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August 15, 2004 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Sat Gill was appointed VP, sales & marketing for Incognito Software. He previously held management positions with Rogers Cable. ( )

Kim D. Kelly was appointed President & CEO, Arroyo Video Solutions. Paul Sherer will become EVP of technology and CTO. Prior to joining Arroyo, Kelly was President and COO of Insight Communications Co. ( )

Mark Komanecky and some former colleagues from Broadband Access Systems (BAS)/ADC and Matrix Partners have formed a new company 4Core to provide solutions for controlling home entertainment and home automation systems. ( )

Paul McBride was named CEO of Interactive Enterprise; he was formerly COO. Paul Monnelly, the former CFO, was named COO. ( )

Jon Moore was appointed CTO of Video Internet Broadcasting Corporation (VIB TV). Previously Moore was principal engineer with the Grant County Public Utility District and its FTTH architecture. ( )

James Norrod was named CEO at Narad Networks. Norrod has worked with many startups in recent years, and formerly headed Telebit Corp. ( )

Perry Satterlee was named COO of Clearwire Corp. Satterlee was previously at another Craig McCaw company, Nextel Partners. ( )

Petro Shimonishi was named VP of Marketing for NetStreams. She brings a long background in home electronics. ( )

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Company News


Alvarion, a broadband wireless manufacturer, is acquiring Interwave, a 3G equipment maker, for $56 million. ( ) ( )

SupportSoft is acquiring Core Networks for $17 million, in order to offer complete service automation for service providers. ( ) ( )

First Avenue Networks (FAN) is buying Teligent's 24 GHz spectrum licenses and other assets in a stock transaction valued at $99 million. ( ) ( )


AirWave, a Wi-Fi network management software provider, has obtained $7 million in new funding. ( )

Akimbo, an IP VOD start-up, closed $12 million in series-B financing. ( )

Arcwave, a developer of wireless solutions for the cable industry, has received $8 million in new financing. ( )

Artimi, a fabless semiconductor developer of Ultra Wideband (UWB) silicon, has closed a $14 million Series A funding round. ( )

Aruba Wireless, a provider of Wi-Fi security systems, has obtained an additional $27 million in equity financing. ( )

Aura Communications, a developer of personal wireless communications, has closed an $11 million funding round. ( )

BroadLight, a supplier of components for FTTP deployments, has received additional Series C funding bringing the total round to $17.9 million. ( )

CinemaNow, a provider of broadband content-on-demand distribution and technology, has obtained $11 million in Series D financing. ( )

Kasenna, an IP video delivery company, closed a $15 million investment round. ( )

Lightningcast, a platform company for broadband advertising, completed a $5 million round of venture financing. ( )

Motia, a fabless semiconductor company that makes smart-antenna silicon products, closed its third round of funding with $12 million. ( )

Navini a wireless broadband technology provider, has raised $30 million in additional financing. ( )

PacketHop, a mobile mesh broadband communications company, has obtained $10 million in a Series B round of financing. ( )

Redline Communications, a provider of standards-based broadband wireless equipment, has secured $18 million in financing. ( )

Wave7 Optics, a provider of FTTP network equipment, announced an additional $6M in funding. ( )

Wayport, a provider of high speed access for travelers, has raised approximately $20 million in a private placement. ( )

Worldgate Communications, a provider of video telephones, completed a private placement of $7.55 million. ( )

Other News

ArrayComm's iBurst broadband wireless system will be deployed throughout South Africa by Wireless Business Solutions (WBS). WBS expects to cover more than 80% of the 45 million population within three years. The base stations are being manufactured by Kyocera. ( ) ( ) ( )

Broadband4Homes has been launched in the US as a service aggregator and smart homes product and service provider. It was formed by Sequoyah International Restructuring and Technology Alliance Group. ( ) announced that its Arkados subsidiary entered into a development agreement with Leviton Manufacturing Co. to create powerline carrier networking applications for Leviton. Arkados develops technology products for the powerline communication industry. ( ) ( )

Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced creation of OCAP Development, LLC, a joint venture dedicated to creating an OpenCable Applications Platform (OCAP) middleware implementation. The joint venture expects its middleware to help accelerate development of next generation of interactive television applications that will be portable and interoperable across cable networks. ( ) ( )

