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

Com21 gets a late break on DOCSIS 1.1

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

CableLabs awarded DOCSIS 1.1- certification to Com21 Inc.'s DOXport 1110XB cable modem last month, nearly a month after the end of certification wave 22. The Louisville, Colo.-based R&D house historically has given certification and qualification nods to equipment weeks after the end of testing waves.

Arris, Toshiba first to get EuroDOCSIS 1.1 nod

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

Arris' C4 cable modem termination system and Toshiba's PCX2500 cable modem became the first equipment last month to pass the test for the EuroDOCSIS 1.1 specification. The EuroDOCSIS Certification Board said the milestone was achieved after it invited those vendors to resubmit their products following certification wave 8, following "only minor problems being found during certification wave 7.

Narad speeds SMB with IBM

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

Narad Networks hopes to give its commercial broadband over cable plans a big boost following a new alliance with IBM. Under terms of the deal, IBM and Narad will team on an open standards-based architecture designed to give cable operators an easy way to offer broadband services to small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs).

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Study bullish on DVR

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

Digital storage and personalization will continue to lead the way as the digital video recorder (DVR) market reaches 28.6 million users (and 28 percent of all U.S. TV homes) by 2008, The Carmel Group predicted during last month's Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) confab in Boston, Mass.

AM picks up Nex-Link

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

Calling it a step toward diversification and overall growth, AM Communications Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary, AM Broadband Services Inc., has completed its acquisition of start-up Nex-Link Communications, a provider of cable engineering, construction and fulfillment services. Nex-Link recorded revenues of roughly $3 million for the six-month period ended June 30, and company co-founder...

Wavexpress nets IP multicast trials

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

Wavexpress has locked down its first trials for its IP broadcast service with Missouri-based St. Joseph Cablevision and with USA Media in Osburn, Idaho. Wavexpress–whose backers include USA Media Group and News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), which operates the St. Joseph cable system–offers a multicast system that supports "enhanced" Internet content, including games, full-scre...

Final bell rings in IPG patent battle?

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

In a much-anticipated decision involving contested interactive program guide technology, an International Trade Commission judge in June ruled against Gemstar-TV Guide International, claiming that EchoStar Communications, Pioneer New Media Technologies, Scientific-Atlanta and SCI Systems did not infringe on Gemstar's IPG patents.

Cox tabs Motorola for next-gen cable modems

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cabler Cox Communications Inc. posted strong subscriber growth in the second quarter. As part of its commitment to continue the subscriber growth trend, the company said it has named Motorola Broadband Communications Sector as a preferred vendor of next-generation cable modems. Motorola will supply Cox with the SURFboard SB4200 and the SB4220 cable modems.

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WorldGate inks iTV content deal

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Interactive television is not all about fun and games, it can be used to deliver the latest news, too. WorldGate is looking to satisfy digital cable subscribers' need to be in "the know" through an iTV content deal with The Associated Press. The partnership will deliver a 24/7 updated news and information service to WorldGate's iTV subscriber base systems in Canada, the United States and Latin ...

Verizon scales back outlook

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc. has cut its outlook for 2002, citing the ongoing economic downturn. In its revised guidance, the company said it expects revenue to be flat or down 1 percent compared to last year, as opposed to flat or up 1 percent. Verizon has pared its capital expenditures from as much as $15 billion, to as little as $13 billion.

Study: DSL recovery could come in 2003

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Although the DSL access equipment market will continue to suffer this year, the market may be offered some reprieve next year, according to one industry analysis. DSL access equipment sales are expected to dip to $4.1 billion, a 26 percent drop from the numbers posted in 2001, according to industry researcher Dell'Oro Group.

Comdisco gears up for bankruptcy exit

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Comdisco Inc.'s reorganization plan has been given the green light by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The company expects to emerge from Chapter 11 in August. The plan calls for Comdisco to spend up to three years to wind down the company's remaining assets. The sell-off is expected to bring roughly 90 percent recovery to its creditors.

FCC chairman offers plan for telecom turnaround

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Vikas Bajaj | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Dallas Morning News The Dallas Morning News…07/31/2002 From LexisNexis The nation's top telecommunications regulator defended his market-based policies before a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday and said the beleaguered industry needed consolidation, new services and regulatory changes to recover.

TV makers may face mandate on digital receivers

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…07/31/2002 From LexisNexis In an effort to jump-start the languid rollout of digital TV, federal regulators next week are expected to require all new TV sets to include digital receivers by 2006, say people familiar with the matter. TV makers say the mandate would boost the price of a TV by about $200, dampening sales.

EarthLink tops broadband add estimates

July 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Despite fierce competition in the broadband space, EarthLink Inc. surpassed its quarterly subscriber estimates for its high-speed Internet service, adding 72,000 customers during the second quarter. The uptick in broadband subscribers help offset a 6 percent year-over-year dip in dial-up customers. The company's second-quarter net loss shrank from $98.

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