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MetroCast trials Cedar Point's VoIP switching system

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cedar Point Communications has enlisted the help of MetroCast Cablevision to test its SAFARI C3 Media Switching System in the field. The field trial, which is set to get under way this summer, will intially offer voice services to a select group of customers in Rochester, N.H. Following the initial rollout, primary line features such as CALEA (law enforcement support) and E-911 will be added.

Microsoft TV unveils 'thin-client' IPG

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microsoft Corp's interactive television division today is expected to unveil a new interactive program guide that targets widely deployed Motorola Broadband-built DCT-1000 and DCT-2000 series digital set-tops - and circumvents the litigious reach of the platform's IPG incumbent, Gemstar-TV Guide International.

Study: 12 million broadband subs served by 'major' cable and DSL providers

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Nearly 12 million homes receive broadband Internet service from major U.S. cable and telephone providers, following additions of 5 million over the past year, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group Inc. Leichtman said the 10 largest U.S. MSOs provided cable modem service to about 7.8 million subs, and the four regional telcos served about 4.


Kinetic: Toshiba takes N. American DOCSIS modem crown in Q1

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Toshiba American Information Systems Inc. shipped 430,000 DOCSIS cable modems in North America during the first quarter of 2002, supplanting Motorola Broadband for the first time as the top mover of the equipment in the region, reported research firm Kinetic Strategies Inc. In addition to strong first quarter, Toshiba's rise to the top was buoyed by the fact that Motorola Broadband's DOCSIS mod...

Rural broadband bill hits Senate

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The most vocal opponent of the Tauzin-Dingell bill, and the recently introduced Breaux-Nickels bill, Senator Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) has thrown another broadband bill into the mix. Hollings introduced the "Broadband Telecommunications Act of 2002," in the Senate yesterday. The goal of the bill is to foster "broadband deployment in rural and underserved areas through a program of loans and grants.

SusCom claims gaming launch reduced churn

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

For cable operators everywhere, it seems, the rollout of the digital service tier has been anything but smooth, and high rates of digital churn are becoming a real drag on continued digital growth. Can interactive services be the life preserver digital needs? New data from Pennsylvania operator Susquehanna Communications (SusCom) about customer retention related to a new gaming offering adds fu...

Unisphere sells voice-switching unit to Siemens

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Spreading yourself too thin may lead to mediocrity. Unisphere Networks Inc. is selling off its voice-switching business to focus on IP routers, its core product line. In essence, the unit will be coming home again; Unisphere has struck a deal with its parent and largest shareholder Siemens for the unit.

Arris taps ILC to bolster network management portfolio

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris said it has inked an OEM deal with ILC to provide more advanced network and element management products to cable operators. Arris will sell those products in order to help operators gain greater visibility and control of their hybrid fiber/coax networks. Arris said the partnership will give it the tools operators need to solve their complex network management problems.


Next Level targets rural telcos with ADSL+ platform

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Next Level Communications has launched a new ADSL video platform designed to help telcos offer a bundle of voice, data and video services and compete directly with cable operators. Dubbed ADSL "plus," Next Level said its new platform enables telcos to double the reach of existing VDSL technology, and reach more rural customers.

iSurfTV to show IPG for Motorola platform

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

In the interactive program guide (IPG) game, Gemstar may rule the roost, but newer display and presentation technologies may eventually allow for newer players to be nipping at their heels. One new IPG vendor, iSurfTV, is developing new graphic-rich platforms to meet operator demand for new advanced interactive services, and it announced that it's hard at work integrating its patented IPG solut...

CEDaily Direct News Briefs:

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

• Myrio to integrate RealPlayer support DSL vendor Myrio Corp. said it will enhance its IP-based digital television software platform by bundling RealNetworks' RealPlayer. Myrio said it will license RealPlayer to offer streaming media content to "selected" Linux-based set-tops. Myrio's software also supports the delivery digital television, video-on-demand, Internet access and digital music.

Level 3 buys again

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Level 3 Communications Inc. is adding to its information services business with the purchase of Software Spectrum Inc. The buy complements an acquisition earlier this year of Corporate Software. The Software Spectrum buy is fueled by the convergence happening in the broadband and software distribution markets.

HSA winding down

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

High Speed Access Corp., once a "turnkey" provider of cable ISP services, said it and Charter Communications have come to terms on a final purchase price adjustments in connection with the sale of substantially all of HSA's assets to the MSO. Those terms include a $750,00 payment by Charter to cover potential purchase price adjustments and an additional $650,000 in price adjustments tied to the...

Sony snags Device Mosaic

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Sony Corp. and OpenTV have announced a new licensing agreement of the OpenTV HTML browser, Device Mosaic, ideally for inclusion in a variety of future non-PC Sony devices. By adopting the HTML-based Device Mosaic, Sony gets the ability to develop products that use advanced HTML content and applications, along with the numerous HTML tool sets and commerce engines widely available on the Internet.

In Financial News.…

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A cloud of uncertainty is still hovering over the telecommunications market, so it stands to reason that quarterly results would offer a mixed bag. The latest to report: Cablevision Systems and EchoStar Communications. Cablevision Systems Corp. System upgrades continue to have an affect on Cablevision's quarterly results.


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