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

Charter defends itself

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A lawsuit has been filed against Charter Communications Inc. for alleged misleading accounting practices. The MSO is defending its books, and says its SEC filings paint an accurate picture of its financial condition. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California July 31, claims that Charter used "misleading accounting practices that had the effect of misrepre...

Toshiba supplying Cox with DOCSIS 1.1 modems

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cox Communications has selected Toshiba America Information Systems as a "preferred" vendor of cable modems based on the advanced DOCSIS 1.1 specification. Financial terms were not disclosed. Specifically, Toshiba will supply the MSO with its PCX2500 model, the first production-ready cable modem to get the DOCSIS 1.

Study: Q2 a record for DOCSIS modems shipments

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

DOCSIS cable modem shipments topped 2.5 million units in the second quarter of 2002, a new quarterly record, Kinetic Strategies Inc. said in its August report. Motorola Broadband maintained its healthy, global lead over its rivals with 825,000 total units shipped and a 32.12 percent market share. The company also reestablished itself as the leading shipper of DOCSIS modems in North America with...

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SwitchPoint completes IP telephony trial

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SwitchPoint Networks Inc. has completed its trial of Gemini Voice Solutions Inc.'s Gemini Broadband Voice feature-rich, "any-distance" telephony service over its digital switched data network. The 90-day trial was conducted in SwitchPoint's 1,000+ home research and development network in Springville, Utah.

CableLabs concludes second OCAP interop

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs said its second OCAP (Open Cable Application Platform) interoperability event on July 22 was a success as fifteen different vendors joined in with "critical pieces" that make up the specification's puzzle, including hardware platforms, middleware implementations, interactive television applications and development and test tools.

Cable vet Ben Duval dead at 71

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Ben Duval, a long-time cable industry figure, died at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. on July 25. He was 71. Duval, who termed himself a "peddler deluxe," operated the B.E. Duval Company, a rep firm and equipment distributor, since the late 1960s. During his tenure at the company, Duval helped several companies make their entry into the cable business.

JDS to take huge loss on sale of next-generation optical unit

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Taylor | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…08/02/2002 From LexisNexis JDS Uniphase Corp. said yesterday it will sell technology once considered critical in the rush toward next generation fiber-optic networks to France's MEMSCAP for about $9 million (U.S.). That's a fraction of the $565 million paid two years ago by JDS, the world's largest supplier of components and module...

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Revenue jumps at Comcast

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A boost in digital cable and high-speed Internet access customers led Comcast Corp. to a 16 percent year-over-year increase in revenue. The cabler posted revenue of $2.71 billion, which topped analyst consensus estimates of $2.66 billion, according to Thomson Financial/First Call. Adjusted net income, excluding nonoperating items, amounted to $140.

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ADC bids farewell to optical components biz

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ADC has its eye on the prize: profitability. The telecom equipment maker is taking additional steps to cut costs, including getting out of the optical components business and refocusing its DSL access portfolio. The company has hired Lehman Brothers to assist in the evaluation of its optical components business, and determine whether the unit should be sold or just shut down.

Liberty snatches up France Telecom unit

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

It's the old adage, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again." After failing to win approval to purchase Deutsche Telekom's cable units in Europe, Liberty Media Corp. has inked a deal to acquire France Telecom's cable operator N.V. Casema. The agreement will jump start Liberty Media's efforts to expand its footprint in the European market.

Former WorldCom execs surrender to authorities

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As if misreporting billions in expenses and filing for bankruptcy wasn't enough, two former WorldCom Inc. executives have surrendered to federal authorities to face charges related to financial wrongdoing. Scott Sullivan and David Myers surrendered at an undisclosed location early this morning. Details of the charges against Sullivan and Myers have not yet been disclosed.

Canopy covers Republic

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Motorola Inc. has targeted a town in southwestern Missouri as the spot for the first rural deployment of its high-speed wireless broadband access product, dubbed Canopy. NexLink communications Inc. has deploy the fixed wireless system in Republic, Mo., and is offering high-speed Internet access services to the residents and businesses.

Analysts downplay Nortel, Lucent fears

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Sarah Cohen | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…08/01/2002 From LexisNexis As the telecommunications slump deepens, concerns about the long-term viability of Lucent Technologies Inc. and Nortel Networks have flared with every new dismal forecast for the industry. In fact, though, most observers say both telecom equipment makers have enough cash to weather the next 18 months.

SCTE approves IPCablecom standards

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said its data standards subcommittee has approved four new standards for IPCablecom, a global architecture for packetized applications and services whose roots are found in North America's PacketCable platform. The four newly-approved standards are: SCTE 24-14 2002 (Primary Line Support), SCTE 24-15 2002 (Interdomain quality of Service),...

Charter puts VOD into orbit with TVN

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After signing two video-on-demand server deals in the wake of Diva Systems' bankruptcy, Charter Communications Inc. said it will answer the content side of the VOD equation via a deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. Under terms of the deal, TVN will encode on-demand content for the MSO from its Digital Network Operations Center and transport VOD titles and subscription-VOD content via TVN's Secur...

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