Broadband Briefs for 5/03/07
* Broadcom to buy MoCA chip designer
Broadcom said it will acquire Octalica Inc. Broadcom will pay $31 million for the privately-held fabless semiconductor company, which specializes in the design and development of networking technologies based on the MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) standard. MoCA is gaining popularity as a method for in-home multimedia distribution not only with cable operators, but also with satellite providers and telcos.
* CenturyTel adds record Internet subs
CenturyTel’s high-speed Internet customers increased a record 43,900 in Q1 2007, and the company ended the quarter with nearly 413,000. Access lines declined from 2.2 million to 2.1 million year-on-year.
The company’s net income, excluding nonrecurring items, rose 7.8 percent to $77.9 million from the year-ago quarter. Long-term debt, $2.4 million last quarter, increased to $2.9 million.
* DU business school adds new cable program chair
The Cable Center said that the University of Denver's (DU) Daniels College of Business has named Charles Patti as the James M. Cox Chair for the Customer Experience Management Program.
The program, developed jointly by The Cable Center and the business school, provides graduate-level curriculum for managing the total customer experience. Patti joined DU in 2006 as a professor of marketing and the director of the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program.
* Vyyo bumps its hub to improve T-1 on HFC
Vyyo announced a new version of its XMTS broadband hub, which it said will expand the ability of cable operators to deliver T-1 services via HFC plant. XMTS-TE features fully-integrated support for IP-based transport and eliminates the need for operators to deploy TDM/SONET backbones for business services. Wayne Davis, CEO of Vyyo, said, “The XMTS-TE enables us for the first time to give operators the tools they need to sell low-jitter, low-latency T-1 services across their HFC footprint.”
* NBC Universal taps Snell & Wilcox for converters
Snell & Wilcox said it has received an order to supply NBC Universal with motion-compensated frame-rate standards converters for use during NBC's coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games. Included in the deal are the new Snell & Wilcox high-definition Alchemist Ph.C – HD frame-rate standards converters.
NBC-U will originate Olympics coverage in the 1080i/50 broadcast standard for HDTV and the 625/50 (PAL) standard for SDTV. Before NBC can transmit this content to viewers in the U.S., it must first be converted to the 1080i/60 broadcast standard for HDTV and/or the 525/60 (NTSC) standard for SDTV. As a result, NBC will convert virtually every SD and HD feed from the 2008 Olympics through the Snell & Wilcox frame-rate converters prior to delivery to viewers in the U.S.