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SCTE gets grant for Operación Español

March 4, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Walter Kaitz Foundation has awarded the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers with a $51,000 grant to support the Society's Operación Español program. SCTE will use the funds to continue its development of a Spanish-language version of its Broadband Premises Specialist Certification.

SCTE gets grant for Operación Español(2)

March 4, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Walter Kaitz Foundation has awarded the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers with a $51,000 grant to support the Society's Operación Español program. SCTE will use the funds to continue its development of a Spanish-language version of its Broadband Premises Specialist Certification.

Arris boosts transport acumen with Atoga acquisition

March 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris said it will acquire Atoga Systems in a deal that aims to bolster Arris' broadband transport portfolio. Under terms of a deal expected to close in the first quarter, Arris will acquire "certain" Atoga inventory, fixed assets and intellectual property for about $500,000 in cash plus the assumption of undisclosed lease obligations.

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Time Warner and CSG tackle churn in Houston

March 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable 's Houston division said it will tackle churn through the deployment of "ProfitNow!," a customer relationship management platform developed by CSG Systems. Time Warner Cable-Houston's 500 call center reps are using the platform to serve about 650,000 cable subs in the area. ProfitNow! is a call center tool that enables CSRs to identify customers who are at the greatest risk of...

Covad goes (small) business class

March 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

DSL provider Covad Communications said it will target the small business sector via a new batch of Web hosting packages and high-speed service tiers. Covad's new hosting services include e-mail, Website builders, Web reports and free anti-virus and anti-spam tools. The company said its e-mail-only plan goes for $9.

WorldGate trims losses and revenues

March 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

WorldGate Communications said it finished 2002 with a loss of $12.1 million, narrowed from a $19.2 million loss in 2001, while revenues dropped $3 million to $13.9 million. Despite a 4 percent drop in fourth quarter revenue generating units, WorldGate added 99,793 RGUs in 2002, giving it a total of 575,936 by year's end, a 21 percent jump versus all of 2001.

C-COR.net reduces revenue expectations, but continues to cut costs

March 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

C-COR.net Corp., in a mid-quarter update, said it expects to post fiscal third quarter net sales of between $49 and $54 million, with a net loss per share of between 14 cents and 18 cents. On a pro forma basis, the company expects to post a net loss per share of 13 cents and 17 cents. C-COR attributed the lowered guidance to expected slower international sales and from "weather-induced" delays ...

Cable modems finish strong in 2002

March 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband service providers, a group made of cable MSOs, telcos and ISPs, added 7 million residential broadband subs in 2002, a 14 percent jump versus 2001, extending the combined total to 20 million, according to Kinetic Strategies Inc. North American cable operators accounted for 64 percent (4.5 million cable modem subs) of the new additions in 2002, with DSL adding 2.

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WorldGate seeking alternatives

March 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

WorldGate Communications appears to be in a world of hurt after the interactive television company disclosed late Friday it had hired a financial advisor to evaluate "various strategic and financing alternatives." Among those alternatives, WorldGate is seeking a proposed distribution to shareholders to purchase more shares of the iTV company's common stock.

Broadcom fires back at Microtune

March 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The patent war being waged by Broadcom Corp. and Microtune Inc. heated up a notch Monday, as Broadcom alleged that Microtune had infringed on two patents. The latest in a series of tit-for-tat complaints, filed this time by Broadcom in the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleges that Microtune engaged in unfair trade practices by importing tuners, power amplifiers and Bluetooth products ba...

Broadcom acquires Gadzoox assets; Microtune adds to Bluetooth line

March 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Believe it or not, Broadcom Corp. and Microtune Inc. are in fact doing other business-like things when they aren't too busy trying to sue the pants off each other. Broadcom, for example, said it will expand its presence in the storage networking market by acquiring the assets of Gadzoox Networks Inc.

Cometa taps iPass for ambitious WiFi plans

March 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cometa Networks Inc. — a startup backed by AT&T Corp., Intel Corp. and IBM — said it will fuel its widespread WiFi network plans via a deal with iPass Inc. Under terms of the deal, iPass will access Cometa's public WiFi hotspots for a wireless broadband service that will target users in the U.

ADSL2 'plugfest' tests seven chipsets

March 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The DSL Forum deemed that a multi-vendor interoperability "plugfest" for the new ADSL2 physical layer was successful as it tested silicon from seven different vendors. The test, conducted last month by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), was based on the DSL Forum's proposed draft for ADSL2, which provides a number of physical layer tests to ensure interoperab...

Samsung signs 'two-way' PHILA license

February 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Samsung Electronics America Inc. has become the latest consumer electronics company to sign the CableLabs POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA). With PHILA, Samsung said it intends to manufacture and market the first two-way interactive digital cable products. The recently proposed digital "plug-and-play" agreement between the cable and consumer electronics industries is based on "unidir...

Study: Big dogs to pave WLAN's future path

February 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although wireless LAN (WLAN) technology is already making some serious strides into the mainstream, the sector will establish its future via the support of big technology and telecom companies coupled by lower price points and standardization, a new study suggests. Allied Business Intelligence noted that WLAN growth will continue to accelerate as companies such as Microsoft Corp.

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