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

Microsoft notches first IPG deployments

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After unveiling a new interactive program guide for "thin client" digital boxes at the 2002 National Cable Show last May, Microsoft Corp. said that it has secured its first launches for the new product. Microsoft said Uvision LLC and Willamette Broadband LLC, which serve a combined 20,000 cable subscribers just south of Portland, Ore.

Vendors step up to form VoIP integration pacts

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although the technologies required to make IP telephony hum are here already, integrating those piece parts and making them work together is the next big challenge that cable operators will face. Arris and Net2Phone Inc. said they will help to provide an answer to that problem via a joint offer that they believe will create a fully managed integrated network capable of providing PacketCable-bas...

Maryland ops join AMBER Alert Plan

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Cable and Telecommunications Association of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia announced that cable systems across Maryland will be available to transmit emergency messages as part of the nation's emerging AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) alert plan. Maryland's nearly 2 million cable households join a network of more than 150 radio and television stations...

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Another cable milestone: First gear breaks the CableHome and PacketCable barrier

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Christmas continued to come early for a small set of vendors. The day after CableLabs greenlighted the first set of equipment for DOCSIS 2.0, the cable R&D organization followed that up Friday by handing out its first-ever passing grades for equipment based on its PacketCable and CableHome specifications.

Force behind The Cable Center to step down

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Just as development work on the cable industry's showcase campus and museum is coming to a close, one of the driving forces behind The Cable Center is stepping down. Industry veteran Jim O'Brien, president and CEO of the recently finished project, said that he was leaving The Cable Center to spend more time with his family.

CE companies, home recording group pledge support for digital plug-and-play

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A spate of consumer electronics manufacturers and one high-profile home networking recording organization jumped in to share their glee following Thursday's news that the cable and consumer electronics industries had come to terms on how to deliver digital cable programming to current and future televisions without the need for additional set-tops.

Nielsen: Online crowd gravitating to Internet apps

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Nearly three quarters of the total U.S. online population are using Internet applications as part of their Web surfing experience, according to new numbers from Nielsen/NetRatings. Nielsen reported that more than 72 percent of all U.S. Web surfers are using applications downloaded from the Internet, including instant messengers, peer-to-peer file sharing programs and media players as part of th...

Wireless firms float licensing options for millimeter wave bands

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mary Greczyn | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…12/20/2002 Lexis Nexis Wireless technology developers urged FCC to move forward with allocation plan for 71–76 GHz, 81–86 GHz and 92–95 GHz that would allow commercial users and govt. and scientific operations to co-exist.

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Marriott books into Wi-Fi world

December 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Tyler Hamilton | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…12/20/2002 Lexis Nexis In what's being called the biggest deployment of its kind, Marriott International Inc. plans to provide high-speed wireless Internet access throughout 400 hotels in Europe and North America, including three locations in Toronto.

Cable, CE industry agree on plug-and-play DTV

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

It's been rumored for months, and now it's finally here: an agreement between cable operators and the consumer electronics industry on how to offer digital programming over cable lines to current and future digital televisions without the need for a set-top box. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Consumer Electronics Association, which have been ironing out the issu...

Five modems, one CMTS first to get nod for DOCSIS 2.0

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Digital television agreements aside, the cable industry reached another significant milestone Thursday when CableLabs announced that five cable modems and one cable modem termination system were awarded passing grades for DOCSIS 2.0 specification following the completion of certification wave 24. On the modem front, CableLabs certified the following vendors and products for DOCSIS 2.

S-A to recognize Cablevision revenue

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta said it has inked a supplemental agreement with Cablevision Systems Corp. that will enable to broadband vendor to report revenue for equipment purchased by the MSO's equipment orders. The new agreement stems from a deal signed in Sept. 2002 that made S-A Cablevision's second source for digital set-tops, including the Explorer 4200, and associated headend equipment.

More gear gets stamped for EuroDOCSIS 1.0, 1.1

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

tComLabs and the EuroDOCSIS Certification Board (ECB) put the finishing touches on certification wave 9 and 9B, announcing that more cable modems and cable modem termination systems were given the go ahead on EuroDOCSIS 1.0 and 1.1. On the EuroDOCSIS 1.1 front, ECB said two cable modems—Motorola Broadband's SURFboard SB4200E and Thomson Multimedia's TCM290—were certified, and one CM...

Rogers Cable executive shuffle has tongues wagging

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Pigg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…12/19/2002 Lexis Nexis Ted Rogers has stepped aside as chairman of Rogers Cable Inc. to make way for the promotions of his son Edward and long-time chief executive John Tory. The moves "position the company well for the future," said Ted Rogers, president and chief executive officer of Rogers Communications Inc.

Arris guides above estimates, still expects loss

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Arris today provided further guidance of its financials for the fourth quarter of 2002, forecasting revenue at or above previous analyst estimates, and anticipating cash earnings per share to be between breakeven and a loss of 8 cents per share. In announcing the company's financial guidance for the quarter, Arris president and CEO Bob Stanzione called the fourth quarter "a period of adjustment...

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