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

S-A launches new modem to 'solid' Q2 results

January 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

No dust gathering here — Scientific-Atlanta unveiled an addition to its WebSTAR cable modem line, weighed in on a solid second quarter and landed a new member in its CreativeEdge Developer Program. S-A says its DOCSIS 1.0- and 1.1-certified WebSTAR DPX 100 cable modem is ready to fly, and includes a faster microprocessor than previous models.

OpenTV HITS jackpot in long-delayed deal

January 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Nearly six months after it announced talks were underway, OpenTV closed its deal with AT&T's Headend In The Sky to use HITS' satellite transponders to deliver virtual interactive channels. The announcement wasn't unexpected: OpenTV CEO Jim Ackerman said in July the company was talking to HITS "with the intention to deploy games, information-on-demand and commerce services.

CableLabs releases DOCSIS 2.0 to mixed reviews

January 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Meeting its year-end goal, CableLabs says it finished DOCSIS 2.0 specs before 2001 was out, and now is finalizing plans for interoperability testing. But business, immersed in making earlier versions pay, gives the announcement mixed reviews. The consortium says it should finish test plans in time for the first quarter and may start certification tests in the third quarter, "pending product mat...

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Cisco routers connect China; Cox/Level 3 ink network deal

January 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications will use CrossRoads Internet access and Center Co-location services from Level 3 Communications Inc. in its national IP network, including connecting its subscribers to the Internet, other networks and content providers. Cox also will use Level 3's OC-48 Link Private Line and metropolitan dark fiber services to connect its regional data centers and metro fiber optic networks ...

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Supreme Court rules on pole attachments

January 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In a huge win for the cable industry, the Pole Attachments Act does cover attachments that provide high-speed Internet access at the same time as cable TV, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today. The decision on National Cable & Telecommunications Association Inc. v. Gulf Power Co. et al reverses one from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had held that commingled services of high-speed...

Results, offers and other financial fodder

January 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• FiberCore Inc. closed on a $6 million private placement of 5 percent convertible subordinated debentures to institutional investors, it says. The company has the option to increase the dollar amount to $9 million. FiberCore received $5 million at closing, with another $1 million coming with the filing of a registration statement.

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NTL/BroadJump deploy in U.K.; MegaPath/Radiant trade markets

January 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

After successful trials in Manchester and Glasgow, United Kingdom broadband provider NTL will deploy BroadJump Inc.'s Virtual Truck Qualifier, Installer and CorrectConnect for its cable modem and set-top customers. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal gives BroadJump access to the U.K. and increases its presence in Europe.

TechNet CEOs: national broadband critical

January 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Some of the industry's biggest names pulled out the stops and statistics, hoping to prompt government action in getting the sluggish broadband sector moving. The Technology Network, or TechNet, proposed a goal of 100 Mbps to 100 million homes and small businesses by 2010, it says. The Palo Alto, Calif.

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3Com cuts 500 more jobs in phase two, 2002

January 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

3Com Corp. will trim 500 jobs from its 5,900-member workforce and transfer some of its corporate activities into its trio of new operating units. The moves are part of 3Com's next phase of its year-old corporate refurbishment. The company doesn't break out where the cuts will come from, says spokesman Brian Johnson, but the paring comes on the heels of last year's 6,000 layoffs.

C-COR.net supplies AOLTW in dark-horse deal

January 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Not a lot to see yet, but C-COR.net has an agreement in principle with AOL Time Warner, which will use C-COR.net's management software in three partially undetermined systems this year. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the deal, AOLTW will use C-COR.net's COR-Convergence Integrated Service Management System software in three systems this year, starting with one in Tampa, Fla.

Study: Softswitch use underway, carriers commit to more

January 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Pondering the extent of softswitch use? A study from the International Softswitch Consortium says 67 percent of the RBOCs and 43 percent of the inter-exchange carriers surveyed already carry live customer traffic on a softswitch, and carriers are committed to more. Current & Planned Uses of Softswitches and Next Generation Networks in the U.

Liberate adds PopTV level; Tellabs closes $355 M Ocular deal

January 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate Technologies added a premier partner level to its PopTV Program. The new level's benefits include preferred referrals to network operators, Liberate internal information on software APIs and a shot at applying for development funding. The perks are in addition to the program's present tools, training and support programs, Liberate says.

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Study: Digital set-top sales to top 45 M units in 2002

January 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Inventory gluts aside, the digital cable set-top market will grow this year, with worldwide sales, including cable, satellite and terrestrial platforms, reaching 45 million units, a study says. Digital Set-Top Boxes: Satellite, Cable and Terrestrial Opportunities from Allied Business Intelligence points out the industry sold 36 million units in 2001 and 28 million in 2000.

N2/DIVA team on VOD; Two Way/digeo got i-game

January 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

N2 Broadband integrated its MediaPath content distribution products with DIVA's VOD server platform and content management system. N2's MediaPath transmits digital video content to DIVA's servers, while DIVA's content management system provides the VOD server space management, multiple content provider service management, and national and regional programming support, the two say.

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USA Broadband phases in newest buy, looks for more

January 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

USA Broadband Inc., says it's absorbing recently acquired Cable Concepts Inc., named interim management of both companies, and appointed new board members. USA, formerly Optika Investment Co. Inc., is a holding company with an eye on acquiring its way into providing digital TV, entertainment, data, Internet and broadband services.

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