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

Panasonic tackles home networking

October 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Good news for you if you are part of the SOHO community. Panasonic has introduced its new Broadband Networking Gateway, which creates a network that can connect up to 32 computers in the SOHO environment, as well as adding high-speed Internet access with firewall protection. Any printers, scanners, programs or files can also be shared on the network.

Introducing Altrio

October 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A new company is emerging from the L.A. basin. Offering voice, video and data to the city of angels, Altrio, a broadband service provider, hopes to do one thing and do it well for its future subscribers. Dave Large, CTO, told CEDaily Direct about the company's vision and goals. "Why L.A.? It's a very big place, and I don't mean that flippantly," Dave Large, CTO of Altrio, told CED.

Oracle barters with nCUBE, Thirdspace

October 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Oracle, the largest e-business software provider, has exchanged some of its technology and other assets from its iTV division for minority equity stakes in nCUBE and Thirdspace. nCUBE is a media streaming infrastructure supplier and London-based Thirdspace creates end-to-end solutions for broadband networks.

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New security for Motorola customers

October 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Motorola is teaming up with Irish Internet security company Baltimore Technologies to combine Baltimore's software with the U.S. group's mobile phones and other wireless devices. The two companies hope the alliance will help Motorola's customers worldwide to benefit from the security and authentication features provided by Baltimore's wireless e-security technology.

Broadband competition rising in Japan

October 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A Japanese consortium of four companies has decided to bring broadband network services to the masses via cable TV. Fujitsu, trading house Marubeni, Tokyo Electric Power and security company Secom have thrown in $295.7 million and plan to start delivering services in April, 2001. The group will make good use of Nifty Corp, the largest ISP in Japan, and owned by Fujitsu, as well as the optical f...

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Pace first with ADSL set-top box in U.S.

October 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Pace is the first to develop digital set-top boxes (home gateways) that will assist telecommunications companies in the U.S. to deliver high-quality video and interactive services over their existing copper wires. This is the first time a box with these capabilities has been available in the U.S. Pace's new DSL4000 digital home gateway is now compatible with the U.

Comcast, Disney in a snit

October 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A Comcast and Disney programming dispute could lead to a blackout of ABC for some major U.S. markets, and actually cause subscribers to use rabbit ears if they want to tune in their favorite "Millionaire" show. In retransmission negotiations, Disney, who owns ABC, wants Comcast, the third-largest cable company, to offer ToonDisney and SoapNet in addition to the Disney Channel to basic service s...

WorldCom profits rise, restructuring on the horizon

October 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

In addition to meeting the Street's expectations of increased profits, WorldCom plans to reinvent itself as a "data and Internet focused, high-growth business and a voice-based, high cash flow business." WorldCom's plan to evolve into this new entity will focus on its data and Internet operations and try to protect itself from price wars and competition in the long-distance market.

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Click and watch

October 24, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner cable companies have teamed up to offer 1.6 million of their subscribers in various markets gist.com's customized program listings. Subs in Boston, south New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Milwaukee will be able to log on to gist.com to get system-specific local TV schedules.

Football goes global

October 24, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The National Football League, Fantastic Entertainment and GlobalMedia.com have formed an alliance to carry American football around the globe. Subscribers in yet to-be-announced markets will be able to watch NFL teams battle it out on their TVs, PCs or wireless device of any type with an IP connection.

ESPN and Motorola team up

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Motorola technology will be calling the programming delivery shots for ESPN. Motorola's DigiCipher II Uplink digital compression and access control system will digitally compress ESPN programming for delivery to its affiliates. On the receiving end, ESPN has also chosen to use the DigiCipher II Integrated Receiver/Decoder to decode the signals.

RespondTV a busy bee

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

RespondTV has lined up deals with both OpenTV and WorldGate to integrate RespondTV's enhanced TV applications into the two companies' interactive television platforms. In the case of WorldGate, RespondTV will give cable subscribers greater interactivity using digital set-top boxes already deployed. Subs will also get RespondTV content, from programmers and advertisers like Bloomberg, HGTV and S...

Assembly required

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Actiontec and Texas Instruments are supplying consumers with the first USB DSL modem available in retail stores. The Actiontec Home DSL modem, based on TI's DSP technology, is an "easy-to-use," turnkey package for users who want faster Internet access. The kit contains everything users need to install DSL themselves.

Radix jumps into the debate fray

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Radix Wireless has joined the IEEE, WCA and TIA to get its two cents in about the new broadband wireless industry standards and new regulations. The three different organizations offer varying voices on the wide spectrum of subjects covering the broadband standards debate. This topic is heating up after President Clinton and the FCC announced the need to expand the wireless spectrum available f...

SOHO has more meaning for Best Buy

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Run down to Best Buy and pick up the latest Sting CD, a couple DVDs and some new small-office home-office networking gadgets. SOHOware has been chosen by Best Buy to provide home networking products for its customers at more than 400 stores. Included in the SOHOware product line are the Broadband Internet Gateway for secure high- speed wired sharing, the CableFree NetBlaster wireless bridge and...

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