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August 21, 2003 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home


People News

Scheron Briones has been appointed to the new position of solutions architect at Color Broadband, Inc. ( www.colorbroadband.com )

John Fordham was appointed VP of Sales at WiFiLand. He was previously with British Telecommunications. ( www.WiFiLand.net )

Robert E. "Bob" Switz was named president and CEO of ADC. He was previously their CFO. ( www.adc.com )

Kent Takeda has been appointed VP of Internet Photonics Telco Business Unit. Kent was previously at AT&T for 26 years. ( www.internetphotonics.com )

Jeff Turner has become Director of HSD Product Development at Adelphia. He formerly worked at Terayon Communications. ( www.adelphia.com )

Cable Television Laboratories made several staffing additions: Greg White was promoted to lead architect of its DOCSIS Specifications project; Craig Chamberlain was hired as director of Broadband Access (BA) Certification and Michelle Kuska was hired as director of BA Architecture and Specifications. Chamberlain was previously with Motorola Broadband and Kuska was previously with WildBlue. ( www.cablelabs.com )

Stargus Inc. has added to its management team Jonah Ninger as VP of sales and business development, and David Centauro as VP of finance. Ninger was previously with Telcordia Technologies and Centauro was CFO at Altaworks. ( www.stargus.com )


Company News

--Acquisitions

Arris completed the acquisition of the cable modem termination systems-related assets of COM 21, including the stock of its Irish subsidiary, for $2.8 million. ( www.arrisi.com ) ( www.com21.com )

GlobespanVirata Inc. has acquired the WLAN chip business from Intersil Corp. for approximately $365 million in cash and stock. The deal includes Intersil's portfolio of PRISM IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networking products and intellectual property. ( www.virata.com ) ( www.intersil.com )

OpenTV has acquired BettingCorp Limited, a developer and operator of gaming and betting technology and services, for $10 million. BettingCorp's technology allows gaming and betting services operators to use Internet, iTV and wireless platforms with one back-end management system and a single user account. ( www.opentv.com ) ( www.BettingCorp.com )

--Funding

Celite Systems, Inc. announced $10 million in second round funding. With this round, Celite has secured more than $26 million in total funding. ( www.celitesystems.com )

DSL.net closed a $30 million financing deal with institutional investors. ( www.dslnet.net )

NextNet Wireless Inc., a provider of non-line-of-sight broadband wireless access systems, has raised an additional round of funding led by COM Holdings LLC, a private company controlled by Craig McCaw. Terms and size of the funding round were not disclosed. ( www.nextnetwireless.com )

Scopus Network Technologies, a supplier of delivery technology for digital TV & data over broadband networks, raised $15.5 million in a second round. ( www.scopus.co.il )

SkyStream, a provider of technology for VOD, interactive and IP video deployments, has raised an additional $29 million in private funding, including investments from Comcast Interactive Capital, AOL Time Warner and Shaw Communications. ( www.skystream.com )

WaveRider, a provider of non-line-of-sight broadband wireless systems, has raised approximately $1.5 million to support customer growth and new product development. ( www.waverider.com )

Wi-LAN Inc., a provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, has raised $7.5 million in financing from a public offering of its stock. Wi-LAN made major contributions to the 802.16 standard--see the "broadband anywhere" article below. ( www.wi-lan.com )

--Other News

AOL Time Warner has received permission from the FCC to drop restrictions on adding video to its AOL instant messaging (AIM) service. The restriction, originally imposed when AOL acquired Time Warner, was supposed to last until AOL let its customers connect with smaller services. ( www.aoltimewarner.com )

Broadcom Corp. has unveiled a single-chip wireless network processor solution for integrated 802.11g access points and routers. The company says the chip--which integrates the 802.11g MAC and router/gateway/access point functions, but not the 2.4 GHz radio--will allow secure 802.11g wireless routers, access points and gateways to be produced less expensively, and in smaller form factors than previously. ( www.broadcom.com )

CableLabs announced progress in several aspects of its OpenCable initiative to enable retail distribution of "cable-ready" digital televisions and set-top boxes. ( www.cablelabs.com ) ( www.opencable.com )

