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BroadJump goes international with Bell Canada

June 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

BroadJump Inc. picked up its first international customer when Bell Canada opted to use the company's Virtual Truck line in Bell's Sympatico DSL service. Bell Sympatico plans to start using the installation software immediately as part of a starter kit for its subscribers, BroadJump reports. The software automates the qualifying and set-up process.

Excite ISP use up; portal referrals drop

June 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ExciteAtHome saw its ISP usage jump, but its portal has dropped from second-place in popularity to eighth place, a study says. Excite's ISP cable modem service reached second-most-popular standing, behind AOL, says WebSideStory Inc.'s StatMarket. Excite's use quadrupled since early 1999, sending its usage share from 1.

Tality/UNH lab hold DOCSIS 1.1 tests

June 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Want to run that modem through pre-test tests? The University of New Hampshire will use Tality Corp.'s DOCSIS 1.1 Automated Acceptance Test Plan suite to automate modem tests in its lab. The lab will hold both ongoing tests and a group test period in July. The tests are available to UNH's DOCSIS consortium members for a small fee and to others in the industry for a larger fee, says lab spokesma...

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MSN to use Level 3 backbone

June 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Level 3 Communications Inc. signed a three-year agreement to supply Microsoft Corp. with broadband services. Under the deal, Level 3 will provide (3)CrossRoads Internet access service in North America for six properties in MSN's network. MSN's routing of "significant" traffic to Level 3's network will start with a service target of 3 Gbps of Level 3's backbone capacity, and almost a third of MS...

Cable subs will surge to 57.5 M globally by 2005

June 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The worldwide cable modem market surged last year by 178 percent, but that number will fall in the United States in the next few years, even as subscriptions grow in Western Europe, a study says. Worldwide, the number of cable modem subscribers will reach 57.5 million by 2005. IDC's Worldwide Cable Modem Equipment and Services Market Analysis and Forecast, 2000–2005, says the number of Am...

VOD ready to roll, Yankee Group says

June 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

VOD's technology and upgrades are in place this year "to achieve the critical mass required for commercial deployment," a Yankee Group study says. The research organization says the technology will generate revenue of $65 million by the end of the year and will reach $1.98 billion by the end of 2005.

Alcatel to maintain underwater cable in North Seas

June 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The North Sea Cable Maintenance Agreement, an international group of cable carriers, signed a 33-month deal with Alcatel to maintain all submarine networks laid in the North Sea. The group — which includes Concert, Deutsche Telekom, Tele Danmark, KPN, Telia and France Telecom — agreed to share the maintenance costs of the undersea networks.

TWC edges over competition, but customer count falls

June 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable shows an edge over other cable companies, with 14.4 percent of the cable TV households, but that number is down from last year's 15.5 percent of the customers, a new study says. Worse, the satellite industry is making inroads into the cable TV market and has higher customer-satisfaction ratings.

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Qmedia taps Net Insight switches for 10,000-mile network

June 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Qmedia will use optical switches from Stockholm-based Net Insight in the 10,000-mile fiber optic network Qmedia is building across North America. The network initially will connect broadcast stations, production studios and others in the professional media industry, Qmedia reports. Under the deal, worth a potential $20 million during the next two years, Net Insight will provide its Nimbra Serie...

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TradeWinds to use 'mesh' fixed broadband in Va.

June 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TradeWinds Network Services will use mesh fixed broadband access technology from Radiant Networks Inc. in selected LMDS license areas in Virginia and surrounding states. Particulars of the multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract depend is open at this point, says Radiant spokesman Darrin Mylet. Numbers depend on how quickly the technology can be deployed and how acceptance among other LMDS lice...

Terabeam touts 'fiberless' optic system in Denver

June 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terabeam Corp. launched its "fiberless" optic system in Denver, the second city the company serves. The company says its metro area network sends an invisible beam of light, of the same wavelength as fiber optic cables, from its hub site to a customer's office, through its windows. "By beaming invisible light directly through office windows, customers can receive Terabeam's service within 30 da...

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HighSpeed Surfing releases wireless router

June 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

HighSpeed Surfing Inc. is launching its WG 100 Wireless Router for homes and businesses. The product blends the capabilities of wireless routers' access points into a single device with remote management. It comes with a four-port, auto-sensing 10/100 Mbps Ethernet switch, one uplink push-button for cascading to another hub or switch, and is designed to support wired and wireless network interf...

C-COR.net to equip Indonesian network

June 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

C-COR.net will supply equipment to a broadband network in Indonesia, an HFC system passing 15,000 homes from two headends. The project is for Pt. Indosat Mega Media, a cable network operator in Jakarta. C-COR.net will supply its lumaCOR amplitude modulation fiber optic headend equipment, naviCOR optical nodes, FlexNet 900 series coaxial cable amplifiers and its Cable Network Manager element man...

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China Broadband in letter of intent over Chongqing service

June 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

China Broadband Corp. subsidiary Big Sky Network Canada Ltd. will supply capital, management and technology to Jitong Network Communication Co. Ltd.'s network in Chongqing, according to a letter of agreement. Jitong has a 1,500 km metro area network in the west-central China city. The two intend to deploy first in the city core — some 160,000 households of the city's 30 million population...

CableLabs certifies 17 cable modems in 18th wave

June 20, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs certified 17 cable modems in its 18th certification wave of DOCSIS equipment, concluded today. The were certified DOCSIS 1.0, CableLabs says. The 17 modems come from three new companies — Hitron, Infinite and US Robotics — and nine companies were recertified, including 3Com, Ambit, D-Link, Ericsson, High Speed Surfing, LinkSys, Net & Sys, Thomson Multimedia and Toshiba.

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