Broadband briefs for 2/08/06
* Beaumont gets FiOS TV
Verizon has launched its FiOS TV service in Beaumont, marking the first city in California to get the telco's new video service.
The telco plans to soon introduce the service to Murrieta, a California city of 80,000 people.
Verizon has already launched the service in Dallas, Texas; Temple Terrace, Fla.; Herndon, Va.; Fairfax County, Va.; Woburn, Mass.; and Massapequa Park, N.Y.
* Sunrise promotes Marshall to top spot
The board of Sunrise Telecom has promoted Paul Marshall to president and CEO.
Marshall, a Sunrise co-founder, had been serving as COO and VP of marketing. He will also remain a member of the company's board of directors.
Marshall succeeds Paul Change, who has resigned the top post, but will remain on as a technology advisor and will oversee Sunrise's global R&D and product development efforts.
The Sunrise board also appointed Henry Huff to chairman.
Dietzenbach-based Dimetis is a provider and integrator of broadcast and telecom products and systems. Under the deal, Dimetis will resell Terayon's full line of digital video products and offer integration and network planning services in support of Terayon's gear.
* N.D. telco teams with APA
North Dakota Telephone Company (NDTC) has selected APA Cable & Networks (APACN) to provide fiber management and distribution systems to support the telco's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) design.
NDTC's two-year FTTP program aims to deliver bundled services to homes and businesses in Devil's Lake and its surrounding subdivisions.
Under the deal, NDTC will use a design from APACN that includes fiber distribution panels, cross-connects and pre-connectorized fiber leads between central office or nodes sites and the customer premises.
* NCTA completes tech paper chase
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) said it has selected 24 individuals to write technical papers to be presented at the 2006 National Show, set for April 9-11 in Atlanta.
The papers and presentations will be part of five technical sessions on topics such as advanced network architecture, national scale networking, switched digital video networks and next-generation network architecture.
NCTA said it will sell the papers in book or CD-ROM form at the show for $50, and $75 thereafter.
* RealNetworks gets more game
RealNetworks Inc. has shored up its gaming presence in Europe after putting up $21 million for Zylom Media Group BV, a distributor, developer and publisher of PC-based casual games.
Real, a leading provider of such casual games in the U.S. via its RealArcade, GameHouse and Mr. Goodliving properties, will use the Zylom acquisition to take a similar position in the European region.
Netherlands-based Zylom distributes games via its own Web site and via partnerships with AOL, Wanadoo and Yahoo! Last year, Zylom generated $7.98 million in revenues.