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December 20, 2004 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

David E. Danielson was named VP of marketing for Bluesocket, Inc., and Jim Finucane was named VP of engineering. Danielson most recently was CEO of Altaworks and Finucane was previously with WAY Systems. ( www.bluesocket.com )

Tim Evard has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior VP and GM for marketing and applications products at OpenTV. In the past, Evard was president and co-founder of Time Warner's Road Runner business. ( www.opentv.com ) ( www.rr.com )

Tim Hanson has become EVP, Worldwide Sales and Customer Service for Cedar Point Communications. Hanson most recently had been with Accenture Ltd. ( www.cedarpointcom.com )

Sheena Hardy has been appointed ICTV's VP of International Sales, based in the UK. Sheena was previously Interactive TV Consultant for NDS Asia Pacific. ( www.ictv.com )

William Keating has been selected as CEO of Xtend Networks. Previously, Keating was with Nekei LLC. ( www.xtendnetworks.com )

Dan Maloney has been appointed head of Motorola's connected home group, when Motorola splits its businesses into four groups, effective January 1, 2005. The other groups are personal devices, networks, and government and enterprise. ( www.motorola.com )

Joe Parola has become VP of Cable Sales at General Bandwidth. Joe was previously with Jedai Broadband. ( www.generalbandwidth.com )

Douglas Sabella was named President and CEO of Veraz Networks. Sabella was previously COO at Terayon. ( www.veraznetworks.com )

David Robertson has been named VP and CFO for Narus. Previously, Robertson was the CEO and CFO of BeamReach Networks. ( www.narus.com )

Parminder Singh was named VP of worldwide market development for Ensequence. Singh moves to Ensequence from Microsoft. ( www.ensequence.com )

Gregory H. Smith is joining Mediabolic as Senior VP and CFO, and Robert W. Selzler is joining as VP of Marketing. In the past, Selzler was a VP at InnoMedia. ( www.mediabolic.com )

(Please email people@bb-home.com to report a change in your position.)


Company News

--Acquisitions

Conexant Systems Inc. acquired Paxonet Communications Inc., a semiconductor design services company, for $15 million in cash. ( www.conexant.com ) ( www.paxonet.com )

FiberNet Telecom Group Inc. is acquiring Consolidated Edison Communications Holding Co. from Consolidated Edison Inc. for about $37 million in cash. ( www.ftgx.com ) ( www.conedcom.com ) ( www.conedison.com )

Motorola is acquiring MeshNetworks. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. ( www.motorola.com ) ( www.meshnetworks.com )

Siemens AG is acquiring WLAN vendor Chantry Networks Inc. Terms were not disclosed. ( www.siemens.com ) ( www.chantrynetworks.com )

Tandberg Television is expanding its North American presence by acquiring N2 Broadband Inc. The deal, a mixture of cash and stock, is valued at $110 million to $130 million. ( www.tandbergtv.com ) ( www.n2broadband.com )

Yoomedia is acquiring iTV technology and media solutions company Digital Interactive Television Group (DITG), for £28 million. ( www.yoomedia.com ) ( www.ditg.tv )

--Funding

BroadLogic Network Technologies, a supplier of semiconductor chipsets to the broadband industry, has obtained $20 million in venture capital. ( www.broadlogic.com )

Casero, a software company that serves broadband service providers, secured $7.5 million in a Series A round. ( www.casero.com )

IP Unity received a Series E investment of about $2 million from the venture arm of Telus Corp. ( www.ip-unity.com ) ( www.telus.com )

Extricom, Ltd., a wireless LAN company, received $5.6 million in its second round of financing. ( www.extricom.com )

Gotuit Media Corp., which enables navigation of time shifted video, has secured $10 million in third round funding. ( www.gotuit.com )

Kontiki Inc., a software company that speeds digital content delivery, closed a Series C investment of $8.6 million. ( www.kontiki.com )

Orthogon Systems, a provider of broadband wireless equipment, raised $8 million in Series D financing. ( www.orthogonsystems.com )

Pando Networks Inc., a digital media sharing technology company, raised its first financing round of $4 million. ( www.pando.com )

Teknovus, Inc., a provider of broadband-access semiconductor chipsets, announced the closing of its Series B funding at $9 million. ( www.teknovus.com )

TeleCIS Wireless, a broadband wireless chipset maker, raised $4 million in second-round funding. ( www.telecis.com )


Other News

blinkx TV, a search tool company, has produced a beta video search engine that allows users to search the Web for selected video clips by keyword. Yahoo! has also entered this market, launching its test version of a similar service ( video.search.yahoo.com ). Mark Opzoomer, the CEO of blinkx, was previously with Yahoo!. ( www.blinkx.tv ) ( www.yahoo.com )

CableLabs® issued a request for proposal that identifies a common set of product requirements for a CableHome®-based residential gateway. The gateway will include an integrated cable modem and router/wireless access device, and will enable delivery of value-added services for home networking and high-speed data subscribers, such as services requiring quality of service guarantees. The deadline for responses is January 31, 2005. ( www.cablelabs.com )

FastWeb announced the last step of the merger of FastWeb into e.Biscom. Formerly operating as separate companies, the merged company has taken the name FASTWEB and adopted a new logo. ( company.fastweb.it/index.php? )

Ikanos Communications entered the VDSL2 market with two new programmable chipsets. To support carrier migration to higher speeds, their new solution is interoperable with ADSL and VDSL and premises equipment. ( www.ikanos.com )

SBC selected Microsoft's IPTV software to deliver video services over SBC's coming fiber network. ( www.sbc.com ) ( www.microsoft.com )

Ucentric Systems and Entropic Communications are working together to create a combined solution for delivering whole-home digital entertainment networking over coaxial cable. Entropic provides the IP networking silicon chipsets and Ucentric supplies the software platform for sharing multiple HD, SD, DVR and personal media over a very high speed network. ( www.ucentric.com ) ( www.entropic.com )

Vonage, a Voice over IP provider, has partnered with Viseon to deliver videotelephony. ( www.vonage.com ) ( www.viseon.com )

Wavesat announced that it is shipping its WiMax baseband chip. Interoperability tests have not yet taken place. ( www.wavesat.com )

Wildblue issued an update on its satellite broadband services. During 2Q05, WildBlue expects to offer consumer service with a regional rollout plan for making access available across the continental U.S. ( www.wildblue.com )

--Standards & Alliances

The WiMAX Forum announced recent additions to its membership, including Lucent Technologies Inc., LG Electronics and Huawei Technologies. Recent service provider additions include AOL, Deutsche Telecom, SBC and Time Warner Telecom. ( www.wimaxforum.org )

The Zigbee Alliance has ratified the first ZigBee specifications for home networking and short-range wireless. The technology employs low data rates for applications such as sensor networks, monitoring and controls and automatic meter reading. ( www.zigbee.org )

-- Regulatory

US

The *Federal Communications Commission (FCC)" issued a Memorandum Opinion ( hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-267A1.pdf ) regarding a petition brought by Vonage Holdings Corp which agreed that a range of Internet Protocol services, such as VoIP, are not subject to state utility regulation. ( www.fcc.gov )

In a separate order ( hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-254117A1.pdf ), the FCC revised technical specifications in the 4.9 GHz (4940-4990 MHz) public safety band to support lower cost operations using existing wireless networking technology.