Broadband Briefs for 01/29/09
• Verizon adds channels to 3 FiOS lineups
By Traci Patterson
Verizon has added new channels to its FiOS TV lineups in Seattle, western New York State and Portland, Ore.
In Seattle, the telco had added 16 new channels. FiOS TV customers in that area now have access to 107 high-definition (HD) channels and more than 1,200 HD video-on-demand (VOD) titles, which are offered each month.
In Portland, Verizon has added 12 channels to its FiOS TV lineup, giving subscribers there a total of 105 HD channels and more than 1,200 HD VOD titles. And in western New York, 14 new channels have been added, and 103 HD channels are now available, including more than 1,200 HD VOD titles.
• BigBand Networks settles class action lawsuit
By Mike Robuck
BigBand Networks said it has settled a securities class action lawsuit that was related to the company’s public stock offering in March 2007.
As part of the settlement, BigBand agreed to pay $1.5 million and take a charge of an additional $1.5 million for litigation related to the expenses of the lawsuit.
The settlement is conditional and will still need the approval of the court.
• Exfo launches hssFlex emulator for IMS networks
By Traci Patterson
Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has released hssFlex, a fully integrated Home Subscriber Server (HSS) emulator for Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks.
When combined with Exfo’s IMS subscriber emulator, the hssFlex can wrap around an IMS network to provide end-to-end testing, or it can characterize single network elements, such as application servers or call session controllers.
Key test features include the ability to simulate real-world interactions – such as subscribers updating their services, subscriber services being terminated due to non-payment of bills, and characterization of the impact of denial of service (DOS) attacks on the IMS network, the company said.