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

Alopa and RiverDelta partner to deliver open access software

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Alopa Networks and RiverDelta Networks are partnering to provide MSOs with an open access based self-provisioning solution for DOCSIS 1.1 broadband networks. Alopa and RiverDelta will enable service providers to deploy differentiated services, while allowing consumers to self-activate and customize their own service plans.

Free space optics to become billion dollar market

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Years of development of free space optical technologies are expected to result in a billion dollar market early in 2003, according to a report by Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). After more than a decade of near idle growth, free space optical vendors are readying for an onslaught of demand. The report, "Free Space Optics: Technologies and Opportunities in the Carrier Class Network," says f...

DWDM market booming

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Dense wavelength division multiplexing is now the standard for long-haul fiber optic networks, according to a report by Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). The report, "U.S. and World Markets for DWDM Multiplexers and EDFAs," identifies fast-growing DWDM equipment markets for metro area networks (MANs).

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Broadband Gateways rolls out EVOLO

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband Gateways expanded its Plano, Texas-based facility last month, after being forced to nearly double its employee base to prepare for an aggressive sales initiative and to meet the growing demand for its EVOLO intelligent premises gateway (IPG). The expansion is part of the company's preparation to roll out the EVOLO system for residential and small business markets.

Equator expands MAP-CA family

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Equator Technologies has announced the expansion of its MAP-CA family of broadband signal processors. Providing a variety of high-performance chips, the MAP-CA-11, MAP-CA-12, MAP-CA-13 and MAP-CA-14 are designed to support the diverse consumer broadband application processing needs of Equator's expanding customer base and target market segments, both in the U.

Adelphia banks on Commerce.TV

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Commerce.TV and Adelphia Communications Corp. have reached an agreement to deploy interactive television services to Adelphia's digital cable subscribers. In addition, Adelphia has made an equity investment in Commerce.TV. Adelphia will initially deploy Commerce.TV services to digital cable subscribers as part of its standard digital TV package by the end of 2001.

Sigma Systems, Terayon partner

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Sigma Systems Group will provide back-office automated provisioning for Terayon's cable modem termination systems and cable modems used by broadband service providers internationally. Sigma's Cable Broadband in a Box software supports flow-through service provisioning and activation for high-speed Internet, interactive TV services, video-on-demand and voice services.

Microtune granted cable modem tuner patent

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Microtune Inc. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for its cable modem single-conversion tuner. The patent, number 6,169,569, protects the fundamental architecture of Microtune's cable modem tuners that employ low-cost, low-power, single-conversion tuning methods. In addition, the patent encompasses any cable modem that uses such single-conversion cable modem...

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LPGA drives toward FTTH

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Optical Solutions Inc. and GateHouse Networks have announced that Optical Solutions' FiberPath optical fiber-to-the-home system for converged telephone, cable television and Internet services will be deployed in the LPGA planned residential community in Daytona Beach. The LPGA International community is being developed by Renar Homes.

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Cox, Emperative work to eliminate cable modem truck rolls

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications is using Emperative Inc.'s software as the foundation for rapid, automated activation of cable modem subscribers. Specifically, in its Middle America cable systems, Cox has deployed Emperative's ProvEn provisioning engine and Cable Modem Express, new software announced separately in February.

S-A, Metabyte to enhance personal TV on set-tops

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta (S-A) announced it has licensed preference engine and intelligent storage management software developed by Metabyte Networks Inc. that, once ported, is expected to enable its Explorer digital interactive set-tops to recommend programming each subscriber wants to watch. S-A plans to embed Metabyte's MbTV software into its Explorer 8000 set-tops.

PowerTV, S-A, Videotron team for e-mail over TV

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

PowerTV, Scientific-Atlanta (S-A) and Videotron Communications announced a system-wide commercial deployment of e-mail over hybrid fiber/coax broadband interactive television. Videotron is offering PowerTV's SofaMAIL e-mail service via S-A's Explorer set-tops and digital network to all 1.6 million of its customers in Montreal and the Canadian province of Quebec.

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Insight, DIVA partner for VOD deal

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Insight Communications and DIVA have announced an agreement which further extends DIVA's VOD solution to Insight's remaining systems in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a result, DIVA will now be placed in front of a potential 930,000 Insight basic customers, including those already able to receive the product.

OCAP spec released for comment

March 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs has released for comment the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), or middleware software, specification. This collection of specifications establishes a road map for companies from around the world to create applications for interactive services that operate over the broadband cable network.

3Com cuts 170 jobs

March 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Previous cost-cutting moves notwithstanding, 3Com Corp. just cut 170 jobs in its consumer broadband-modem operations. The network equipment manufacturer will save $18 million in the cuts, most of which are in its Rolling Meadows, Ill., plant. The cuts are the latest in 3Com's $250 million cost-reduction plan.

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