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

Com21 system to push bandwidth xtreme

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Com21 Inc. is hoping its DOXcontroller XB will push it into the Xtreme bandwidth market. The system is still under development, and will include a DOXcontroller 1000 headend and a newly expanded version of the company's network management and provisioning system, formerly only available with Com21's ComUNITY Access System, it says.

Enterasys sifts Asia deal, SEC starts Aprisma probe

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

That spin off didn't go off completely without a hitch, it appears. Cabletron spinoff Enterasys Systems took a double hit Thursday when in-house questions turned up a questionable contract coming out of its Asia Pacific region, followed promptly by an "apparently unrelated" notice that it was under investigation by the U.

Roseville finishes phase one of FTTH rollout

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Just slightly behind its Q4 schedule, Roseville Telephone finished phase one of its fiber-to-the-home program in certain Roseville, Calif., neighborhoods. Roseville, a California-based unit of SureWest Communications, says the program extends its existing fiber-to-the-curb infrastructure to Del Webb's Sun City Roseville Community and parts of the Highland Reserve and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods.

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Weather Network gets the Wink; CSG extends TWC deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Canada's The Weather Network will use broadcasting technology from Wink Communications that gives viewers access to "forecast conditions of their choice, 24 hours a day," Wink says. Users also can see commercials, ask for more information or buy directly from the advertiser via their remotes.

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Teledesic turns to Italian satellite maker

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Italian satellite maker Alenia Spazio SpA will build satellites for Teledesic LLC's global broadband Internet-in-the-Sky satellite communications network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Teledesic developed a new constellation design of 30 medium-Earth-orbit satellites, it says.

ARC/Cogent merger gets OK; Cogent to trade on AMEX

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Allied Riser Communications Corp.'s stockholders approved its merger with a Cogent Communications Group Inc. unit, after a judge denied a motion to block the deal. Dallas-based Allied Riser provides broadband data, video and voice services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Holders of its convertible subordinated notes due 2007 filed the motion for a preliminary injunction, which was denied...

Microsoft to roll out multiplayer gaming service

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After selling about 1.5 million gaming consoles between Nov. 15 and the end of 2001, Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox, said it plans to roll out the machine's multiplayer gaming service in the first half of 2002. Cable operators have noted that the Xbox, in a massive, multiplayer environment, could give rise to a variety of bandwidth management and provisioning issues.

Moxi's fortunes rely on middleware

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After operating in stealth mode for several months, Steve Perlman's Rearden Steel Technologies finally opened up its fortified kimono to reveal a new brand identity, a broadband strategy and a deal with DBS giant EchoStar Communications. Shedding its Rearden Steel moniker, the Palo Alto, Calif.

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SCTE's Oksala gets ANSI board post

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Enhancing cable's presence with the nation's standards body, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Vice President of Standards Stephen Oksala was recently elected to the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In that role, Oksala, an ANSI board member since 1990, will be involved with the group's governance and policy development.

Cox gets the message

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications said it has selected Openwave Systems Inc.'s messaging platform for a growing cable modem service that stands at more than 779,000 residential customers. The IP-based Openwave Email Mx platform is configured for a variety of messaging applications, including unified messaging, instant messaging and multimedia messaging.

CableLabs publishes OCAP, fine-tunes DOCSIS 2.0

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Polishing up a slate of work being done behind the scenes, CableLabs recently published the middleware specifications for OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) version 1.0, and completed the advanced DOCSIS 2.0 spec. OCAP 1.0, available to manufacturers and content developers at www.opencable.com, represents the software element of OpenCable, an initiative designed to foster the sale of c...

MSOs tout home security

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications and Cox Communications said they will begin "limited" marketing of Security Broadband Corp.'s SafeVillage system, respectively, in Sarasota, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev. Though both MSOs mark the first to introduce Security Broadband's next-gen product, Cox conducted a technical, alpha trial with the start-up last year in Las Vegas.

More modems emerge certified following wave 20

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs said it handed out passing grades to seven more DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems in certification wave 20, pushing that total to nine. However, CableLabs did not qualify any additional cable modem termination systems during the wave, after awarding passing grades in the previous wave, to Arris' Cornerstone CMTS 1500 and Cadant Inc.

OpenTV finally reaches HITS deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In what was one of the worst kept secrets in the broadband world, OpenTV Corp. finally secured its interactive hunting license with AT&T's Headend In The Sky. News of the impending deal first surfaced last July when OpenTV officials said they were in discussions with HITS. Under the multi-year deal, OpenTV will provide HITS with its thin-client middleware and a bundle of iTV applicat...

Motorola synchronizes transmission play

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a deal expected to bolster Motorola Broadband's fiber optic transmission portfolio for voice, video and data services, Motorola Inc. has closed its stock-for-stock acquisition of San Jose, Calif.-based Synchronous Inc. Synchronous, now part of Motorola Broadband's Transmission Network Systems (TNS) unit, will help Motorola fill some technical gaps, particularly in the area of 1550 nm d...

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