to a once-a-week program. Story.

> AT&T has begun installing about six miles of fiber optic cable into downtown Greenville, N.C., to support its U-verse suite of IP services. Story.

> Turner Entertainment Networks President Steve Koonin has quit after 14 years to become CEO of NBA team Atlanta Hawks. Story.

Telecom News

> COMPTEL and a group of competitive service providers, including Level 3 and tw telecom, have asked the FCC to not approve AT&T's proposed TDM-to-IP trials in Alabama and Florida until the telco makes a number of "significant modifications" to its plan. Full article.

Wireless News

> According to New Street Research, Sprint and T-Mobile US need to merge to effectively compete against AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, because one of the companies will ultimately fail if they are not able to merge. However, New Street Research said that, if Sprint and T-Mobile attempted a merger today, regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice would move to prevent the transaction. Full article.

And finally … Norwegian MVPD Altibox is using video quality assurance technology provided by Witbe to automate testing OTT video content and services on PCs, Smartphones and Tablets. Story.