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

Sunrise merges two buys into broadband unit

September 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Sunrise Telecom Inc. merged two of its cable units into a new broadband division that will produce cable TV test equipment. The unit will be split between offices in Norcross, Ga., and Anjou, Canada. The company bought Hukk Engineering in July 1999 and Avantron Technologies in January 2001, says Sunrise spokesman John McGovern.

Terabeam wires ballpark for Microsoft meeting

September 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terabeam took its free-space technology out to the ball game, sort of. The company landed a contract from Microsoft to connect Seattle's Safeco Field to the Internet during the software company's annual employee meeting. During the Aug. 30 meeting, Microsoft showed its product demos on two 30-foot by 40-foot projection screens to 16,000 employees in the stadium.

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Cox launches phone-over-cable in RI town

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services will supply the town of Cumberland, R.I., with phone service over Cox's cable network, potentially saving the small town 29 percent annually on its phone bills. The $10,000-a-year deal is part of Cox's $300 million network upgrade in Rhode Island and of the state's economic development efforts.

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Aging racetrack gets fiber optic facelift

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A 46-year-old racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wis., placed its bets on fiber optic speed with a network overhaul. Telecast Fiber Systems Inc. supplied modular video and audio fiber optic products for the Race America racetrack system. The system made its debut when the racetrack used it during the Motorola 220 CART FedEx Championship Series race Aug.

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Touch America expands network center, faces splitoff vote

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Touch America announced a $1 million, 3,000-square-foot expansion of its Network Operations Center in Butte, Mont. Parent Montana Power Co. also will hold a special shareholder's meeting Sept. 14 to vote on the company's restructuring. The expansion brings the center to 8,700 square feet on the building's second floor, says spokesman Cort Freeman.

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Studies: Switching, routing and undersea cable

September 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Don't miss Switching and Routing 1H01 Market Share from RHK Inc. According to the look at the North American IP router market, Cisco Systems dominated, but was losing market share to Juniper Networks during the first half of the year. Cisco had a solid 70 percent of the $972 million (Q1) market, while Juniper trailed at 25 percent.

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MFN lands $50 M commitment

September 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Metromedia Fiber Network secured another piece of a complex financing puzzle today, with a $50 million commitment letter from an unnamed investor. The letter, for a $50 million convertible debt investment, expires Sept. 17 and is subject to a cyclical set of terms, each dependent on the other. The latest commitment depends on closing the $150 million note facility led by Citicorp; closing the $...

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News to peruse, if not use

September 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Broadcom Corp. shipped its BCM2200, a single-chip modem for broadband wireless using VOFDM. The chip has more than 48 Mbps of symmetrical two-way data and is designed to work in non-line-of-sight environments. The product is part of a project with Cisco Systems to develop an ASIC for the broadband fixed wireless market, Broadcom says.

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More study stuff

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Optical transport equipment sales will drop 36 percent from $19.6 billion in 2000 to $12.5 billion at the end of 2001, an RHK Inc. study says in its revised figures. The research firm says that, since its last forecast, it did another round of interviews with carriers who account for 95 percent of carrier spending.

Terayon launches cable task force

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon Communications System Inc.'s team of cable troubleshooters is formed and ready to roll. The seven-member Network Solutions Group meets with cable execs to talk service problems; then heads back to Terayon's sales, engineering and other groups to drum up solutions. Spokesman John Giddings says Terayon has developed a team of experts that's available to meet with executives to get an over...

CableLabs announces next-gen DOCSIS spec

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Even as the industry awaits DOCSIS 1.1 certification completion (reportedly to occur later this month), CableLabs says it's going forward with an updated DOCSIS spec that features advanced modulation methods — and will call it DOCSIS 2.0. The spec will feature both S-CDMA and A-TDMA modulation, and will allow upstream speeds of 30 Mbps per 6 MHz, with "noise immunity," CableLabs says.

CopperCom and Kenetec to Deliver VoB

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

CopperCom is partnering with Kenetec Inc. to deploy a joint voice- over-broadband system. The system will consist of CopperCom's CSX 2100 media gateway, CopperController softswitch and VoB gateway, combined with Kenetec's EdgeXpress 5000 Service Exchange Platform and the EdgeXpress 1000 Service Access Unit.

Time Warner Adds New Wink Interactive Service to L.A.

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

Wink Communications Inc.'s Enhanced Broadcasting is being offered as a standard feature for all of Time Warner Communications' digital cable customers in its Los Angeles West Valley region. With this agreement, more than 125,000 analog and digital Time Warner homes in the West Valley region are Wink-enabled.

OpenTV Deployment in Half Moon Bay Features Many iTV Applications

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

OpenTV and USA Media Group are partnering to deploy an indepth interactive TV (iTV) content package available to U.S. cable operators using the Motorola DCT-2000 set-top box. USA Media Group's iTV deployment in Half Moon Bay, Calif. features 29 interactive applications including e-mail, instant messaging, shopping, games, news, weather and sports, all running on the DCT-2000.

CableHome Project Issues Two Documents

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

The CableLabs CableHome project has made public an interim specification for Quality of Service (QoS) and also has released its architecture framework technical report (www.cablelabs.com/homenetworks/specifications.html). "The CableHome architecture framework and QoS specification are two important documents in a series of publications that lay the technical groundwork for the cable industry's...

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