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

Juniper intros compact CMTS

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Juniper Networks will tackle the small- to mid-sized MSO sector with the "G1," a new "pizza box"-sized cable modem termination system (CMTS). The compact G1 complements Juniper's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified G10 model, a full-chassis, "carrier-class" CMTS. Both models house Juniper's home-grown silicon, the "Broadband Cable Processor.

Oceanic, Navic make interactive waves

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Oceanic division–already considered a pioneering cable system after its early ground-breaking commercial rollout of video-on-demand–has become the MSO's first to leverage Navic Networks' Set-top Data Services (SDS) platform. Oceanic, conjuring up visions of the analog Qube systems of yesteryear, has launched Navic's Audience Polling application, which allows the...

Arris to resell Alopa OSS

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Operational support systems provider Alopa Networks inked a reseller agreement with Arris in October, enabling Arris to pitch the vendor's OSS platform to operators that offer services such as tiered data and IP telephony. The deal, Alopa said, will give the company an established worldwide sales and support channel for its complete OSS platform, which includes service activation and IP provisi...

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Thomson snaps up Canal+ Technologies

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Thomson Multimedia beefed up its technology portfolio via the purchase of middleware and conditional access provider Canal+ Technologies. Thomson said it will acquire Canal+ Group's 89 percent stake in the technology unit for $186 million in cash. Prior to the deal, Thomson owned a 3.19 percent stake in the company.

Zenith guides HD

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although there's a relative dearth of high-definition programming available, that hasn't stopped Zenith Electronics Corp. from helping HD-ready consumers find what they're looking for. Zenith, through an alliance with Decisionmark Corp., has developed a Web-based electronic program guide (www.zenith.

Pioneer launches developers program

October 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pioneer Digital Technologies has launched a third-party application developers program. Dubbed "Compass," the effort will center on the integration of new services for the Pioneer Passport interactive program guide environment and the vendor's series of Voyager-brand digital set-tops. Compass will provide developers with sample code, a developer's kit and other elements that will help them int...

Satellite merger could be dead; Justice ready to block marriage of EchoStar, DirecTV

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Lieberman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…10/31/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK — The Justice Department will file a lawsuit today to block EchoStar Communications Corp.'s $21 billion merger deal with Hughes Electronics, the parent of DirecTV, according to people familiar with the department's plans.

NCTI intros new high-speed data training courses

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Broadband communications trainer NCTI has introduced two courses aimed at high-speed data customer service and support personnel. The courses, dubbed High-Speed Data Customer Service and Advanced High-Speed Data Customer Service, are geared toward tier 1, 2 and 3 technical service and customer support representatives and are designed to provide an understanding of cable modem services and troub...

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FCC Chairman speaks in support of more airwave flexibility for companies

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jennifer Files | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/ Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News San Jose Mercury News…10/31/2002 From LexisNexis The nation's top communications regulator said Wednesday that he favors giving companies more flexibility to use the airwaves in providing telephone, Internet, television and other services.

Euro-DOCSIS board certifies modem, two CMTSs

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Philips Semiconductors' CME2010 has become the second cable modem to be awarded Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 certification by the Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board. The board also granted Euro-DOCSIS qualification status to Juniper's G10 cable modem termination systems (CMTS) and Scientific Atlanta's Prisma CMTS. The Euro-DOCSIS board certified its first 1.

Sony unveils European online gaming plan

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Not to be outdone by its rival Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. plans to launch a broadband network gaming service for its PlayStation2 gaming console next spring in Europe. The online network will appear first in the United Kingdom, with expansion plans slated for Germany, France, Australia throughout 2003.

N2 manages Time Warner's NYC VOD service

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Time Warner Cable is using N2 Broadband 's network to manage its video-on-demand service in New York City. Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, N2 Broadband's N2 Network will provide TWC's NYC division with a complete delivery management, back-office and usage reporting system. Specifically, the network will enable the secure distribution of media assets from content provide...

Profit takers cash in on Nortel's hot streak

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Paddon | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. The Hamilton Spectator…10/30/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks stock plunged 13 percent yesterday as traders sold to take profits after a rally that had seen the battered shares almost triple in price from this month's historic lows. Nortel closed down 25 cents at $1.

Broadband providers prep for multiplayer Xbox service

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A total of 13 US and Canadian broadband service providers are the first to publicly support the "Xbox Compatible" program, an initiative designed to make it easy for gamers to experience the forthcoming multiplayer Xbox Live service. The current list of North American broadband service providers that will support Xbox Compatible include Bell Canada, BellSouth Corp.

T-Mobile takes flight

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Before airline passengers go up, up and away on their next business trip, T-Mobile will be providing passengers on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines high-speed wireless Internet access. Over the next year, T-Mobile plans to add its Wi-Fi HotSpot service to roughly 100 of the airlines' most frequented clubs and lounges.

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