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News summary for 5/16/07

Wed, 05/16/2007 - 7:37am

Motorola adds to wireless portfolio
By Traci Patterson, CED

Motorola Inc. is expanding its MOTOwi4 solutions to include wireless and networking coverage indoors.

The MOTOwi4 portfolio of solutions allows for the delivery and management of wireless broadband connectivity virtually everywhere and all the time, and across all of the necessary IP access technologies, the company said.

The wi4 indoor portfolio, including enterprise WLAN and broadband over powerline (BPL) solutions, add to the existing portfolio—comprising wi4 WiMAX, wi4 fixed and wi4 mesh.

AOL acquires online ad management platform
By Traci Patterson, CED

AOL has acquired a controlling interest in Adtech AG, a German digital marketing solutions company.

AOL acquires Adtech’s ad-serving platform, which includes ad management and delivery apps, enabling Web site publishers to manage, traffic and report on their online ad campaigns.

AOL acquired Relegence Corp. in November, Userplane in August and Lightningcast Inc. in May 2006.

Adtech will remain headquartered in Frankfurt and will operate as an independent and majority-controlled subsidiary of AOL's advertising.com division, the company said. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

German operator does IPTV with GoBack TV’s CMTS bypass
By Brian Santo, CED

BKG-Neuruppin has deployed unicast and multicast IPTV services over its cable system in Brandenburg, Germany, using the GoBackTV CMTS bypass technology.

GoBack TV’s GigaQAM IP, in combination with up to eight GoBackTV GigaQAM 3000 edgeQAMs, delivers IPTV streams directly through DOCSIS cable modems, bypassing the CMTS core processor entirely. Since the GigaQAM IP's core processor can still support and control the same number of modems as an ordinary CMTS, the operator gets to leverage the cost of a CMTS core processor and upstream channels across multiple QAMs-worth of bandwidth – up to 192 QAM channels.

The GigaQAM 3000 edgeQAM encapsulates the IPTV traffic and can propagate timing and control information from the GigaQAM IP on any of its channels. This enables the core-bypass technique to work with existing DOCSIS 1.1 and 2.0 cable modems, as well as the upcoming DOCSIS 3.0 wideband cable modems.

BKG-Neuruppin is using off-the-shelf IP set-top boxes connected to standard EuroDOCSIS 1.1 cable modems.

The GigaQAM 3000 also supports QAM sharing, in which any individual QAM channel can carry both traditional MPEG-2 content and DOCSIS payload. In addition, the GigaQAM 3000 can function as a broadcast, switched broadcast, or narrowcast edgeQAM, with versatile MPEG-2 remultiplexing, including support for both variable bit rate (VBR) and constant bit rate (CBR) transport streams, in both high-definition and standard-definition video rates.

CacheLogic improves online service 
By Traci Patterson, CED

Cambridge-based CacheLogic, a provider of online content delivery solutions, has enhanced its service offering by reducing online distribution costs and improving the viewing experience.

The distribution of DVD-sized movies, games and software packages is now scalable, with overall costs reduced by as much as 50 percent. Content owners can assign different service levels to specific digital assets, the company said.

“The studio can select top-priority, maximum-speed downloads for a new, highly-anticipated film in a particular geography, while selecting a lower-cost service for older or niche content with a smaller audience,” said Andrew Parker, CTO at CacheLogic. “Customers using any other content delivery provider have to pay the same cost per gigabyte regardless of the asset’s value.”

Broadband Briefs for 5/16/07 

* Endace intros 40 Gbps network probe
Endace announced its NinjaProbe 40G1, a monitoring platform to support next-generation network links using transmission rates up to 40 Gigabits per second. The NinjaProbe 40G1 passively captures all traffic at 40 Gbps with the ability to distribute all or selected portions of the data flows, among multiple 10 Gigabit NinjaProbe appliances. The Endace equipment enables carriers to analyze, store, and forward network data to other applications and equipment – including legacy equipment that would otherwise be unable to examine 40 Gigabit traffic.

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