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

SCTE opens CCC

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With the launch of its newly-created Customer Care Center (CCC) in February, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) members can now take advantage of a staff fully dedicated to providing member services. The CCC is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. The CCC's toll-free number is (800) 542-5040.

Qwest wins in Arizona

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Qwest Communications International announced last month that it had been awarded a new $100 million agreement to construct and support high-speed local area broadband networks that will provide Internet access to Arizona's 228 public school districts. Qwest will also manage every aspect of the project and provide a wide range of services, including network consulting, architecture design, maint...

More bang for your buck

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

RCN Corp. has introduced its bundled communications service offerings to seven additional suburbs of Philadelphia: Sharon Hill, Glenolden, Collingdale, Norwood, Prospect Park, Ridley Park and Upper Darby. Residents in these seven Delaware County communities are now able to sign up for RCN's Resilink bundles, which offer various combinations of RCN cable, telephone and high-speed Internet for a...

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WOW announces deals

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

WideOpenWest will use DemandVideo Corp.'s turnkey video-on-demand (VOD) solution to provide customers with immediate access to on-demand entertainment, under the terms of a recent agreement. WideOpenWest is building fiber optic broadband networks through several Western cities, offering residential customers competitive cable TV, VOD, high-speed Internet and low-cost telephone services.

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WorldGate announces new ITV product

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

WorldGate unveiled in January product enhancements for its interactive television applications. The newest version of the WorldGate Interactive Service will be deployed during the first quarter of 2001, and includes two upgrades to WorldGate's overall product, along with an entirely new feature, making it a more dynamic service to users.

DSL, digital set-tops serve up growth

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Telecommunications Reports International has reported high growth for both the DSL market and the online market as a whole. While DSL access was slow to take off, it ended the year with tremendous strength, according to fourth quarter 2000 results from TR's Online Census. The main area of growth in the fourth quarter comes in DSL access, with more than 2.

Cox deploying Emperative ProvEn

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Emperative announced last month that Cox Communications is using its software as the foundation for automated activation of cable modem subscribers. Specifically, in its middle-America cable system, Cox has deployed Emperative's ProvEn provisioning engine and Cable Modem Express, new software announced separately last month.

PowerTV to enable Internet e-mail printing via ITV

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

PowerTV has announced agreements with four computer printer manufacturers to capitalize on the escalating consumer demand for printing Internet e-mail via interactive TV. The agreement calls for PowerTV to develop the architecture, technical requirements and implementation plan to support printer hardware

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Tellabs buys Future Networks

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tellabs will acquire Future Networks for $181 million in cash, enabling Tellabs to provide cable operators with a multi-services solution based on Internet Protocol. Tellabs has more than 1.3 million lines deployed in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. The Cablespan system delivers voice, data and video to homes using a single connection to a cable network.

Pioneer announces 1M set-tops sold

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pioneer announced last month that 1 million Voyager digital set-tops have been sold since 1999. Pioneer's announcement complements its deployment of 1.3 million copies of ITV Passport. The latest version, the Voyager 3000 set-top, is powered by Broadcom's "system-on-a-chip" single chip MPEG processor.

Nortel announces new Web service strategy

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Nortel Networks is introducing new technology that allows telecommunications service providers and media and Internet content companies to provide new Web-based services to customers. Nortel representatives says its networking devices and software will allow Internet service providers and 'Net content companies to offer new content-based services, such as the ability to download movies from th...

Broadcom delivers first single-chip IP phone solution

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom Corp. has announced the BCM1100 Internet Protocol Phone Engine, the world's first single-chip solution for enabling Ethernet IP telephones. The BCM1100 will enable manufacturers to deliver IP phones with the features and price levels required for large-scale deployment of desktop IP telephony.

TiVo partners with AOL

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

TiVo has expanded its existing strategic relationship with AOL to include an enhanced multi-million-dollar marketing and promotional campaign with AOL Time Warner. Under this agreement, TiVo will be promoted across AOL Time Warner online, print and television media properties, which will focus on educating consumers about the popular TiVo personal television service.

Hybrid introduces NLOS router

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hybrid Networks has introduced the ThruWAVE Wireless Broadband Router. The router is single-carrier with multiple modulation schemes that enable fixed broadband wireless service providers to increase their customer capacity and coverage by offering near-line-of-sight (NLOS) capabilities. The ThruWAVE router supports QPSK, 16 -QAM and 64-QAM modulation schemes and interleaving options that impr...

Agere develops agile chip

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Agere Systems has developed a low-power ringing subscriber line interface circuit (SLIC) chip that connects directly to Broadcom Corp.'s customer premise equipment (CPE) chips for VoIP solutions. The low-power SLIC chip provides the interface between a standard, in-home telephone set and other communications equipment, such as cable modems and residential or small-office and home-office (SOHO) ...

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