Broadband Briefs for 1/11/10
• Dish, EchoStar, NagraStar score anti-piracy win
By CED staff
Dish Network, EchoStar Technologies and NagraStar have scored another anti-piracy victory.
A Florida federal court issued a $51 million dollar judgment against Robert Ward, who posted software on the Internet that allowed individuals to illegally receive Dish Network programming using free-to-air receivers, the satellite operator said.
The court held that the posting of pirate software constitutes a violation of the Federal Communications Act and that statutory damages should be calculated based on how many individuals downloaded the pirate software.
"This is a significant victory in our effort to eradicate piracy of the Dish Network system. We thank the court for its well-reasoned analysis," said Pascal Lenoir, CEO of NagraStar.
• Exfo, Opnext tackle 100 GigE together
By Brian Santo
Using the Exfo FTB-85100G Packet Blazer (40G/100G) and the Opnext 100GBASE-LR4 CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA)-compliant optical module, the companies’ trialed generating 100 gigabit Ethernet IP traffic at 100 percent wire speed with pseudo-random bit sequence (PRBS) patterns, as well as monitoring error-free transmission with full Ethernet statistics, Exfo said.
Using the test suites together, vendors can test CFP MSA-based 100 GigE transceivers, and network equipment manufacturers should be able to accelerate their product development, Exfo said.
The Exfo FTB-85100G’s signal conditioning feature includes pre-emphasis and receiver-equalization control-testing capabilities to provide Opnext and other transceiver manufacturers with a way to optimize the interface between the host ICs on the tester and gearboxes inside the CFP in order to get the best interoperability of the interface.