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TVN/Cogeco tap Concurrent's back-office system

May 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. tested and passed TVN's Digital Content Express for use with the MediaHawk Model 2000 video server. Digital Content Express includes such services as content acquisition, encoding, transmission and receipt, forward error-correction, and subsequent manipulation of MPEG-2 and related metadata files for commercial VOD deployments.

SCTE gives annual roundup; names new officers

May 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

SCTE members can release the collective breath they've been holding: Says finance committee chief Don Shackelford, "I checked our banks accounts before I came in here and we do have enough money to cover this event." Tongue-in-cheek aside, Shackelford, Region 8 director, spoke to the annual membership meeting at the Cable-Tec show in Orlando, where SCTE also announced its new officers.

NCTA chief speaks on proposed ITV regs

May 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"There are those, for commercial reasons of their own, who want the government to regulate interactive television before it's ever launched, and it's a bit disconcerting that they have gotten as far as an FCC Notice of Inquiry," NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs told engineers at the Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

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HSA/TWC agree on Net service

May 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

High Speed Access Corp. agreed to provide its high-speed Internet access service over Time Warner Cable 's systems. No word yet on the dollars involved, but rollout is expected by the end of this year. Dates depend upon TWC's modification of its systems to accommodate multiple ISPs. "Phase one would encompass 20 of Time Warner Cable's divisions," HSA VP of communications Andy Holdgate told CEDa...

Cisco profits fall 77 percent; releases weak Q3 results

May 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. saw its net income drop 77 percent, or $770 million, during its third quarter, and showed a 4 percent decrease in net sales. Actual net loss was $2.69 billion or 37 cents a share, compared with actual net income of $641 million or 8 cents a share a year ago, it reports. Sales reached $4.

Spike lands $335 M fixed wireless deal

May 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Spike Broadband Systems Inc. will supply Danish network operator SONOFON with more than $335 million in fixed wireless equipment to deploy what the two bill as the largest fixed wireless deployment thus far. The equipment allows broadband services to be deployed in the 3.5 GHz frequency band. The service, which is expected to deploy over the next five years, will reach 95 percent of Denmark's p...

Motorola seals trio of deals

May 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. has several deals and coups in the hopper. It entered a marketing agreement with Next Level Communications Inc., where Motorola's global sales division will help sell Next Level's integrated multimedia broadband access systems to international telecom customers, Motorola reports. The agreement is intended to help Next Level's Nlevel3 Unified Access Platform gain worldwide momentum.

TW Oceanic taps S-A for fiber optic upgrade

May 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner's Oceanic Cablevision division installed Scientific-Atlanta's Prisma II bdr baseband digital reverse fiber optic system in its system in Hawaii. Oceanic used the system to upgrade the "Big Island of Hawaii" with a digital headend and a single hub with associated optical transition nodes, says Oceanic Cable Transmission Systems Director Metod Lebar in a statement.

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TollBridge to deploy two global gateways

May 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TollBridge Technologies will deploy two VoIP gateways, the TB300 and TB200, to support global standards across all major access media, the company reports. The new ETSI V5.2 solution has been successfully tested and deployed using the PacketCable Network-based Call Signaling specification, the ATM Forum LANE implementation and the ADSL Forum Broadband Loop Emulation Service (BLES) for access to...

IDT ups its interest in Teligent and ICG

May 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

IDT Corp. will up its investment in both Teligent Inc. and ICG Communications. Under an agreement with IDT's subsidiary IDT Investments Inc., affiliates of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. will receive shares of IDT Investments' Series B Convertible Preferred Stock in exchange for the affiliates' stakes in Teligent and ICG.

Lucent combines units, replaces CFO

May 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Out with the old, it appears. Lucent Technologies' CFO Deborah Hopkins will pursue other opportunities and will be replaced by Frank D'Amelio. The company also combined its Switching Solutions and InterNetworking Systems Group units and assigned Janet Davidson to head it. D'Amelio was group president of the Switching Solutions Group and once was DFO of Lucent's Network Systems business, Lucent ...

Wind River sees slowdown, cuts jobs and pay

May 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Wind River Systems yesterday announced a "significant slowdown" in near-term customer spending, and new cost-control measures, including job cuts, executive pay cuts, and a week-long shutdown during July in its North American offices. "We are seeing customers postpone investments for new projects, which brings down their short-term spending in research and development," says President and CEO T...

CableLabs launches CableB2B program

May 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs has launched its CableB2B program, designed to create specifications for automation of everyday business communications between cable system operators and Internet content providers. The specifications will cover parts of the business interface between cable operators and providers of services deliverable over the cable plant, through cable modems, advanced set-top boxes and other tec...

Defunct PathStar object of Lucent case

May 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Three men charged yesterday with conspiring to steal source code and software from Lucent Technologies allegedly wanted to build their own version of Lucent's PathStar Access Server. According to excerpts from the complaint, filed in a U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., the PathStar, which Lucent discontinued in February, is a system that lets ISPs provide voice and data over IP packet networks.

New bill to battle Tauzin-Dingell

May 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

U.S. representatives Chris Cannon (R-Utah) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) lobbed a return volley yesterday to Tauzin-Dingell bill proponents, with the introduction of two bills of their own. The Cannon-Conyers Package would block the Bells from entering the long-distance data market and would increase penalties for the Bells' failure to open their networks to competition.

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