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

Helsinki TV gets new portal

February 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Infrastructure software maker Portal Software has inked a deal with Helsinki Television (HTV), a Finnish cable television company, to use Infranet, Portal Software's customer management and billing platform. HTV will use Infranet to manage its portfolio of broadband Internet services, manage revenue, and improve customer satisfaction.

OpenTV going global

February 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

OpenTV has made several international alliances which are paying off well for the company. OpenTV and French interactive applications company MiniSAT are jointly developing an interactive television application that could give millions of viewers worldwide access to classified advertisements from the convenience of their televisions.

CED participates in study

February 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cahners In-Stat Group and CED, the print magazine from which CEDaily Direct springs, are conducting a research study to measure broadband deployment and implementation over the coming years against two groups: broadband service providers and business end-users. The study will cover broadband demand versus availability, user awareness and preferences, broadband alternatives and driving applicati...

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Misfortune in China

February 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Chinese Web surfers may be hanging dry after a deep-sea Internet cable was severed. Officials say they don't know what caused the break, which occurred off the coast of the Japanese city of Yokohama, Reuters reports. Repairs may take up to three weeks. The severed cable linked Shanghai to the U.S. west coast, and caused reduced access speeds all the way to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Breaking up is hard to do

February 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AT&T 's lifesaving plan to quarter the company could be running into problems. The WSJ.com reports that a single large investor in the company and the union representing 35,000 of the company's employees are appealing to other board members to reject the plan. The AFL-CIO and the Communications Workers of America, in a conference call with institutional investors, said the breakup plan is f...

Agilent into optics too(l)

February 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Hewlett-Packard spin-off Agilent now uses AVS/Express software in its 8614X-series optical spectrum analyzers (OSAs), which are used to test fiber-optic equipment both in development and in manufacturing. AVS/Express, developed by Advanced Visual Systems, serves as the graphics engine for the 8614X OSA series and provides rapid plotting of test results on the OSA's built-in screen.

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Corning expanding Italian operations

February 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Corning is expanding the operations it recently acquired from Pirelli, now the Corning Optical Technologies Italia (OTI) unit. The company's board of directors approved sinking $150 million into the business unit to increase production of lithium niobate modulators, pump lasers, certain specialty fibers, and fiber gratings.

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Pace purchases French company

February 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Pace has a plan: to further its position as the world's largest dedicated developer of digital television gateways. The company is pursuing that goal by purchasing French company Xcom Multimedia Communications. Xcom manufactures digital set-tops and has a client base in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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Bridging the gap between the PC and living room

February 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

RealNetworks and Wavefly want to get media junkies away from the PC. The two companies believe Internet information should be received throughout the home, and have combined their efforts to deliver Internet media to the TV or stereo. "Our vision is to deliver a great Internet media experience from any platform, to any device," said Len Jordan, senior vice president, Consumer Appliances, RealNe...

Better customer management

February 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

ADC and Siebel Systems have teamed up to offer a customer management solution for communications service providers. The technology will consist of ADC's SingleView combined with Siebel eCommunications applications software. The software has been designed with the telecommunications industry specifically in mind.

Content in Cannes

February 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cannes, France will surely add glamorous inspiration to the Milias 2001 content creation and distribution conference Feb. 10 –14. Showing some inspiration of its own, OpenTV will be demonstrating its interactive television applications for the lucky attendees. Visitors to the OpenTV booth will be able to see live feeds from interactive television services across Europe.

Com 21 improves on cable modem

February 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Com21 has improved one of its core products this week by joining forces with two software companies. This week the broadband access systems manufacturer inked deals with both Netsurfer and Alopa Networks. Netsurfer's provisioning software, NetKit Cable Edition 5.1, will be incorporated into Com21's DOXport 1110 cable modems.

Quantum Bridge improving on a good thing

February 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The engineers over at Quantum Bridge Communications have also been busy improving upon its Optical Access System product. The system unifies service providers access networks at the metro edge, improving network efficiency. The new features include ATM networking, ATM/TDM gateway, and dedicated high bandwidth services.

Tvia streaming good media

February 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

When Hannibal is released for VOD, this could get interesting. Tvia 's CyberPro streaming media processors with 3D/2D graphics and other goodies for digital TV and digital broadband set-tops are now available. The CyberPro 5300 product family streams content from any source for seamless interactive viewing.

NeuralStar: the brains of the operation

February 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It's not the newest in brain surgery. NeuralStar, Ai Metrix 's network management software applications products, will be used by Coreon for inventory management and service activation functions on its large-scale networks. Coreon delivers operations management services to broadband providers. NeuralStar inventory management software aids a network's ability to handle large numbers of new subsc...

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