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

CableLabs taps DVB-MHP for OCAP

November 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Even as the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) authors labor, CableLabs says it's adopted the Multimedia Home Platform middleware specs developed by Digital Video Broadcasting. MHP will be part of OCAP, the middleware portion of OpenCable, the organization says, adding that North American cable operators have agreed to use "the bulk of the MHP 1.

Thousands of jobs at stake, ISPs say

November 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The telecom industry will lose about 77,000 telecom and high-tech jobs if HR1542, The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001, becomes law, a coalition of ISPs and telecom companies said in a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The group urged Hastert not to take the bill to the House floor.

Cox launches carrier services line

November 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services launched Cox Carrier Services to help supply last-mile broadband and local transport over a metro area network, it says. "Cox Carrier Services is not a separate division" of existing Cox Business Services subsidiary, says Cox spokesman Bobby Amirshahi. "It is a group of products sold by Cox Business Services … to carriers.

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CMTS Combo: Juniper to buy Pacific Broadband for $200 M

November 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Jumping headlong into the cable network equipment market, Juniper Networks Inc. inked a deal to acquire start-up Pacific Broadband Communications for $200 million in stock. The deal, which is expected to close before the end of the year, will give Juniper access to PBC's "Kodiak" line of cable modem termination systems, as well as the custom silicon and software to run them.

Covad lands $150 M from SBC, eyes end of Chapter 11

November 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Covad Communications and SBC Communications signed a loan/revised agreement plan that Covad says will coincide with pulling out of bankruptcy by January 2002. The two value the deals at $150 million, $135 million of which is cash. The deals have four funding elements, and two main ones, says Covad co-founder and Executive VP of Marketing and Strategy Chuck Haas.

AOL/Sony in joint home-network effort

November 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner and Sony Corp. are teaming on a home-networking strategy that includes new technologies and the potential for AOL's access service in Sony's networked electronics in the United States. AOL says the new strategy includes three key points. The two will develop broadband home networking gateway technologies that allow consumers to access broadband services from multiple PCs and oth...

S-A to buy BarcoNet for $154 M in cash

November 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta will purchase Brussels, Belgium-based BarcoNet NV for about $154 million in cash. The company says the purchase will accelerate and build its European presence. Under the deal, S-A will launch a public tender offer for all outstanding BarcoNet stock with all outstanding options, warrants and convertible securities, it says, adding that major shareholders of about 40 percent o...

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Pace ships digital cable set-tops to TWC

November 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable is taking shipments of the 500 Series digital cable set-top boxes from Pace Micro Technology, marking Pace's first cable set-tops shipped to the United States. TWC won't put a dollar figure on the deal, but the original order was for at least 750,000 of the boxes. The company will be receiving them and sending them to the field "very quickly," although the exact markets haven'...

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NCTA study: cable industry sees healthy signups

November 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The cable industry signed up 2.4 million new digital broadband customers in the third quarter — about even with the rate in the second quarter, a survey says. According to a member survey conducted by National Cable & Telecommunications Association, digital video signed on 1.5 million new customers and high-speed cable Internet landed 825,000 new customers during the time between July...

CCTA announces Western Show speaker lineup

November 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The California Cable Television Association pulled out some high-impact bait to reel in 2001 Western Show attendees. The organization, which hosts the show, just announced its speaker and moderator lineup. Tuesday's session, See Change! The Many Flavors of Interactive TV, will be moderated by Jim Louderback, VP and editorial director at TechTV.

NCTI taps Pangrac for training software

November 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NCTI agreed to become a reseller of Tech Trainer from Pangrac & Associates. The series of simulator-style software programs teach and evaluate troubleshooting skills for broadband technicians and engineers. Tech Training is designed to target what's considered a broadband employee's weakest skill, which is troubleshooting, the company says.

Adelphia spins off unit, weighs in on Q3

November 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Adelphia Communications' third-quarter net loss widened by nearly 84 percent over a year ago, but revenue, including the ABIZ unit, rose 23.5 percent. The company also said it will spin off its Adelphia Business Solutions unit by March. The company also saw its subscriber numbers jump — in some cases, more than 200 percent.

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Urban women see more digital cable TV, Internet

November 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Awareness of digital cable TV service jumped 55 percent among urban women this year, a study says. Internet penetration in urban homes grew nearly 50 percent and daily Internet use rose 50 percent among urban women. Women's Worlds, from Horowitz Associates Inc.'s Surveys Unlimited unit, analyzed responses from 1,800 men and 2,200 urban women — 1,100 each in two separate surveys.

Charter to offer Microsoft TV on 1 million advanced boxes

November 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Giving Microsoft Corp.'s interactive television strategy a big boost, Charter Communications Inc. said late Wednesday that it would deploy the Microsoft TV software platform to 1 million subscribers over the next seven years. Charter, which has been a champion of the "thick-client" advanced set-top approach, said it would offer Microsoft's software on Motorola Broadband-built DCT-5000 boxes and...

Insight sees wider losses in Q3, customers steady

November 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Insight Communications Co.'s third-quarter losses widened to $25 million, or 42 cents a share, on revenue that jumped 48.7 percent to $177.4 million. Revenue and operating costs increased after Insight's purchase of AT&T's Illinois cable systems earlier this year. The company's customer numbers also reflected the acquisitions.

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