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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

CableLabs hires law firm to handle OCAP patents

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs has hired the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (WCP) as its patent coordinator for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) specification, which serves as the common middleware layer for advanced OpenCable-based digital set-top boxes. Under its current form, OCAP borrows heavily from the Digital Video Broadcasting Project's Multimedia Home Platform specification.

Diagnostics could help DSL gain ground

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Though the residential broadband market has a well-publicized battle between cable modem and DSL service going on, so far, cable operators aren't looking too hard at the telco competition over their shoulder. After all, cable was the first to market with the voice-video-data bundle, and ILEC providers were initially slow to react out of the gate.

Jury rules in nCUBE's favor in VOD patent spat

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Video-on-demand vendor nCUBE Corp. said Wednesday that a Delaware District Court jury has unanimously upheld the company's patent for VOD delivery and ruled that rival vendor SeaChange International has "willfully infringed the patent." Additionally, nCUBE said the jury ruled that SeaChange must pay nCUBE "over two million dollars" in damages, plus a seven percent royalty on all sales of infrin...

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Israeli cable op tests Xtend's 3 GHz cable platform

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Golden Channels, an MSO that serves about 440,000 cable subs in Israel, has completed a beta test of a technology platform from Xtend Networks Ltd. that's designed to boost a cable network's capacity to 3 GHz. Dr. Hillel Weinstein, Xtend's CEO and co-founder, says the extra capacity will come in handy as MSOs begin to deploy bandwidth-sapping services and applications such as video-on-demand an...

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DSL provider turns to Thomson, Minerva for IP-based services

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A partnership between Minerva Networks and Thomson multimedia will enable Georgia-based Ringgold Telephone to deliver interactive entertainment services to its customers. Thomson has integrated its RCA DSL 1500 gateway decoder platform with Minerva's IP Television interactive software and headend hardware to enable DSL service providers to deliver on-demand video, live television and other ente...

Telecom orders rise 12% in April

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Gillian Livingston | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…05/28/2002 A small piece of data about the U.S. telecommunications equipment industry suggests that the sector may have hit bottom, although analysts say a strong turnaround is still more than a year away. A report from brokerage Merrill Lynch shows that new orders for telecom equipment in the United States rose 12 per cent in Apri...

Adelphia steps up talks to raise capital

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Sallie Hofmeister | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…05/28/2002 From LexisNexis Adelphia Communications Corp., racing to pay off loans due June 15, is in heightened talks with several parties about deals that could raise capital and prevent the cable company from filing for bankruptcy protection, sources close to the situation said Monday.

SBC, Lucent make telephony pact

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SBC Communications Inc. has teamed with Lucent Technologies Inc. to enable the use of voice over IP technology without the need to invest in new equipment. The multiyear contract calls for Lucent to deliver its Lucent IP Centrex platform for SBC's Centrex IP service it unveiled today. The central office-based services give business customers access to VoIP calling, DSL access, Web-enabled servi...

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Talks end, no agreement reached for Global Crossing

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Days after Hutchison Whampoa and Singapore Technologies Telemedia Ltd. declared they were standing firm on their $750 million bid for Global Crossing, the companies have pulled themselves out of the running for the bankrupt telecom. A New York court had given Global Crossing's creditors, Hutchison and ST Telemedia, until last Friday to strike a deal.

NTT DoCoMo trials 3G video conferencing

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo continues its 3G push. The latest: the company has established a consortium to trial video conferencing over next-generation mobile phones. The trial gets underway May 31. The consortium, which consists of more than 35 companies from various industries, will field test DoCoMo's platform designed to enable mobile phone video conferencing over DoCoMo's 3G vide...

Tele2 awarded 3G license in Luxembourg

May 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…05/23/2002 From LexisNexis Swedish-based telecom group Tele2 AB reports that Tango, its mobile operator unit in Luxembourg, has been awarded a license by Luxembourg's ministry of telecom to develop a third-generation (3G) mobile communications network.

The Rigas family relinquishes Adelphia control

May 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Succumbing to pressure from the board, the founding family of Adelphia Communications Corp. has handed over control of the cable company and has agreed to transfer more than $1 billion in personal assets to the MSO. Adelphia's woes came to light in March, when the come revealed Adelphia failed to explain what was securing $2.

WorldCom snags funding

May 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

WorldCom Inc. has secured $1.5 billion in funding, but the communications giant is not out of the woods yet. The accounts-receivable facility, which does not include any ratings triggers, replaces a $2 billion receivables program that expired yesterday. The lead banks on facility are Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase.

StarBand sues largest shareholder

May 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sometimes the little fish must battle the big fish, and StarBand Communications Inc. is doing just that. The two-way, always-on satellite broadband service provider is suing its largest shareholder, EchoStar Communications Corp., for allegedly billing and collecting revenue from its customers illegally.

Intel forks over $50 million for tunable laser technology

May 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to accelerate the deployment of dense wavelength division multiplexing equipment, Intel Corp. has laid down $50 million in cash to scoop up New Focus Inc.'s network tunable laser business and technology. The acquisition is intended to augment Intel's existing optical networking business, and will enable the company to deliver "small form factor, low-cost tunable optical transceivers to ...

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