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Broadband Briefs for 10/22/08

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 8:00am

JDSU bulks up testing features on T-BERD
By Mike Robuck

JDSU today announced additional features to its T-BERD/MTS-4000 Multiple Services Test platform, including advanced test and maintenance functionality for copper-based networks and triple-play services.

New features include the ability to test higher bit-rate triple-play services of up to 30 MHz (VDSL); triple-play service testing including IPTV and VoIP measurements from DSL access interfaces or a standard Ethernet port; VDSL and ADSL testing features, using an Infineon Technologies chipset; and a licensed option for Dr. DSL diagnostic solutions from Aware Inc.

JDSU said the T-BERD/MTS-4000 also offers a full optical test solution set, combining the functionality of an OTDR, PON meter, video inspection scope, laser source/power meter and VFL into one platform, further reducing the overall amount of equipment.

Ind. towns, Bronx condo complex to receive Verizon services
By Traci Patterson

Consumers and businesses in Bourbon and Mentone, Ind., now have access to Verizon’s high-speed Internet service.

Eligible residential customers can sign up online for an annual service plan, with connection speeds of up to 768 Kbps, for $19.99 per month. Customers can also choose an annual plan, with speeds of up to 3 Mbps, for $29.99 per month.

Meanwhile, residents of Parkchester – a privately owned Bronx condominium complex in New York – will soon have access to FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services. The services will be available to all residents, who will have access to more than 100 high-definition (HD) channels on FiOS TV and broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps with FiOS Internet.

Juniper, NEC expand relationship 
By Traci Patterson

Juniper Networks and NEC Unified Solutions have announced the expansion of their relationship to provide network infrastructure and communications solutions and support in North America.

The Unified Infrastructure offerings, which support NEC’s Univerge360 approach to unifying business communications through role-based solutions, will be available through NEC’s national direct and indirect sales channels in North America.

“Our expanded relationship with Juniper Networks delivers to NEC end-user companies something they have been asking for – a converged network solution available both directly from NEC and through our authorized dealers,” said Jay Krauser, general manager of portfolio management for NEC. “Through the combination of Juniper and NEC’s solutions and expertise, customers have access to a complete, secure solution from two established global leaders.”

Satellite TV pirate sentenced to 14 months
By Traci Patterson

Dish Network announced that Glenn White, a satellite TV pirate, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegally re-broadcasting the satellite provider's programming.

In July 2006, the FBI conducted a search and seizure of White's office and cable distribution center, where he was doing business as Wagram Cable, in Wagram, N.C.

At that time, Dish Network receivers containing piracy devices were found at the office, and numerous Dish receivers, some containing piracy devices, were found installed in the cable distribution system, the satellite provider said.

More Broadband Direct:

• DOCSIS 3.0 era is now in full swing 

• Comcast consolidates Eastern unit; sheds 300 jobs 

• Bright House: Not enough time for carriage discrimination ruling 

• iPhone, U-verse lift AT&T's Q3 

• Buckeye upgrades VOD with SeaChange software, servers 

• Moto adds home management for IPTV 

• Entropic serves up 'golden nodes' for MoCA testing 

• SureWest uses bonding to boost DSL rates 

• Verizon Business standardizes 10 GigE offering 

• Just scratching the 4G surface 

• G1 is born, Android Market temporarily cost-free 

• Yahoo to dump 1,500 workers as slump deepens 

• Broadband Briefs for 10/22/08 

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