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

Liberty to invest $7.2 billion in Germany thru 2010

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Still claiming it is making no concessions to Germany's cartel office, Liberty Media Corp. said it would invest $7.2 billion in Germany through 2010, Bloomberg reports. The cartel had sent Liberty a formal statement of objections to the company's proposed $4.76 billion purchase of six regional cable TV stations from Deutsche Telekom.

Fiber optic equipment maker to buy rival for $1.2 B

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…02/19/2002 From Lexis-Nexis Ciena Corp. said yesterday it will acquire a California competitor for $1.2 billion in stock and debt, a transaction that combines two companies struggling to make sales in a sluggish telecommunications-equipment market.

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FCC copyright role sought

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Television Digest…02/18/2002 From Lexis-Nexis Hollywood's major movie studios are pressing the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for government intervention to help establish common technological standards for copyright protection on digital devices. The studios also told FCC Chair Michael Powell that collaborating with broadcasters on the issue...

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Moxi Digital reportedly facing trouble, cash low for server rollout

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News All Rights Reserved San Jose Mercury News…02/16/2002 From Lexis-Nexis Moxi Digital, the high-profile Palo Alto start-up that recently unveiled a "home media server" to rave reviews, is burning through cash at a robust rate and is seeking a white knight, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

FCC's 'tentative conclusion' spawns cable industry scramble

February 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…02/19/2002 From Lexis-Nexis FCC's tentative conclusion that DSL and other phone-based Internet services should be reclassified as information services (CD Feb 15 p1) is likely to have broad impact on cable industry, which is the nation's leading provider of high-speed Internet access.

Broadband Wireless: Looking for connectivity 'hot spots'

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty | Comments

ANAHEIM— Claiming that WiFi, the industry standard wireless LAN technology, "has reached escape velocity," Sky Dayton, founder and chairman of EarthLink and founder and CEO of Boingo Wireless, told attendees at the 2002 Broadband Wireless World Forum Thursday during a keynote address that now was the time for service providers to sign up businesses, airports, buildings and other places wh...

Comcast restores partial e-mail outage

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A Comcast Cable Communications spokesperson said Friday that the MSO had repaired a partial e-mail outage that affected about 350,000 cable modem subscribers who were migrated to the MSO's new high-speed network and were given Comcast e-mail accounts. The outage, traced back to a Comcast-controlled inbound e-mail distribution server, first surfaced Wednesday, and kept some customers from receiv...

Tioga buy gives STM a DSL boost

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Chipmaker STMicroelectronics has acquired the intellectual property and DSL chipset product portfolio of Tioga Technologies for $10 million. The transaction calls for ST to take ownership of Tioga's soon-to-be-introduced xDSL products. ST also has an option to purchase all outstanding shares or assets of Tioga by next January 15 for an additional $12 million, which could be adjusted in the futu...

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Motorola forms Digital Media Group

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Broadband Communications Sector has created a new Digital Media Group to focus on the company's digital consumer gateway and digital system efforts. Motorola's DMG unit is comprised of the company's former Entertainment Group, including its DigiCable, Satellite Broadcast Network Systems and Worldwide Interactive Networks divisions.

Holtzman awarded testing patent

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Holtzman Inc., a manufacturer of test equipment for maintaining the cable upstream plant, has been issued a patent for measuring frequency response and dynamic range on a cable network. The new technology allows cable plant frequency response to be measured as complex numbers, with both magnitude and group delay information, whereas conventional sweep equipment only obtains the magnitude portio...

Study: DSL equipment market declined 3 percent

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The market for DSL customer premises equipment in 4Q 2001 dropped 3 percent to $458.7 million versus the previous period, said the Dell'Oro Group, in a recent study. The figure is tied to sales of DSL modems, data-only routers and voice-and-data routers. "Unit shipments were actually up sequentially," said Dell'Oro Group Industry Analyst Paul Baranello.

Philips grabs majority share of Ishoni

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Royal Philips Electronics gave silicon manufacturer Ishoni Networks a $25 million shot in the arm in exchange for 51 percent majority interest in Santa Clara, Calif.-based Ishoni. The Philips investment includes agreements for joint product development, joint sales and marketing activities, and manufacturing.

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EarthLink offers DSL subs a home networking deal

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an effort to spur the home networking world, EarthLink today is kicking off a new DSL-based home networking service that makes the basic gateway hardware free of charge to consumers. Available through March 31, the $149.95 discount deal makes the up-front cost of the wired version of EarthLink Home Networking free, and cuts the up-front cost of the wireless version in half, to just $150.

Broadband Wireless World speakers foresee economic recovery

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mike Lafferty | Comments

ANAHEIM — Wednesday's Broadband Wireless World Forum keynoters kicked in with their predictions about the economic recovery, telling attendees to hang in there because there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Dan Hesse, CEO of free space optics equipment manufacturer Terabeam Inc., rhetorically asked the audience if 2002 could be any worse than 2001, noting that the number of viable CLEC...

Canadian cable MSOs go after dial-up Internet market

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Canadian cable operators Rogers Cable and Shaw Communications are broadening their high-speed Internet product portfolios by offering a new, slower speed service aimed specifically at dial-up Internet users. The two companies plan to offer a new "Lite" version of their services, which will still be faster than a dial-up connection, is "always on" and doesn't interfere with or tie up telephone l...

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