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

Qwest president in e-mail: "I will take the fall" for deal; House panel is puzzled by the message

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis The president of Qwest Communications International Inc. agreed to "take the fall" for a potentially risky deal the company pushed to finalize in June 2000 in order to meet Wall Street expectations, according to documents released Monday by congressional investigators.

Tollgrade Communications to cut 47 jobs

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Steve Massey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/ Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Pittsburgh Post - Gazette Pittsburgh Post - Gazette…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis Tollgrade Communications Inc., citing further spending cutbacks by telecommunications clients, yesterday said it will eliminate 47 jobs, warned that third-quarter earnings would fall on the lower end of already reduced forecasts and said Chief E...

Companies respond to OCAP RFP

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than two months after putting the call out, 14 companies have responded to CableLabs ' OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) request for proposal for implementations. OCAP, which is largely based on Europe's MHP platform, is a specification tied to middleware that eventually will populate OpenCable-based digital set-top boxes and other devices.

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Harmonic tumbles on revised outlook

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Wall Street is frowning on Harmonic Inc.'s stock, following a revised third-quarter outlook that will come in below previous expectations. The company expects to post Q3 sales of between $37 million and $39 million, citing a significant slowdown in orders from its domestic cable customers. Its Broadband Access Networks division, which manufacturers fiber optic products for broadband cable netwo...

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Juniper bows compact CMTS

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Juniper Networks will tackle the small- to mid-sized MSO sector with a new "pizza box" cable modem termination system (CMTS) dubbed the "G1." The 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.

WorldGate shuffles staff, makes cuts

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

To ensure WorldGate has enough cash to fund itself through at least the next four quarters, the company is making some changes. WorldGate said it is taking steps to get its priorities in line. First, the company will transfer some of its employees to TVGateway LLC, its joint venture with Adelphia Communications Corp.

FreeZone debuts in San Diego

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ready to see if "free" on-demand will drive and retain digital subscribers, Cox Communications Inc. has launched its advertising-supported video-on-demand service in San Diego. The service bowed on channel 997. Dubbed "FreeZone," the service gives digital subscribers on-demand access to a spate of ad-supported content, including short independent films, action sports vignettes and interviews w...

OpenCable adds HD to the mix

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs has issued a new OpenCable specification designed to funnel high-definition television programming through advanced digital set-tops and other OpenCable-based devices or "hosts." OpenCable is a CableLabs initiative that aims to create the technical pieces necessary to lend "portability" to digital cable set-tops and, consequently, foster a retail market for the equipment.

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UPC looks to Arris for tiering, VoIP

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pushing ahead with an advanced cable service plan that includes tiered data and a transition to IP telephony, UnitedGlobalCom has awarded Arris a three-year purchase agreement that covers "all elements" of HFC systems and multiple deployments. More specifically, the deal includes Arris' DOCSIS 1.1- and EuroDOCSIS 1.

Cox to offer HDTV next month in San Diego

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jennifer Davies | Comments

Copyright 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune The San Diego Union-Tribune…09/28/2002 From LexisNexis Cox Communications Inc. will launch its high-definition television service in San Diego at the end of next month, providing further momentum for the technology. Starting Oct. 29, Cox cable customers will be able to get high-definition television for programming on HBO, NBC, Showtime and G4, a...

UPC restructures debt

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

European cable network operator United Pan-Europe Communications NV has reached an agreement with its creditors to restructure its debt. The deal will give its parent UnitedGlobalCom a minimum 65.5 percent interest in the company. The recapitalization plan calls the elimination of 65 percent of UPC's debt.

Arris, Alopa partner to strengthen telephony position

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Arris has inked a reseller agreement with Alopa Networks to boost its ability to deliver its CompleteVoice end-to-end voice and data service program to cable operators. The deal grants Arris the right to resell Alopa's MetaServ provisioning platform. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alopa's MetaServ provisioning platform is designed for small- to mid-size cable operators, and interfaces with...

Cable modem customers pass 10-million mark

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The U.S. cable modem customer base will top 10 million at the end of the third quarter 2002, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The milestone "reflects continued steady growth in consumer demand for cable broadband services," said Robert Sachs, NCTA president and CEO.

Convergent dials up cable VoIP strategy

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | 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 week with the release of "Cohesion," a PacketCable-based product suite comprised of media gateways, SS7 signaling gateways, tandem proxies and element ma...

Microsoft buys Liquid Audio's intellectual property

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Microsoft Corp. has snapped up Liquid Audio Inc.'s patents for cash consideration of $7 million. The streaming media software provider enables music fans to download and purchase digital files off the Internet, but is trying to shift its focus from product development to digital distribution of media to retail.

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