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

Motorola waxes wireless with Magis

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With MSOs taking a harder look at including home networking services as part of their consumer services bundle, set-top makers are angling to include more home networking functionality into the boxes they offer up to operators.Motorola Broadband, through a recent technical services agreement with IEEE 802.

WinDBreak powers on the fly

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Breaking new ground in network powering and energy storage, closely held operator WinDBreak Cable Co. said it installed Beacon Power Corp.'s 6kWh demonstration flywheel unit. Beacon's 36-volt flywheel will provide back-up power to the operator's headend, which supplies video and data services in Lyman, Neb.

OpenTV hits Liberate with lawsuit over iTV patents

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Things are starting to get ugly in the iTV world. Opening a potentially huge can of worms tied to the future of set-top box middleware, OpenTV Corp. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor Liberate Technologies. OpenTV's suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, alleges that Liberate infringes on patents related to "carouseling," a method used to dist...

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Sigma slates Euro expansion

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

OSS firm Sigma Systems has set its sights on Europe, opening a division there to aid cable operators with service management systems tied to video, voice and data services. Sigma's base of North American customers includes AT&T Broadband, Cogeco, Cox Communications, Comcast, Rogers Cable and Shaw Communications.

Fine Point revs up cable CyberTRUCK

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fine Point Technologies has unveiled a version of its CyberTRUCK provisioning system designed for cable operators. Fine Point's system handles cable modem service pre-qualification, validates user connections and provides sign-up software for myriad ISPs. Like other provisioning systems, CyberTRUCK is designed to eliminate costly truck rolls and to cut down technical support costs.

Com21 sets DOCSIS CMTS plans

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Entering an extremely competitive field, Com21 Inc. said it is developing a DOCSIS cable modem termination system to complement the company's line of DOCSIS cable modems. Com21's new CMTS, the DOXcontroller XB, will also complement the company's line of proprietary ATM equipment, which has found success outside U.

Internet VOD on the launch pad...for now

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Despite some momentum kicking in for Internet-based video-on-demand, the application won't gain substantial roll-outs in the U.S. until 2005, predicted a GartnerG2 study. Even at that point in time, only two percent of movie distribution revenue will come from the Internet, the research firm predicts.

Cisco gets late 1.1-qualification nod

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

About a month after CableLabs shared results from certification wave 20, the industry's R&D house gave a belated passing grade to Cisco Systems' uBR7246 cable modem termination system for DOCSIS 1.1 qualification. The nod puts Cisco in elite company. Arris Group is the only other vendor thus far to obtain the DOCSIS 1.

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Effnet touts IP header compression software

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Offering a cure for "header overhead," Effnet Inc. has created a new IP header compression software aimed at making services like voice-over-IP run more efficiently over a service operator's network. Effnet's CRTP (compressed real-time transport protocol) software, scheduled to begin shipping this quarter, purports to reduce bandwidth requirements for VoIP by as much as 60 percent in IP v...

Knology boosts broadband content with Incanta

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Offering its cable modem customers more than just raw data speeds, overbuilder Knology Inc. has rolled-out Incanta Inc.'s broadband music services to customers in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida. The launch marks the first commercial deployment for Incanta, a broadband content start-up based in Atlanta.

Court ruling shields cable from pole attachment bullet

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a huge win for the cable industry, the Pole Attachments Act does cover attachments that provide high-speed Internet access at the same time as cable TV, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-2 decision. The decision on National Cable & Telecommunications Association Inc. v. Gulf Power Co.

Has global satellite broadband re-awakened?

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After creating much ballyhoo and buzz about their business plans to provide broadband services via dedicated satellite constellations, the past year has been relatively quiet for the new breed of futuristic satellite broadband providers.One of these new breed companies– Craig McCaw's Teledesic LLC–has seemingly emerged from an extended quiet period to announce the next stage i...

Arris vows appeal on patent verdict

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris International said it will seek a reversal on a patent infringement decision that awarded PPC $1.35 million in damages. PPC said it expects a federal court in Jacksonville, Fla. to enter an injunction to prohibit Arris from selling or distributing its Digicon S6 and 59-series connectors.John Mezzalingua Associates Inc.

Verizon kicks off 3G footprint

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Verizon Wireless made waves in late January with the commercial launch of its 1XRTT network, a 3G grid touting footprints on the east and west coasts. Capable of data speeds up to 144 kilobits per second, the network will foster everything from voice calls to Internet browsing, streaming video and e-mail applications.

Asia Global Crossing woes grow

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Elizabeth Douglass, James S. Granelli, Karen Kaplan | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Global ing Ltd.'s Asian unit, the company's most valuable operation, is struggling with financial woes that could threaten the bankruptcy reorganization of its parent. Asia Global ing, which is 59 percent owned by Global Crossing, saw its stock delisted Thursday by the New York Stock Exchange, a day after a ma...

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