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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Time Warner picks up Pace for Indy VOD launch

October 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable maintained its aggressive stance on video-on-demand by launching the service to digital customers in Indianapolis last week. Pace Micro Technology added that the MSO is "rapidly" deploying the vendor's 500-model digital boxes in the market to advanced analog customers who opt for the digital tier but aren't taking other set-top-enabled digital applications such as high-definit...

DragonWave breathes fire into bridge network

October 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Wireless broadband network supplier DragonWave Inc. has inked a deal to link communications between three bridges that link New York and Ontario. Although financial terms were not disclosed, DragonWave will work with integrated network services provider Transwave Communications Systems Inc. to support voice and data communications between the three bridges the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission op...

Cable nets try free VOD with In Demand

October 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by John Dempsey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…10/28/2002 From LexisNexis Comedy Central and BBC America have agreed to offer some of their programming for free in the VOD platform to cable subscribers hooked up to digital boxes. The two networks engineered the precedent-setting deal with inDemand — the dominant distributor of pay-per-view programming in the U.

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Riverstone, Tellabs settle suit

October 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush, Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Riverstone Networks Inc. and Tellabs Inc. have settled their legal spats that have been pending for more than a year. In Aug. 2001, Tellabs filed a $10 million suit charging Riverstone with breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets and deceptive trade practices. In response to the suit, Riverstone filed a breach of contract suit against Tellabs, after Tellabs ended their alli...

Financial news roundup: JDS, Arris, Insight

October 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As the earnings parade continues to march on, results from JDS Uniphase Corp., Arris and Insight Communications Company offer a mixed bag. Despite posting a narrower first quarter loss, JDS Uniphase shares fell nearly 10 percent in midday trading as the network gear maker recorded its seventh consecutive quarterly dip in revenue.

Court approves Knology reorganization plan

October 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Knology Broadband Inc. saw its first glimpse at the light at the end of its bankruptcy tunnel, as a bankruptcy judge approved the company's reorganization plan. The overbuilder filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors on Sept. 18 under a prepackaged plan. The reorganization calls for Knology to swap $444.

iVAST realigns

October 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

MPEG-4 software provider iVAST has let go 10 staffers in an attempt to better align its staff with market demand. "We didn't have a layoff," said Karen Willem, iVAST's senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. "We did let go about 10 people, but plan to hire about 10 more in different areas," she said.

Alcatel signs DSL pact

October 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

French telecom gear maker Alcatel has inked a multimillion deal to supply 180,000 DSL lines in China. Zhejiang Telecom has selected Alcatel's Chinese subsidiary Alcatel Shanghai Bell. In May, Zhejiang Telecom tapped Alcatel for 80,000 lines. Alcatel's lines will cover the cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo and Wenzhou.

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Velocitus Broadband offers Stockton, Calif., business clients wireless option

October 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reed Fujii | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Record The Record…10/25/2002 From LexisNexis Velocitus Broadband, a data communications provider and subsidiary of an Idaho utility, now offers business and institutional users in Stockton, Calif. the choice of fixed wireless and traditional wired connections.

Charter's quarterly profits are lower than expected

October 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Patrick J. Powers | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Belleville News-Democrat Belleville News-Democrat…10/25/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications ' third-quarter profits are more than 4 percent behind where they were predicted in August to be at this time, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

Strong growth in China's broadband market predicted

October 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…10/24/2002 From LexisNexis China's broadband Internet audience will grow by nearly 500 percent during 2002, according to research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics. In a new research report, Strategy Analytics predicts that 2.9m Chinese households will subscribe to broadband Internet services by the end of 2002 and by 2008, some ...

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SBC: DSL numbers up, revenue down

October 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SBC Communications Inc.'s third quarter results offer a mixed bag. On the one hand, the company beefed up its DSL subscriber numbers, but on the other SBC suffered a 5 percent year-over-year drop in revenue. According to the service provider, it has become the first company to have 2 million DSL lines in service.

HomePlug takes standard to the next level

October 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an industry group working to specify home networking gear that operates over traditional residential electrical wiring, is gearing up for the next version of its technical specification. The new standard, dubbed HomePlug AV, will be designed to support the distribution of data and multi-stream entertainment for both standard-definition and high-definition televi...

Toshiba entices customers with free audio book

October 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

It's a marriage between audio books and cable modems, and Toshiba America Information Systems and Audible Inc. believe it will be a match made in broadband heaven. Toshiba's Network Products Division has struck an agreement with Audible Inc., a provider of downloadable, spoken audio, to co-market their products.

ReplayTV gets a little help from UEI

October 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SONICblue Inc. was looking for a way to add some more bells and whistles to its new line of ReplayTV 5000 digital video recorders, and has turned to Universal Electronics Inc. to make it happen. The newly signed agreement calls for UEI to provide a custom-designed wireless controller and embedded connectivity software that will enable a direct link from the DVR to cable and satellite set-tops.

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