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Funding Fuels Stargus' Launch Plans

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although the economy remains as soft as a pillow, one cable-technology startup still has managed a sizable amount of funding. Stargus Inc. said it landed $10.15 million in series B funding led by Castile Ventures, Pilot House Ventures, ADC Telecommunications, Still River Fund, Lauder Partners and YAS Broadband Ventures.

ADC Thinks Small with 'Cuda 1000' CMTS

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Setting its sights on smaller cable systems and the multi-dwelling unit sector, ADC Telecommunications Inc. has unveiled the "Cuda 1000," a pizza-box sized cable modem termination system that complements the company's carrier-class "Cuda 12000." Targeting systems with less than 20,000 homes, the Cuda 1000 is designed to handle data traffic as well as "second line" IP voice services, said Mitch ...

NCTA Plan to 'Set the Table' for Retail Set-Top Market

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to goose the sale of digital cable set-tops via retail channels, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association voluntarily launched a plan that involves boxes with proprietary, embedded security. Under that proposition, NCTA said cable operators will support retail distribution of set-tops, but will offer to buy back the equipment on a depreciated basis if a customer moves to...


Qwest Deal will Ignite Free Space Optics

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Qwest Communications' "major" purchase agreement with free space optics vendor LightPointe Communications will spark a sector that is expected to become a $2 billion industry in 2006, predicted The Strategis Group. Although details of the deal have not been made public, the agreement marks a "giant leap" forward for FSO technologies, which to date have been generally sold only to small carrier...

Jedai Ready for Intelligent IP Trials

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Jedai Broadband Networks Inc. said it has released the company's "FrontRunner" optical network terminal for MSO field trials. The Red Bank, N.J.-based start-up's new gear is the first product to emerge for its overall "Intelligent IP Optical Access" platform, which is designed to enable cable operators to extend their networks to the commercial sector and offer "high-margin" voice and data serv...

Mediacom, Blue Ridge Tap Concurrent for VOD

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Proving that video-on-demand isn't only for the largest MSOs, Blue Ridge Communications and Mediacom Communications Corp. said they will deploy the technology via separate agreements with Concurrent Computer Corp. In the case of Blue Ridge, the operator said initial deployments will begin the first quarter of 2002 via Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

Rogers Launches Enhanced Programming

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pushing ahead with its aggressive iTV strategy, Canadian MSO Rogers Cable Inc. said it has launched enhanced programming and advertising to about 200,000 subscribers in Ontario via an agreement with Wink Communications Inc. This marked the first Canadian launch of Wink, which is available to roughly 4 million satellite and cable households in North America.

ADC updates outlook, sells three more units

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ADC updated its guidance for fourth-quarter 2001 and fiscal year 2002, and announced it's completed the sales of a business unit and two product lines. One deal entails a management buyout of a unit ADC bought in May 2000. The company cut its fourth-quarter forecast to $380 million to $400 million from the $400 million to $450 million it announced previously.


Cox BS installs Centrex in Conn. school district

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services completed installation of its Centrex services in the East Granby, Conn., school district. The company says the deal will save the district more than $5,000, or 43 percent, a year on phone and Internet charges. Under the $12,000-a-year contract, Cox will supply telephone and Internet services to East Granby high, middle, Seymour and Carl Allgrove schools, and to the Board ...

Terayon Spins Chips

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Moving on previously stated plans, Terayon Communication Systems Inc. spun off its silicon unit, creating a new company called "Imedia Semiconductor." That division designs, manufactures and sells broadband silicon for the cable sector, and includes a focus on Terayon's proprietary S-CDMA (synchronous code division multiple access) as well as A-TDMA (advanced time division multiple access) tec...

SCTE Group Adopts Three Standards

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Hybrid Management Sub-Layer (HMS) subcommittee has produced and adopted its first three standards linked to outside plant monitoring: HMS 005, HMS 004 and HMS 022. HMS 005 addresses the physical layer specification, HMS 004 refers to the MAC layer specification, and HMS 022 handles the power supply-to-transponder interface specification.

Cablevision Bows Ambitious Digital Service

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following a series of delays, Cablevision Systems Corp. launched its highly-anticipated digital service in late September, offering it to about 500,000 subscribers in Western Long Island, N.Y. The service, dubbed "iO: Interactive Optimum," offers a suite of advanced applications such as video-on-demand, subscription-VOD, interactive television, an expanded video lineup, 45 channels of commerci...

TVN-Adelphia Strike VOD Deal

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Shifting its video-on-demand strategy to a higher gear, Adelphia Communications Corp. said it tapped TVN Entertainment Corp. as its primary content transport provider for VOD and pay-per-view titles. Under terms of the five-year deal, TVN said it will also serve as the MSO's content provider. Time will tell exactly how TVN's role in that area will unfold.

Broadcom Chip Dials Up VoIP

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom Corp. has debuted its "BCM3351," an integrated cable modem chip that targets data and two-line, voice-over-Internet protocol applications. Designed for DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS as well as CableLabs' upcoming CableHome specification, Broadcom's chip is also available with the company's "CablexChange" PacketCable VoIP software.

TVGateway Upgrades IPG

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following certification by Motorola Broadband's Acadia Labs, TVGateway LLC said it launched an enhanced version of its digital interactive program guide, offering updated graphics, "favorite channel" lists, and a guide data download function that enables subs to view multiple days of TV schedules on demand.


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