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

Anadigics Expands Broadband Portfolio with Reverse Path Amplifier for Cable TV

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Anadigics has introduced the ARA2005, a new gallium arsenide (GaAs) cable TV reverse amplifier that provides the reverse path amplifications and output level control functions necessary in various two-way cable TV system designs. The ARA2005 has been developed for high-speed cable modems, telephony-over-cable systems and Open- Cable set-top boxes and meets the reliability and performance requir...

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Bandwidth9 Partners with Corning to Deliver Superior Signal Quality

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Bandwidth9 is partnering with Corning Inc. to explore combined solutions that reduce costs and magnify deployment flexibility for metro optical carriers. The solutions are based on Corning MetroCor optical fiber and Bandwidth9's MetroFlex metro-optimized tunable transmitter module. MetroCor fiber helps enable metro networks carry high-density data traffic while reducing complexity and network...

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U.S. Cable Revenues to Nearly Double Over Next Five Years

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

U.S. cable operator gross revenues will rise from $35 billion in 2000 to more than $60 billion in 2006, says a new report from Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). A significant part of the expanded revenue base will be from new services. According to "U.S. Cable Television Infrastructure: CATV Equipment Markets and System Trends," the share of revenues from basic and enhanced basic service will...

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Clear, Redback Deliver End-to-End Optical Management

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Clear, a global supplier of optical, broadband and digital network management software, is partnering with Redback Networks to jointly offer customers enhanced end-to-end fault, performance and service level management capabilities in multi-technology, multi-vendor network environments. The agreement gives service providers with Redback technology a way to manage service level agreements, reduc...

One-third of Internet Users Have Broadband Access, Study Says

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Thirty-one percent of U.S. Internet users have broadband access at home, work or school, according to a study recently released by Arbitron Inc. and Coleman. The study, "Broadband Revolution 2: The Media World of Speedies," found that 64 percent of Internet users who have broadband access are connected through their workplace, and 37 percent have access at home.

Limited Consumer Interest in New Services to Challenge BSPs

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

As new broadband access technologies begin to compete with DSL and cable for the residential market, and as consumers are offered greater choice in selecting a broadband provider, the battle for the broadband consumer will become increasingly intense. Service providers are actively shopping for new broadband services to entice residential customers, thus hoping to provide a means of differentia...

C-COR.net to Purchase ADC Cable Assets

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

C-COR.net will purchase certain assets of ADC Telecommunications' cable product portfolio for $32 million and the assumption of certain liabilities. The assets being purchased include those from ADC's Broadband Communications division, located in Meriden, Conn.; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Klagenfurt, Austria.

Navic Networks' Solution Helps Manage Mixed Vendor Set-Tops

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Navic Networks is introducing version 2.3 of its Hypergate system software. The Hypergate 2.3 is the software backbone behind Navic's Set-top Data Services (SDS), which are designed to overlay the existing cable or satellite network. The company's Hypergate infrastructure uses a client/server approach with multiple tiers of servers to support efficient communication within complex set-top box n...

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Motorola to buy RiverDelta for $300 M in stock

July 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. will buy RiverDelta Networks Inc. in a stock transaction worth about $300 million, depending on Motorola's stock price prior to the deal's closing later this year. Under the deal, Motorola will receive all of RiverDelta Networks' capital stock in exchange for shares of Motorola's common stock.

Alopa add-on goes to customer desktop

July 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Alopa Networks added customer premise equipment qualification functionality to its to its MetaServ provisioning platform. The CPE qualification allows service providers to "look directly into clients' desktops," Alopa reports, letting them monitor a subscribers' whole CPE network, rather than just the modems.

Internet still reaps bulk of VC funds, but loses ground

July 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Internet-specific companies took $3 billion, or the bulk of the country's venture capital, although its percentage of the total pot is losing ground to the life sciences sector, a study says. A joint study from Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association says venture capitalists invested $10.

Deals of the day roundup

July 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CopperCom and Kenetec Inc. will combine their technologies into a solution that delivers voice over broadband to multitenant units. EurekaGGN, which today landed $20 million in equity financing, will deploy the system in New York City, the trio report. CopperCom will supply its CSX2199 media gateway, CopperController softswitch and VOB gateway, and Kenetec will provide its EdgeExpress 5000 serv...

Charter sees $273.9 M net loss, revenue up

July 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications' second-quarter net loss reached $273.9 million, or $1.07 a share, but revenue was up 16.1 percent, from $794.8 million to $928.5 million. A solid $32.9 million of that was from cable modems, more than double last year's $15.1 million. Digital video accounted for $68.2 million of total revenue, and analog video, $666.

Alcatel Optronics buys Kymata for $117.2 M in stock

July 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Alcatel Optronics will acquire Kymata Ltd. for $117.2 million in stock, it reports. The purchase gives Alcatel access to Kymata's planar technology for high-end passive optical components and saves it two years in time-to-market for its planar products. "Their high-end passive components complement our own high-end active component portfolio," says Alcatel Optronics CEO Jean-Christophe Giroux i...

Pioneer task force to tackle home networks

July 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Pioneer is gambling that TV and digital set-top boxes will act as the hub of home networks. The set-top and software maker formed a home-networking task force to develop systems combining its home entertainment, and cable and communications products. The team, drawn from the company's business solutions and home entertainment divisions, will be headed by VP of Product Development Ray Tozaki and...

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