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

Comcast wraps up Detroit VoIP trial

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. said it has completed a six-month Voice-over-IP technology trial in the Detroit area. Instead of a pure-IP set-up, Comcast tested packet voice services in the access network (home to headend) by leveraging TollBridge's TB300 gateway, Arris' DOCSIS 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system and a Class 5 switch the MSO inherited via a system swap with AT&am...

Home networks move beyond early adopters

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The chance to share a home's broadband connection is the leading driver in the adoption of new home networking technologies, and the rise in the sale of residential cable/DSL routers is happening across nearly all segments of the market, according to a new report from high-tech research firm Cahners In-Stat/MDR.

Additional broadband bills under construction in Senate

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Steve Peacock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…04/10/2002 From LexisNexis The communications industry can expect additional broadband bills to be introduced in the Senate before the close of the 107th Congress, industry insiders say. A bill by Sen. Breaux (D-La.) is being drafted that sources say will parallel the Tauzin-Dingell bill (HR-1542) passed by the House earlier this...

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Rural English areas to get broadband via satellite

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Though broadband satellite services have been slow to roll out on any great scale worldwide, pockets in the European market continue to turn to satellite as a broadband alternative, especially in rural areas where general connectivity is limited. Hughes Network Systems Europe, which offers broadband satellite services under the DIRECWAY brand, announced that U.

Alcatel signs broadband agreement with SES Global and Gilat

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bruce Branch | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…04/09/2002 From LexisNexis Alcatel signed separate agreements with SES Global and Gilat Satellite Networks to implement 2-way global satellite system. Plans call for Alcatel to use SES' Broadband Interactive System (BBI) technology. SES will transfer industrial responsibility for technological development of BBI to Alcatel.

Comcast Gets System Upgrade Underway

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Corp. is launching an initiative to bring high-speed Internet service to more residents of the Constitution State. Comcast will upgrade its cable system in Connecticut by investing millions of dollars. The project will enable the delivery of cable modem services to more than 80,000 customers in Middlesex County and southeastern Connecticut.

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Cablevision pushes digital with lower fees, more features

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has launched the next generation of its iO Interactive Optimum digital service, offering a wider slate of programming and a new interface designed to make it easier for subscribers to navigate through iO's features. Tied to that, Cablevision also introduced a new "flexible" pricing structure for iO, including a $9.

OpenTV offers interactive ad system, notches China deal

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

OpenTV Corp. has unveiled OpenTV Advertise, a new advertising management system designed to leverage electronic program guides and interactive applications tied to news, weather and gaming. Wow Digital TV, a digital terrestrial operator based in Salt Lake City, Utah, marks the first customer for OpenTV's new advertising system.

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Silicon Graphics 'takes gloves off' to challenge VOD server incumbents

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) said it will go after incumbent video-on-demand server providers such as Concurrent Computer Corp., nCUBE Corp. and SeaChange International with a new, low-cost server platform designed to handle up to 600 streams of video at a cost of roughly $255 per stream. SGI, whose VOD history goes back to Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network trial in Orlando, Fla.

NTL set for $20B bankruptcy, dwarfs Global Crossing/Enron

April 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by George Trefgarne | Comments

Copyright 2002 Telegraph Group Limited THE DAILY TELEGRAPH(LONDON)…04/08/2002 From LexisNexis THE City is bracing itself for the world's biggest bankruptcy as British cable operator NTL prepares to file for protection from its creditors. NTL, whose managing director is Stephen Carter, has run up about $20 billion of debts, comprehensively exceeding the previous record-holder, Global Cross...

Companies align to advance broadband entertainment

April 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Consumers' appetites have been whet, and the digital set-top box marketplace is poised for growth, one analysis says. Century Embedded Technologies and VT Media Technologies are joining forces to capitalize on this popularity by delivering cost-effective STB systems. Research from Gartner Dataquest indicates that digital set-top box systems are the fastest-growing consumer video application, pr...

Harmonic beefs up gateway product suite

April 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Harmonic Inc. today took the wraps off two new gateway products - one aimed at simplifying video-on-demand deployments over cable systems, and another that cable operators can use to access and distribute digital signals. The new NSG 8200 is an addition to Harmonic's Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG) product family that allows MSOs to deliver VOD within their networks by using Gigabit Ethernet ...

Content providers push iTV production standard

April 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Claiming that interactive-television applications and content are riddled with too many proprietary elements, a spate of iTV players have banded together to unveil new open standards for iTV production based on XML. Comprised of TV and interactive production companies, middleware vendors and programmers, the organization believes iTV, sans standards, is hindering the rollout of the technology.

Two firms end fiber-optic deals with Metromedia

April 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…04/08/2002 From Times Wire Services From LexisNexis Metromedia Fiber Network Inc. said Sunday that Verizon Global Networks and Genuity Solutions terminated their fiber-optic agreements with the company. In a news release, Metromedia said Verizon Global has paid $235 million under a $350 million contract to lease fiber-optic capacity.

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Motorola, N2 Broadband forge content delivery system

April 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to tap existing bandwidth to create a more efficient platform for on-demand content transport, Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and N2 Broadband have unveiled a new satellite-based digital asset management and delivery system. Under terms of the agreement, the system melds N2 Broadband's MediaPath digital asset management platform and Motorola's DigiCipher II uplink systems and D...

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