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

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...

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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...

Cable MSOs eye OCAP revisions

July 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable Television Laboratories Inc. and its members are working on a revised version of the Open Cable Application Platform (OCAP), a standardized middleware specification designed to run applications on forthcoming OpenCable-compliant digital set-top boxes, industry sources close the situation confirmed.

Gigabit to the home lit up in California

July 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Competisys Corp. today lit up its HomeStream system at the Poppy Meadows development in American Canyon, Calif. The new system, purportedly the first of its kind in the country, provides a Gigabit Ethernet, direct fiber-optic connection into the home. Services to be piped over the full duplex system include IP telephony, video (digital television and other video products including PVR capabilit...

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CEA sets powerline networking tests

July 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said today that its R7.3 Home Networking Subcommittee will begin extensive field-testing of existing powerline carrier (PLC) technologies on October 1 and will select the winning technology for a technical standard by January 2002. CEA will oversee the testing, which will be conducted by a professional third-party test service.

Jupiter posts subscriber gains in Japan

July 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Jupiter Telecommunications Co. Ltd., the largest broadband and cable service provider in Japan, reported an impressive one-year gain in total subscriber households, as well as in cable TV, telephony and high-speed access subscriber categories. Since the end of June 2000, the number of households subscribing to at least one Jupiter service increased 84 percent (485,000 subs), from 591,400 to 1,0...

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Transition to DTV has obstacles

July 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Looks like the transition to digital broadcasting won't exactly be pain-free. According to ATSC performance compliance analysis performed by digital datacasting and testing company Triveni Digital, digital transport streams from broadcasters are filled with enough errors that they could have a negative impact on picture quality.

Remote workers will drive broadband demand

July 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Remote workers (aka telecommuters) in the U.S. are driving increased demand for broadband services, according to a new study from research firm Cahners In-Stat Group. By 2005, more than 60 percent of the U.S. workforce will be considered remote/telecommuters, driving continued need for remote connectivity and high-speed Web access, the report suggests.

Consortium gives HDTV a jump-start

July 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

They may be strange bedfellows, but a wide-ranging group of media companies and Hollywood movie studios has banded together to support a new digital interface that incorporates copy protection for high-definition television content. The interface, dubbed "Digital Visual Interface (DVI) with high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP)," was specifically designed to port high-def signals fro...

Yipes acquires rights from bankrupt Broadband Office

July 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

One man's problems are just another's fortune. Yipes Communications Inc. has acquired the rights to serve more than 3,500 office buildings nationwide from bankrupt company Broadband Office. In conjunction with the Delaware court proceeding, Yipes has signed access agreements with nine major real estate entities who own or control more than half of Broadband Office's portfolio.

Global broadband market expected to double by 2004

July 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Despite the current economic malaise, worldwide broadband Internet subscribers will total more than 15 million in 2001 and double in size to at least 30 million in 2004, according to a new report from Multimedia Research Group Inc. Revenues for IP (streaming) media servers and storage are currently $3.

Cox net income down 66%; Excite needs funds, or else

July 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications' second quarter net income fell 66 percent to $30.7 million, or 5 cents a share, from $91.2 million, or 15 cents a share, a year ago, Cox reports. Basic customers reached 6.2 million, up 5 percent over a year ago. Total revenues were up 14 percent, to $1 billion from about $879 million a year ago.

Lucent sells fiber unit for $2.75 B

July 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Mere hours after Lucent representatives said the company still was negotiating with multiple vendors over the possible sale of its Optical Fiber Solutions unit, the company has announced it will split the unit between Japan's Furukawa Electric Co. and Corning Inc. for $2.75 billion. Under the deal, Furukawa will pay $2.

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