  • They added NDS to a list of qualified CableCARD devices, which already included Scientific-Atlanta and Motorola. The PCMCIA-format CableCARD provides "removable security" for a digital set-top box or TV and is critical in enabling retail sale of interoperable set-top boxes and integrated digital television sets. After a customer buys a digital set-top or TV in a retail store, they contact the cable operator and receive and plug in a CableCARD. As the customer orders new services, the CableCARD provides the security for service decryption. ( www.nds.com )
  • They awarded certified status to Panasonic for four models of CableCARD-equipped digital television sets (DTVs) that will connect directly to cable television systems and receive HDTV and other one way digital services without requiring set-top boxes. Panasonic said "we expect to see these products in retail distribution this holiday season." ( www.panasonic.com )

Canada's CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) ruled that Canada's incumbent phone companies must make their high-speed Internet services available for sale to the residential customers of competitors. This means that Bell Canada, Aliant Telecom, SaskTel and Telus have to end restrictions making their high-speed Internet access available only to their own residential customers. ( www.crtc.ca )

The DSL Forum announced that Bell Canada, BellSouth, SBC Communications Inc., and Verizon have announced their support of the DSLHome Initiative. The companies will present a proposed home networking architecture at the September DSL Forum meeting and will define ADSL Residential Gateway requirements in 1Q04. ( www.dslforum.org ) ( www.bell.ca ) ( www.bellsouth.com ) ( www.sbc.com ) ( www.verizon.com ) ( www.dslforum.org/aboutdsl/dslhome_index.html )

On-Line TV, a Japanese TV service delivered over ADSL and FTTH networks, is being backed by Liberty Media International and Jupiter Programming, according to a report in ISP news and CED. Other investors include Tohokushinsha and SECOM. The service will conduct a three-month test beginning starting with over 1,000 consumers.

PCTEL, Inc., a provider of Wi-Fi and cellular mobility software, announced an agreement to provide its Segue Roaming Client software to AT&T Wireless. AT&T Wireless customers will be able to use the software to automatically detect, connect and log on to Wi-Fi locations in airports and hotels supported by AT&T Wireless and its Wi-Fi roaming partners. ( www.pctel.com ) ( attws.com )

Samsung and Staccato Communications announced an agreement to jointly develop ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for the wireless personal area network (WPAN) market and to collaborate on application development. Availability of initial chipsets will be based on the IEEE's emerging 802.15.3a standard. ( www.samsung.com ) ( www.staccatocommunications.com )

SBC and Qwest separately made announcements that will allow them to offer satellite TV services. SBC's agreement is with EchoStar Communications Corp. and involves a joint bundling service package; SBC is also investing $500 million in EchoStar. Qwest is developing co-marketing with DirecTV and EchoStar for satellite TV services in different markets. With DirectTV, Quest will jointly market satellite TV in Phoenix, Tucson and Seattle; with EchoStar, they will make DISH Network services available to customers in single-family homes in Colorado and Nebraska. ( www.sbc.com ) ( www.qwest.com ) ( www.echostar.com ) ( www.directv.com )


Briefly Noted

--MIMO

Is MIMO the new buzzword/acronym? Let's see if its usage keeps climbing over the next few months. MIMO refers to a technique of "Multiple Input, Multiple Output" and according to a press release from Airgo Networks, they are the first to incorporate it into their WLAN chipset to "improve the speed, range and reliability of 802.11-based wireless networks". The MIMO technique employs multiple antenna arrays at both the transmitter and receiver to enable the transmission of multiple signals at the same frequency, using the spatial dimension of the channel; MIMO communication links are said to provide multi-fold increases in link throughput in addition to dramatic reductions in fading. Add it to your lingo list! ( www.imec.be/wireless/mimo/mimo.shtml ) ( www.airgonetworks.com )

--Standards

The Consumer Electronics Association's Home Networking Committee (CEA-R7) said it has adopted a new standard for home networks called CEA-2008 -- The Digital Entertainment Network Initiative (DENi). The group said the standard was devised to make it easier for consumers to share content over a home network and to establish consistent interoperability between consumer electronics devices. The committee said the initiative collects existing standards and specifies how they work together. The standard is intended to enable interoperability between different manufacturers' audio, video and imaging devices by clarifying how more than 60 different standards interrelate. The standard calls for Internet Protocol (IP), with Ethernet as the common network platform, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) as the middleware, and a core set of supported audio and video formats. ( www.ce.org ) ( www.ce.org/press_room/press_release_detail.asp?id=10268 )