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

SwitchPoint completes IP telephony trial

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SwitchPoint Networks Inc. has completed its trial of Gemini Voice Solutions Inc.'s Gemini Broadband Voice feature-rich, "any-distance" telephony service over its digital switched data network. The 90-day trial was conducted in SwitchPoint's 1,000+ home research and development network in Springville, Utah.

CableLabs concludes second OCAP interop

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs said its second OCAP (Open Cable Application Platform) interoperability event on July 22 was a success as fifteen different vendors joined in with "critical pieces" that make up the specification's puzzle, including hardware platforms, middleware implementations, interactive television applications and development and test tools.

Cable vet Ben Duval dead at 71

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Ben Duval, a long-time cable industry figure, died at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. on July 25. He was 71. Duval, who termed himself a "peddler deluxe," operated the B.E. Duval Company, a rep firm and equipment distributor, since the late 1960s. During his tenure at the company, Duval helped several companies make their entry into the cable business.

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JDS to take huge loss on sale of next-generation optical unit

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Taylor | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…08/02/2002 From LexisNexis JDS Uniphase Corp. said yesterday it will sell technology once considered critical in the rush toward next generation fiber-optic networks to France's MEMSCAP for about $9 million (U.S.). That's a fraction of the $565 million paid two years ago by JDS, the world's largest supplier of components and module...

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Revenue jumps at Comcast

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A boost in digital cable and high-speed Internet access customers led Comcast Corp. to a 16 percent year-over-year increase in revenue. The cabler posted revenue of $2.71 billion, which topped analyst consensus estimates of $2.66 billion, according to Thomson Financial/First Call. Adjusted net income, excluding nonoperating items, amounted to $140.

ADC bids farewell to optical components biz

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ADC has its eye on the prize: profitability. The telecom equipment maker is taking additional steps to cut costs, including getting out of the optical components business and refocusing its DSL access portfolio. The company has hired Lehman Brothers to assist in the evaluation of its optical components business, and determine whether the unit should be sold or just shut down.

Liberty snatches up France Telecom unit

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

It's the old adage, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again." After failing to win approval to purchase Deutsche Telekom's cable units in Europe, Liberty Media Corp. has inked a deal to acquire France Telecom's cable operator N.V. Casema. The agreement will jump start Liberty Media's efforts to expand its footprint in the European market.

Former WorldCom execs surrender to authorities

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As if misreporting billions in expenses and filing for bankruptcy wasn't enough, two former WorldCom Inc. executives have surrendered to federal authorities to face charges related to financial wrongdoing. Scott Sullivan and David Myers surrendered at an undisclosed location early this morning. Details of the charges against Sullivan and Myers have not yet been disclosed.

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Canopy covers Republic

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Motorola Inc. has targeted a town in southwestern Missouri as the spot for the first rural deployment of its high-speed wireless broadband access product, dubbed Canopy. NexLink communications Inc. has deploy the fixed wireless system in Republic, Mo., and is offering high-speed Internet access services to the residents and businesses.

Analysts downplay Nortel, Lucent fears

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Sarah Cohen | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…08/01/2002 From LexisNexis As the telecommunications slump deepens, concerns about the long-term viability of Lucent Technologies Inc. and Nortel Networks have flared with every new dismal forecast for the industry. In fact, though, most observers say both telecom equipment makers have enough cash to weather the next 18 months.

Final bell rings in IPG patent battle?

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a much-anticipated decision involving contested interactive program guide technology, an International Trade Commission judge in June ruled against Gemstar-TV Guide International, claiming that EchoStar Communications, Pioneer New Media Technologies, Scientific-Atlanta and SCI Systems did not infringe on Gemstar's IPG patents.

SCTE approves IPCablecom standards

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said its data standards subcommittee has approved four new standards for IPCablecom, a global architecture for packetized applications and services whose roots are found in North America's PacketCable platform. The four newly-approved standards are: SCTE 24-14 2002 (Primary Line Support), SCTE 24-15 2002 (Interdomain quality of Service),...

C-COR.net to expand global reach via Philips Broadband buy

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

C-COR.net has struck a deal valued at about $78 million to snap-up Philips Broadband Networks (PBN), a move that is expected to widen C-COR.net's international scope by three-fold. The deal, expected to close by the second half of this year, will add about $100 million in annual accretive revenue, C-COR.

Arris, Toshiba first to get EuroDOCSIS 1.1 nod

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris' C4 cable modem termination system and Toshiba's PCX2500 cable modem became the first equipment last month to pass the test for the EuroDOCSIS 1.1 specification. The EuroDOCSIS Certification Board said the milestone was achieved after it invited those vendors to resubmit their products following certification wave 8, following "only minor problems being found during certification wave 7.

Wavexpress nets IP multicast trials

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wavexpress has locked down its first trials for its IP broadcast service with Missouri-based St. Joseph Cablevision and with USA Media in Osburn, Idaho. Wavexpress–whose backers include USA Media Group and News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), which operates the St. Joseph cable system–offers a multicast system that supports "enhanced" Internet content, including games, full-scre...

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