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

China: Operator to build national IP backbone

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Janet Matthews Information Services Quest Economics Database China Economic Review…11/01/2002 From LexisNexis China Telecom, the fixed-line operator that is dominant in southern China, is to build an IP communications backbone in the north of the country, reported the Financial Times.

Gemstar nixes Diva deal

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The fate of bankrupt video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems Corp. is up in the air again after Gemstar-TV Guide International scuttled a deal to pick up Diva's electronic program guide assets and other intellectual property for about $40 million. Gemstar, in an 8-K form filed Sept. 26 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, said it notified Diva on Sept.

Convergent targets cable-based IP telephony

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After toiling away early and quietly on the PacketCable front, Convergent Networks now appears ready to start making some noise about cable-based IP telephony. Founded in 1998, Lowell, Mass.-based Convergent had its cable coming-out party this fall with the release of "Cohesion," a PacketCable-based product suite comprised of media gateways, SS7 signaling gateways, tandem proxies and element ...

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Comcast buys into Broadbus

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Video-on-demand vendor Broadbus Technologies said it raised "more than $12 million" in a series A-1 round of financing, led by Battery Ventures and Charles River Ventures. Comcast Interactive Capital was also among the other participating investors. Broadbus, headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., is creating high-density video servers for cable and other broadband network service providers.

ESPN runs with the HD ball

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

ESPN, joining programmers such as Discovery Communications, has become the latest network to embrace HDTV with a new service. ESPN said the service, dubbed ESPN HD, will produce 100 live telecasts in HD (in 720p format) during its first year. ESPN plans to launch the network by April 2003. In 2003 and 2004, the network expects to produce select games in HD from Major League Baseball, the Natio...

Cable access gear revenue down in 2002

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Mirroring the generally sluggish economic climate, global revenue for cable access platforms, a sector that includes cable modem termination systems (CMTSs), dropped by more than nine percent to $181.9 million in the first half of 2002, Gartner Dataquest revealed in a new report. In comparison, the sector pulled down about $201.

14 respond to OCAP RFP

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

More than a dozen companies responded to a request for proposal (RFP) that CableLabs issued for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), a middleware specification for OpenCable-based digital set-tops. The 14 responding companies were: ADB, Alticast, Canal+ Technologies (soon to be part of Thomson Multimedia), Espial, Liberate Technologies, Microsoft Corp.

Charter to serve up Iserv

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. has become the latest MSO to allow unaffiliated Internet service providers onto its broadband grid after inking a deal with Iserve Co., a Michigan-based ISP. Charter said it will offer its primary, housebrand Pipeline service along with Iserv initially in its Grand Haven and Spring Lake systems sometime in the fourth quarter of 2002.

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Juniper intros compact CMTS

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Juniper Networks will tackle the small- to mid-sized MSO sector with the "G1," a new "pizza box"-sized cable modem termination system (CMTS). The compact G1 complements Juniper's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified G10 model, a full-chassis, "carrier-class" CMTS. Both models house Juniper's home-grown silicon, the "Broadband Cable Processor.

Oceanic, Navic make interactive waves

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Oceanic division–already considered a pioneering cable system after its early ground-breaking commercial rollout of video-on-demand–has become the MSO's first to leverage Navic Networks' Set-top Data Services (SDS) platform. Oceanic, conjuring up visions of the analog Qube systems of yesteryear, has launched Navic's Audience Polling application, which allows the...

Arris to resell Alopa OSS

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Operational support systems provider Alopa Networks inked a reseller agreement with Arris in October, enabling Arris to pitch the vendor's OSS platform to operators that offer services such as tiered data and IP telephony. The deal, Alopa said, will give the company an established worldwide sales and support channel for its complete OSS platform, which includes service activation and IP provisi...

Thomson snaps up Canal+ Technologies

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Thomson Multimedia beefed up its technology portfolio via the purchase of middleware and conditional access provider Canal+ Technologies. Thomson said it will acquire Canal+ Group's 89 percent stake in the technology unit for $186 million in cash. Prior to the deal, Thomson owned a 3.19 percent stake in the company.

Zenith guides HD

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although there's a relative dearth of high-definition programming available, that hasn't stopped Zenith Electronics Corp. from helping HD-ready consumers find what they're looking for. Zenith, through an alliance with Decisionmark Corp., has developed a Web-based electronic program guide (www.zenith.

Pioneer launches developers program

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pioneer Digital Technologies has launched a third-party application developers program. Dubbed "Compass," the effort will center on the integration of new services for the Pioneer Passport interactive program guide environment and the vendor's series of Voyager-brand digital set-tops. Compass will provide developers with sample code, a developer's kit and other elements that will help them int...

Satellite merger could be dead; Justice ready to block marriage of EchoStar, DirecTV

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Lieberman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…10/31/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK — The Justice Department will file a lawsuit today to block EchoStar Communications Corp.'s $21 billion merger deal with Hughes Electronics, the parent of DirecTV, according to people familiar with the department's plans.

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