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Broadband Briefs for 7/23/08

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 8:00am

Verizon Wireless chalks up 1.5M new customers in Q2
By Mike Robuck

Verizon Wireless, which is jointly owned by Verizon and Vodafone, said it has 1.5 million new customers in the second quarter.

At the end of the quarter, the company said it had 68.7 million customers, including 66.7 million retail customers.

More details about Verizon Wireless’ second-quarter financial and operational results will be released on Monday.

Research and Markets releases 2nd-edition mobile TV report
By Traci Patterson

The mobile TV market is beginning to take shape, and the latest trends of the market are now available in Research and Markets’ new “Mobile TV: Analysis & Forecasts (Second Edition)” report.

“Much of the dust within the mobile TV world is now settling,” said John Barrett, director of research for Research and Markets. “The key technologies, markets and players are all becoming apparent. What remains to be seen is whether consumers will watch.”

More information about the report – which analyzes the latest trends and how they will impact development of the mobile TV market, as well as provides the latest consumer data on the subject, updated forecasts and the most current information about key players in the market – is available here.

Exfo releases test modules for FC network deployments
By Traci Patterson

Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering has launched the FTB-8525 and FTB-8535 Packet Blazer modules, which provide testing capabilities for Fiber Channel (FC) network deployments and support an optional test suite for complete performance validation of Ethernet services.

The modules reside in the FTB-200 Compact platform and offer fully integrated datacom testing in the industry’s smallest form factor, providing 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps and 10 Gbps full-line-rate FC traffic generation and analysis, the company said.

Key performance tests include bit-error rate (BER) testing, round-trip latency measurement and buffer-to-buffer credit estimation. The modules also combine Ethernet service performance validation through RFC2544 and BER testing, and LAN/WAN Ethernet testing capabilities from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, according to Exfo. The modules are compatible with the FTB-400 Universal Test System and can be combined with other optical, transport or datacom modules.

Aspen Optics launches configuration tool
By Traci Patterson

Aspen Optics has launched a configuration tool – known as the Aspen Optical Ethernet Configurator – for system integrators (SI) and internet service providers (ISPs) to generate solutions for fiber network connections.

The tool can give instant recommendations on how to connect fiber networks, ensuring network quality and cost-effectiveness since the best options for connection are being generated automatically, the company said.

The Aspen Optical Ethernet Configurator is available now and is open to public usage. Users choose the switch models they wish to connect and the distance between, and the configuration engine recommends the best options to connect based on customer input. For every situation, the tool will consider the specifications of that piece of hardware, compatibility, interoperability, transmission mode and the distance to be connected, Aspen Optics said.

More Broadband Direct:

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• Verizon bulks up in-home routers for FiOS service

• Cisco plunks down $120M to buy Pure Networks

• Amazon, TiVo team on interactive TV shopping

• Goldman Sachs leads funding round for Verimatrix

• Convergys abides during challenging Q2

• Broadcom ups net revenue, income in Q2

• Yahoo limps along through Q2

• Broadband Briefs for 7/23/08

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