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Cisco boosts IP/Ethernet portfolio via acquisitions

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said it will augment its IP aggregation portfolio via the acquisition of two privately held companies: Billerica, Mass.-based Hammerhead Networks and Plano, Texas-based Navarro Networks. Cisco, which will snap up both companies in stock deals valued at a combined $258 million, said the fusion with Hammerhead will enhance its IP broadband aggregation repertoire with software d...

Senators serve up another broadband bill

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Move over Tauzin-Dingell, there's a new bill in town. Senators John Breaux (D-La.) and Don Nickels (R-Okla.) have introduced a bill in the Senate to give more market freedom to Bell phone companies. The "Broadband Regulatory Parity Act of 2002" is designed to eliminate regulations on phone companies providing DSL services.

iSurfTV pilots IPG

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As cable operators look to interactive TV as a way to generate new revenue streams, the integration and development of IPG (interactive program guide) platforms to complement iTV services becomes more and more relevant. iSurfTV is one of the newer IPG developers on the block, and it has announced one of the first trials of its patented technology.


Sony, RealNetworks partner for digital content distribution

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digital media software and services company RealNetworks Inc. is partnering with Sony Corp. to further digital content distribution to the home-networked sector. The multi-year alliance calls for the companies to collaborate on music, video and other forms of digital entertainment on Sony's handheld devices as well as its PlayStation2game console.

Comcast gains on Q1 revenue

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Shares of Comcast Corp. were up 7 percent in mid-day trading action, following news that the MSO topped Wall Street's revenue estimates in the first quarter. Analysts' consensus estimates called for revenue of $2.58 billion, but Comcast pushed passed those estimates, reporting $2.67 billion for the first quarter 2002.

RCN customers to get faster dial-up

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While not every Internet customer is interested in broadband service, most would likely be interested in faster dial-up service. For many customers of competitive provider RCN Corp., they now have the option of using newer, faster V.92 modem technology. The new standards-based service takes dial-up to a whole new level — enabling faster connections, quicker downloads and the ability to re...

Digeo and Moxi merge to energize set-top software

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digeo Inc. emerged last month as the suitor of Moxi Digital Inc., creating an entity that aims to change the face of set-top box software. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the combined company will assume the Digeo moniker. The merger will tweak at least two key executive positions. Rita Brogley, the current CEO of Moxi, will become Digeo's vice president of business development and ma...

US Cable picks Terayon for DOCSIS roll-out

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

US Cable of Coastal-Texas has selected Terayon Communication Systems as its primary supplier of DOCSIS gear for its broadband services rollout. Montvale, N.J.-based US Cable, a top-25 MSO, serves more than 150,000 subscribers in 10 states. Specifically, US Cable will populate its DOCSIS networks with Terayon's BE 2000 cable modem termination systems and TJ-series cable modems, including the rec...


FCC ruling: Multiple ISPs not forced on MSOs

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a 3-to-1 vote that marked a huge win for the cable industry, the Federal Communications Commission declared in mid-March that cable modem service is an information service, rather than a telecommunications service, meaning MSOs are not required to allow outside ISPs onto their high-speed networks.

Ikusi, Coresma hook up in Florida

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ikusi Telecommunications and Coresma turned a former one-way cable system in Florida into a two-way plant, upgrading the basic cable and dialup services to much faster connections and services. The two companies installed and deployed hardware at the Windover Health Club, a 236-unit apartment complex in Melbourne, Fla.

Motorola, N2 forge content delivery system

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | 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 with Motorola's DigiCipher II uplink systems and...

Free space optics go commercial-class

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Seeking to eliminate outages for the emerging free space optics (FSO) sector, AirFiber Inc. has launched the AirFiber 5800, an FSO platform that incorporates new levels of fault-tolerance and immunity to beam interference caused by birds and other intruders. That combination will allow carriers to offer service level agreements through wireless FSO technology for the first time, as the system ...


Pulsent claims new compression scheme puts MPEG to shame

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After toiling away in stealth mode for more than four years, Pulsent Corp. emerged with claims that its streaming media codec is superior to block-based MPEG as well as proprietary derivatives offered by companies like RealNetworks Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Pulsent believes its technology, which aims to boost bandwidth efficiency by 400 percent over MPEG-2, is best suited for bandwidth-sapping ...

BigBand reaches digital milestone

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BigBand Networks Inc. said its Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) now serves more than 500,000 digital cable subscribers in North America, thanks in part to deployment deals with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Blue Ridge Communications and Canadian MSO Rogers Cable. BigBand, which is working with other undisclosed operators, said it reached that milestone less than six months af...

XML the centerpiece for rival iTV initiatives

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Claiming that interactive television applications and content are riddled with too many proprietary elements, two separate groups are pushing new open standards for iTV production based on extensible markup language, or XML. The first is based on a baseline standard spec initially developed by iTV provider GoldPocket Interactive, outlined in a white paper at www.


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