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

NCTA: So you say you want an evolution …

May 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

What's in a name? Try $45 billion in industry overhauls in three years. National Cable Television Association completed its name change to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, as announced in February. The change reflects cable's transformation from a one-way video provider to a medium for two-way services, such as digital video, high-speed Internet, cable telephony and ITV,...

NCTA: So you say you want an evolution …(2)

May 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

What's in a name? Try $45 billion in industry overhauls in three years. National Cable Television Association completed its name change to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, as announced in February. The change reflects cable's transformation from a one-way video provider to a medium for two-way services, such as digital video, high-speed Internet, cable telephony and ITV,...

Williams revises Teleglobe pact; reports losses

May 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Williams Communications revised its December 1999 agreement with Teleglobe, the company reports. The move comes after the newly independent Williams announced its first-quarter losses earlier this week. Under the new agreement, Williams will provide Teleglobe broadband transport services, including OC-48 Optical Wave Service, along two routes from New York to Santa Clara, Calif.

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Motorola/Astrolink team on two-way satellite

May 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications sector and Astrolink International LLC will jointly provide a two-way data communications service over satellite modems. Under the agreement, Motorola will supply business customer-premises terminals for transmitting and receiving broadband data signals from Astrolink's satellite telecom system, the two report.

Group IV issues telecom valuation primer

May 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Maybe you don't want to know. Group IV Inc. released its latest report, The Telecom Service Provider: How Much Is It Worth? The 150-page report details how to value a telecom company, including differing industry segments and provider types. Topics include how to assess value of a customer base, when to sell, what allows a company to exceed normal buyout values, "Word on the Street" valuation t...

Cisco ready to roll out metro DWDM system

May 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. is launching its metro DWDM system for enterprise and service-provider networks. The ONS 15540 Extended Services Platform is a modular, scalable and service-dense DWDM system that integrates data and storage networking and information streaming over a high bandwidth optical infrastructure that supports any packet on any wavelength from any platform, the company reports.

Allied Telesyn introduces EncloseNET

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Allied Telesyn International has announced its new line of ready-to-work network solutions, EncloseNET. EncloseNET brings pre-configured, easy-to-install network solutions that promise to make setting up new networks and expanding existing networks easier than ever. A virtual networking center in a box, EncloseNET puts all of the active and passive components a network needs–hubs, switche...

Motorola taps Gotuit for PVR functionality

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Gotuit Media Corp. announced in March that Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector has agreed to support the integration of Gotuit Media's personalized video product–Gotuit TV–into its DCT-5000 advanced interactive digital set-top terminal. This agreement follows a strategic equity investment by Motorola.

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Liberate teams with Charter for interactive services

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Liberate Technologies announced in March an agreement to supply its Liberate TV Platform software to enable interactive services for Charter Communications' digital subscribers via digeo inc., Charter's interactive services provider. This is a milestone for Liberate and represents one of the largest cable customer commitments in the U.

Gemstar-TV Guide integrates with Wink

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wink Communications Inc. and Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. recently announced an agreement to integrate Wink's interactive television services on the Motorola/General Instrument DCT-2000 digital set-top platforms running the TV Guide Interactive Program Guide (IPG). This agreement will accelerate Wink's ability to offer Wink-enhancements to cable operators using the DCT-2000 and TV Guide ...

RiverDelta intros product for scalable open access

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

RiverDelta is introducing a product for Distributed Policy-Based Routing or open access that scales to support multiple ISPs delivering thousands of services over a broadband network. The company also announced Multiprotocol Label Switching Per-Flow Control, enabling broadband operators to implement end-to-end quality of service across the access network and across the backbones of multiple ser...

DOCSIS celebrates second year of modem certification

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs recently concluded its most prolific certification wave of high-speed cable modems and headend gear to date. A total of 23 cable modems and five cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) received CableLabs' stamp of approval. The equipment certified and/or qualified is part of the DOCSIS 1.0 program.

Fixed wireless to bridge fiber gap

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fixed wireless technology could be the Holy Grail, according to a new report. The high-speed service offering is well suited to bridge the gap between the fiber backbone and end users, but there are limitations. The problem facing this growing industry is that roof space is at a premium, and there are a limited number of buildings that can be used as wireless access points.

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Cable Center introduces Third Millennium Fund

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Cable Center announced the launch last month of the Third Millennium Fund, an ongoing fundraising campaign designed to provide resources for a variety of key initiatives operated through The Center. Donations of $100 to the Third Millennium Fund entitle the donor to one share in the fund, and there is no limit to the number of shares that may be acquired through donations.

DTTV prepares for growth

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Television broadcasting has already begun the most difficult and comprehensive transition in its history–converting from analog to digital. The nascent digital terrestrial television (DTTV) market, whose signals were only received by 1.3 million households at the end of 2000, will experience an annual growth rate of 100 percent, totaling more than 87 million households worldwide by 2006.

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