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Revenues, shipments drop at Com21

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband equipment provider Com21 Inc. said revenues and shipments dropped significantly in the fourth quarter of 2002. Com21 reported revenues of $6.1 million, down 52 percent from $12.7 million in the previous period, while pro forma gross margins dropped three points to 19 percent. The company's pro forma net loss widened to $5.

Spaceway targets mid-2004 launch

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

With all of the recent news that will likely save struggling Ka-band startups like WildBlue Communications and AstroLink from the financial brink, it's easy to forget that Spaceway, Hughes Network Systems' advanced satellite project, remains fully funded and prepped for launch sometime next year. With funding in hand and the technical details nearly ironed out, the first Spaceway bird is slated...

Adelphia board greenlights Denver HQ move

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Denver, once considered cable's capital, might get to hang on to the last shreds of that claim if a decision by the Adelphia Communications board to move the MSO's corporate headquarters to the Mile High City passes muster with a bankruptcy judge. Ending weeks of speculation, Adelphia announced the board authorization late Tuesday afternoon.

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VOD added to Next Level telco TV platform

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cable providers have the telephone companies in their sights, adding voice to their video bundles and competing head-to-head in a number of markets. However, their telco competitors are busy debugging video-over-copper technologies, and a couple of telco providers who are farther along are actually demonstrating video-on-demand over the emerging platform.

Adelphia Business Solutions to sell off some assets

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The problems at MSO Adelphia Communications have been well documented, but its business services arm seems to be well on the way of emerging in decent shape after its bankruptcy restructuring process is complete. Part of that restructuring will include the sale of select assets in nine previously closed markets, it was announced, as a result of a recent ruling in bankruptcy court.

Concurrent, Manticom complete VOD interop

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

Concurrent Computer Corp. and broadband transport firm Manticom Networks said they have completed interoperability certification between Concurrent's line of MediaHawk video servers and Manticom's GigE-based Scorpion 4104 platform. Manticom claims its platform, which scales from 2.5 Gbps to 20 Gbps, can push VOD economics below $35 per-provisioned subscriber.

Verizon, consumer groups expound on FCC's UNE proceeding

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Edie Herman | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...01/28/2003 With FCC's UNE proceeding heating up, Verizon and group of consumer organizations held back-to-back news briefings Mon., each explaining outcome they would like to see from Commission's expected action in mid-Feb. Draft order in agency's Triennial UNE Review began to circulate among commissioners late last week, occasionin...

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CERC: MSOs, CableLabs 'stifle' retail model for cable modems

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | 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 impairing 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.

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Soma nets $10 million

January 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Broadband wireless equipment maker Soma Networks received a $10 million shot in the arm today courtesy of Bank of America Corp. The new infusion of cash will support Soma Networks' current efforts to ramp up its operations in anticipation of large-scale commercial deployments. After completing field trials and launching initial deployments of its next-generation wireless broadband solution in t...

Broadcom adds patents to Microtune suit

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

Broadcom Corp. is alleging that tuners, power amplifiers and Bluetooth products made by Texas-based competitor Microtune Inc. infringe on three Broadcom patents. Broadcom's complaint — filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division — marks the latest salvo to be fired in an ongoing legal squabble between the silicon tuner rivals.

Broadband users more loyal, study suggests

January 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Narrowband/dial-up Internet subscribers in the U.S. are nearly three times more likely to switch from their current Internet service provider than broadband subscribers, according to new consumer research from Leichtman Research Group Inc. Seventeen percent of narrowband subscribers say that they are likely to switch from their service in the next six months, compared to just 6 percent of broad...

Audet resurfaces as CEO of Lemur Networks

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

Andrew Audet has resurfaced to take the reins 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.

Vendors line up for DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome and PacketCable testing in wave 25

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

The folks at CableLabs will remain extra busy with the start of certification wave 25, which welcomed a new batch of equipment to be tested for advanced specifications such as DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome 1.0 and PacketCable 1.0. For DOCSIS 2.0, a specification that widens cable's upstream pipe and mitigates noise, a total of 11 vendors submitted cable modems for the advanced spec: Ambit, Arris, Castl...

Broadcom CEO resigns; company posts big loss

January 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Chipmaker Broadcom Corp. said late Thursday that Dr. Henry Nicholas III has resigned as the company's president and CEO "to attend to serious family matters." News of his departure was matched by a fourth quarter net loss by the company of $1.75 billion, or $6.40 per share, after special charges. Most of the loss was attributable to goodwill impairment as was therefore non-cash related.

Concurrent reports quarterly loss

January 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

VOD platform developer Concurrent Computer Corp. announced fairly lackluster results for the most recent quarter, posting a net loss of $4.7 million, or 8 cents per share. For the quarter ended December 31, 2002, Concurrent revealed that a large chunk of the reported loss is a result of incurring a non-cash impairment charge of $2.

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