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

Akara reaps $30 M in second round of funding

July 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Akara landed $30 million in a second financing round for its optical service management system. The company will expand operations, customer service and sales, and develop more products and services with the funds. The round was led by Canadian VC firm VenGrowth, but also included help from Corning Inc.

Study: Optical access market to top $2 B in 2005

July 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

First-mile connections to multitenant office buildings will emerge as a strong growth area, with fiber-connected facilities more than doubling in 2005. The industry's services sector will reach $900 million in that time, a new study says. Optical Access: Next Generation Technology and Services in the First Mile, from Communications Industry Researchers Inc.

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Study: Fixed wireless grows on unlicensed band

July 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Little or no marketing may account for the lack of awareness of fixed wireless services, a study says. In reality, this sector is doing well — in the unlicensed band, where CLECs and IPs are showing a profit. Unlicensed Spectrum from Allied Business Intelligence says unlicensed operators are leading the fixed wireless deployment, and will approach 7 million subscribers by the end of 2006.

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A Novo to maintain 3Com cable modems

July 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

3Com may not be selling any new cable modems, but for those who have already deployed them, A Novo Broadband Inc. has agreed to maintain and repair them. 3Com has about 1.3 million of the modems installed. Under the deal, A Novo will repair, refurbish, and do software upgrades and general maintenance in its service centers in Florida; Ohio; California; and Montreal, Ontario.

Digital modem shipments down/analog up, study says

July 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Shipments of digital modems continued to fall in first-quarter 2001, but analog modems saw an increase, says the just-released Networking Quarterlies report from Cahners In-Stat Group. Cable modems and ADSL modems shipments also fell during the quarter. While shipments of both will continue to fall in second quarter, third quarter should see an increase, particularly in ADSL CPE shipments, In-S...

BigBand Networks announces next-generation broadcast grooming device

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BigBand Networks Inc. recently announced the availability of Broadcast Grooming for the company's Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR), which provides cable MSOs with a multi-port, carrier-class grooming solution featuring efficiency, control and functionality. Through the BMR, MSOs receive a "best of breed" solution for pressing broadcast needs, while at the same time embarking on a futur...

TollBridge unveils new multi-protocol voice processing card

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

TollBridge Technologies recently introduced the Voice III module that targets the latest voice over broadband access standards including NCS, MGCP, BLES AAL5 and BLES AAL2. This voice processing card delivers the highest available densities for voice-over-IP deployment with the TB300 and TB200 gateways for cable, DSL, fixed wireless, T-1 and ATM broadband media access.

STMicroelectronics introduces HDTV chip

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced an advanced HDTV encoder IC called the STi7020, and the STV0397, a multi-channel VoIP processor for cable network-based telephony products. The STi7020 contains multiple stream MPEG high definition (HD)/standard definition (SD) video decoding, audio decoding, a 2-D/3-D graphics subsystem and functions such as NTSC/PAL video encoder and high definition and stan...

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Value-added services to beef up struggling DSL industry

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Value-added services such as virtual private networking, voice-over-DSL, VOD and MPEG music will give the struggling DSL industry a shot in the arm, a new report says. The "Enabling Value-Added Services Over DSL Networks: Market Opportunities For Service Providers and Suppliers" report from Pioneer Consulting estimates that more than 16 million DSL customers will subscribe to more than 25 milli...

Equator launches Dolphin and StingRay

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Equator Technologies Inc. recently unveiled its new Dolphin reference design platform. The company also introduced the StingRay reference board, an advanced development board designed to support Equator's MAP-CA Broadband Signal Processor (BSP) chip. Dolphin will shorten the design cycle of enhanced, multi-function media appliances by providing a complete and customizable hardware/software plat...

TVN joins with Concurrent, nCUBE for VOD

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

nCUBE Corp. has validated TVN's video-on-demand (VOD) asset management and distribution systems for use with its n4 streaming video appliance. Concurrent Corp. has also successfully validated TVN's Digital Content Express VOD asset management and distribution system for use with Concurrent's MediaHawk video servers.

Gatespace to ally with Digital Pockets

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Gatespace is partnering with Digital Pockets Inc. to develop service gateway applications for single-family home and multi-dwelling units in the U.S. Homebuilders of "intelligent communities" and service providers to those residences will benefit from Gatespace's distributed service platform, delivering applications in conjunction with Digital Pockets' Application Integration System.

Philips and OpenTV announce support for Nexperia

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Philips Semiconductors, a division of Philips Electronics, will port OpenTV's interactive television (iTV) middleware to the Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine line. The integration of OpenTV's iTV middleware solution with the Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine platform is expected to empower service providers to deliver interactive TV applications on both today's set-to...

Prime time for interactive TV

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcasters, content providers and software vendors are preparing for a revolution in the way consumers watch television. The developing interactive TV (ITV) array of services, which were being used by 14.9 million households at the end of 2000, will experience an explosive annual growth rate of 59 percent, totaling more than 244 million households worldwide by 2006.

Motorola to qualify Microtune amplifier chips with modems

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola plans to qualify Microtune's RF silicon amplifier chips with its line of cable modems and digital set-top terminals. The contract will enable operators to provide customers with advanced video, voice and data services. Microtune will provide Motorola with its MicroStreamer MT 1530 Upstream Amplifier, which Motorola plans to integrate into its line of SURFboard cable modems and its DCT ...

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