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

Million modem mania

December 5, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Com21 is having a good week. In addition to being selected as a National Cable Television Cooperative preferred vendor, as CED previously reported, Com21 has also shipped its one-millionth DOXport 1110 modem. "Shipping our flagship product, the DOXport 1110, as our one-millionth modem is an auspicious milestone.

Cox avoids potential trouble, reigns in its cable modem fees

December 4, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cox must be in the holiday spirit. Either that or the courts stepped in. The MSO has stopped collecting and paying cable Internet franchise fees in some Western states because of a court decision that could make the MSO legally liable. It all began back in June 2000 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that cable Internet access was in part a telecom service, and blocked l...

Gateway to digital TV

December 4, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

MetroCast Cablevision's multi-million dollar upgrade is near completion and the MSO will be set to launch its digital TV service to subscribers in New Hampshire. TVGateway, an interactive program guide, will be a significant part of the digital offering to MetroCast's 35,000 subscribers. TVGateway is a joint venture between four of the six largest U.

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Corning makes what?

December 4, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

You think Corning, you think cookware on your mother's shelf. You know, the stuff that goes from the fridge, to the oven to the table. Well, that was true, but Corning wants to show us their 21st century image. Corning's primary focus in these highly technical times is making the hair-thin glass strands that snake through the world's telecommunications networks.

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New broadband alliance in China

December 4, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

All the action seems to be overseas these days. Shanghai Telecom (STC), AT&T and Shanghai Information Investment Inc. (SII), have inked a deal to bring broadband IP value-added services to commercial customers in Pudong New Area, Shanghai. China is experiencing fast growth in the telecom sector, with China NetTV Holdings and China Broadband establishing firm market shares.

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Be afraid, be very afraid.

December 4, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

EchoStar has admitted it may not be technically equipped to compete with cable's two-way broadband Internet-access service. EchoStar, the second-largest direct-broadcast satellite provider, said the DBS's introduction of two-way Internet access is probably no match for cable's high-speed Internet service bundled with digital-video and, in some cases, local phone service.

New modem for home and SOHO

December 3, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Announced at the Western Show last week, Home Wireless and Future Networks have said that they have developed a prototype of the FN110 cable modem with Home Wireless Networks' AirWay TransPort system. The prototype demonstrates a wireless voice and data Local Area Network with cable modem compatibility for the home or small office.

Level 3 has a new wire

December 3, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Level 3 has laid the first new transatlantic Internet and communications cable to cross the Atlantic in two years. The 3,700-mile long submarine system, affectionately named "Yellow," connects North American and European broadband systems and features 320 gigabits with upgrade capability to 1.28 terabits.

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OpenTV opens new doors

December 3, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

OpenTV is making waves across the Pacific. The interactive television provider will deploy its iTV services in Singapore for Media Corporation. OpenTV expects to begin a pilot by next month and will deploy set-top boxes on MediaCorp's digital network. "OpenTV's operating software and applications have also been selected for deployment by Asia Pacific MSOs, including TVB in Hong Kong, for launch...

Wink, click, and win!

December 3, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Wink subscribers have shown just how much they like their iTV. The interactive TV provider is holding a contest that lets Wink-enabled cable TV subscribers win free cable service and products when they interact with the enhanced programming. The contest, being held nationwide, is offered to more than 250,000 households in 16 cable markets.

Time Warner and Liberate talking?

December 3, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Time Warner may be conversing with Liberate Technologies about piloting Liberate's interactive-television software. The possible agreement may have something to do with Time Warner's pending merger with AOL. The online provider's recently launched "AOLTV" service uses Liberate as its underlying software.

Microsoft to develop set-top solution

November 30, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Microsoft has signed a memorandum of understanding with Octal, a group of system engineers in Portugal, to develop a prototype advanced set-top box for European digital video broadcasting and North American cable set-top box markets. The goal of the alliance is to develop for cable operators a set-top solution based on Microsoft's TV software and the Octal hardware platforms.

Adelphia adds Scientific-Atlanta headends

November 30, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Adelphia Communications has purchased additional digital headends from Scientific- Atlanta to further support its goal for deploying digital set-tops to its more than 5.6 million subscribers. When complete, the deployment is expected to pass an additional 2.3 million homes by 1Q 2001. The installations will cover the eastern half of the U.

From the Western Show:

November 30, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The world according to John Chambers Cisco CEO John Chambers sees a market where the broadband connection is merely the ante and the real game is in execution and services. In a private session with trade journalists Thursday - away from the clamor of the Western Cable Show floor, Chambers emphasizes the winners in the volatile broadband Internet game will be those that get to market early and ...

VNI and Time Warner Cable sign deal

November 29, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Video Networks Inc. (VNI) and Time Warner Cable Adcast have inked a deal for VNI to deliver advertising and other content in a digital format to headends throughout North Carolina. VNI, soon to be renamed Pathfire, is a digital media content distribution and management services provider. VNI's interactive media management service helps cable ad sales offices distribute commercials more efficien...

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