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

S-A throws a curve

February 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Referring to video, voice and data services as a triple play, Scientific-Atlanta plans to pitch 'em all in PAL format to European markets with its new Explorer 4000DVB digital set-top. Rolling out this fall, the Explorer 4000DVB is designed to support worldwide standards such as DVB-C, PAL, DAVIC/DVB-RC, DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS and provide service operators with a choice of middleware and conditi...

BarcoNet develops gateway with Path 1

February 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

BarcoNet said it will develop a line of IP-based products to distribute on-demand entertainment video over an IP backbone. Path 1 Network Technologies (www.Path1.net.)will work with BarcoNet to develop an IP gateway product using a new Gigabit Ethernet platform. The company hopes the alliance strengthens BarcoNet's position in the industry transition from traditional communication networks to b...

China rejoins cyber world

February 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

When an underseas cable was cut last week, severing millions of Chinese 'Net surfers from the rest of the world, authorities estimated three weeks for contact to be reestablished. However, Intelsat (International Telecommunications Satellite Organization) has stepped in and provided a temporary satellite hookup between the U.

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Sigma supporting Terayon

February 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Operations support system (OSS) provider Sigma Systems is providing back-office automated provisioning for Terayon 's cable modem termination systems and cable modems used by broadband service providers world-wide. Using Sigma's OSS Cable Broadband in a Box, the software supports flow-through service provisioning and activation for high-speed Internet, interactive TV services, video-on-demand a...

S-A bites into the PVR business

February 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta is finding an appetite for the personal video recorder game. The company is enhancing its digital set-tops, the Explorer 8000 series, with preference engine and intelligent storage management software from Metabyte. The software will learn what subscribers like to watch on TV and will make recommendations to viewers as well as record preferred programs.

Nortel and S-A pitch in to rebuild German cable systems

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Kabel NRW GmbH & Co. KG, Germany's largest cable operator, is taking on a huge project with the help of American companies Nortel and Scientific-Atlanta. Kabel NRW wants to build one of the world's largest, two-way voice -over- IP networks. The goal is to upgrade the existing cable TV infrastructure to a single, cost-effective, next generation network for voice, video and data and position ...

Insight footprint takes last VOD step

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The remainder of Insight Communications ' Midwestern subscribers will soon be picking up remotes and demanding video when they want it. Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky subscribers are the latest Insight systems to receive VOD from Diva. Insight's entire footprint has been stamped with the VOD-by-Diva solution, and will reach a total of approximately 930,000 Insight subs.

Tellabs sets sail in Asia-Pacific market

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Tellabs and Roots Communications together are helping service providers in the Asia-Pacific market meet demand for new communications services. The two companies will market and sell Tellabs' Salix switching solutions in the region. The Salix technology evolves traditional phone networks by uniting voice and data systems into one infrastructure for rapid new service creation.

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FCC studies rise in cable rates

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The FCC released the results of a year-long study showing that cable rates are rising. Reuters reports that Americans have been paying on average 5.8 percent more a month for basic and expanded cable television as well as related equipment. Other costs that led to the price hikes included system upgrades, equipment cost increases, inflation and increased costs related to newly added channels, a...

Vanguards - the Oscar of the cable industry

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The National Cable Television Association (NCTA) is calling for nominations for the 2001 Vanguard Awards. The awards recognize individuals for outstanding achievement and leadership in various aspects of the industry. The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, March 30. Nomination forms must be completed and returned no later than Friday, March 30, to the NCTA's Awards Committee, c/o In...

SBC rolls Virtual Truck

February 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Texas-based SBC Communications will be rolling out BroadJump 's Virtual Truck to more easily enable its DSL installations. Going by the name SBC Express, the Virtual Truck lets subscribers install their DSL service and equipment themselves. Depending on the customer, self-installation takes about an hour.

Sea to shining sea

February 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Corvis and Williams have accomplished the electronic equivalent of the Golden Gate Bridge, across the U.S. All-optical networking solutions provider Corvis and its customer Williams Communications say their companies have achieved a technological first. Williams, using Corvis equipment, was able to transmit a 10 Gbps signal without amplification over a distance of 6,400 kilometers, or, for the ...

Alopa woos RiverDelta

February 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It must be in the air. Alopa Networks, wanting to be all things to all MSOs, has signed its third deal with a cable equipment provider. This time Alopa has successfully wooed RiverDelta Networks. The fruit of this union will provide MSOs with an integrated open-access solution for DOCSIS 1.1 broadband networks.

AP Engines powering Time Warner trial

February 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AP Engines ' AP InterLink open access platform is powering Time Warner Cable 's Ohio open access trial, which will give subscribers a choice of ISPs over its broadband pipes. AP InterLink open access provides transparent interoperability between disparate companies, which allows Time Warner Cable to provide high-speed Internet access to multiple ISPs without disrupting existing operational supp...

S-A creates broadband system for Argentina

February 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta has built a network for Cooperativa de Electricidad Bariloche Ltda. (CEB) in Argentina to supply cable television, telephony and Internet access services over a multimedia broadband network to 100,000 residents of Bariloche, a region of western Argentina. The new network, designed to deliver the full suite of communications services, features a wide range of transmission prod...

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