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Cometa taps iPass for ambitious WiFi plans

March 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cometa Networks Inc. — a startup backed by AT&T Corp., Intel Corp. and IBM — said it will fuel its widespread WiFi network plans via a deal with iPass Inc. Under terms of the deal, iPass will access Cometa's public WiFi hotspots for a wireless broadband service that will target users in the U.

ADSL2 'plugfest' tests seven chipsets

March 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The DSL Forum deemed that a multi-vendor interoperability "plugfest" for the new ADSL2 physical layer was successful as it tested silicon from seven different vendors. The test, conducted last month by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), was based on the DSL Forum's proposed draft for ADSL2, which provides a number of physical layer tests to ensure interoperab...

Samsung signs 'two-way' PHILA license

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

Samsung Electronics America Inc. has become the latest consumer electronics company to sign the CableLabs POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA). With PHILA, Samsung said it intends to manufacture and market the first two-way interactive digital cable products. The recently proposed digital "plug-and-play" agreement between the cable and consumer electronics industries is based on "unidir...


Study: Big dogs to pave WLAN's future path

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

Although wireless LAN (WLAN) technology is already making some serious strides into the mainstream, the sector will establish its future via the support of big technology and telecom companies coupled by lower price points and standardization, a new study suggests. Allied Business Intelligence noted that WLAN growth will continue to accelerate as companies such as Microsoft Corp.

SCTE offers listserv en Español(2)

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.

Retail group calls out MSOs, CableLabs

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

A coalition of consumer electronics companies argued to the Federal Communications Commission that cable operators, by not giving high-speed customers economic incentives to buy cable modems via retail, are roadblocking the equipment's retail distribution model. In an ex parte letter sent to FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition Chairman and Best Buy Co.

Ucentric sets sights on 802.11g

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

Ucentric Systems has unveiled a home network platform designed to deliver broadcast-quality MPEG-2 video over 802.11g, an emerging wireless protocol that supports throughputs as high as 54 Mbps. Compatible with widely-deployed 802.11b, which supports up to 11 Mbps, WiFi's "g" flavor also operates in the 2.

Rainmaker becomes Broadband Physics

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

Rainmaker Technologies Inc. has changed its name to Broadband Physics Inc. and has appointed Mark Laubach as president and CEO. Laubach, a Com21 Inc. co-founder, most recently served as CTO at Rainmaker/Broadband Physics. Broadband Physics' technology targets fiber speeds over legacy "last mile" broadband access networks via a wavelet-based modulation scheme called Sub-band Division Multiplexing.


Interactive Enterprise scores OSS deal

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

Comporium Communications has forged a deal to deploy Interactive Enterprise's "Conexon" OSS platform to provision broadband services. Comporium will tap Conexon to manage service provisioning for residential high-speed data services. Comporium can extend the abilities of the platform through "bolt-on" adapters and additional applications for services such as IP telephony and interactive-televis...

Transport firms, server vendors complete interop work

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

With Gigabit Ethernet all but becoming the transport of choice for new video-on-demand deployments, VOD server and system vendors and their transport cousins have quickly put the finishing touches on a spate of interoperability pacts. Transport upstart Manticom Networks got the on-demand ball rolling by completing interoperability tests with Concurrent Computer Corp.

Audet takes reins at Lemur Networks

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

Andrew Audet has resurfaced as the CEO of Lemur Networks Inc., an operational support system (OSS) start-up based in Eatontown, N.J. In addition to serving as CEO, Audet will also join Lemur's board of directors. Audet takes over the CEO slot from company co-founder Seyhan Civanlar, who will remain Lemur's chief technology officer and a member of the company's board.

Liberty looks to the (friendly?) skies

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

Not long after Liberty Satellite & Technology Inc. agreed to pump more cash into struggling broadband satellite company WildBlue Communications, the company inked a deal to snap up the assets of Astrolink LLC. The Liberty Media subsidiary owns 31.5 percent of Astrolink. Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Telespazio S.

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.

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.

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...


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