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

New transatlantic cable network no myth

January 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Apollo is the god of the sun, so why Cable and Wireless has chosen to name its new submarine transatlantic cable network after him is a mystery. Cable and Wireless is working with Alcatel to build the new transatlantic system to meet increasing IP and data demands. When complete, the network will have four fiber pairs in each of two submarine legs, capable of 3.

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Bells are ringing for newlyweds at last

January 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

While it is practically old news now, CEDaily would be remiss in not mentioning the story everyone else is talking about: the AOL/Time Warner merger, of course. Everyone from analysts and subscribers to vendors and this morning's Starbucks barrista are busy sizing up the deal and its rippling consequences.

Grim Reaper visits Jato

January 10, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

"May you live in interesting times" is an old Chinese proverb. And life certainly got interesting, and hectic, in Denver when DSL provider Jato Communications, closed its doors today, and effectively closed off its customers, leaving them without e-mail or Internet access. "It's a fact, it's happening all over," Norm Bogen, director of WAN infrastucture and services, Cahners In-Stat, tells CED.

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Coming to America

January 10, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Time Warner has inked a multi-million dollar deal with Ericsson to purchase several hundred thousand cable modems for its regions nationally. "This puts Ericsson in a good position," Curt Matson, director of marketing for home communications for Ericsson, tells CED. "The deal positions us as one of the top vendors in the industry.

Linksys goes from 0 to 600,000 in no time

January 10, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

In January 2000, Linksys had sold no cable/DSL routers at all. Twelve months later, it had shipped 600,000 Ethernet cable/DSL routers, beating out Cisco with a 36 percent in the SOHO market, according the Cahners In-Stat, a research group. What's the secret to practically overnight success? "We began with our four-port model and began shipping in January 2000, after doing a pre-announcement at ...

BroadJump forms partner program

January 10, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

BroadJump has created a Partner Program designed to bring together the brightest stars in the broadband technologies community. New members of the Partner Program include Core Networks, Incanta and Terayon, which are contributing their technology and expertise to enhance broadband service providers' ability to control customer service fulfillment.

Go long T!

January 9, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

For the faithful who have steadfastly held onto their AT&T stock, you may be rewarded soon. Don't cash in yet - true profitability is still a way off, but the seemingly interminable nosedive of the stock price could finally be gently sloping upward. According to analyst Simon Flannery, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, AT&T stock could double in the next year.

TV and PC converge

January 9, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The lines between TVs and PCs continue to blur. Where once content was specifically designed for either the television or computer, there is now crossover in information, look and feel. Though approximately 50 percent of U.S. households own a PC, 60 million homes still don't have Internet access. However, according to statistics, most homes in the U.

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MTUs scrambling for access

January 9, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It's not just apartment complexes that are looking for high-speed access for their tenants. Office buildings, airports, malls and other public places that pack a lot of people are busy digging up new ways to connect to the 'Net. Because of this new demand, broadband equipment and services sales to this market are expected to reach $4.

Boxes big at CES show

January 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week brought out gadgets and gizmos and a lot of cable set-top boxes. Some of the notable ones, as reported by Multichannel News, include: Motorola, remembering the popularity of TVs when they were first combined with VCRs, has unveiled a digital-cable set-top box with a built in DVD player and home theater audio/video receiver.

Cable not dishing it

January 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The year 2000 saw cable TV lose a few ingredients to its subscriber mix. Direct broadcast satellite has spooned into cable TV's market share and served itself two percent of the industry's subscribers. The FCC released a report showing that, while cable is still the dominant pay medium, as of June 2000, cable had 80 percent of the pay television industry, down from 82 percent for the same perio...

Open Entertainment more confining

January 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Open Entertainment is releasing new software that could limit consumers' TV viewing and recording habits. Its Internet Media Transceiver Platform (iMTX) features copyright protection within its encryption capabilities. This means that subscribers' days of buying a pay-per-view movie and recording it for unlimited playback could be over.

New study says consumers want their home networking

January 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Ucentric, a home networking platform provider, has the results of its online study that suggests consumers want home networking to streamline their lives as well as enhance their communications and entertainment options. The study, dubbed the Ucentric/Roper Connected Home Study, says almost 30 percent of broadband subscribers are ready for technology that will interconnect all of the electronic...

Speaking of home networking

January 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

TeraLogic and Texas Instruments (TI) have put their heads together and created a new platform for creating digital consumer electronics devices with increased interconnectivity. TeraLogic's Cougar development platform uses TI's IEEE 1394 add-in card to expand the Cougar platform's ability to design digital TVs, personal video recorders, digital set-tops and home networking gateways.

Microsoft Ultimate TV delivering neat package

January 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Microsoft TV is offering what it thinks is the ultimate entertainment solution: DirecTV programming, digital video recording, I-TV and Internet access all rolled into one package. Ultimate TV has an added bonus of using two tuners, enabling viewers to watch two live programs simultaneously, watch one live show while recording another, or even record two live programs that are airing at the same...

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