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

Clear, Redback Deliver End-to-End Optical Management

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Clear, a global supplier of optical, broadband and digital network management software, is partnering with Redback Networks to jointly offer customers enhanced end-to-end fault, performance and service level management capabilities in multi-technology, multi-vendor network environments. The agreement gives service providers with Redback technology a way to manage service level agreements, reduc...

One-third of Internet Users Have Broadband Access, Study Says

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Thirty-one percent of U.S. Internet users have broadband access at home, work or school, according to a study recently released by Arbitron Inc. and Coleman. The study, "Broadband Revolution 2: The Media World of Speedies," found that 64 percent of Internet users who have broadband access are connected through their workplace, and 37 percent have access at home.

Limited Consumer Interest in New Services to Challenge BSPs

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

As new broadband access technologies begin to compete with DSL and cable for the residential market, and as consumers are offered greater choice in selecting a broadband provider, the battle for the broadband consumer will become increasingly intense. Service providers are actively shopping for new broadband services to entice residential customers, thus hoping to provide a means of differentia...

Advertisement to Purchase ADC Cable Assets

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments will purchase certain assets of ADC Telecommunications' cable product portfolio for $32 million and the assumption of certain liabilities. The assets being purchased include those from ADC's Broadband Communications division, located in Meriden, Conn.; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Klagenfurt, Austria.

Navic Networks' Solution Helps Manage Mixed Vendor Set-Tops

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Navic Networks is introducing version 2.3 of its Hypergate system software. The Hypergate 2.3 is the software backbone behind Navic's Set-top Data Services (SDS), which are designed to overlay the existing cable or satellite network. The company's Hypergate infrastructure uses a client/server approach with multiple tiers of servers to support efficient communication within complex set-top box n...

Motorola to buy RiverDelta for $300 M in stock

July 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. will buy RiverDelta Networks Inc. in a stock transaction worth about $300 million, depending on Motorola's stock price prior to the deal's closing later this year. Under the deal, Motorola will receive all of RiverDelta Networks' capital stock in exchange for shares of Motorola's common stock.

Alopa add-on goes to customer desktop

July 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Alopa Networks added customer premise equipment qualification functionality to its to its MetaServ provisioning platform. The CPE qualification allows service providers to "look directly into clients' desktops," Alopa reports, letting them monitor a subscribers' whole CPE network, rather than just the modems.

Internet still reaps bulk of VC funds, but loses ground

July 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Internet-specific companies took $3 billion, or the bulk of the country's venture capital, although its percentage of the total pot is losing ground to the life sciences sector, a study says. A joint study from Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association says venture capitalists invested $10.


Deals of the day roundup

July 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CopperCom and Kenetec Inc. will combine their technologies into a solution that delivers voice over broadband to multitenant units. EurekaGGN, which today landed $20 million in equity financing, will deploy the system in New York City, the trio report. CopperCom will supply its CSX2199 media gateway, CopperController softswitch and VOB gateway, and Kenetec will provide its EdgeExpress 5000 serv...

Charter sees $273.9 M net loss, revenue up

July 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications' second-quarter net loss reached $273.9 million, or $1.07 a share, but revenue was up 16.1 percent, from $794.8 million to $928.5 million. A solid $32.9 million of that was from cable modems, more than double last year's $15.1 million. Digital video accounted for $68.2 million of total revenue, and analog video, $666.

Alcatel Optronics buys Kymata for $117.2 M in stock

July 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Alcatel Optronics will acquire Kymata Ltd. for $117.2 million in stock, it reports. The purchase gives Alcatel access to Kymata's planar technology for high-end passive optical components and saves it two years in time-to-market for its planar products. "Their high-end passive components complement our own high-end active component portfolio," says Alcatel Optronics CEO Jean-Christophe Giroux i...

Pioneer task force to tackle home networks

July 29, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Pioneer is gambling that TV and digital set-top boxes will act as the hub of home networks. The set-top and software maker formed a home-networking task force to develop systems combining its home entertainment, and cable and communications products. The team, drawn from the company's business solutions and home entertainment divisions, will be headed by VP of Product Development Ray Tozaki and...

Cable MSOs eye OCAP revisions

July 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable Television Laboratories Inc. and its members are working on a revised version of the Open Cable Application Platform (OCAP), a standardized middleware specification designed to run applications on forthcoming OpenCable-compliant digital set-top boxes, industry sources close the situation confirmed.

Gigabit to the home lit up in California

July 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Competisys Corp. today lit up its HomeStream system at the Poppy Meadows development in American Canyon, Calif. The new system, purportedly the first of its kind in the country, provides a Gigabit Ethernet, direct fiber-optic connection into the home. Services to be piped over the full duplex system include IP telephony, video (digital television and other video products including PVR capabilit...


CEA sets powerline networking tests

July 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said today that its R7.3 Home Networking Subcommittee will begin extensive field-testing of existing powerline carrier (PLC) technologies on October 1 and will select the winning technology for a technical standard by January 2002. CEA will oversee the testing, which will be conducted by a professional third-party test service.


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