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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Microtune-Broadcom trial date moved up; Microtune hit with class action lawsuit

February 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Opening arguments for Microtune Inc. 's patent infringement lawsuit against rival Broadcom Corp. has been moved up to March 6, 2003. The case, to be heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, was originally slated to begin March 10. Microtune is alleging that Broadcom's BCM 3415 microchip infringes on a Microtune patent for an integrated television tun...

Forecast: Internet traffic to reach 5,175 petabits per day by '07

February 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks to higher penetrations of broadband services, the volume of Internet traffic generated worldwide will nearly double over the next five years, jumping from 180 petabits per day last year to 5,175 petabits per day by year-end 2007. That prediction, from research firm IDC, notes that the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress amounts to "only" 10 terabytes of data.

Wireless ByPass, AML enter distribution partnership

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Wireless ByPass Inc. has inked a master distribution agreement with AML Wireless Networks Inc. that will make AML the exclusive Wireless ByPass representative in Canada. There, AML will be charged with selling Wireless ByPass' 5.8 GHz microwave-assisted broadband technology, which is designed to help MSOs extend their data footprints to areas not served by high-speed cable lines.

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Auspice adds IP address management system

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Auspice Corp. has expanded its "OpsLogic" broadband software suite with a new automated IP address management system. Dubbed "IPAMS," the IP addresser is designed to automate and simplify the management of a task that is typically labor-intensive and, therefore, expensive. Auspice said IPAMS targets several types of services, including cable modem, DSL and dial-up services, by managing and assi...

Manticom, MidStream complete server-transport interop

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Manticom Networks said it has successfully integrated its Scorpion 4104 switching system with MidStream Technologies' IP2000-series video servers. MidStream noted that it has certified both the switching and transport aspects of Manticom's GigE-based transport platform, which Manticom is targeting to cable operators for video-on-demand, headend-based digital video recording and multiplayer gaming.

Brian Roberts to keynote 2003 Cable-Tec Expo

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Corp. president and CEO Brian Roberts will keynote the forthcoming Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Cable-Tec Expo. Slated for May 11–14, the 2003 Expo will take place in Comcast's hometown of Philadelphia. "As a top leader in cable, Brian offers Expo attendees the chance to share his view of the technologies that are transforming the entire industry through the intro...

Hockemeier joins Cedar Point board

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

J. Curt Hockemeier — an important figure in the execution of AT&T Broadband's aggressive circuit-switched telephony strategy during the late 1990s and the early part of 2000 — has joined the board of Cedar Point Communications Inc. Instead of lending advice on traditional constant bit rate technology, Hockemeier's role with the Derry, N.

Comcast revenues rise, losses narrow in Q4

February 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Corp., marking the first time its financial results were coupled with operations acquired from AT&T Broadband, recorded fourth quarter pro forma revenues of $4.15 billion, up 11 percent from $3.7 billion in the same-year period. The MSO also recorded a loss of $51 million (3 cents per share), narrowed from a loss of $321 million (34 cents per share) in the year-ago quarter.

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Next Level vows to appeal Motorola suit

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Next Level Communications said it intends to appeal a Delaware Chancery Court's ruling that rejected the video-over-copper vendor's request to block Motorola Inc. 's unsolicited bid to purchase shares it does not already own. Next Level sued Motorola earlier this month, claiming that Motorola's offer of $1.

Data, digital lead way for Insight in Q4

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Insight Communications said fourth quarter revenue jumped 11 percent to $807.9 million, attributing the gain to high-speed data and digital subscriber growth. Insight also reported operating cash flow of $359.6 million in 2002, up from $316.4 million in the previous year. The MSO's revenue generating units (RGUs) — a figure that represents the sum of basic, digital, high-speed data and te...

Time Warner Cable waxes wireless to reach San Diego businesses

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable will use fixed wireless technologies to reach some small- and medium-sized businesses in San Diego, thanks to a deal with SkyRiver Communications. Time Warner is tapping SkyRiver's technology and surrounding wireless network to complement its fiber optic and broadband cable network in the region, and push into areas not serviced by cable or T-1 lines.

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Markey to introduce alternative DTV bill

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Terry Lane | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...02/25/2003 House Telecom Subcommittee ranking Democrat Markey (Mass.) said he intended to introduce his own DTV legislation that would offer alternatives to bill that House Commerce Committee Chmn. Tauzin (R-La.) will introduce. He didn't detail how it might look.

Los Angeles community links up with Linksys

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Playa Vista, a residential and business development located on the West side of Los Angeles, has linked up with Linksys to offer wired and wireless networking gear. Playa Vista is offering the Linksys equipment — including routers, modems, switches and wireless access points — to home and business residents as an upgrade option.

AOL feels the 'burn' with new MusicNet service

February 25, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to gives its broadband strategy a much-needed kick in the pants, America Online has launched MusicNet on AOL, a premium service that enables subscribers to legally download and "burn" digital music. The service, available to both AOL dial-up and high-speed customers, enables MusicNet customers to locate, download, listen to and record "CD-quality" digital music tracks.

The Cable Center to digitize cable's 'Peabody' award winners

February 24, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Cable Center said it will digitize and archive 55 Peabody Award-winning programs created by cable programmers. The Center is making that project possible via a one-year pilot agreement with The George Foster Peabody Awards. The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications will administer the digitization program.

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