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News summary for 5/30/07

Wed, 05/30/2007 - 8:45am

Concurrent markets targeted advertising portfolio
By Traci Patterson, CED

Concurrent will retain IPinvestments Group, an intellectual property business advisory firm, for the launch of a value extraction program for the company’s targeted advertising technologies.

The technologies relate to the matching, bundling and delivery of stored data with stored ads based on user requests. The portfolio - consisting of three U.S. patents, three Canadian patents, and both U.S. and foreign patent applications - has 106 claims, 24 of which are independent, the company said.

Concurrent is searching for a company to acquire the portfolio and license it back to the on-demand specialist, and Concurrent said it expects to accomplish this through an auction process.

Canadian op Eastlink chooses Incognito’s system
By Traci Patterson, CED

EastLink, Canada’s fifth-largest cable provider, has selected a device-provisioning system from Incognito Software for its deployment of Internet and telephony services.

Incognito’s Broadband Command Center solution activates customer premises equipment required for telephony services. In the future, the system will also be used to provision cable modems for Internet services, the company said.

Incognito provides subscriber edge provisioning and network resource management systems.

Cox, TWC expand bandwidth with OpVista
By Traci Patterson, CED

Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable are using OpVista’s nWave networks—which can boost existing single 2.5 Gbps wavelength capacity to 10 Gbps, can boost overall network capacity from 40 Gbps to 800 Gbps and can increase 10G networks to at least 4.0 Tbps, the company said.

The nWave product suite is the same as the recently-launched “AnyWave” optical networking product family. The company renamed it “nWave” due to a similarly-named product - Vanu Inc.’s “Anywave” multi-standard cellular base station.

Bresnan sticks with EGT in Billings
By Brian Santo, CED

Bresnan Communications is using EGT’s Encore and Quartet systems for MPEG-2 encoding and digital program insertion (DPI) applications in the Billings, Mont. master headend and surrounding sites for the operator’s recently-launched digital simulcast video network.

The Billings system is follow-on business for the two. Bresnan has been using EGT systems in its Montana and Wyoming sites of Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, Casper and Cheyenne.

Bresnan has installed a fully redundant, variable bit-rate headend with full ad-insertion capabilities using EGT's Encore video processor and Orchestra Redundancy Control System in the Billings system.

EGT is providing Bresnan with project management and system integration support for the Billings installation, including the installation of equipment, vendor coordination and acceptance testing.

Verdict says Qualcomm infringed Broadcom patents
By Brian Santo, CED

A federal jury found that Qualcomm is infringing several of Broadcom’s patents. Broadcom was awarded $19.64 million in damages. They found Qualcomm's infringement was willful, which allows the court to increase the damages up to three times the amount awarded by the jury.

The jury found that Qualcomm’s cellular baseband chips and software infringe three Broadcom patents. One applies to EV-DO chips. Broadcom plans to ask the court to issue a permanent injunction barring Qualcomm from further infringement of the three patents.

Qualcomm pointed out that none of the three patents involved (U.S. Patents Nos. 6,847,686; 6,389,010; and 5,657,317) speaks directly to cellular phone technology. It furthermore believes them invalid. It vowed to appeal.

Broadband Briefs for 5/30/07

* MoCA names new prez
The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) has named 30-year cable vet Charles Cerino as its president. Cerino, currently VP of new media development at Comcast Corp., has been VP of MoCA since the organization's inception more than three years ago.

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