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Study: IP to upstage ISDN

August 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Move over ISDN, Ethernet will enable video services to move into the mainstream of business communications, one analysis says. The move by many users of videoconferencing equipment to convert their existing ISDN infrastructure to an IP-based infrastructure will spark revenue for IP based services in 2006, according to a new report from InStat/MDR, InStat/MDR and CED Broadband Direct are both su...

Component testing reaching 40 Gbps speeds

August 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

At one point in the evolution of fiber optic transport networks, the race seemingly was on to reach the 40 Gbps speed threshold. However today, operators have slowed that evolutionary pace, opting to build up 10G transport technologies and integrating DWDM gear to further optimize systems technologies already in place.


Concurrent hits VOD milestone

August 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. generated more than $17 million in revenue from video-on-demand deployments in the fourth quarter, tipping its VOD-enabled digital subscriber base to more than 3 million. The company's MediaHawk Broadband VOD system has been deployed in 39 North American markets by Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications Inc.


Acrowave taps Conexant

August 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Acrowave Systems Co. has integrated Conexant Systems Inc.'s AccessRunner ADSL system with its ADSL-wireless access points/routers. The integrated AAP-3100AR router will be used as wireless access points as part of Korea Telecom's broadband wireless ADSL-802.11b service. To date, Korea leads the world in ADSL installations, according to industry research.

BWA forms new working committees

August 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The broadband wireless industry is still in its infancy, and the sector needs a bigger presence on Capitol Hill, says the Broadband Wireless Alliance. The association has established 17 new broadband wireless working committees in large part to accomplish this goal. Among the new committees created, the WISP Frequency Coordination Committee will be tasked with working with wireless ISPs to esta...

XO can close on Forstmann

August 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Johnathan Berke | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…08/27/2002 From LexisNexis Bankrupt XO Communications Inc. will have three weeks to close the $ 800 million buyout offer made by a reluctant Forstmann Little & Co.-led investment group or else face the possibility of Carl Icahn controlling the broadband company.


Charter, Harmonic team on GigE-based VOD

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications said it is deploying Harmonic Inc.'s Gigabit Ethernet-based video-on-demand gear in 12 markets with "additional markets planned for later this year." The move marks the latest in Charter's VOD migration following the demise of Diva Systems Corp., a company that filed bankruptcy in late May and sold most of its assets to Gemstar-TV Guide International for about $40 million.

BigBand lands Cox HD deployments, hits digital milestone

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. said it has tapped BigBand Networks Inc. to support the MSO's rollout of high definition television in several markets later this year. Initially, Cox will use BigBand's Broadband Multimedia Service Router (BMR) in Las Vegas, Nev. and Phoenix, Ariz. Cox said the gear will help the operator reduce costs and better allocate and manage its available bandwidth without expens...


Hotel broadband sector poised for growth

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The hospitality market was hit hard after the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. But now almost a year later, the market is beginning to rebound, which is good news for the broadband industry, one analysis says. Lower occupancy following Sept. 11 and a unsustainable business model nearly devastated in hotel broadband market in its infancy, says a new report, du...

MSO selects Terayon as a preferred vendor

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Terayon Communications Systems Inc. joins Motorola Broadband and Toshiba America Information Systems as a preferred next-generation cable modem vendor for Cox Communications. Cox has approved Terayon's TJ 715 DOCSIS 2.0-based cable modem for use in its networks. The modem is DOCSIS 1.1 certified. CableLabs has not yet begun testing for DOCSIS 2.

CableLabs issues OCAP RFP

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs has released a request for proposal (RFP) for implementations of OCAP (OpenCable Application Platform), a middleware specification for digital set-tops, televisions and other consumer devices based on the cable industry's OpenCable platform. CableLabs said the RFP aims to solicit industry implementations of OCAP for OpenCable devices and "to hasten the ability of cable operators to la...

TVN taps into children's market

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Whoever believes children should be seen and not heard obviously isn't tapping into the multi-billion dollar market. TVN Entertainment sees the revenue potential of this market in the video-on-demand space and has put together a programming package for its VOD affiliates. The company has put together a package that includes 18 hours of Sesame Street programming from Sesame Workshop, 13 episodes...

Microsoft's IPG gets the green light to run on more Motorola set-tops

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Microsoft Corp. believes its Microsoft TV IPG can help reduce churn for operators, and the company has been working with Motorola Inc.'s Motorola Broadband Communications Sector to expand its use. The latest: The IPG has received ACADIA validation for use in Motorola's DCT-1000 and DCT-1200 set-top boxes.

The Grim Reaper visits telecoms

August 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

What a way to end the week. Riverstone Networks Inc., ADC, Time Warner Telecom and Netro Corp. have announced staff cut plans. Riverstone cuts deep Riverstone Networks Inc. plans to reduce its staff by roughly 30 percent. The company expects revenue for the second quarter ending Aug. 31 to be between $10 million and $15 million.

DBS to fully disclose SVOD hard drive requirements

August 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Inc. will be upfront about how much set-top hard drive space customers will have to give up in order to enjoy forthcoming subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services offered via satellite. That full disclosure is important because DBS architecture isn't capable of offering two-way VOD over a network like cable does, but is reliant on a fixed amount of ...


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