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

Major IPTV rollouts still on hold

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

Though some big telcos still have their IPTV rollouts on hold, signs are emerging that the technology may become a big entertainment platform in the second half of the decade, forecasts Strategy Analytics, citing a recent survey. In round numbers, the research firm believes the IPTV market will rise to 20 million subscribers by 2008, led by the Asia-Pacific and European regions.

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Time Warner Cable taps C-COR.net for OSS

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

Time Warner Cable's Oceanic division is deploying C-COR.net Corp.'s ISM (Integrated Service Management) system's Network Service Manager (NSM), a plug-in software application module designed to enable cable operators to automate and manage their networks and service delivery processes. More specifically, NSM integrates standards-based network management technology with customer care and billin...

Cable modems get a boost in Q3

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

Fueled by a strong showing in North America, worldwide shipments of cable modems totaled more than 3 million units in the third quarter of 2002, a 19.4 percent boost versus the same period last year, Gartner Dataquest reported. The research firm said Motorola Broadband held on to the top slot with 32.

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TI pairs up to support CableHome

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

The stars seem to be aligning in the CableHome world, as residential gateway silicon and software developers continue to join forces. DOCSIS silicon maker Texas Instruments has partnered up with two residential gateway software package developers–Ashley Laurent and Jungo Software Technologies–which provide residential gateway software platforms based on CableLabs' specification for ...

Study: DVRs are here to stay

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

Digital video recorder technology is hot, and cable operators in particular are warming to the technology on the heels of satellite's introduction of receivers integrated with DVR capability. New projections on the DVR market from IMS Research show that, despite a relatively slow adoption of DVR due to a lack of consumer understanding and high cost, time shifting technologies are still poised t...

EchoStar, DirecTV call off DBS party

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

Following a string of regulatory setbacks meted out by the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, the final nail in the proposed merger between EchoStar Communications and Hughes' DirecTV was placed when the DBS leaders agreed to terminate the deal in mid-December. Under terms of the breakup, EchoStar must pay out $600 million to Hughes, but is no longer required ...

Toshiba opens the retail gateway

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

Toshiba America's Network Products Division (NPD), jumping with both feet into the market for hybrid cable modem/wireless router gateways, is selling its first such product at retail via a deal with CompUSA. Toshiba's PCX5000 DOCSIS Wireless Cable Modem Gateway, the first home networking device developed by the company's NPD group, features a cable modem, wireless router, self-installation soft...

Knology strikes up BigBand

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

Knology said it is deploying BigBand Networks Inc.'s flagship Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) in its systems in the southeastern U.S., allowing the overbuilder to consolidate control of its systems in one central location. More specifically, the deployment controls routing and processing of live digital broadcast programming, and will provide a platform for future upgrades and support...

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Tech giants band on national WiFi network effort

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

Three technology giants–AT&T Corp., Intel Corp. and IBM–said they will create a company that will run a nationwide broadband, wireless Internet access service based on WiFi. That company, Cometa Networks, plans to provide services to telecom companies, ISPs, cable operators and wireless carriers, and target major national and regional retail chains, hotels, universities and rea...

Movidis enters the VOD ring

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

Video-on-demand start-up Movidis Inc. has introduced a new media server designed to cut costs to less than $65 per stream. The 3-RU-high Molecular Media Server (MMS) 1000, which sports dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, is anchored to Movidis' distributed VOD architecture, an approach that saves cost and space requirements, the company said.

Cablevision taps into Level 3

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

Cablevision Systems Corp. has inked a contract with Level 3 Communications for network services tied to the MSO's Optimum Online cable modem service, which is offered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. "Reliable network performance is a key factor contributing to the quality of service that Optimum Online customers have come to expect," said Optimum Online Senior Vice President Gemma Ton...

Microsoft notches first IPG deployments

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

After unveiling a new interactive program guide for "thin client" digital boxes at the 2002 National Cable Show last May, Microsoft Corp. said that it has secured its first launches for the new product. Microsoft said Uvision LLC and Willamette Broadband LLC, which serve a combined 20,000 cable subscribers just south of Portland, Ore.

Vendors step up to form VoIP integration pacts

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

Although the technologies required to make IP telephony hum are here already, integrating those piece parts and making them work together is the next big challenge that cable operators will face. Arris and Net2Phone Inc. said they will help to provide an answer to that problem via a joint offer that they believe will create a fully managed integrated network capable of providing PacketCable-bas...

Maryland ops join AMBER Alert Plan

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

The Cable and Telecommunications Association of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia announced that cable systems across Maryland will be available to transmit emergency messages as part of the nation's emerging AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) alert plan. Maryland's nearly 2 million cable households join a network of more than 150 radio and television stations...

Another cable milestone: First gear breaks the CableHome and PacketCable barrier

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Christmas continued to come early for a small set of vendors. The day after CableLabs greenlighted the first set of equipment for DOCSIS 2.0, the cable R&D organization followed that up Friday by handing out its first-ever passing grades for equipment based on its PacketCable and CableHome specifications.

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