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DAQTron announces release of DOCSIS 2.0 PHY test automation

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband test gear maker DAQTron, Inc. has unveiled test scripts for full automation of DOCSIS 2.0 physical layer testing. DOCSIS 2.0, the latest version of the cable data specification, utilizes A-TDMA (Advanced Time Division Multiple Access) and S-CDMA (Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) advanced physical layer technologies to enable as much as three times the maximum upstream throug...

Sunrise intros new test series

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The path towards fully-automated bi-directional test equipment is one that Sunrise Telecom Broadband is on, and their new Install Profiler Series of analog and digital instrumentation is indicative of the trend. Sunrise is showing off the new family of meters, which combines analog and digital measurement and cable modem testing capabilities right into the meter.

Motorola debuts network monitoring application

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has introduced its HFC Manager Element Management System, a software application that enables broadband network operators to remotely monitor and configure the network. Its scalable architecture supports from one user and one device to many users and thousands of devices.

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InnoMedia shows offs video-enabled MTA

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Much of what will be on display at the CableNET pavilion within BroadbandPlus this year will be all about cable telephony and next-generation packet voice. But the next generation even beyond that will seemingly also be on display as well, as InnoMedia will be showing off a multimedia terminal adapter that also serves as a videophone.

Com-21 expands modem product line

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Com21 Inc. has added two new DOCSIS 2.0 modems to its DOXport line of products — the DOXport 1110XB2 and the DOXport 1112XB2. The DOXport 1110XB2 modem comes equipped with additional features that support the requirements for synchronous-code division multiple access (S-CDMA) and advanced time division multiple access (A-TDMA) upstream modes of DOCSIS 2.

Starz! goes for the Real (Networks) thing

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The rights Starz Encore Group negotiated with its studio partners in 1999 might start to pay some dividends in the spring of 2003 when the premium programmer and RealNetworks Inc. bow a subscription video-on-demand service targeted to consumers with broadband connections. The service, offered through the RealOne subscription platform, will offer the same movie titles that the programmer offers ...

Concurrent, S-A team to test gig-E, video server compatibility

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

VOD systems manufacturer Concurrent Computer Corp. and Scientific-Atlanta are working together to test the interoperability of S-A's Prisma gigabit Ethernet optical transport technology and Concurrent's MediaHawk Video Server. These tests conclude that the optical transport system and iMux IP-to-ASI gateway can successfully operate with the video server, which will help operators lower the cost...

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Manticom targets low cost VOD

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Manticom Networks has joined the video-on-demand transport fray with a Gigabit Ethernet-based product designed to push the economic needle below $35 per-provisioned subscriber. Manticom's "Scorpion" product suite implements a distributed, Layer 2, Ethernet switching architecture, delivering backbone capacity that scales from 2.

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PS2 a set-top in console clothing?

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The way Advent Networks and BroadQ see it, Sony Corp.'s Playstation 2 can be used for more than just fun and games. In addition to playing the latest gaming titles, the most popular gaming consoles on Earth can also be leveraged by cable operators as media gateways capable of delivering video-on-demand via codecs such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX.

New Broadcom VoIP ICs Maximize POTS CPE

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom is bringing VoIP to the POTS world with the unveiling of the IC maker's BroadVoice VoIP telephony solution, a modular two-line telephony platform that can deliver high-quality voice over standard POTS-based CPE. Potentially, it's a way for DSL and cable service providers to offer their subscribers a "better than" existing telephone service to their customers, while using much less band...

N2 Broadband localizes VOD

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

As the momentum gains for on-demand content beyond first-run movies, operator VOD packages could soon add more local content like sports and news to the mix with a new product launched today from N2 Broadband. N2's Xport allows operators to encode, package and play local programming through traditional VOD infrastructures.

Pioneer bows wireless gateway

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Though traditionally a player in digital set top boxes, Pioneer Electronics has joined the crowd in developing a next-generation integrated modem and router gateways device. They're unveiling the BTM-850W Wireless Gateway Modem at the BroadbandPlus show this year-a device that combines a DOCSIS 1.1 cable modem (pending certification), a router-gateway with four-port Ethernet switch, and an 802.

Mag Rack secures LodgeNet deal

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Mag Rack, Rainbow Media Holdings ' budding video-on-demand service, has signed an agreement with LodgeNet Entertainment Corp., the world's largest provider of interactive TV services to hotels. A sample of Mag Rack's special interest programming is now available to more than 230,000 guest rooms in nearly 1,200 hotels nationwide, including The Ritz-Carlton, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Starwoo...

Motorola modem hangs ten with DOCSIS 2.0

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Broadband has unveiled the SURFboard SB5100, a cable modem based on CableLabs' advanced DOCSIS 2.0 specification. Powered by silicon from Broadcom Corp., the SB5100 incorporates the advanced physical layer schemes required under the upstream-widening DOCSIS 2.0 specification: A-TDMA and S-CDMA.

Mediacom grooms digital with BigBand

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp. said it is deploying BigBand Networks Inc. 's Broadband Multimedia-Service-Router (BMR) for digital broadcast services in two states. Specifically, Mediacom, which serves about 1.6 million basic cable subs, is using the gear and BigBand's grooming application to gain more control of its digital programming line-ups in eight sites in Georgia and Illinois.

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