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Comcast restores partial e-mail outage

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A Comcast Cable Communications spokesperson said Friday that the MSO had repaired a partial e-mail outage that affected about 350,000 cable modem subscribers who were migrated to the MSO's new high-speed network and were given Comcast e-mail accounts. The outage, traced back to a Comcast-controlled inbound e-mail distribution server, first surfaced Wednesday, and kept some customers from receiv...

Tioga buy gives STM a DSL boost

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Chipmaker STMicroelectronics has acquired the intellectual property and DSL chipset product portfolio of Tioga Technologies for $10 million. The transaction calls for ST to take ownership of Tioga's soon-to-be-introduced xDSL products. ST also has an option to purchase all outstanding shares or assets of Tioga by next January 15 for an additional $12 million, which could be adjusted in the futu...

Motorola forms Digital Media Group

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Broadband Communications Sector has created a new Digital Media Group to focus on the company's digital consumer gateway and digital system efforts. Motorola's DMG unit is comprised of the company's former Entertainment Group, including its DigiCable, Satellite Broadcast Network Systems and Worldwide Interactive Networks divisions.

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Holtzman awarded testing patent

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Holtzman Inc., a manufacturer of test equipment for maintaining the cable upstream plant, has been issued a patent for measuring frequency response and dynamic range on a cable network. The new technology allows cable plant frequency response to be measured as complex numbers, with both magnitude and group delay information, whereas conventional sweep equipment only obtains the magnitude portio...

Study: DSL equipment market declined 3 percent

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The market for DSL customer premises equipment in 4Q 2001 dropped 3 percent to $458.7 million versus the previous period, said the Dell'Oro Group, in a recent study. The figure is tied to sales of DSL modems, data-only routers and voice-and-data routers. "Unit shipments were actually up sequentially," said Dell'Oro Group Industry Analyst Paul Baranello.

Philips grabs majority share of Ishoni

February 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Royal Philips Electronics gave silicon manufacturer Ishoni Networks a $25 million shot in the arm in exchange for 51 percent majority interest in Santa Clara, Calif.-based Ishoni. The Philips investment includes agreements for joint product development, joint sales and marketing activities, and manufacturing.

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EarthLink offers DSL subs a home networking deal

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an effort to spur the home networking world, EarthLink today is kicking off a new DSL-based home networking service that makes the basic gateway hardware free of charge to consumers. Available through March 31, the $149.95 discount deal makes the up-front cost of the wired version of EarthLink Home Networking free, and cuts the up-front cost of the wireless version in half, to just $150.

Broadband Wireless World speakers foresee economic recovery

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mike Lafferty | Comments

ANAHEIM — Wednesday's Broadband Wireless World Forum keynoters kicked in with their predictions about the economic recovery, telling attendees to hang in there because there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Dan Hesse, CEO of free space optics equipment manufacturer Terabeam Inc., rhetorically asked the audience if 2002 could be any worse than 2001, noting that the number of viable CLEC...

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Canadian cable MSOs go after dial-up Internet market

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Canadian cable operators Rogers Cable and Shaw Communications are broadening their high-speed Internet product portfolios by offering a new, slower speed service aimed specifically at dial-up Internet users. The two companies plan to offer a new "Lite" version of their services, which will still be faster than a dial-up connection, is "always on" and doesn't interfere with or tie up telephone l...

Wiz weakness stings Cablevision

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. notched a fourth-quarter net loss of $281.6 million, hurt by soft holiday sales at its Wiz retail stores and expenses tied to its digital cable rollout and its entertainment holdings. Despite the loss, Cablevision revenues rose 3.5 percent to $1.29 billion, thanks in part to new video, telephony and data services sign-ups.

Cablevision to add vector graphics to digital repertoire

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has licensed Viewpoint Corp.'s Macromedia Flash vector graphics operating platform for its iO: Interactive Optimum digital service. Viewpoint claims that its vector graphics player, which will be housed in Sony Corp. digital set-tops, is faster than traditional Flash and provides a "rich media" platform for advertising and other interactive applications.

PVR patent spats heat up

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an attempt to strike back at its biggest rival, Tivo Inc. said it filed suit against SONICblue Inc., alleging that its DVR competitor infringed on a patent involving Tivo's "Multimedia Time Warping System." The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded that patent to Tivo last May. Tivo's timewarping system refers to technology that allows DVR users "to store selected television broadcast pro...

Gartner analysis predicts recovery in optical market by 2003

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It's no secret that the worldwide optical transmission systems market struggled in 2001 as revenue declined 10 percent, but, surprisingly, the market is forecast to show positive growth in 2002, according to new analysis from Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Inc. In 2001, worldwide optical transmission revenue totaled $30.

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Iowa CLEC lights up FTTH network

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Proving again that greenfield communities represent a lucrative ground for new fiber-to-the-home technologies, Guthrie Telecommunications Network said it has flipped the switch on an FTTH network capable of delivering bundled voice, video and data services in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Guthrie Telecom, a competitive local exchange carrier owned by the Panora Cooperative Telephony Association of West...

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XM Satellite, DirecTV forge marketing pact

February 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

DirecTV and XM Satellite Radio have struck a joint marketing deal, hoping digital video and digital audio go together like Fred and Barney and Bert and Ernie. One goal of the agreement is to boost XM subscriber growth by giving DirecTV satellite TV customers "value-added" incentives for the XM digital satellite radio service.

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