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CableLabs concludes second OCAP interop

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs said its second OCAP (Open Cable Application Platform) interoperability event on July 22 was a success as fifteen different vendors joined in with "critical pieces" that make up the specification's puzzle, including hardware platforms, middleware implementations, interactive television applications and development and test tools.

Cable vet Ben Duval dead at 71

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Ben Duval, a long-time cable industry figure, died at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. on July 25. He was 71. Duval, who termed himself a "peddler deluxe," operated the B.E. Duval Company, a rep firm and equipment distributor, since the late 1960s. During his tenure at the company, Duval helped several companies make their entry into the cable business.

JDS to take huge loss on sale of next-generation optical unit

August 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Taylor | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…08/02/2002 From LexisNexis JDS Uniphase Corp. said yesterday it will sell technology once considered critical in the rush toward next generation fiber-optic networks to France's MEMSCAP for about $9 million (U.S.). That's a fraction of the $565 million paid two years ago by JDS, the world's largest supplier of components and module...

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Revenue jumps at Comcast

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A boost in digital cable and high-speed Internet access customers led Comcast Corp. to a 16 percent year-over-year increase in revenue. The cabler posted revenue of $2.71 billion, which topped analyst consensus estimates of $2.66 billion, according to Thomson Financial/First Call. Adjusted net income, excluding nonoperating items, amounted to $140.

ADC bids farewell to optical components biz

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ADC has its eye on the prize: profitability. The telecom equipment maker is taking additional steps to cut costs, including getting out of the optical components business and refocusing its DSL access portfolio. The company has hired Lehman Brothers to assist in the evaluation of its optical components business, and determine whether the unit should be sold or just shut down.

Liberty snatches up France Telecom unit

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

It's the old adage, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again." After failing to win approval to purchase Deutsche Telekom's cable units in Europe, Liberty Media Corp. has inked a deal to acquire France Telecom's cable operator N.V. Casema. The agreement will jump start Liberty Media's efforts to expand its footprint in the European market.

Former WorldCom execs surrender to authorities

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As if misreporting billions in expenses and filing for bankruptcy wasn't enough, two former WorldCom Inc. executives have surrendered to federal authorities to face charges related to financial wrongdoing. Scott Sullivan and David Myers surrendered at an undisclosed location early this morning. Details of the charges against Sullivan and Myers have not yet been disclosed.

Canopy covers Republic

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Motorola Inc. has targeted a town in southwestern Missouri as the spot for the first rural deployment of its high-speed wireless broadband access product, dubbed Canopy. NexLink communications Inc. has deploy the fixed wireless system in Republic, Mo., and is offering high-speed Internet access services to the residents and businesses.

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Analysts downplay Nortel, Lucent fears

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Sarah Cohen | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…08/01/2002 From LexisNexis As the telecommunications slump deepens, concerns about the long-term viability of Lucent Technologies Inc. and Nortel Networks have flared with every new dismal forecast for the industry. In fact, though, most observers say both telecom equipment makers have enough cash to weather the next 18 months.

SCTE approves IPCablecom standards

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said its data standards subcommittee has approved four new standards for IPCablecom, a global architecture for packetized applications and services whose roots are found in North America's PacketCable platform. The four newly-approved standards are: SCTE 24-14 2002 (Primary Line Support), SCTE 24-15 2002 (Interdomain quality of Service),...

Charter puts VOD into orbit with TVN

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After signing two video-on-demand server deals in the wake of Diva Systems' bankruptcy, Charter Communications Inc. said it will answer the content side of the VOD equation via a deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. Under terms of the deal, TVN will encode on-demand content for the MSO from its Digital Network Operations Center and transport VOD titles and subscription-VOD content via TVN's Secur...

With S-A on deck, Digeo hits two-for-two

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digeo Inc., a division of Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures, has struck a deal with Scientific-Atlanta to create a home media center that operates Digeo's Moxi platform. Corporate cousin Charter Communications will be the first to deploy the Moxi-powered Explorer MC when it becomes commercially available in 2003.

Time Warner gives Gig E a chance in Green Bay

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Latching onto a platform that is quickly gaining steam, Time Warner Cable is giving Gigabit Ethernet a shot over ASI (asynchronous serial interface) to support its video-on-demand rollout in Green Bay, Wis. "Gig E is evolving and will be a [strong] transport medium as we grow streams out of the headend," said Reggie Workman, the MSO's vice president of engineering.

C-COR.net to expand global reach via Philips Broadband buy

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

C-COR.net has struck a deal valued at about $78 million to snap-up Philips Broadband Networks (PBN), a move that is expected to widen C-COR.net's international scope by three-fold. The deal, expected to close by the second half of this year, will add about $100 million in annual accretive revenue, C-COR.

Comcast to dial up IP in Philly

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast is moving on plans to offer residential primary-line IP telephony service to customers in its home town of Philadelphia, Pa. by the second quarter of 2003. To fuel those plans, the MSO is installing Arris' DOCSIS 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system. Comcast added that it has completed a variety of technical lab trials of IP telephony service, and has concluded that the tech...

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