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Broadband briefs for 2/22/07

Thu, 02/22/2007 - 5:20am
CED staff

* JacobsRimell appoints new board chairman
OSS specialist JacobsRimell announced the appointment of Duncan Lewis as chairman of the board. Lewis, the senior advisor in telecommunications, media and technology at The Carlyle Group, previously served as CEO and president of GTS/Ebone, Europe's largest optical and IP network.
 
Prior to that, he was the managing director of Equant NV, a global data network; CEO at Granada Media Group and Mercury Communications; and he held various other senior roles at Cable & Wireless and British Telecom.

* Verimatrix Inc., Datatrend partner on VoIP
Verimatrix Inc., a content security specialist for pay-TV networks, and Datatrend Technologies, an IT infrastructure solutions provider, have announced their partnership to deliver a comprehensive VoIP service solution to telecommunications and multimedia service providers.

The integrated solution combines Verimatrix's Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for IPTV content security with a turnkey IT infrastructure solution from Datatrend. The result enables clients to leverage next-generation technologies while combating digital piracy within the distribution chain.

* Knology narrows quarterly, yearly losses
Knology's fourth quarter revenue increased to $66.9 million, and yearly revenue climbed to $259 million. Both were approximately 12 percent increases. The company lost $7.7 million in the quarter, and had a loss of $39.5 million for the year, both improvements on larger losses the year before. The company added 3,146 video connections, 9,757 voice connections and 16,559 data connections. Knology said video ARPU was a bright spot, with the sale of advanced video, high definition (HD) and DVR services.

* Hundt joins Infinera board
Former FCC Chairman (1993-97) Reed Hundt has accepted a position on the board of Infinera. Hundt is a principal of Charles Ross Partners, a private investor and business advisory service, and an independent advisor to both McKinsey and Company and the Blackstone Group.

He also serves as a director of Intel, and is the author of two books. His most recent book, In China's Shadow, was published last October by the Yale University Press.

* CBS signs retrans deals with 9 MSOs
CBS Corp. said it has reached comprehensive retransmission consent agreements with nine separate cable operators, including several Top 25 MSOs, covering more than one million subscribers nationally. All of the agreements include analog, digital, multicast and high-definition rights to programming on CBS owned-and-operated television stations. The identities of the operators are a secret, and terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

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