U.S. cable operator gross revenue will rise from $35 billion last year to more than $60 billion in 2006, and most will come from new services, a study says. But basic and enhanced basic revenue is growing only at a 4 percent rate, even with price increases, and a lot of that revenue goes to networks, not cable operators.
OpenTV's middleware has now been installed in 16 million set-top boxes worldwide, with 2.1 million new OpenTV-enabled STBs deployed in the first quarter 2001, the company reports. The company shipped 1.6 million STBs in first quarter 2000. In totting up its first-quarter results, OpenTV also found that it had its second consecutive quarter of at least 2 million deployments — coming primar...
The House Judiciary Committee begins hearings today on the Cannon-Conyers Package, a set of bills intended to strengthen requirements of the 1996 Telecom Act that require RBOCs to open the local markets to competitors. The package, introduced earlier this month, opposes the Tauzin-Dingell bill (HR 1542), which seeks to open the long-distance market to the RBOCs and better allow them meet the gr...
Lucent Technologies will supply Qwest Communications International with technology for its remote terminals, which expand the distance DSL can be taken from a central office. Qwest announced it will expand its DSL coverage area in 11 of 14 Western states where it provides local phone service. The expansion comes as it prepares to re-enter the long-distance market in about a year, it says.
BroadJump Inc. and McAfee.com partnered on a deal that integrates BroadJump's Virtual Truck Installer with McAfee.com's Personal Desktop Firewall and Clinic services. The combination will allow subscribers to select a service, and the Virtual Truck will do the registration and billing, as well as the download and installation of McAfee.
Teligent has thrown in the towel and will file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it says in a statement issued today. The company says it expects to continue its day-to-day operations while reorganizing, and adds it has "entered into an interim arrangement with its lenders to provide funds, subject to certain conditions, for near-term operations.
Emperative says it's completed interoperability tests between ProvEn Optical and equipment from Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and Ciena. The testing is part of its program to automate service activation and management across access, metro and core networks, including Sonet, DWDM, GigE, HFC and IP networks.
Lightchip Inc. added 200 GHz spacing and flat passband capabilities to its Versalight optical wavelength router. The diffraction-grating-based product provides 20 200 GHz ITU-spaced channels. The addition allows service providers to route wavelengths where and when they are most needed, the company says.
Even as Congress ponders whether to close up certain competitive aspects of the '96 Telecom Act, it is eyeing a bill bent on enforcing some of the same issues. Rep. Billy Tauzin, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, spoke yesterday on HR 1765 (the Upton Bill), which allows increases in certain FCC enforcement penalties for violations of the Communications Act of 1934.
Will Alcatel SA buy Lucent Technologies Inc. or not? For the second time in a month, talk is thick about Alcatel's interest in buying Lucent — this time for $40 billion, mostly in stock, which is higher than Lucent's $33.5 billion present value, The New York Times reports. "I can't get into a conversation with you on this because we don't comment on these kinds of rumors," Lucent spokeswo...
OpenTV and ITERU will partner on an ITV and unified messaging combination the two will market to Asia's TV network operators on OpenTV's platform. The network is expected to allow operators to provide services where subscribers can send and receive messages between TVs and such other devices as mobile phones using SMS or WAP, PCs with e-mail and ICQ, or fax.
CableLabs sent out teasers today on its upcoming initiative to develop an advanced international communications system based on Internet Protocol. "IPCablecom" will permit cable operators to deliver advanced digital packet services, such as high-quality voice communications, games and other interactive applications, on an international scale, CableLabs says.
AOL Time Warner Inc. reports restructuring costs of nearly $1 billion, including $565 million in workforce reductions and termination benefits. Part of the costs also included $400 million in lease and contract-termination costs, it said in an SEC filing. The company held its first shareholder meeting at 10 a.
Tellabs just launched a line of xDSL modems to go with its MartisDXX managed multiservice access system. The network management system remotely manages the DSL modem at a company's premises, allowing capacity to be allocated at up to 4.5 megabits per second, Tellabs reports. The system is remotely configured for new services and upgrades, and it's commonly used in private branch exchanges, LAN ...
TV Cabo Portugal SA will plans to launch its interactive cable TV service — including DVR — in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 7. The service, powered by Microsoft's TV software, has been through trials and is expected to be commercially available to provide DVR, t-commerce, t-banking, e-mail and high-speed Internet.