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IP Capsule - November 05, 2007

November 4, 2007 7:00 pm | Comments

BigBand Networks, having had enough of the CMTS business, is calling it quits. Or maybe its investors had had enough. Same difference. The company could no longer justify pouring any more development money into the line when it was not only in fourth place out of four CMTS providers, but was making little if any headway gaining market share.

The making of OpenCable

October 31, 2007 8:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the cable industry trotted out some of its higher profile executives to talk about the ongoing progress of the OpenCable Applications Platform (OCAP). That scene was repeated on a smaller scale at this year’s Cable Show ’07 during the OCAP Developers Conference that was presented by the NCTA and CableLabs.

Fixed/mobile convergence

October 31, 2007 8:45 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

As FMC washes up on these shores, its very nature is evolving, says Craig Gosselin, CMO of NewStep, a 2003 spinout of Bell Canada that specializes in FMC equipment. FMC was conceived as a dual-mode Wi-Fi/cellular operation, with handoffs between the two.

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MAN testing goes next-generation

October 31, 2007 8:40 pm | by Juan Masmela, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Telecom Products Group, Sunrise Telecom | Comments

New services like VoIP and IPTV require telecom operators to move away from legacy networks primarily designed to carry voice and constant bit rate data traffic and implement next-generation transport networks that incorporate new types of traffic. Companies providing communications services to the enterprise market are going to find themselves using existing Ethernet over SDH/SONET (EoS) infrastructure.

The reinvention of video-on-demand

October 31, 2007 8:35 pm | by Bruce Bahlmann, VP Data Technologies, Sedna Services | Comments

The first round of modern video-on-demand (VOD) deployments began about seven years ago, and two companies – SeaChange International and Concurrent Computer Corp. – emerged as the two dominant suppliers.

INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - THE UK

October 31, 2007 8:25 pm | Comments

At the end of Q2, the U.K. placed fifth worldwide for the total number of broadband subscribers – behind the U.S., China, Japan and Germany. DSL overtook cable modems as the dominant technology in mid-2003, and it has since remained the main medium for delivering broadband. About 99.9 percent of the U.K. can receive broadband via DSL.

IN PERSPECTIVE: Convergence

October 31, 2007 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Consolidation in the vendor community continues apace. Not many years ago, there were nearly a dozen CMTS vendors. Now there are three majors: Cisco, followed by Arris and Motorola.

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MEMORY LANE: Preferred treatment

October 31, 2007 8:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

The short-story writer Dorothy Parker once famously labeled Los Angeles “72 suburbs in search of a city,” and she was right. The city’s legendary lack of a center holds true today, and was certainly the case in 1982, when Los Angeles was in the early phases of a complicated plan to wire the city for cable television service.

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IN THE LOOP: Where’s broadband?

October 31, 2007 8:10 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson, Executive Vice President, CBG Communications Inc. | Comments

As you travel throughout the U.S., especially rural America, you can hear the cries of frustration from residents, businesses and city officials. They can’t get commercial wireline or wireless providers to extend service, because the low household density in their area creates a payback that is longer than the commercial, Wall Street-focused business model will allow.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: More spectrum auctions

October 31, 2007 8:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

There are a couple of spectrum auctions coming up that you should know about. The big one is the 700 MHz auction that is tied to the 2009 termination of analog TV broadcasting. But there is an interesting chunk of spectrum at 2 GHz that is still up for grabs.

Upwardly Mobile - Texas Instruments - White Paper

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | Comments

Now that DOCSIS® 3.0 has arrived, cable operators are welcoming it for good reason. Actually, they have many good reasons to embrace this new protocol standard.

xOD Capsule - October 31, 2007

October 30, 2007 8:00 pm | by Traci Patterson | Comments

Concurrent reported Q1 2008 revenue of $16.3 million, which is $1.5 million more than the company brought in a year ago but down 23 percent from the $21.1 million registered in the quarter immediately prior.

IP Capsule - October 26, 2007

October 25, 2007 8:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast is getting slammed this week by net neutrality advocates (NNAs, for short) who are angry that the company is interfering with P2P traffic, according to the AP news service.

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IP Capsule - October 19, 2007

October 18, 2007 8:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Earlier this week Connecticut told AT&T it had to get a cable franchise for U-verse TV service in that state, and in response AT&T spokespeople launched a fusillade of petulant whining and vituperative bullying so unseemly it calls into question their status as adults, let alone as competent professionals.

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xOD Capsule - October 16, 2007

October 15, 2007 8:00 pm | by Traci Patterson | Comments

Picture an ad map, a long rectangle about 12 inches by 2 inches, representing an hour-long TV show. In today's broadcast world, there are predetermined slots where advertisements go, and there are arrows drawn with a black marker representing these slots.

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