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

Pioneer Passport IPG now deployed in Time Warner system

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

Pioneer announced that Time Warner Cable Desert Cities Division, as part of its upgrade to digital service, has integrated Pioneer's Passport Interactive Program Guide (IPG) into its offering. Passport is the interactive interface by which viewers navigate programming and advanced services. Customers of Time Warner's Desert Cities Division will use Passport to navigate more than 200 video; 44 ...

ReplayTV sneaks into set-tops

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

ReplayTV and Motorola recently signed a long-term licensing agreement for Motorola to use ReplayTV's digital video recording technology in high-end cable set-top boxes. Digital video recorders (DVRs) are similar to VCRs, except that instead of recording to tape, they store programming on a hard drive.

ADC restructures business

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

ADC has restructured its business in an effort to better align the company to meet its strategic, operational and financial objectives, according to the company. ADC plans to increase its focus on the key growth areas of DSL, IP cable, optics and software, as well as its core connectivity products and systems-integration business.

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iSurfTV announces development deal with NCTC

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

iSurfTV has signed a letter of intent with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) to jointly develop and market a turnkey IPG based on iSurfTV's SurfGuide technology. This non-exclusive initiative will make SurfGuide available to NCTC's entire membership of some 1,300 cable operating companies, representing more than 13 million cable subscribers.

FCC Chair considers cable ownership rule rewrite

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

No news really, but FCC Chair Michael Powell indicated a couple of times during the past two days that the agency hasn't forgotten the industry. Powell said the FCC is progressing on rewriting ownership limits for the cable TV market, Reuters reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia called the 30-percent limit on market share unconstitutional, as a result of challenges fr...

Lucent workers indicted for conspiracy

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Three men charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from Lucent Technologies were indicted yesterday. Hai Lin and Kai Xu were scientists working on Lucent's PathStar Access Server, and Yong-Qing Cheng was a Lucent consultant on PathStar, according to the indictment. The trio were accused and indicted for conspiring to steal the PathStar codes allegedly to transfer them to a joint venture b...

Metalink packages broadband over copper

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Metalink Ltd. released its Olympus-SDL technology package that allows telecom carriers to provide multichannel video, voice and high-speed data services over existing copper lines. The company says it created Olympus-SDL as a package with the elements needed for new generation DSLAM/Optical Network Unit and CPE/set-top box design for telecom carriers.

PWC: Lawsuits focus on financial fraud

May 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

There's a surprise. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study says more than half the 201 shareholder class-action lawsuits file last year alleged financial fraud. And the pace will continue, it says. PWC's 2000 Securities Litigation Study cites increased SEC scrutiny of accounting and financial disclosure issues, more attention on revenue recognition policies in the software and tech sectors, and the num...

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W. Virginia issues RFI on proposed network

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

West Virginia issued a Request for Information to the telecom industry for any companies interested in the state's proposed new network. Interested vendors can attend a briefing June 27. The state is actively soliciting input and ideas, State CTO Keith Comstock tells CEDaily. "We intend to have an open meeting in June," followed by a Request for Proposals during the summer.

CEDaily News Briefs

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

Broadband Gateway/Zhone mix gateways Broadband Gateways Inc. partnered with Zhone Technologies Inc. to allow interoperability between Broadband's Evolo Intelligent Premises Gateway and Zhone's Sechtor 100A Voice Gateway. The open-standards-based mix will allow providers to deploy advanced voice and data over broadband packet networks immediately, while minimizing deployment and management costs...

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Tellabs to up restructuring charges

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

Tellabs Inc. upped its previous estimate of second- quarter restructuring and other charges to $262 million. In April, the company quoted charges in the $150 million to $225 million range. The charges include $93 million from Tellabs' exit from the Salix switching business, including $34 million in an inventory writeoff.

CityNet opens fiber-through-sewer school

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

For all those who think school stinks, CityNet Telecommunications Inc. opened its first and likely only In-Sewer Broadband Deployment Training Center today. The center trains the company's employees to install its in-sewer fiber optic systems. Intent on teaching the down-and-dirty details of installing fiber optic networks in sewer systems, the company and its partner, CableRunner North America...

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ADC to supply Terabeam; products extend ADSL

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

Terabeam Networks Inc. will use ADC's Singl.eView real-time convergent billing platform, ADC says. ADC also released two new products extending the reach of ADSL. Terabeam will use Singl.eView to reduce churn, speed its time-to-market, provide flexible rating and deliver accurate and detailed bills, ADC says.

Lucent/Alcatel deal dead for now

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

In a sharp about-face from all previous comments, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel acknowledged they'd been in merger talks and then just as quickly confirmed they've been called off. Observers say the two could not agree on how many board seats each would get. Lucent and Alcatel aren't talking and have refused to comment on the issue for nearly two weeks.

Concurrent/TVGateway mix to enable VOD on Motorola DCT2000

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

Concurrent Computer Corp. and TVGateway LLC teamed up to build an integrated system that combines video-on-demand with an interactive program guide. Concurrent combined its VOD product with TVGateway's interactive program guide into a product that can be used with any Motorola DCT2000 set-top box using WorldGate CableWare middleware.

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