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

New designs for the Powerline

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The buzz in the home networking world may be mostly wireless right now, but wireline technologies that can link up a home's PC and devices are poised to make a push to consumers as well. One of the protocols expected to make inroads this year is powerline networking, whereby electrical outlets serve as networking ports simply by plugging in an adaptor between a device's USB port and the outlet ...

Microtune bows efficient single-chip tuner

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microtune Inc. has introduced the MicroTuner MT2050, a single-chip tuner that claims to cut radio frequency (RF) costs by almost 25 percent, board space by 20 percent and power by 11 percent. Targeting advanced DOCSIS 2.0 cable modems, new computer-controlled cable modems (CCCMs) and digital interactive set-tops, the MT2050 is priced at $5 per unit in quantities of 10,000 or more.

Mediacom reports Q1 results

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp.'s first quarter results gave the company's stock price a much-need shot in the arm today. On a pro forma basis, operating cash flow increased 18 percent when compared to Q1 2001. The company reported operating cash flow of $88.1 million, up from $74.5 million in the first quarter 2001.


Might cable ops do leased line?

May 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

For a small- and medium-sized businesses today, getting broadband connectivity is basically a nightmare in many markets. Most times, to get T1/E1 service, businesses must contract with local telcos, and wait weeks or months just to be lucky enough to get a pricey T-1 line. Having to stack additional expensive leased lines to add scalability just exacerbates the problem.

Broadcom, Microtune trade punches over silicon tuner tech

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to leverage a recently awarded patent, silicon maker Broadcom Corp. has filed a counterclaim against Microtune Inc., which filed a lawsuit against Broadcom early last year over tuner-on-a-chip technology. Broadcom hopes to include in the case patent No. 6,377,315, which describes a "system and method for providing a low power receiver design.

CoSine makes cuts to conserve cash

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CoSine Communications Inc. is a smaller fish in a big pond, and to avoid getting eaten by a bigger fish like Cisco Systems Inc. or Nortel Networks, the company is looking to save some cash by cutting 45 percent of its work force. To save as much as $9 million per quarter on operating expenses — compared to the first quarter, the network equipment maker is cutting roughly 190 jobs, reducin...

DirecTV Broadband targets cable with extended offer

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

DirecTV Broadband will continue to offer two months of free DSL service to existing cable modem customers through May 31. The company launched the special offer late last year. In addition to the offer's two months of free service, DirecTV Broadband said it will also waive its $49.99 activation fee, putting the total value of the package to about $150.

Study: 4.8 M VOD-capable homes in N. America by 2003

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks to aggressive video-on-demand rollouts to help cable operators reign in the DBS threat, 4.8 million North American households will be VOD-capable by the end of 2002, forecasts research firm Allied Business Intelligence. In addition to higher per-subscriber revenue and lower churn rates, VOD is also becoming a favorite among cable operators because it's a unique weapon they can wield agai...


Insight gains on Q1 results

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The first quarter was a busy one for Insight Communications Company. The cabler transitioned its cable modem customers to its own network, while posting revenue in excess of the Street's expectations. The company reported revenue of $192.2 million, which beat analysts' consensus estimate of $186.4 million, according to Thomson Financial/First Call.

WorldCom rating gets junked

May 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

What goes up must come down. Just two days ago, investors seemed almost giddy following Cisco Systems quarterly results — the Nasdaq spike roughly 100 points. Today, however, the Nasdaq dipped slightly in mid-day trading action. News of two rating agencies cutting WorldCom Inc.'s debt rating to "junk" status helped fuel the slide.

Nokia calls for 3G-royalty cap

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Looking to promote widespread deployment of 3G technology, Nokia is calling on the wireless industry to institute a fixed licensing fee for 3G patents. Usually royalties are charged as a percentage of a piece of equipment's sale price. Nokia, which claims to own the most WCDMA patents, is calling on registered WDMA patent holders to limit their cumulative royalty rates for 3G technology to 5 pe...

NTL files reorganization plan

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Well it is official; NTL Inc. has filed its previously announced reorganization plan under the protective blanket of Chapter 11. The reorganization plan is based on an agreement with bondholders to swap $10.6 billion in debt into equity in two reorganized companies - NTL UK and Ireland and NTL Euroco.

Adelphia puts some assets on the chopping block

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp. is making a move to try and improve its financial situation - the company is soliciting bids for cable systems that serve half its subscriber base. The systems that are up for sale serve roughly 2.7 million subscribers. The specific systems being put on the block include systems in Southern California (1.

Charter could exit CableLabs

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A CableLabs official confirmed Thursday that Charter Communications Inc. notified the R&D consortium on April 4 that the MSO could withdraw its membership in three years. CED sister publication Multichannel News reported the development earlier this morning on its Web site and in its subscription-based daily, Multichannel News Day.

SPEEDCOM secures funding

May 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fixed wireless broadband equipment provider SPEEDCOM Wireless Corp. snags a $1 million secured loan. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate the launch of its SPEEDLAN 9000 products, a line of wireless Ethernet routers. The SPEEDLAN 9000 provides a platform that enables the user to choose between mesh, star, or a point-to-point deployment.


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