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Broadband Briefs for 2/05/08

Tue, 02/05/2008 - 7:55am
CED staff

* AT&T OK’d to buy 700 MHz license
By Brian Santo

The FCC has approved AT&T’s purchase of wireless spectrum licenses from Aloha Partners for $2.5 billion. The licenses held by Aloha cover a potential 196 million customers in 281 markets, including 72 of the Top 100 U.S. markets in the 700 MHz frequency band.

The spectrum is complementary to the 700 MHz spectrum currently being auctioned off by the FCC. Aloha obtained its license in a previous FCC auction.

Through the 32nd round in the current auction, the FCC has received bids with a total value of $18.8 billion, well above the minimum $10 billion expected before bidding began.

* Broadcom bows new mobile TV chip
By Mike Robuck

Chipmaker Broadcom Corp. has announced what it claims are the world's first 65 nanometer (nm) digital TV single-chip receivers that support the Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial (DVB-T) and Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H) standards.

The system-on-a-chip (SoC) receivers accommodate the power and size constraints of cellular handsets and other portable devices that offer mobile TV applications.

"By marrying best-in-class mobile TV tuner technology from the Athena Semiconductor acquisition and our core demodulator IP together with leading-edge process technology, Broadcom has delivered a compelling solution to our customers," said Dino Bekis, director of new business initiatives for Broadcom's Wireless Connectivity Group. "These new mobile TV receivers, coupled with Broadcom's handset capabilities and evolving user applications, enable a whole new class of products that will drive significant revenue growth."

* AOL buys another ad-related company: buy.at
By Traci Patterson

AOL has acquired buy.at, an independent affiliate network that provides a platform for performance-based e-commerce marketing programs to advertisers and publishers, the company said. buy.at will operate as a wholly-owned business unit of Advertising.com, part of AOL’s Platform-A – a digital display ad platform that reaches more than 91 percent of the online audience.

In 2007, AOL acquired four ad-related companies: Quigo, a site- and content-targeted online ad company; Third Screen Media, a mobile ad player; Adtech, an ad-serving platform; and Tacoda, which runs a behavioral targeting ad network. And AOL recently acquired Goowy Media, a widget development and analytics tools company based in San Diego.

Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo on Friday (story here) has reopened discussions about AOL's plan to revamp itself as an online ad company and about whether AOL might be a target for acquisition, as well.

* AT&T adds interactive features to U-verse TV in San Diego
By Traci Patterson

AT&T has launched new interactive features in its San Diego market. The features, available to customers at no extra charge, include AT&T U-bar, which brings customizable weather, stock, sports and traffic information to the TV; Yellowpages.com TV, which allows U-verse TV customers to search for local businesses and other information via the TV; and AT&T Yahoo Games, which users can play on the TV.

* Ericsson IMS systems interoperable with Camiant
By Brian Santo

Ericsson has completed interoperability testing of its IMS systems with Camiant’s policy control platform.

The tests provide greater assurance for large cable operators and wireless providers that the combination will perform reliably when used to provide converged data, speech and network technology services over an IP-based infrastructure.

* Executive shuffle occurs at Vonage
By Brian Santo

Vonage appointed Mike Sears to SVP of global service delivery operations, where he will be responsible for all customer contacts. Sears had been VP of customer service for DHL Express.

The company also announced that EVP and chief legal officer (CLO) Sharon O'Leary will be departing the company at the end of the first quarter.

More Broadband Direct:

• Comcast adds more choices, quicker availability to VOD platform 

• Vyyo focusing on upping bandwidth for cable networks 

• OpenTV’s EclipsePlus ad platform ready for beta testing 

• NDS integrates with Quantum for secure mobile viewing 

• Nominations being sought for Expo, Women in Technology awards 

• U.S. Internet TV viewers on the rise

• Broadband Briefs for 2/05/08

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