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Terayon bows homegrown CMTS line

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Moving beyond its cable modem termination system reseller agreement with Riverstone Networks, Terayon Communication Systems Inc. rolled out two CMTSs of its own: the BW 3500 and BW 3200. The BW 3500 is a "carrier-class" chassis-based CMTS with 14 individual line cards, while the pizza-box, compact BW3200 model is targeted to small cable systems or to large operators that plan to employ a distri...

Keen expands S-A relationship, launches 100-hour PVR sidecar

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Keen Personal Media has expanded its personal video recorder relationship with Scientific-Atlanta Inc., and announced a new PVR sidecar capable of storing 100 hours of video. In the first announcement, Keen said S-A made an undisclosed investment in Keen via the purchase of a convertible bridge note and warrants to purchase shares of Keen.

Adelphia taps SeaChange to fuel S-VOD launch

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Adelphia Communications Corp. has deployed SeaChange International Inc.'s interactive television system to launch subscription video-on-demand services in Cleveland via Scientific-Atlanta Explorer 2000 digital set-tops. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Using a single video server platform, Adelphia will offer S-VOD content from HBO, Showtime and Starz.

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CommScope revamps Furukawa deal, Lucent deal close

November 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about tense. CommScope Inc. restructured its joint venture deal with Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. of Japan, who in turn says it had signed a lowered $2.3 billion deal to buy Lucent's Optical Fiber Solutions unit, and Lucent says it's not done yet — but will be very soon. CommScope and Furukawa also named the venture's new units and appointed a president and CEO.

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ExciteAtHome sees $271.3 M net loss in Q3

November 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ExciteAtHome showed a $271.3 million, or 66 cent-per-share net loss, on revenue of $138.4 million in the third quarter, it says. The company will release complete results by Monday, when it files its 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company's residential broadband subs reached 4.

HSA shows $51.3 M Q3 net loss, revenue jumps 257%

November 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

High Speed Access Corp. showed a $51.3 million, or 87 cent-per- share, net loss on revenue of $11.4 million in the third quarter. Excluding noncash charges, net losses were $22.3 million, or 38 cents a share. The company says its cable modem customers rose 13.6 percent for since the second quarter of this year, and 257 percent over its 56,000 subscribers a year ago.

OCAP authors: MHP no surprise

November 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Yesterday's announcement it would adopt Multimedia Home Platform specs for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) should come as no surprise to those following the situation, CableLabs officials say. "The OCAP spec has been based on MHP for quite some time," says CableLabs VP of Advanced Platforms Don Dulchinos.

Ericsson to sell cable modem biz to Aastra

November 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Ericsson says it will sell its Lynchburg, Va., cable modem business to Aastra Technologies Ltd. of Ontario, Canada. Financial terms were undisclosed, although the unit's Q3 revenues are at about $20 million. Ericsson's cable modem business has focused primarily on developing one specific product, its PipeRider cable modem, says spokeswoman Kathy Egan.

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CableLabs taps DVB-MHP for OCAP

November 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Even as the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) authors labor, CableLabs says it's adopted the Multimedia Home Platform middleware specs developed by Digital Video Broadcasting. MHP will be part of OCAP, the middleware portion of OpenCable, the organization says, adding that North American cable operators have agreed to use "the bulk of the MHP 1.

Thousands of jobs at stake, ISPs say

November 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The telecom industry will lose about 77,000 telecom and high-tech jobs if HR1542, The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001, becomes law, a coalition of ISPs and telecom companies said in a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The group urged Hastert not to take the bill to the House floor.

Cox launches carrier services line

November 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services launched Cox Carrier Services to help supply last-mile broadband and local transport over a metro area network, it says. "Cox Carrier Services is not a separate division" of existing Cox Business Services subsidiary, says Cox spokesman Bobby Amirshahi. "It is a group of products sold by Cox Business Services … to carriers.

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CMTS Combo: Juniper to buy Pacific Broadband for $200 M

November 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Jumping headlong into the cable network equipment market, Juniper Networks Inc. inked a deal to acquire start-up Pacific Broadband Communications for $200 million in stock. The deal, which is expected to close before the end of the year, will give Juniper access to PBC's "Kodiak" line of cable modem termination systems, as well as the custom silicon and software to run them.

Covad lands $150 M from SBC, eyes end of Chapter 11

November 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Covad Communications and SBC Communications signed a loan/revised agreement plan that Covad says will coincide with pulling out of bankruptcy by January 2002. The two value the deals at $150 million, $135 million of which is cash. The deals have four funding elements, and two main ones, says Covad co-founder and Executive VP of Marketing and Strategy Chuck Haas.

AOL/Sony in joint home-network effort

November 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner and Sony Corp. are teaming on a home-networking strategy that includes new technologies and the potential for AOL's access service in Sony's networked electronics in the United States. AOL says the new strategy includes three key points. The two will develop broadband home networking gateway technologies that allow consumers to access broadband services from multiple PCs and oth...

S-A to buy BarcoNet for $154 M in cash

November 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta will purchase Brussels, Belgium-based BarcoNet NV for about $154 million in cash. The company says the purchase will accelerate and build its European presence. Under the deal, S-A will launch a public tender offer for all outstanding BarcoNet stock with all outstanding options, warrants and convertible securities, it says, adding that major shareholders of about 40 percent o...

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