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Broadband Briefs for 8/20/07

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 8:00am
CED staff

* AT&T launches U-Verse in Sacramento
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AT&T has announced the launch of U-Verse, the FTTN-based IP TV and broadband service, in parts of Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto in California. The service provides 320 channels with 26 high definition channels, DVR functionality with mobile remote access and broadband up to 6.0 Mbps (downstream).

This builds on the Californian footprint for the service which includes San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura County, San Jose and the Bay area. U-Verse deployment was beset by problems with the IP TV system design, and has been slower off the mark than the FTTH FiOS service from Verizon, which has higher broadband speeds from the all-fibre connection and uses the tried and tested QAM architecture for cable TV.

AT&T is quick to point out the advanced features of the IP TV service such as picture-in-picture, remote DVR access and multiple recording streams, while a key selling point for FiOS is super fast broadband at up to 50 Mbps.

* Motorola wraps up purchase of Leapstone Systems
By Mike Robuck

Motorola announced today that it has completed its acquisition of privately-held Leapstone Systems. The deal was first announced on July 10, but the terms of the transaction haven’t been disclosed.

Leapstone, which is now part of Motorola’s Home & Network Mobility business unit, provides a unified platform for creating, managing and delivering converged video, voice and data service bundles across multiple networks and devices. Leapstone’s flagship Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) product suite is a real-time service delivery platform that enables fixed and mobile network operators to expand and evolve their service offerings through its software products.

* WildBlue adds new VP of sales, marketing
By Traci Patterson

WildBlue Communications Inc. has appointed Ed Knudson to VP of sales and marketing. Knudson joins WildBlue from OpenTV, where he was SVP of the company’s advanced advertising unit.

Prior to OpenTV, Knudson served as EVP and co-founder of Intellocity. He was also co-founder and VP of MindWorks Corp., and he has held executive positions with AT&T Broadband and TV Guide Networks.

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