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

NCTI intros new high-speed data training courses

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Broadband communications trainer NCTI has introduced two courses aimed at high-speed data customer service and support personnel. The courses, dubbed High-Speed Data Customer Service and Advanced High-Speed Data Customer Service, are geared toward tier 1, 2 and 3 technical service and customer support representatives and are designed to provide an understanding of cable modem services and troub...

FCC Chairman speaks in support of more airwave flexibility for companies

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jennifer Files | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/ Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News San Jose Mercury News…10/31/2002 From LexisNexis The nation's top communications regulator said Wednesday that he favors giving companies more flexibility to use the airwaves in providing telephone, Internet, television and other services.

Euro-DOCSIS board certifies modem, two CMTSs

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Philips Semiconductors' CME2010 has become the second cable modem to be awarded Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 certification by the Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board. The board also granted Euro-DOCSIS qualification status to Juniper's G10 cable modem termination systems (CMTS) and Scientific Atlanta's Prisma CMTS. The Euro-DOCSIS board certified its first 1.

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Sony unveils European online gaming plan

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Not to be outdone by its rival Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. plans to launch a broadband network gaming service for its PlayStation2 gaming console next spring in Europe. The online network will appear first in the United Kingdom, with expansion plans slated for Germany, France, Australia throughout 2003.

N2 manages Time Warner's NYC VOD service

October 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Time Warner Cable is using N2 Broadband 's network to manage its video-on-demand service in New York City. Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, N2 Broadband's N2 Network will provide TWC's NYC division with a complete delivery management, back-office and usage reporting system. Specifically, the network will enable the secure distribution of media assets from content provide...

Profit takers cash in on Nortel's hot streak

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Paddon | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. The Hamilton Spectator…10/30/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks stock plunged 13 percent yesterday as traders sold to take profits after a rally that had seen the battered shares almost triple in price from this month's historic lows. Nortel closed down 25 cents at $1.

Broadband providers prep for multiplayer Xbox service

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A total of 13 US and Canadian broadband service providers are the first to publicly support the "Xbox Compatible" program, an initiative designed to make it easy for gamers to experience the forthcoming multiplayer Xbox Live service. The current list of North American broadband service providers that will support Xbox Compatible include Bell Canada, BellSouth Corp.

T-Mobile takes flight

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Before airline passengers go up, up and away on their next business trip, T-Mobile will be providing passengers on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines high-speed wireless Internet access. Over the next year, T-Mobile plans to add its Wi-Fi HotSpot service to roughly 100 of the airlines' most frequented clubs and lounges.

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ADC settles patent suit

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ADC has declared victory in its patent infringement suit against PCI Technologies. ADC filed suit against PCI Technologies alleging that certain PCI MAXNET modules infringe on U.S. patent No. 6,289,210 B1, which relates to "an improved RF circuit module." ADC makes and sells those modules under the RFWorx brand.

TV Linux Alliance bows spec

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than 18 months after coming together to define a standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top box market, the TV Linux Alliance has released its first specification. The initial specification, version 0.8, provides developers with basic functionality for tuner level and device definitions, and standardized application programming interface functions for those devices, accordin...

Time Warner VOD surfs into San Diego

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Time Warner Cable is rolling out a smattering of video-on-demand services in San Diego with the help of VOD equipment vendor Concurrent Computer Corp. Using Concurrent's MediaHawk 3000 VOD system, TWC's 200,000 customers in San Diego and Coronado, Calif. will have access to movies-on-demand (MOD), subscription VOD, and free-on-demand (FOD).

Verizon expands bundled services offering

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Verizon Communications is trying to tempt customers with lower bills if they agree to subscribe to more services, including high-speed Internet access. The communications company is rolling out its bundled service package, dubbed Veriations, in six new states, including Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Cox, Motorola launch retail set-top program in Hampton Roads

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Taking a step closer toward the promise of retail-ready digital cable boxes, Cox Communications said two consumer electronics dealers in the Hampton Roads, Va. area are making Motorola Broadband 's new DCP501 Home Theater System available in their retail showrooms. The DCP501 features a DVD/CD/MP3 player, a digital audio/video receiver and a digital receiver that can tune digital cable channels...

Midstream tackles legacy VOD networks

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In what could be considered a shot across the bow at incumbent video server vendors, video-on-demand start-up Midstream Technologies said it has successfully integrated its IP2160 server into a functioning legacy VOD network. Midstream didn't disclose the location of that network or the incumbent video server provider, but the company did note that it used Time Warner Cable's Interactive Servic...

Cabler embraces remote access service

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Following in the footsteps of its competitors, Cablevision Systems Corp. is unleashing a remote access service that will enable its cable modem customers to stay connected via dial-up anywhere in the United States. Cablevision has introduced Optimum Traveler to enable its Optimum Online high-speed Internet subscribers to have access to the Internet and e-mail via a dial-up connection when they ...

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