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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Alcatel to buy digital video firm iMagicTV

February 6, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Alcatel has inked a $30 million deal to acquire iMagicTV, a move that will shore up Alcatel's position in the video-over-DSL sector. Alcatel presently holds a 16 percent stake in iMagicTV, and has collaborated with the company on several video-over-DSL deployments. The deal calls for Alcatel to pay $1.

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Rainmaker Technologies morphs into Broadband Physics

February 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Rainmaker Technologies Inc. has changed its name to Broadband Physics Inc. and appointed Mark Laubach to president and CEO. Laubach replaces Dr. Paul Chin. Broadband Physics did not give a reason for Chin's departure. Company officials were not immediately available for further comment. Laubach, a Com21 Inc.

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TI chips in on DOCSIS 2.0

February 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Texas Instruments formally unveiled the TNET C4401, a single-chip cable modem platform based on the advanced DOCSIS 2.0 specification. Staying true to the 2.0 specification, which bolster's cable's upstream pipe and mitigates noise, TI's new platform supports two advanced physical layer schemes: S-CDMA (synchronous-code division multiple access) and A-TDMA (advanced-time division multiple access).

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Charter goes hi-def in Dallas

February 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. is offering high-definition television services to cable customers in Fort Worth and in some Dallas suburbs. The launch marks the first rollout of Mark Cuban's HDNet service on a cable system. Customers who sign up for the service there must purchase a Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

Study: Broadband shipments up in '02, but revenues slip

February 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks to collapsing unit prices, worldwide revenues from broadband modems and gateways dropped 11 percent in 2002, Strategy Analytics revealed in a new report. Despite the revenue slip, sales of the equipment actually increased by 52 percent to 26.3 million units. Further ahead, broadband modem sales will grow to 60 million units by 2008, an average growth rate of 15 percent, the firm predicted.

Motorola 'committed' to Next Level offer

February 4, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Inc. said it remains undaunted in its efforts to buy the remaining shares of Next Level Communications it does not own, despite the fact that the Next Level board said it had determined earlier this week that Motorola's unsolicited tender offer was "inadequate." Motorola reiterated that it does not require the Next Level board to approve the tender offer, and that it believes its offer...

Adelphia introduces video-on-demand

February 4, 2003 7:00 pm | by Patricia Sabatini | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 Pittsburgh Post - Gazette Pittsburgh Post - Gazette...02/05/2003 Cable TV operator Adelphia Communications is hoping that people tired of watching movies and other shows on a set schedule will fork over a few extra bucks for the convenience of its new video-on-demand service.

High-speed Net finds way to small-town USA

February 4, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jim Hopkins | Comments

Copyright 2003 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY...02/05/2003 Rural America, starved for high-speed Internet access, is getting more help to get more wired. Rural communities didn't get much of the billions invested in high-speed Internet networks during the telecom boom. That's because such networks are costly, and companies stand a better chance of making money from them in more populated areas.

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Net2Phone to offer VoIP in South Korea

February 4, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Net2Phone Inc. said it will offer VoIP services to business and residential customers in South Korea via a newly formed partnership with ISP HansoliGlobe. Under terms of the deal, HansoliGlobe with integrate Net2Phone's VoIP platform with the ISP's menu of data services. HansoliGlobe offers narrowband and broadband services in South Korea.

Cox rolls out DVR service in Gainesville

February 4, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cox Communications, following a commitment last year to buy DVR-capable Explorer 8000 set-tops from Scientific-Atlanta, is deploying digital video recorder services in Gainesville, Fla. Cox, which is leveraging the box's time-shifting capabilities to gain and retain digital subs, is offering the DVR service for $9.

Comcast to unload some systems, take stake in Bresnan

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

Bresnan Broadband Holdings LLC said it will buy non-urban systems serving 317,000 basic subs in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah from Comcast Corp. for roughly $525 million in cash, plus an undisclosed stake in Bresnan. The deal is expected to close by March 31. In addition to Comcast, Bresnan's equity owners include lead investor Providence Equity Partners, and Quadrangle Group, TD Capital ...

E-mail scam targets Comcast cable modem subs

February 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a bogus e-mail sent last week that tried to lure Comcast Corp. high-speed cable modem users into giving up their account and password information. The e-mail, made to look like an official Comcast service message, referred a small number of customers to a Web site that asked them to enter their e-mail address and password.

Bogus CNN site under investigation

February 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A prankster definitely played a game with CNN Monday, circulating a false Web news page claiming Microsoft Corp. had agreed to buy the video game unit from troubled French media outlet Vivendi-Universal. The fake Web site, made up to look just like a CNN news page complete with ads and CNN links, reportedly was traced to a Web server at Purdue University in Indiana.

Next Level calls Motorola offer 'inadequate'

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

The board of Next Level Communications said it has determined that an unsolicited tender offer by Motorola Inc. for $1.04 per share is "inadequate." Further, Next Level argued that Motorola's overtures are squeezing out Next Level's minority shareholders and undervaluing the company's long-term potential.

Samsung signs PHILA license, plans 'two-way' cable products

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

The announcement flew a bit under the radar at last month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but 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.

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