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January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Motorola is reorganizing into two business groups to accelerate its rollout of new technology, further its global reach and work well with two other major Motorola divisions. "This organization evolution provides stronger strategic glue for our Broadband 'Triple-Play' strategy and acknowledges the expanded roles now played by Dan Moloney, Doug Means and Carl McGrath," Dave Robinson, newly appoi...

New study on BB residential growth

January 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A new study, Global Broadband Multimedia Review 2000–2008, looks at how people will use broadband services in the next seven years and communicates how the technology will impact the marketplace. The 500-page study forecasts the telecommunications technology needs of households around the world receiving entertainment TV, high-speed 'Net connections and voice services.

Lucent spins for 100

January 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Despite announcing laying off as many as 10,000 employees last week, Lucent is hiring. The company believes it will employ up to 100 people at InPhase Technologies, its new spin-off company. According to Lucent, the new company will develop high-performance holographic data storage media and systems with the potential to speed the evolution of entertainment, consumer products and information te...


The ties that bind

January 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AOL Time Warner and TiVo are making sure subscribers don't miss a thing. Media conglomerate AOL Time Warner is promoting TiVo to AOL Time Warner customers across all its online, print and TV media. TiVo has made a name for itself in the entertainment world with its PVR (personal video recorder) technology that records on a hard disk subscribers' favorite TV entertainment, as well as patrols cha...

Agilent sees the light in fiber-optic growth

January 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Agilent is extending its fiber-optic capability by purchasing Italy-based Silicon Microsystem, a fiber-optic-technology laboratory, for approximately U.S. $55 million in cash. The purchase is part of Agilent's ongoing plan to extend its reach into fiber optics. Agilent hopes the investment in Silicon Microsystem will improve Agilent fiber-optic products' speed-to-market.


Tellabs flips the softswitch

January 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Tellabs is introducing its SALIX 7600 softswitch control suite, which helps carriers increase revenue by building low-cost networks that deliver innovative new services quickly. The SALIX 7600 softswitch control suite helps communications service providers turn traditional voice networks into a broadband environment that can support enhanced voice, local, long-distance, multimedia and wireless ...

Tellabs purchases Future Networks

January 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Responding to the need for a single network to deliver multiple services, Tellabs is buying Future Networks, a developer of standards-based voice and data cable modem technology. After the purchase is complete, Tellabs will be able to provide cable operators with an end-to-end multi-services system based on Internet protocol.

Pace and Sega playing games

January 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Pace Micro Technology and Sega will share their collective expertise in order to bring the world of online gaming to subscribers of cable TV and other networks. In order to fulfill the vision, Pace has integrated the Sega games platform into its digital personal video recorder (PVR) home gateway (set-top boxes), providing consumers on-demand access to hundreds of console-quality games with 3D g...


Try TriNexus' broadband set-top for an enhanced TV experience

January 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

For its customers' viewing pleasure, TriNexus is using Tvia's CyberPro 5055 processor in its broadband set-top box. The TriNexus set-top lets subscribers see TV programs and Internet and interactive content seamlessly displayed on their standard TVs. The TV Postman uses the TriNexus architecture for next-generation set-top boxes for network operator branded applications.

New connections for Alaska

January 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Valdez, Alaska is getting cable modem service and joining its already connected cosmopolitan cousins, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, in speedy 'Net surfing. GCI, Alaska's largest ISP, is delivering the service, which has the added feature of secure, digitally encrypted transmission. GCI says the service will appeal to the usual audience of telecommuters, i-gaming aficionados and, CED suspects...


CaritaSoft teams with Cable Bahamas

January 24, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

CaritaSoft has signed a multi-year contract with Cable Bahamas to provide its Customer Value Management (CVM) Suite solution to the island network provider. Cable Bahamas will use the suite to expand its support services. "Cable Bahamas is using our CVM Suite to increase customer retention and revenue per customer, reduce total customer churn and gauge the success of marketing campaigns in real...

Broadcom blazes a trail

January 24, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Broadcom, today upgraded by Kaufman Brothers from hold to accumulate, has unveiled its BCM1100 Internet Protocol (IP) Phone Engine, the world's first single-chip solution for enabling Ethernet IP telephones. Broadcom manufacturers integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband digital transmission of voice, video and data.

iN Demand and Pathfire go to bat for cable

January 24, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

iN Demand and Pathfire, have blended their technologies and will transmit digitally compressed content to cable VOD file servers. The process will use iN Demand's existing network and satellite capacity and uplink facilities combined with Pathfire's pitch and catch server hardware and multicast software.

i-TV hungry for good content

January 24, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Where once the Web was content-hungry, now it's the development of i-TV that's being touted as the next big Web application. Meeting this new demand, interactive TV technology providers OpenTV and Mixed Signals Technologies (MST), have agreed to jointly market MST's interactive TV services and tools with OpenTV's enhanced TV platform.

WOW meets demand

January 23, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WideOpenWest is meeting the demand of its entertainment-hungry customers with Video- On-Demand, DemandVideo's answer to immediate access to movies and other programming. WOW customers can order up that impulse movie purchase with the touch of a button on a simple remote. Customers also have 24 hours in which to view the movie, so they can start it on Friday night and finish it on Saturday.


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