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

DOCSIS shipments top 10M in 2002

February 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Buoyed by strong international sales, global shipments of DOCSIS cable modems flew past the 10 million mark in 2002, a 25 percent jump over the prior year, according to Kinetic Strategies Inc. Though DOCSIS sales in North America ticked up only 15 percent in 2002, Kinetic found that international shipments grew 48 percent during the period to 2.

Tele-Media launches VoIP in Va.

February 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tele-Media Corp. has teamed with Gemini Voice Solutions Inc. to offer IP telephony to cable customers in Virginia. Tele-Media, which serves 250,000 cable subscribers in nine states, is now offering U.S. calling plans for local and long distance service at a flat monthly fee. The plans range from $19.

Nicholas out, Ross in as Broadcom re-tools

February 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom Corp. President and CEO Dr. Henry Nicholas III said he will resign from the company "to attend to serious family matters." Nicholas will serve out his current term as co-chairman of the company's board, but will not seek re-election this May during Broadcom's annual shareholder meeting. Broadcom has tapped Alan "Lanny" Ross, the company's COO since November 2002, to assume Nicholas' pr...

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SCTE offers listserv en Español

February 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has launched a new listserv for Spanish-speaking engineers and technicians, a project whose roots are traced to the Society's "Operación Español" workforce development and diversity program. The new listserv is modeled after the Society's SCTE-List, which touts roughly 1,200 subscribers.

SONICblue combo features mini DVR

February 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SONICblue Inc. has unveiled the Go-Video DV6430, calling it the first DVD/VCR combo to add live TV control. Though it won't be capable of storing most TV programs in their entirety, the approach could give users the TV pause time they need to make a snack or visit the restroom. The device allows users to cache up to 10 minutes of live television, and manipulate that content via pause, rewind an...

Syndeo taps Vaughan as CEO

February 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Syndeo Corp., maker of Class 5 softswitches, has named John Vaughan as its CEO, and appointed cable vet David Van Valkenburg to its board of directors. Vaughan succeeds company co-founder Ted Griggs, who was named chairman of the board "and will continue his work with customers and partners, helping set technical and corporate strategy," Syndeo said.

Court rejects Next Level appeal

February 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Delaware Chancery Court and the Delaware Supreme Court rejected Next Level Communications' bid to block an unsolicited offer from Motorola Inc. to snap up shares in the video-over-copper startup it did not already own. Motorola on Friday reaffirmed its bid of $1.04 per share. Motorola currently has a 74 percent stake in Next Level.

Microtune-Broadcom trial date moved up; Microtune hit with class action lawsuit

February 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Opening arguments for Microtune Inc. 's patent infringement lawsuit against rival Broadcom Corp. has been moved up to March 6, 2003. The case, to be heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, was originally slated to begin March 10. Microtune is alleging that Broadcom's BCM 3415 microchip infringes on a Microtune patent for an integrated television tun...

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Forecast: Internet traffic to reach 5,175 petabits per day by '07

February 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks to higher penetrations of broadband services, the volume of Internet traffic generated worldwide will nearly double over the next five years, jumping from 180 petabits per day last year to 5,175 petabits per day by year-end 2007. That prediction, from research firm IDC, notes that the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress amounts to "only" 10 terabytes of data.

Wireless ByPass, AML enter distribution partnership

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Wireless ByPass Inc. has inked a master distribution agreement with AML Wireless Networks Inc. that will make AML the exclusive Wireless ByPass representative in Canada. There, AML will be charged with selling Wireless ByPass' 5.8 GHz microwave-assisted broadband technology, which is designed to help MSOs extend their data footprints to areas not served by high-speed cable lines.

Auspice adds IP address management system

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Auspice Corp. has expanded its "OpsLogic" broadband software suite with a new automated IP address management system. Dubbed "IPAMS," the IP addresser is designed to automate and simplify the management of a task that is typically labor-intensive and, therefore, expensive. Auspice said IPAMS targets several types of services, including cable modem, DSL and dial-up services, by managing and assi...

Manticom, MidStream complete server-transport interop

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Manticom Networks said it has successfully integrated its Scorpion 4104 switching system with MidStream Technologies' IP2000-series video servers. MidStream noted that it has certified both the switching and transport aspects of Manticom's GigE-based transport platform, which Manticom is targeting to cable operators for video-on-demand, headend-based digital video recording and multiplayer gaming.

Brian Roberts to keynote 2003 Cable-Tec Expo

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Corp. president and CEO Brian Roberts will keynote the forthcoming Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Cable-Tec Expo. Slated for May 11–14, the 2003 Expo will take place in Comcast's hometown of Philadelphia. "As a top leader in cable, Brian offers Expo attendees the chance to share his view of the technologies that are transforming the entire industry through the intro...

Hockemeier joins Cedar Point board

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

J. Curt Hockemeier — an important figure in the execution of AT&T Broadband's aggressive circuit-switched telephony strategy during the late 1990s and the early part of 2000 — has joined the board of Cedar Point Communications Inc. Instead of lending advice on traditional constant bit rate technology, Hockemeier's role with the Derry, N.

Comcast revenues rise, losses narrow in Q4

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Corp., marking the first time its financial results were coupled with operations acquired from AT&T Broadband, recorded fourth quarter pro forma revenues of $4.15 billion, up 11 percent from $3.7 billion in the same-year period. The MSO also recorded a loss of $51 million (3 cents per share), narrowed from a loss of $321 million (34 cents per share) in the year-ago quarter.

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