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Broadband Briefs for 5/12/08

Mon, 05/12/2008 - 8:00am

• Knology adds 28,815 net connections
By Brian Santo

Knology added 28,815 net connections during the period, ending the quarter with 671,473 total revenue generating units, including 98,689 business connections. The subscriber numbers include customers picked up with the acquisition of Alabama cable operator Graceba.

That broke down as 11,162 data connections, 11,246 voice connections and 6,407 video connections during the quarter. Average monthly revenue per connection was $50.36 compared to $49.16 for the first quarter of 2007. Average monthly connection churn was 2.4%, compared to churn of 2.5% for the same period one year ago and 2.5% in the previous quarter.

Knology reported first quarter revenue increased to $101.3 million, a 47 percent increase compared to the same period one year ago. The company had a net loss of $3.2 million in the quarter, compared with a net loss of $6 million in the previous quarter and $6.7 million, in Q1 ’07.

• ST to port OpenTV to its MPEG-4 set-top chips
By Brian Santo

STMicroelectronics (ST) has joined OpenTV’s Rapid Porting Program. The program is designed to get OpenTV middleware running on a wide range of chipsets and set-top boxes, in conjunction with conditional access systems.

ST is one of the last of the major STB chip suppliers to join the program. Broadcom, Conexant, NEC and NXP are already members.

As part of the Rapid Porting Program, ST will be able to create OpenTV Core2-certified drivers for its STi520x and STi710x chipsets, which will enable manufacturers to expedite their development and porting efforts and bring set-top boxes to market faster.

OpenTV said the drivers will be initially targeted at the MPEG4 Zapper set-top box market. The Zapper is built by Sagem.

• RCN to test home security system
By Brian Santo

RCN will launch a six-month trial of InGrid’s Home Security services to customers in the Chicago and Philadelphia areas.

The InGrid Home Security uses a broadband connection to remain in constant communication with InGrid’s servers and professional monitoring center for emergency dispatch.

Customers can control their home’s system remotely and receive emergency and non-emergency notifications on any Internet-connected device, including cell phones.

“We’re excited about the potential of InGrid with our residential customers. It’s the first professionally monitored security system that can be easily self-installed in minutes by consumers,” said RCN president and CEO Peter Aquino.

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