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

Motorola USBs land Windows OS logos

November 4, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

USB drivers in two of Motorola's SURFboard cable modems earned Microsoft's Designed for Windows logo, the company's broadband communications sector says. The logo validates the SB4100 and SB4101 cable modems' compatibility with Microsoft Windows' operating systems, Motorola says, including Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me and Windows XP.

TWC drives VOD/multi-ISP in three deals

November 4, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable signed deals with three vendors for its systems in South Carolina and Los Angeles, and for its VOD services. The company will buy 77 MediaHUBs from nCUBE to help deliver its VOD services in Los Angeles, where TWC has more than 363,000 customers. nCUBE says it will deploy a centralized server architecture for TWC headends in Orange, South Bay and West Valley counties.

EchoStar lands $5.5 B as FCC forms review board

November 4, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp. landed the $5.5 billion it needed to help finance its merger with Hughes Electronics, even as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission appoints a review board for the merger. Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank each pitched in $2.75 billion, with Credit Suisse's commitment replacing General Motor's temporary bridge financing.

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SONICblue revenue rises; is hit with PVR lawsuit

November 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It was one of those "good news/bad news" weeks for SONICblue Inc. The good news was that the company's revenues rose 86 percent to $54.8 million versus the previous quarter. The bad news was that SONICblue's new Replay4000 personal video recorder came under legal scrutiny from a spate of television programmers.

HSA finds buyer for Web-hosting unit

November 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

High Speed Access Corp. said Louisville, Ky.-based Express Technologies Inc. has agreed to buy "certain assets" of Digital Chainsaw, HSA's Web-hosting unit, for an undisclosed sum. For HSA, the deal removes yet another piece of its Internet service portfolio. Earlier this year, the company agreed to sell "substantially all" of its assets to corporate cousin Charter Communications for $81.

Charter's Q3 shows $317M loss as revenue, subs climb

November 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. weighed in with a $317 million net loss on revenue of $1.04 billion in its third quarter. The cableco also reported an average of 19,400 new digital video customers per week were added during the quarter. The company's cable TV unit reports 11.5 million homes passed for the quarter, up from a pro forma 11.

ISPs Merge onto Cable's High-Speed Roadways

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Moving forward on its plan to open up cable lines to more ISPs, Time Warner Cable said it has launched the high-speed version of AOL in Greensboro, N.C. and Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as several cities in western Ohio. AOL, the MSO's corporate cousin following the mega-merger that created AOL-Time Warner, said it will offer many of the same applications and services available to its narrowband ...

Funding Fuels Stargus' Launch Plans

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although the economy remains as soft as a pillow, one cable-technology startup still has managed a sizable amount of funding. Stargus Inc. said it landed $10.15 million in series B funding led by Castile Ventures, Pilot House Ventures, ADC Telecommunications, Still River Fund, Lauder Partners and YAS Broadband Ventures.

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ADC Thinks Small with 'Cuda 1000' CMTS

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Setting its sights on smaller cable systems and the multi-dwelling unit sector, ADC Telecommunications Inc. has unveiled the "Cuda 1000," a pizza-box sized cable modem termination system that complements the company's carrier-class "Cuda 12000." Targeting systems with less than 20,000 homes, the Cuda 1000 is designed to handle data traffic as well as "second line" IP voice services, said Mitch ...

NCTA Plan to 'Set the Table' for Retail Set-Top Market

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to goose the sale of digital cable set-tops via retail channels, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association voluntarily launched a plan that involves boxes with proprietary, embedded security. Under that proposition, NCTA said cable operators will support retail distribution of set-tops, but will offer to buy back the equipment on a depreciated basis if a customer moves to...

Qwest Deal will Ignite Free Space Optics

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Qwest Communications' "major" purchase agreement with free space optics vendor LightPointe Communications will spark a sector that is expected to become a $2 billion industry in 2006, predicted The Strategis Group. Although details of the deal have not been made public, the agreement marks a "giant leap" forward for FSO technologies, which to date have been generally sold only to small carrier...

Jedai Ready for Intelligent IP Trials

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Jedai Broadband Networks Inc. said it has released the company's "FrontRunner" optical network terminal for MSO field trials. The Red Bank, N.J.-based start-up's new gear is the first product to emerge for its overall "Intelligent IP Optical Access" platform, which is designed to enable cable operators to extend their networks to the commercial sector and offer "high-margin" voice and data serv...

Mediacom, Blue Ridge Tap Concurrent for VOD

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Proving that video-on-demand isn't only for the largest MSOs, Blue Ridge Communications and Mediacom Communications Corp. said they will deploy the technology via separate agreements with Concurrent Computer Corp. In the case of Blue Ridge, the operator said initial deployments will begin the first quarter of 2002 via Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

Rogers Launches Enhanced Programming

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pushing ahead with its aggressive iTV strategy, Canadian MSO Rogers Cable Inc. said it has launched enhanced programming and advertising to about 200,000 subscribers in Ontario via an agreement with Wink Communications Inc. This marked the first Canadian launch of Wink, which is available to roughly 4 million satellite and cable households in North America.

ADC updates outlook, sells three more units

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ADC updated its guidance for fourth-quarter 2001 and fiscal year 2002, and announced it's completed the sales of a business unit and two product lines. One deal entails a management buyout of a unit ADC bought in May 2000. The company cut its fourth-quarter forecast to $380 million to $400 million from the $400 million to $450 million it announced previously.

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