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Broadband Briefs for 07/22/09

Wed, 07/22/2009 - 8:00am

• R&D Magazine names winners of R&D 100 Awards
By CED staff

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the winners of the 47th Annual R&D 100 Awards, which will be formally presented at an awards banquet in Orlando on Nov. 12. These awards salute the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. A full list of this year’s winners is available here.

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Many of these have become household names, helping shape everyday life for many Americans. These include the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the printer (1986), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), the Nicoderm antismoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996) and HDTV (1998).

Widely recognized names such as Ford, Dow Chemical, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Agilent, Hitachi, Battelle and Intel all won R&D 100 Awards this year.

RCN names Nungester VP, GM of RCN Pa.
By CED staff

RCN Corp. has named Randy Nungester as vice president and general manager of RCN Pennsylvania.

Nungester will be responsible for the overall growth and direction of the Pennsylvania market and will oversee all aspects of business operations.

Most recently, Nungester was the president and COO at Columbus Sports Network. Prior to that, he held the position of senior vice president and general manager for the Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, WideOpenWest markets. Before that, he held executive roles at Cablevision Systems, Staples Communications, Cablevision Industries and TCI/TAFT Cable Partners.

Tata Communications does 10 GigE
By CED staff

Tata Communications has launched a new 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) service to help service providers meet growing market demands for high-speed, secure and cost-effective bandwidth.

"Tata Communications' 10 GigE service is a cost-effective alternative for customers who need large bandwidths on a truly global scale. Our availability in 25 cities worldwide is unmatched in the industry," said John Hoffman, head of Ethernet services for Tata Communications. "This service gives customers the flexibility of using LAN Phy or WAN Phy interfaces. Most customers desire LAN Phy interfaces to further reduce costs, but not all providers can offer these LAN Phy interfaces to their customers."

The 10 GigE service integrates with Tata Communications' global network infrastructure, including regional cable systems such as TGN-Atlantic, TGN-Northern Europe, TGN-Western Europe, TGN- Pacific and TGN-TIC; new investments like the TGN-Intra Asia Cable, a 6,700 km multi-terabit cable system that connects Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan; and the TGN-Eurasia Cable, providing express connectivity between India and Europe. Combining all of these Tata-owned cables, Tata Communications can provide 10 GigE services literally around the world.

Pulse Broadband completes private funding round
By CED staff

Pulse Broadband has completed an initial private placement capital round. The deal was led by West Park Investors, with additional funding by Broadband Venture Partners.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

St. Louis-based Pulse Broadband constructs and operates next-generation fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. Pulse’s proprietary FTTH architecture is a full last-mile fiber solution. 

"With almost unlimited bandwidth, fiber is the most powerful enabling technology for today’s and tomorrow’s advanced broadband services,” said Pulse Broadband President and CEO Bill Shreffler. “Passive fiber networks are well-suited to rural settings, and our proprietary architecture enables Pulse to design a full fiber-to-the-home network that is significantly less costly to construct and maintain than traditional fiber designs, making it financially viable for rural customers.”

More Broadband Direct 07/22/09:
•  Comcast throttles up DOCSIS 3.0 in Philly; nearly 50% of total footprint D3
•  FCC nominees get OK; FCC may revisit fee schedule
•  Cablevision's free Wi-Fi service reaches Rockland, Orange counties in N.Y.
•  Failure to find buyer preceded Charter bankruptcy
•  IBM to OEM Juniper gear for data centers
•  R.L. Drake's digital upgrade platform deployed by service providers
•  Nortel creditor trumps NSN's $650M bid
•  New e-book reader to use AT&T network
•  Report: IPTV subs to total almost 40M homes in 2009
•  Apple's Q3 beats forecasts despite recession
•  Yahoo to spend more after cost cuts lift Q2 profit
•  Broadband Briefs for 07/22/09

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