Broadband Briefs for 5/23/06
* AOL subscribers get speed bump via Covad
AOL and Covad Communications have upped the top DSL access rate available to AOL subscribers to 6 Mbps (upstream max is 768 kbps). AOL and Covad have teamed on providing access to AOL subs for over two years.
* PerfTech now supporting municipal Wi-Fi networks
PerfTech said it is providing ad-insertion capability in several municipal Wi-Fi installations on both the East and West Coasts. From a single hardware platform, PerfTech offers ad-insertion, enabling Wi-Fi broadband providers to subsidize Internet service; real-time insertion of public safety alerts, originating from the national Emergency Alert System (EAS), Code Amber organization, or locally; and Web site access filtering by location within the Wi-Fi network, enabling purveyors of private businesses, or child-sensitive municipal areas such as schools or playgrounds, to block inappropriate Web access.
* SCM Microsystems completes sale of Digital TV Solutions business
SCM Microsystems has completed the sale of its Digital TV solutions business to Kudelski. The sale price is $11 million, $2 million of which is contingent upon the operation hitting certain performance milestones after the sale. The transaction was announced on April 6, 2006. SCM has sold to Kudelski substantially all of the assets that relate to its Digital TV solutions business, including its office building in France, certain inventory, contracts, trademarks and intellectual property.
* Simplicita secures $2.1M in financing
Simplicita raised $2.1 million in Series A venture capital financing. The funds will be used for sales and marketing of the company's new software product, ZBX, that helps broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) identify, isolate and fix zombie-infected computers on their networks. The round was led by FFP Holdings, a Houston-based limited partnership.