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Vendors make initial run at DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome 1.0

November 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The launch of certification wave 24 at CableLabs shaped up to be a bellwether of sorts, as several vendors stepped forward to become the first to submit products for official testing on DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome 1.0 and PacketCable 1.0. On the DOCSIS 2.0 front, Motorola Broadband, Scientific-Atlanta, Terayon Communication Systems, Texas Instruments and Xrosstech all submitted cable modems or refere...

DVI: An acronym to be reckoned with in 2003

November 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Digital Visual Interface (DVI), a specification that delivers uncompressed digital data, is quickly spreading beyond its PC confines to touch other consumer electronics gadgets such as set-top boxes an DVD players and DVD recorders, reports In-Stat/MDR in a new study. In-Stat/MDR, a sister company to CED, said DVI, introduced in 1999, and its successor, High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDM...

Gartner: Ethernet switching shipments up, router market down

November 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

New numbers from Gartner Dataquest show that while service providers weren't buying the number of routers that they were just a quarter ago, shipments of Ethernet switching gear to the enterprise market were up compared to a year earlier. Gartner pegs revenue for the worldwide service provider router (SPR) market at $445 million for the third quarter of 2002, a full 10 percent decline from the ...


SeaChange reports higher VOD revenue

November 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Coupled with the shipment of 67,000 video-on-demand streams, SeaChange International Inc. said it recorded $15.3 million in VOD system revenues during its third fiscal quarter, up 50 percent from $25.2 million in the year-ago period. The company posted aggregate revenue of $33.9 million, up 34 percent, versus $25.

Appeals court to hear plea to reverse Comcast merger

November 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Philadelphia Inquirer…11/27/2002 Lexis Nexis A federal appeals court's decision has encouraged consumer groups who contend an August deal between Comcast Corp. and AOL Time Warner Inc. will limit consumers' choices of Internet providers and content.

Arris bows DOCSIS 2.0-based modem line

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris has become the latest vendor to jump on the DOCSIS 2.0 train with the introduction of a new line of data, IP telephony and home networking products. Arris' Touchstone Cable Modem 400 (CM 400) series is based on the same design as the CM 300 series, but adds support for synchronous-code division multiple access (S-CDMA), an advanced physical layer scheme required by DOCSIS 2.

Motorola, SeaChange team on bandwidth management system

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Broadband and SeaChange International are co-developing a management system that will enable operators to manage digital headend bandwidth and complex interactive services. The system, dubbed the Global System Resource Manager (GSRM), will be based on software that will centralize the management function and allow equipment vendors and service providers to share bandwidth on a "single ...

Comprehensive MPEG-4 license now available

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The group that serves as a one-stop clearinghouse for licensing patents associated with the advanced MPEG-4 video delivery technology announced that it has made available a single license that covers intellectual property from more than 20 companies. The MPEG LA licensing group announced the availability of the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License, which will allow holders of the license acce...


Ceon announces IPS adapters, VoIP package

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

In advance of next week's Broadband Plus/The New Western Show, service fulfillment and provisioning system provider Ceon is announcing some new products aimed at helping operators provision new services in their multi-vendor networks. The first new products Ceon is announcing is a series of adapters for the company's Integration and Provisioning Suite (IPS), which should have particular applica...

Digital set-top shipments, revenue dip in 2002

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks to reduced capital expenditures by cable operators, 2002 will mark the first time digital cable set-top shipments and revenue will drop since the boxes were first introduced in 1996, In-Stat/MDR discloses in a new report. Specially, In-Stat (a sister company to CED) forecasts that worldwide digital set-top unit shipments will drop 30 percent this year to just north of 10.

Conexant, Jungo offer CableHome-based powerline networking design

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

With the CableHome specification for home networking gear ramping up at CableLabs, the prospects for a flood of new compliant gear are heating up as well. Chipmaker Conexant and residential gateway software provider Jungo have teamed on a CableHome-based reference design for gear connected over power lines, paving the way for future development of stand-alone gateways based on the HomePlug netw...

ANSI greenlights DOCSIS

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The American National Standards Institute has approved a first set of standards based on DOCSIS specifications, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said Monday. DOCSIS, a set of interoperability specifications for cable modems and cable modem termination systems, was originally developed by CableLabs its vendor and cable operator partners.

Broadcom lays off about 500

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Semiconductor giant Broadcom Corp. said it is laying off more than 500 employees as part of a cost reduction plan the company disclosed in October. The reductions put Broadcom's employee base at roughly 2,500. The company said its global workforce numbered 3,067, including contract and temporary personnel, as of Sept.

TWC tabs CSG for Web-based customer care

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In a period of ups and downs for CSG Systems, the billing vendor shared some good news Monday, announcing that the Time Warner Cable National Division will use CSG's Care Express platform to provide Web-based customer care and billing services to high-speed data and video customers through 2008. Under terms of the deal, TWC's National Division, which counts roughly 515,000 subscribers, will use...

McCain agenda targets broadcasters, cable

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Terry Lane, Michael Feazel | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…11/25/2002 Lexis Nexis Broadcasters and cable operators appear to have the most to fear from a tentative agenda announced by Sen. John McCain (R- Ariz.), who will become Senate Commerce Committee chair in the next term of Congress. He said the committee would "assess whether broadcasters are meeting their public interest obligati...


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