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S-A system bolsters Comcast rollouts

June 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta will help with the installation, integration and digital launch support of Comcast Cable's video-on-demand rollouts in undisclosed locations. The deal is part of Comcast's goal to provide VOD access to 500,000 digital cable subscribers by the end of the year. S-A will supply its Explorer digital set-top boxes, interactive two-way networks, MQAMs and support, Comcast says.

Philips/Narad tout speed over existing networks

June 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Philips Broadband Networks Inc. and Narad Networks Inc. will pair products into a switched Ethernet technology that allows next-generation broadband IP services over existing HFC infrastructure. Philips will contribute its fiber optic and "other broadband-enabling technologies" and Narad will include its Virtual Fiber architecture, a product that allows advanced services over the existing netwo...


Motorola rolls out three DCT-5000 models; outlines strategy

June 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Days after AT&T Broadband phased down how it would use DCT-5000 technology, Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector rolled out three new versions and outlined its strategy for the line. The DCT-5100, DCT-5200 and DCT-52X0 are built on a common design platform, Motorola says. All three evolved from 1999's DCT5000, billed then as a set-top with a triple-tuner architecture and watch, talk a...


3Com halts cable/DSL modem line; revises Q4 look

June 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

None of that euphemism stuff for 3Com. The company said in a statement that, "There is an industry-wide glut of consumer cable and DSL modems that has driven down prices and margins." As a result, 3Com is discontinuing its consumer cable and DSL modem product lines and refocusing on more profitable markets.

Philips/BarcoNet tout CA interoperability

June 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Philips Digital Networks and BarcoNet nudged a little closer to conditional access system interoperability with digital TV broadcast equipment when the two finished tests on their integrated products. Philips' CryptoWorks CA system was tested on BarcoNet's Krypton DVB Simulcrypt-compliant transport stream scrambler.

Juniper cuts up to 9% of workforce; revises Q2

June 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Juniper Networks cites "a capacity absorption cycle" and difficult service provider and global carrier business for its revised second-quarter outlook. It also will lay off 8 percent to 9 percent of its workforce and take a one-time charge of up to $45 million. Juniper now expects revenue in the $200 million to $210 million range, down from the previously expected $300 million to $330 million.

S-A to release ITV platform; taps ScreamingMedia

June 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Next week, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. will launch "InView," an ITV information application that works on the Explorer set-top platform. The first content will be provided by ScreamingMedia. The product is intended to provide a 24-hour, on-demand channel for interactive access to news, information and entertainment, S-A reports.

Broadcom lowers Q2 expectations; starts changes

June 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Broadcom Corp. lowered its expectations for its second-quarter revenue by 32 percent to 35 percent from the first quarter, the company reported in an update. The company reported first-quarter net losses of $356.9 million, from net income of $38.6 million a year prior. Broadcom said last April it would review its business units and make reductions in some and invest in others.


Thomson makes a play for Alcatel's DSL unit

June 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Thomson Multimedia will acquire Alcatel SA's DSL modem business unit for $386.6 million, Alcatel reports. In the stock transaction, Thomson will buy the unit in exchange for 9.5 million new shares at $40.68 a share, or 48 euros per share. The deal will give Alcatel a 9.1 percent stake in Thomson. The companies expect definitive agreements by the end of June and a closed deal by the end of the y...

Traffic 'burstiness' doesn't reach Internet core

June 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Don't be dissing their terms. If scientists confirm Internet edge "burstiness," then burstiness it is. A team of Bell Labs researchers say that the extreme swings in traffic at edges of the Internet smooth out at the core, and "point the way to more efficient system and network designs with better performance at lower cost," Bell reports.

BB Gateways/Navini team on wireless local loops

June 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

BroadBand Gateways Inc. will partner with Navini Networks on a network-to-premises wireless broadband local loop. The result is intended to be a consumer- self-installable, wireless broadband, residential gateway solution, Broadband Gateway says. The project will entail Navini's WLL transport and Broadband's next-generation premises gateway.

CableLabs makes key appointments

June 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs appointed Paul Whitehead VP of strategic assessment. Whitehead will oversee assessments of new technologies, including technical, economic, public policy and strategic issues, CableLabs says. The organization also hired Bernd Lutz as director of the CableHome project and Perry O'Neil as director of the Cable Industry B2B Interface Program.

Former broadband exec jumps to Qwest

June 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Former AT&T Broadband CTO Tony Werner was appointed executive VP of strategic technology at Qwest, the telecom announced. Werner will oversee strategic technology planning and development for the 14 states where Qwest provides service, as well as other Qwest markets. Werner was CTO at AT&T Broadband and at TCI, its predecessor.

Excite OKs cable deadline; shuts overseas offices

June 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ExciteAtHome extended an exclusivity deadline with Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications; has shut down its media operations in Germany, France and Spain; and has appointed a new COO. The company said yesterday it's in talks with Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications Inc. to "explore a restructuring of its commercial relationships with these companies.

Software tests pre-prototype cable modems

June 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Hold off on that cable modem prototype. A new product from Opnet Technologies Inc. and CableLabs' Bandwidth Modeling and Management Vendor Forum is designed to let manufacturers test different product configurations and architectures before the prototype is built. The DOCSIS 1.1 model software also allows cable operators to create virtual representations of proposed cable modem networks when ev...


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