CTAM Europe, a chapter of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, announced its formal launch. They also announced their first annual Euro-Summit, to be held in Budapest, Hungary on September 9th and 10th. ( )

The Digital Home Working Group has changed its name to the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) to mark its shift from working group to formal alliance. They also released their guidelines, called Home Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines version 1.0, which have been under development during the past year, and will be supported by a compliance testing and certification logo program. Since its formation the group has grown from less than 20 members to over 140, representing 14 countries. ( )

Editors Note: Silicon Strategies and EE Times wrote in May about a Chinese "home-grown standard for interoperability among electronics devices in the home". The standard is called Intelligent Grouping and Resource Sharing (IGRS), and is reported to be similar to and competitive with the DLNA effort. Over twenty Chinese groups are supporting the standard, and the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (MII) is supporting the project. DLNA responded to our question about IGRS by saying "..., it is DLNA's position that IGRS and DLNA are not competitors. Rather, the associations have the potential to complement each other."

Intellon announced that Packard Bell has started embedding Intellon's Powerline Networking ICs in its new European desktop machines. The HomePlug powerline networking technology is built into the power supply, so a user can connect a PC to a network simply by plugging it into a power outlet. ( ) ( )

Motive announced that BT has chosen to standardize on Motive technology to build self-management capabilities into BT's entire existing and next-generation consumer and business data services. The Motive software will help BT automate a range of management tasks for any type of data service, in both networked residential and business environments. ( ) ( )

Scientific-Atlanta has created a consumer-oriented Web demonstration ( to aid consumer understanding of HDTV and DVR capabilities. ( )

USA Video Interactive has released Version 2.0 of their MediaSentinel digital watermarking software, developed to support the requirements of the movie industry. ( )

The Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) has finally closed financing for Phase One of their ambitious fiber-to-the-home network. It had been slowed down by intense objections from the incumbent carriers. The effort is now scaled back to cover 11 cities--down from the original 18. Construction is beginning and Phase 1 of the network--which will be open for use by other service providers--is expected to be completed within a year. ( )

Verizon announced the first service offering of their FTTP network in Texas and additional fiber deployments, including Florida and California. The new service name is Verizon Fios and offers three Internet speed/price points, ranging between 5 Mbps down/2 Mbps up and 30 down/5 up. These are available either stand-alone or as part of a bundle of calling services. Accelerating the competition with cable, Verizon has set a monthly price of $49.95 for 15/2 Mbps, with a $5 discount when bundling with local and long distance telephone service. ( ) ( )

WeRoam, a company with services to integrate GSM and WLAN services and enable WLAN roaming, has recently entered roaming agreements in Israel, Greece and Ireland. The company has over 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspot locations worldwide. ( )

WildBlue announced its first satellite payload successfully launched and its high speed Internet service is scheduled to begin in early 2005. Initial targets will be communities currently unserved by wired broadband. Services will be introduced in locations around the continental U.S., using a "spot beam" architecture with modified DOCSIS technology. WildBlue also announced the selection of Convergys, Interactive Enterprise and Incognito Software for support functions. Speeds at launch will be downstream up to 1.5 Mbps and upstream up to 256K, with prices starting at $49.95 per month. ( )


The new IEEE 802.3ah specification for Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) has been ratified. It expands the range and reach of Ethernet transport for use in the Metro and Access networks. ( )

The IEEE also recently published the Wi-Fi security standard 802.11i, and the updated WiMAX standard 802.16-2004. ( ) ( )

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced that SCTE 90-1 2004 has achieved American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval. It is based on CableLabsí OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) specification. OCAP allows cable operators, content providers, and consumer electronics manufacturers to write applications one time that will run on all OCAP-compliant devices. ( ) ( ) ( )


The UK's Office of Telecommunications (Ofcom) has published a roadmap of the steps for 2004-05 ( to introduce greater flexibility and freedom of use to radio spectrum management. Their initial statement was issued on spectrum trading, which will allow companies and individuals holding licenses to operate wireless transmission services to buy and sell their rights in an open market. Draft regulations are expected in September and final rules in November. Other planned dates include December 2004 for the publication of a draft roadmap for mobile and wireless broadband services. ( )