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

Siemens makes Efficient play

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

In a direct effort to strengthen its DSL presence, German company Siemens has offered approximately $1.5 billion in cash for Dallas-based Efficient Networks. Efficient Networks' product line includes DSL modems, routers, integrated access devices, supporting voice and data services and management systems and software.

Liberate teams with DemandVideo

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

DemandVideo has signed up to use Liberate's TV Platform Compact software to deliver VOD to its subscribers. The combination of DemandVideo's VOD services with Liberate's software creates a package service providers can use to deliver a comprehensive VOD offering, including content acquisition, encoding, management and co-branded marketing programs for affiliates.

Beyond VCRs to home networking

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A new Cahners In-Stat report shows Americans have moved way beyond the relatively simple problems of programming their VCRs and are now into creating their own home networks. The survey of 1,000 households finds that the networked home is more likely to have always-on access, and the household probably owns other tech gadgets like video game consoles, CD ROM recorders and have digital satellite...

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Wink gets ad nod

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Wink interactive television technology is bringing forth some good results for advertisers. In categories like auto, financial and pharmaceutical, Wink advertising partners' campaigns report that between 30 and 50 percent of viewers requested more information or new account kits for the products. The company's end-to-end i-TV system lets advertisers create targeted communication with viewers.

TWE has its day in court

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Remember the adage, "give 'em an inch…?" Time Warner Entertainment has certainly fought hard for its mile. The media giant argued this week that it should be able to serve many more customers than the 1992 Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act allows. But the Supreme Court disagreed, reports the Associated Press.

Teligent wraps it up

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Teligent has begun offering its "Integrated Access" service, which lets businesses pay one flat rate for many broadband digital and analog communications services, including voice, fax and high-speed Internet access. The service uses Teligent's SmartWave network to group the digital voice communications channels and analog business lines with high-speed dedicated Internet access over the same l...

As the company turns…into

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lucent became Avaya, which will now become Celestica. Aside from the highly esoteric names, what's going on here? Avaya employees, who were recently spun off of Lucent Technologies, will soon be sporting Celestica company shirts and mugs. The Canadian company signed an agreement to acquire Avaya's telecom equipment manufacturing facilities in Colorado and Little Rock, Ark.

As the company turns…into(2)

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lucent became Avaya, which will now become Celestica. Aside from the highly esoteric names, what's going on here? Avaya employees, who were recently spun off of Lucent Technologies, will soon be sporting Celestica company shirts and mugs. The Canadian company signed an agreement to acquire Avaya's telecom equipment manufacturing facilities in Colorado and Little Rock, Ark.

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Cox turning on its broadband customers

February 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cox and Emperative are teaming up to bring broadband communications to Cox subscribers faster. Emperative's ProvEn subscriber activation software will be used as the cornerstone for automatically activating cable modem subscribers. Besides activation, the technology will manage many provisioning events between cable modems, cable modem termination systems, operational support systems, end-user ...

S-A throws a curve

February 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Referring to video, voice and data services as a triple play, Scientific-Atlanta plans to pitch 'em all in PAL format to European markets with its new Explorer 4000DVB digital set-top. Rolling out this fall, the Explorer 4000DVB is designed to support worldwide standards such as DVB-C, PAL, DAVIC/DVB-RC, DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS and provide service operators with a choice of middleware and conditi...

BarcoNet develops gateway with Path 1

February 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

BarcoNet said it will develop a line of IP-based products to distribute on-demand entertainment video over an IP backbone. Path 1 Network Technologies (www.Path1.net.)will work with BarcoNet to develop an IP gateway product using a new Gigabit Ethernet platform. The company hopes the alliance strengthens BarcoNet's position in the industry transition from traditional communication networks to b...

China rejoins cyber world

February 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

When an underseas cable was cut last week, severing millions of Chinese 'Net surfers from the rest of the world, authorities estimated three weeks for contact to be reestablished. However, Intelsat (International Telecommunications Satellite Organization) has stepped in and provided a temporary satellite hookup between the U.

Sigma supporting Terayon

February 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Operations support system (OSS) provider Sigma Systems is providing back-office automated provisioning for Terayon 's cable modem termination systems and cable modems used by broadband service providers world-wide. Using Sigma's OSS Cable Broadband in a Box, the software supports flow-through service provisioning and activation for high-speed Internet, interactive TV services, video-on-demand a...

S-A bites into the PVR business

February 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta is finding an appetite for the personal video recorder game. The company is enhancing its digital set-tops, the Explorer 8000 series, with preference engine and intelligent storage management software from Metabyte. The software will learn what subscribers like to watch on TV and will make recommendations to viewers as well as record preferred programs.

Nortel and S-A pitch in to rebuild German cable systems

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Kabel NRW GmbH & Co. KG, Germany's largest cable operator, is taking on a huge project with the help of American companies Nortel and Scientific-Atlanta. Kabel NRW wants to build one of the world's largest, two-way voice -over- IP networks. The goal is to upgrade the existing cable TV infrastructure to a single, cost-effective, next generation network for voice, video and data and position ...

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