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

S-A bites into the PVR business

February 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta is finding an appetite for the personal video recorder game. The company is enhancing its digital set-tops, the Explorer 8000 series, with preference engine and intelligent storage management software from Metabyte. The software will learn what subscribers like to watch on TV and will make recommendations to viewers as well as record preferred programs.

Nortel and S-A pitch in to rebuild German cable systems

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Kabel NRW GmbH & Co. KG, Germany's largest cable operator, is taking on a huge project with the help of American companies Nortel and Scientific-Atlanta. Kabel NRW wants to build one of the world's largest, two-way voice -over- IP networks. The goal is to upgrade the existing cable TV infrastructure to a single, cost-effective, next generation network for voice, video and data and position ...

Insight footprint takes last VOD step

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The remainder of Insight Communications ' Midwestern subscribers will soon be picking up remotes and demanding video when they want it. Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky subscribers are the latest Insight systems to receive VOD from Diva. Insight's entire footprint has been stamped with the VOD-by-Diva solution, and will reach a total of approximately 930,000 Insight subs.

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Tellabs sets sail in Asia-Pacific market

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Tellabs and Roots Communications together are helping service providers in the Asia-Pacific market meet demand for new communications services. The two companies will market and sell Tellabs' Salix switching solutions in the region. The Salix technology evolves traditional phone networks by uniting voice and data systems into one infrastructure for rapid new service creation.

FCC studies rise in cable rates

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The FCC released the results of a year-long study showing that cable rates are rising. Reuters reports that Americans have been paying on average 5.8 percent more a month for basic and expanded cable television as well as related equipment. Other costs that led to the price hikes included system upgrades, equipment cost increases, inflation and increased costs related to newly added channels, a...

Vanguards - the Oscar of the cable industry

February 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The National Cable Television Association (NCTA) is calling for nominations for the 2001 Vanguard Awards. The awards recognize individuals for outstanding achievement and leadership in various aspects of the industry. The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, March 30. Nomination forms must be completed and returned no later than Friday, March 30, to the NCTA's Awards Committee, c/o In...

SBC rolls Virtual Truck

February 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Texas-based SBC Communications will be rolling out BroadJump 's Virtual Truck to more easily enable its DSL installations. Going by the name SBC Express, the Virtual Truck lets subscribers install their DSL service and equipment themselves. Depending on the customer, self-installation takes about an hour.

Sea to shining sea

February 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Corvis and Williams have accomplished the electronic equivalent of the Golden Gate Bridge, across the U.S. All-optical networking solutions provider Corvis and its customer Williams Communications say their companies have achieved a technological first. Williams, using Corvis equipment, was able to transmit a 10 Gbps signal without amplification over a distance of 6,400 kilometers, or, for the ...

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Alopa woos RiverDelta

February 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It must be in the air. Alopa Networks, wanting to be all things to all MSOs, has signed its third deal with a cable equipment provider. This time Alopa has successfully wooed RiverDelta Networks. The fruit of this union will provide MSOs with an integrated open-access solution for DOCSIS 1.1 broadband networks.

AP Engines powering Time Warner trial

February 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AP Engines ' AP InterLink open access platform is powering Time Warner Cable 's Ohio open access trial, which will give subscribers a choice of ISPs over its broadband pipes. AP InterLink open access provides transparent interoperability between disparate companies, which allows Time Warner Cable to provide high-speed Internet access to multiple ISPs without disrupting existing operational supp...

S-A creates broadband system for Argentina

February 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta has built a network for Cooperativa de Electricidad Bariloche Ltda. (CEB) in Argentina to supply cable television, telephony and Internet access services over a multimedia broadband network to 100,000 residents of Bariloche, a region of western Argentina. The new network, designed to deliver the full suite of communications services, features a wide range of transmission prod...

OpenTV heads north

February 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

OpenTV is furthering its global presence. Earlier this week, CEDaily reported on OpenTV deals in Europe. OpenTV now says it has allied with Scandinavian network operator Viasat to deliver online and traditional media content to interactive-hungry television audiences. Viasat currently reaches 350,000 subscribers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

PipeRider gets a lift

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

Bring it home, take it out of the box and plug it in. Ericsson and SofaWare are safeguarding Internet connections with what the companies hope is a new ease. Ericsson will integrate SofaWare's Safe@Home consumer firewall security software into its PipeRider HM204c/HM205c cable modems. SofaWare's Safe@Home is based on Check Point Software's Internet security technology, FireWall-1, which has bee...

Qwest making connections in D.C.

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

Qwest says it is now offering Data Local Exchange Services (DLEC), like DSL Internet connections, in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore markets. These new data services are available to businesses in both metropolitan markets and provide direct, high-speed access to Qwest's Internet network, CyberCenter hosting facilities, broadband applications and services.

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Helsinki TV gets new portal

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

Infrastructure software maker Portal Software has inked a deal with Helsinki Television (HTV), a Finnish cable television company, to use Infranet, Portal Software's customer management and billing platform. HTV will use Infranet to manage its portfolio of broadband Internet services, manage revenue, and improve customer satisfaction.

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