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

Charter bids $73 M for waffling HSA

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. made a $73 million cash pitch for certain High Speed Access Corp. assets, but HSA isn't sure yet what it wants to do. HSA had just announced a 26 percent jump in subscribers since March and in May, an open access agreement with Time Warner Cable. An FTC comment period on the deal ended yesterday.

Metromedia lands credit extension … sort of(2)

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

No pressure here. Metromedia Fiber Netwok Inc. landed a $62.5 million credit extension from Citicorp, contingent on pulling in another $487.5 million from other sources, including $200 million in vendor financing. Metromedia says affiliates have committed to $180 million of the $287.5 million needed from "other sources," but it's contingent on closing ongoing talks of $200 million in vendor fin...

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OpenTV and BigBand Team to Provide Bandwidth-Efficient iTV Content

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BigBand Networks and OpenTV are partnering to create a strategic technology integration and cooperative marketing agreement to provide cable operators with an integrated, cost-effective solution to deliver interactive TV content. Using the combined product offering, cable operators can insert interactive TV content at master or local headends, while minimizing capital equipment costs, and opti...

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Mixed Signals Technologies Working to Integrate TiVo Technology into Product Line

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Mixed Signals Technologies and TiVo Inc. are partnering to integrate TiVo's Ipreview technology into Mixed Signals' ITV Networking Solutions product line. Under the terms of the agreement, Mixed Signals' ITVauto interactive television broadcast data automation interface would be upgraded with the ability to schedule, manage, and encode TiVo Ipreview data into the video signal of participating n...

Lucent to Supply Optical Network System for TyCom

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Lucent Technologies will supply long-haul optical network equipment and services for Morristown, N.J.-based TyCom Ltd., in a one-year $90 million agreement. The agreement includes deployment of the Lucent WaveStar OLS 1.6T optical networking system in the Tycom Global Network (TGN), with potential upgrades of more than $50 million.

Fiber-to-the-Home Council Formed

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Alcatel, Corning Inc. and Optical Solutions are forming a Fiber-to-the-Home Council. The purpose of the group is to provide education and to promote and accelerate the deployment of fiber-to-the-home systems in North America. Membership will be open to companies in telecommunications, computing, networking, system integration and content provider businesses, as well as telecommunications servic...

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Real Winner Revealed

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Joel Hutchings of Cox Communications, Oklahoma City, Okla. was the third-place overall winner in the SCTE's Cable-Tec Games held in May in Orlando. Todd Lubbers of AT&T Broadband, Laramie, Wyo. was erroneously listed as the third-place overall winner in the June issue of CED. He won third place in "Cable Jeopardy.

Non-Line-of-Sight Wireless Systems Coming into View

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

PipingHot Networks (PHN) recently completed its first live field trials of the company's Broadband Wireless Internet Forum (BWIF) compliant non-line-of-sight (NLOS) wireless 3.5 GHz system, using open standard technologies. Additionally, Vyyo Inc. recently revealed its strategy for migrating its standards-based enhanced DOCSIS platform to NLOS fixed-broadband wireless systems.

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Uncentric Partners With AP Engines and Ellacoya for Home Networking Services

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ucentric Systems is partnering with AP Engines and Ellacoya Networks to enable broadband service providers (BSPs) to tap into new revenue streams from home networking services. Through the alliances with AP Engines and Ellacoya Networks, Ucentric Systems offers its partner BSPs the opportunity to tap into a potential $2.

Optical Access Market to Top $2B in 2005

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

First-mile connections to multi-tenant office buildings will emerge as a strong growth area, with fiber-connected facilities more than doubling in 2005, according to a study. The industry's services sector will reach $900 million in that time. "Optical Access: Next Generation Technology and Services in the First Mile," from Communications Industry Researchers Inc.

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Anadigics Expands Broadband Portfolio with Reverse Path Amplifier for Cable TV

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Anadigics has introduced the ARA2005, a new gallium arsenide (GaAs) cable TV reverse amplifier that provides the reverse path amplifications and output level control functions necessary in various two-way cable TV system designs. The ARA2005 has been developed for high-speed cable modems, telephony-over-cable systems and Open- Cable set-top boxes and meets the reliability and performance requir...

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Bandwidth9 Partners with Corning to Deliver Superior Signal Quality

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Bandwidth9 is partnering with Corning Inc. to explore combined solutions that reduce costs and magnify deployment flexibility for metro optical carriers. The solutions are based on Corning MetroCor optical fiber and Bandwidth9's MetroFlex metro-optimized tunable transmitter module. MetroCor fiber helps enable metro networks carry high-density data traffic while reducing complexity and network...

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U.S. Cable Revenues to Nearly Double Over Next Five Years

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

U.S. cable operator gross revenues will rise from $35 billion in 2000 to more than $60 billion in 2006, says a new report from Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). A significant part of the expanded revenue base will be from new services. According to "U.S. Cable Television Infrastructure: CATV Equipment Markets and System Trends," the share of revenues from basic and enhanced basic service will...

Clear, Redback Deliver End-to-End Optical Management

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Clear, a global supplier of optical, broadband and digital network management software, is partnering with Redback Networks to jointly offer customers enhanced end-to-end fault, performance and service level management capabilities in multi-technology, multi-vendor network environments. The agreement gives service providers with Redback technology a way to manage service level agreements, reduc...

One-third of Internet Users Have Broadband Access, Study Says

July 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Thirty-one percent of U.S. Internet users have broadband access at home, work or school, according to a study recently released by Arbitron Inc. and Coleman. The study, "Broadband Revolution 2: The Media World of Speedies," found that 64 percent of Internet users who have broadband access are connected through their workplace, and 37 percent have access at home.

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