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

RCN customers to get faster dial-up

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While not every Internet customer is interested in broadband service, most would likely be interested in faster dial-up service. For many customers of competitive provider RCN Corp., they now have the option of using newer, faster V.92 modem technology. The new standards-based service takes dial-up to a whole new level — enabling faster connections, quicker downloads and the ability to re...

Digeo and Moxi merge to energize set-top software

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digeo Inc. emerged last month as the suitor of Moxi Digital Inc., creating an entity that aims to change the face of set-top box software. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the combined company will assume the Digeo moniker. The merger will tweak at least two key executive positions. Rita Brogley, the current CEO of Moxi, will become Digeo's vice president of business development and ma...

US Cable picks Terayon for DOCSIS roll-out

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

US Cable of Coastal-Texas has selected Terayon Communication Systems as its primary supplier of DOCSIS gear for its broadband services rollout. Montvale, N.J.-based US Cable, a top-25 MSO, serves more than 150,000 subscribers in 10 states. Specifically, US Cable will populate its DOCSIS networks with Terayon's BE 2000 cable modem termination systems and TJ-series cable modems, including the rec...

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FCC ruling: Multiple ISPs not forced on MSOs

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a 3-to-1 vote that marked a huge win for the cable industry, the Federal Communications Commission declared in mid-March that cable modem service is an information service, rather than a telecommunications service, meaning MSOs are not required to allow outside ISPs onto their high-speed networks.

Ikusi, Coresma hook up in Florida

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ikusi Telecommunications and Coresma turned a former one-way cable system in Florida into a two-way plant, upgrading the basic cable and dialup services to much faster connections and services. The two companies installed and deployed hardware at the Windover Health Club, a 236-unit apartment complex in Melbourne, Fla.

Motorola, N2 forge content delivery system

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to tap existing bandwidth to create a more efficient platform for on-demand content transport, Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and N2 Broadband have unveiled a new satellite-based digital asset management and delivery system. Under terms of the agreement, the system melds N2 Broadband's MediaPath digital asset management platform with Motorola's DigiCipher II uplink systems and...

Free space optics go commercial-class

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Seeking to eliminate outages for the emerging free space optics (FSO) sector, AirFiber Inc. has launched the AirFiber 5800, an FSO platform that incorporates new levels of fault-tolerance and immunity to beam interference caused by birds and other intruders. That combination will allow carriers to offer service level agreements through wireless FSO technology for the first time, as the system ...

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Pulsent claims new compression scheme puts MPEG to shame

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After toiling away in stealth mode for more than four years, Pulsent Corp. emerged with claims that its streaming media codec is superior to block-based MPEG as well as proprietary derivatives offered by companies like RealNetworks Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Pulsent believes its technology, which aims to boost bandwidth efficiency by 400 percent over MPEG-2, is best suited for bandwidth-sapping ...

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BigBand reaches digital milestone

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BigBand Networks Inc. said its Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) now serves more than 500,000 digital cable subscribers in North America, thanks in part to deployment deals with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Blue Ridge Communications and Canadian MSO Rogers Cable. BigBand, which is working with other undisclosed operators, said it reached that milestone less than six months af...

XML the centerpiece for rival iTV initiatives

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Claiming that interactive television applications and content are riddled with too many proprietary elements, two separate groups are pushing new open standards for iTV production based on extensible markup language, or XML. The first is based on a baseline standard spec initially developed by iTV provider GoldPocket Interactive, outlined in a white paper at www.

CableLabs issues CableHome 1.0 specs

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs has issued specifications for CableHome 1.0, an industry-wide effort designed to extend DOCSIS to home networking devices. CableLabs said it expects to begin CableHome product certification testing during the second half of 2002. In addition to "hands-off" provisioning, CableHome also addresses security firewall measures and tools designed to help cable operators diagnose and solve h...

Conexant chip integrates cable modem and MPEG decoder

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Conexant Systems has launched the CX24430, a set-top box chip that combines a cable modem and an MPEG decoder for interactive cable applications. In addition to digital set-tops, the chip could also be deployed in broadband home gateways and other advanced interactive cable devices. The full function CX24430 targets the worldwide cable market and goes for $37 per unit in volume.

Powell asks for digital volunteers

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell in early April issued a plan that aims to goose the digital-television migration. Noting that the plan is "voluntary," Powell suggested that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and pay nets HBO and Showtime could populate at least 50 percent of their primetime schedule with HD programming or other "value-added" digital television programming during the ...

Movie man Cameron could boost MPEG-4

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

If MPEG-4 needed a big name to help it build some momentum against its proprietary competition, it's got one now. Academy Award winning director James Cameron has joined forces with software start-up iVAST Inc. to develop a slate of MPEG-4-based interactive programming. Specifically, Cameron will leverage iVAST's MPEG-4 platform and services for his EarthShipTV video entertainment channel.

802.11x extends market reach

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With the Bluetooth wireless protocol failing to live up to expectations in the wireless networking world, competing wireless technologies on the 802.11x platform continue their rapid growth into new markets across the globe. In April, Royal Philips Electronics announced the first 802.11a WLAN solution to receive the CE Mark for the European Union market.

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