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

Teligent bankruptcy court moves approval date

October 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Teligent Inc.'s bidders will have to wait until Oct. 30 to see who gets the company. A federal bankruptcy court was to determine the winner today, but the hearing date reportedly was pushed back and court clerks could not say why. In August, the company announced a $117.5 million bid from Teligent Acquisition Corp.

Sources: Cadant could tap Alcatel for int'l sales

October 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cable modem termination system vendor Cadant Inc. is in international distribution talks with a number of potential partners, including Alcatel SA, according to sources. While Cadant is discussing the idea with a variety of parties, Alcatel, which has a strong market base in Europe, appears to be the leading candidate, sources say.

ExciteAtHome: 'No new customers'

October 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ExciteAtHome stopped taking new customers onto its networks at noon yesterday, a decision prompted by Tuesday meetings with the creditor committee of its bankruptcy court. The move directly affects subscriber growth of cable companies who use Excite's service. The move was made to preserve cash and ensure core operations of the company, which is maintaining service to existing companies, says E...

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CEA calls NCTA retail initiative 'disappointing'

October 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association weighed in on NCTA's retail set-top initiative by expressing "disappointment." "The announcement doesn't come close to meeting the intent of Congress," CEA VP of Technology Policy Michael Petricone said in a statement. "Neither the spirit nor the letter of the law have been met.

Deals and other industry doings

October 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

SCTE lowered its annual membership dues for members outside of North America, it says. The dues, lowered to $48 a year from $72, were switched because, "The past cost structure created undue hardships for members from other countries wishing to join," says membership chair Bob Foote, in a statement. SCTE also says it won't raise dues in 2002.

EarthLink rolls out on two more TWC systems

October 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink Inc. rolled out its high-speed service in two more of Time Warner Cable's areas. The ISP has launched in four other TWC markets in the past month, as part of AOL Time Warner's efforts to comply with open access rules connected with its merger. EarthLink says its service is available now to about 527,535 homes in TWC's Greensboro, N.

AP Engines refocuses, cuts jobs, ousts CEO

October 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AP Engines refocused its operations, cut an undisclosed number of jobs, and replaced its CEO. The changes began last week and are continuing, and stem partly from spending cutbacks by cable operators, specifically Time Warner. "We put ourselves in a position to last until mid-2003," says board member and new CEO Karl May.

CTAM study: Cable holds edge over DSL, dialup

October 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

More cable modem customers say they're satisfied with their service than do DSL or dial-up subscribers, according to a survey by Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing. Rating Cable Modem, DSL, Dial-up: What Consumers Are Saying, shows a solid 80 percent of cable customers were satisfied or completely satisfied, compared with 65 percent for DSL and 52 percent for dial-up.

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Motorola weighs in on Q3 with a $1.4 B loss

October 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Sales and orders dropped 31 percent in Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Segment during the third quarter, and Motorola overall saw net losses of $1.4 billion on sales of $7.4 billion, with a $2 billion charge. Sales for the broadband unit fell to $637 million while orders fell to $647 million.

Vidéotron gets interactive in Quebec

October 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Canadian MSO Vidéotron has launched "iLLICO" — an iTV product powered by Scientific-Atlanta Inc.'s digital platform and PowerTV Inc. software — to about 100,000 digital customers in Quebec. That figure could rise, as Vidéotron serves about 1.5 million cable subscribers there. As part of the "walled garden" iTV package, Vidéotron is offering PowerTV-based e-mail, Web b...

NCTA aims to spur retail set-top sales

October 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NCTA devised a four-point initiative to prompt retail sales of digital set-top boxes. Provisions, detailed in an open letter from the NCTA to U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chair Michael K. Powell, include a buy-back program requiring operators to buy set-tops from consumers who move from one location to another.

Vidéotron gets interactive in Quebec(2)

October 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Canadian MSO Vidéotron has launched "iLLICO" — an iTV product powered by Scientific-Atlanta Inc.'s digital platform and PowerTV Inc. software — to about 100,000 digital customers in Quebec. That figure could rise, as Vidéotron serves about 1.5 million cable subscribers there. As part of the "walled garden" iTV package, Vidéotron is offering PowerTV-based e-mail, Web b...

Three join Philips' CompanionTV program

October 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Three companies have joined Philips Digital Networks' CompanionTV partnership program, the company reports. The program, announced in September and operated via Philips' SoftWorks business group, sets up partnerships with iTV applications developers and infrastructure solution providers to make solutions for the multimedia home platform, a spokeswoman says.

Canal+ teams with Orbit on Mideast project

October 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Canal+ Technologies and Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network rolled out interactive services in the Middle East, the two announced today. The launch is proceeding despite fighting in Afghanistan. "The fighting does not affect the launch or the plans for the rollout, since the (service) counts six new channels that are very much watched at this time," says Canal+ spokeswoman Sara Payne.

CableLabs touts interactivity at CableNet

October 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs is gearing up for CableNet 2001 and its companion display, CableNet Interactive. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit within the Western Show in Anaheim in November will feature a broadband evolution theme. The exhibit, sponsored by CableLabs and the California Cable Television Association, is intended to demonstrate the potential of cable's broadband network and the products and services i...

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