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Blonder Tongue sees small sales boost in Q1

May 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc. said net sales for the first quarter grew 1.3 percent to roughly $10.9 million. The company said the increase was attributable to sales of the Motorola QAM decoder, which was introduced in the fourth quarter of last year. That product offset a reduction in Q1 cable interdiction equipment sales, which notched just north of $1 million during the first quarter, com...

NTL, Freeserve team for broadband

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Freeserve Broadband has inked a deal to deliver its 512 KBPS cable-modem service to NTL Inc.'s customers. Freeserve Broadband via the NTL cable will be available as part of a bundle with digital TV and telephony from NTL Home. The ISP will use the partnership to introduce Freeserve customers to the value of the bundle, Freeserve said in a statement.

Hutchison 3G tabs Volantis

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hutchison 3G is looking to deliver multi-channel capability within its service delivery platform, and is turning to Volantis Systems Ltd. to make it happen. Volantis' Mariner software is designed to provide support for wireless and broadband devices. Hutchison 3G intends to use the software to manage the introduction, packaging and delivery of dynamic content.


RPR Alliance unveils tech, marketing initiatives

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The RPR Alliance, a group that's advocating the standardization of resilient packet ring technology, said it has mapped out a number of new technical and marketing initiatives and has appointed a slate of new officers. Resilient packet ring is a layer 2 technology that combines the best of Sonet and Ethernet to support carrier-class voice services as well as packet-based applications.

New designs for the Powerline

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The buzz in the home networking world may be mostly wireless right now, but wireline technologies that can link up a home's PC and devices are poised to make a push to consumers as well. One of the protocols expected to make inroads this year is powerline networking, whereby electrical outlets serve as networking ports simply by plugging in an adaptor between a device's USB port and the outlet ...

Microtune bows efficient single-chip tuner

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microtune Inc. has introduced the MicroTuner MT2050, a single-chip tuner that claims to cut radio frequency (RF) costs by almost 25 percent, board space by 20 percent and power by 11 percent. Targeting advanced DOCSIS 2.0 cable modems, new computer-controlled cable modems (CCCMs) and digital interactive set-tops, the MT2050 is priced at $5 per unit in quantities of 10,000 or more.

Mediacom reports Q1 results

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp.'s first quarter results gave the company's stock price a much-need shot in the arm today. On a pro forma basis, operating cash flow increased 18 percent when compared to Q1 2001. The company reported operating cash flow of $88.1 million, up from $74.5 million in the first quarter 2001.

Might cable ops do leased line?

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

For a small- and medium-sized businesses today, getting broadband connectivity is basically a nightmare in many markets. Most times, to get T1/E1 service, businesses must contract with local telcos, and wait weeks or months just to be lucky enough to get a pricey T-1 line. Having to stack additional expensive leased lines to add scalability just exacerbates the problem.


Broadcom, Microtune trade punches over silicon tuner tech

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to leverage a recently awarded patent, silicon maker Broadcom Corp. has filed a counterclaim against Microtune Inc., which filed a lawsuit against Broadcom early last year over tuner-on-a-chip technology. Broadcom hopes to include in the case patent No. 6,377,315, which describes a "system and method for providing a low power receiver design.

CoSine makes cuts to conserve cash

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CoSine Communications Inc. is a smaller fish in a big pond, and to avoid getting eaten by a bigger fish like Cisco Systems Inc. or Nortel Networks, the company is looking to save some cash by cutting 45 percent of its work force. To save as much as $9 million per quarter on operating expenses — compared to the first quarter, the network equipment maker is cutting roughly 190 jobs, reducin...

DirecTV Broadband targets cable with extended offer

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

DirecTV Broadband will continue to offer two months of free DSL service to existing cable modem customers through May 31. The company launched the special offer late last year. In addition to the offer's two months of free service, DirecTV Broadband said it will also waive its $49.99 activation fee, putting the total value of the package to about $150.

Study: 4.8 M VOD-capable homes in N. America by 2003

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks to aggressive video-on-demand rollouts to help cable operators reign in the DBS threat, 4.8 million North American households will be VOD-capable by the end of 2002, forecasts research firm Allied Business Intelligence. In addition to higher per-subscriber revenue and lower churn rates, VOD is also becoming a favorite among cable operators because it's a unique weapon they can wield agai...

Insight gains on Q1 results

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The first quarter was a busy one for Insight Communications Company. The cabler transitioned its cable modem customers to its own network, while posting revenue in excess of the Street's expectations. The company reported revenue of $192.2 million, which beat analysts' consensus estimate of $186.4 million, according to Thomson Financial/First Call.

WorldCom rating gets junked

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

What goes up must come down. Just two days ago, investors seemed almost giddy following Cisco Systems quarterly results — the Nasdaq spike roughly 100 points. Today, however, the Nasdaq dipped slightly in mid-day trading action. News of two rating agencies cutting WorldCom Inc.'s debt rating to "junk" status helped fuel the slide.

Nokia calls for 3G-royalty cap

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Looking to promote widespread deployment of 3G technology, Nokia is calling on the wireless industry to institute a fixed licensing fee for 3G patents. Usually royalties are charged as a percentage of a piece of equipment's sale price. Nokia, which claims to own the most WCDMA patents, is calling on registered WDMA patent holders to limit their cumulative royalty rates for 3G technology to 5 pe...


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