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

CableLabs to phase out YAS

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs officials confirmed last Thursday that the cable R&D house plans to phase out YAS Broadband Ventures as a consultant on several cable access projects by the end of this year. Louisville, Colo.-based CableLabs said that its agreement with YAS all along was to phase out YAS' consultancy role and eventually to elevate CableLabs staff into those positions.

Internet Photonics, MidStream complete VOD interop

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Internet Photonics said it completed successful interoperability testing and integration of its 10 Gbps DWDM transport platform with MidStream Technologies' flagship video server. The companies said they verified the interoperability between MidStreams' IP2000 server, which delivers up to 1.8 Gbps of VOD traffic, and Internet Photonics' LightStack MX, a device that multiplexes/demultiplexes as ...

Broadcom expands board, wins DSL deal

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Chipmaker Broadcom Corp. late last week appointed wireless technology veteran John E. Major to its board of directors. Major is the former chairman and CEO of San Diego-based Novatel Wireless Inc., maker of wireless data solutions for personal digital assistants and laptops. He now runs his own company, The Technologies Solutions Group.

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Salesman cut out by contracting out

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Ann Perry | Comments

Copyright 2003 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star...02/03/2003 When Mahesh Singh immigrated to Canada last May, he landed a job almost immediately selling Rogers cable and high-speed Internet service door-to-door. He quit after a month when the Rogers Cable Inc. subcontractor who had hired him paid him only $ 100 of the almost $ 1,800 in commission he claims he is owed.

Motive, BroadJump reach broadband milestone

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

On the heels of a merger inked last November, Motive Communications Inc. and BroadJump Inc. said their combined products are being used to support more than 10 million subscriber deployments of residential broadband service and "e-support." When broken down, that figure includes five million cable and three million DSL activations.

Microtune tunes into DOCSIS 2.0

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Microtune Inc. has become the latest component maker to jump on the DOCSIS 2.0 bandwagon with the introduction of the MicroStreamer MT1560. The 3.3-volt MT1560 is designed to support the more symmetrical bandwidth capacity fostered by DOCSIS 2.0, while reducing noise and interference in the return path.

Verso picks over Clarent assets

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Softswitch start-up Clarent Corp. said it expects to file for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 and, as part of a pre-packaged deal, will sell "substantially all" of its assets to Atlanta-based Verso Technologies Inc. for roughly $9.8 million. "Given the current state of the telecom industry, litigation and other obligations facing Clarent, the board of directors has determined a sale ...

Oregon jumps on the VOD trail

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The former AT&T Broadband systems represent the largest chunk of video-on-demand "land-grab" systems still out there, but at least one of those recently went off the boards. AT&T Broadband's systems in Tigard and Lake Oswego, Ore., which serve a combined 25,000 cable customers and are now operated under the Comcast umbrella, launched VOD late last year.

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Motorola, Pioneer to team on POD-based hi-def TVs

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Broadband and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. said they will begin testing compatibility procedures between Motorola's MediaCipher conditional access (CA) and Pioneer's plasma flat screen high-definition TVs. The agreement comes on the heels of a pact forged in late 2002 by cable MSOs and consumer electronics companies that aims to create "plug-and-play digital TVs.

Cable gear breaks advanced specs barrier

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The cable industry reached a significant milestone following the completion of certification wave 24, as CableLabs handed out its first passing grades for DOCSIS 2.0, PacketCable 1.0 and CableHome 1.0. On the DOCSIS 2.0 front, CableLabs certified modems or reference designs from Motorola Broadband, Scientific-Atlanta, Texas Instruments, Terayon Communication Systems and Xrosstech.

Big bucks put WildBlue back on the launch pad

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

WildBlue Communications, whose dreams of building a residential broadband satellite service were on the verge of being flushed down the proverbial toilet, might soon find itself flush with cash thanks to a new round of funding. The cash-starved startup got some much needed relief before the end of 2002 when several investors, led by Liberty Satellite, Intelsat and the National Rural Telecommuni...

A Novo Broadband in need of a financial fix

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A Novo Broadband Inc., a New Castle, Del.-based outfit that fixes cable modems and set-tops, has filed for protection under Chapter 11, despite the fact that revenue at its repair division has more than doubled in the past 12 months. The company said it filed for bankruptcy primarily to relieve liquidity pressure caused by the recent termination of its bank line–A Novo Broadband's primary...

Full RPR draft released for working group ballot

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The efforts behind Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology reached another milestone after a draft version 2.0 of the standard–the first to include a "complete" version of the draft–was released for working group ballot. From there, the draft standard will weave its way through the consensus building process.

Cable, DSL show similar gains

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Thanks to advances by cable modem and DSL technology, high-speed connections to the Internet jumped 27 percent during the first half of 2002, for a total of 16.2 million lines in service, the Federal Communications Commission reported recently as part of the agency's efforts to monitor and evaluate the deployment of "advanced" telecommunications capability.

Wavexpress taps AP for broadband news

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wavexpress said it will bolster its library of broadband content via a new deal with AP Digital, a division of The Associated Press that distributes news and information to Internet and wireless customers. The agreement will allow Wavexpress to offer full-screen video news coverage from AP via a Web-based channel aptly dubbed "The News.

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