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April 3, 2005 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Fred Corsentino has joined Meru Networks as VP of Worldwide Sales. Additional management team additions were Ben Gibson as VP of Corporate Marketing and Jim Ciociolo as VP of Business Development. ( www.merunetworks.com )

Bob DeFeo was appointed CEO of streaming multimedia company Envivio. ( www.envivio.com )

Jeff Fryling has joined Xtend Networks as VP of Corporate Development. Tim Holzer has also joined as Director of National Accounts. ( www.xtendnetworks.com )

John Graham was named VP of Marketing at Entropic Communications. He was previously with picoChip. ( www.entropic.com )

Dean Grumlose has been named VP of Marketing at Ikanos Communications. Chris Smith became VP of Human Resources and Derek Obata was promoted to VP of Worldwide Sales. ( www.ikanos.com )

Gary Hoffman has joined Coaxsys as VP of Business Development. He was previously a consultant for Coaxsys. ( www.coaxsys.com )

Yuichi Kawakami has been appointed President and Chief Executive of NEC Electronics America Inc., effective April 1. ( www.necel.com )

Kevin Martin was named to lead the US Federal Communications Commission by President Bush. ( www.fcc.gov )

Dan Ryan has joined Usurf America to expand Usurf's customer base. Ryan was formerly with Charter Communications. ( www.usurf.com )

Elizabeth Schimel has joined Comcast as Senior VP of Content Development for its Online division. Schimel was previously with AT&T Wireless Services. ( www.comcast.com )

Arvind Sodhani, formerly Senior VP and treasurer at Intel Capital, has been appointed to the position of President. ( www.intel.com/capital )

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


Company News

--Acquisitions

Airspan Networks is acquiring ArelNet Ltd. for $8.7 million. ( www.airspan.com ) ( www.arelnet.com )

Colubris Networks is acquiring Kiwi Networks for an undisclosed sum. ( www.colubris.com )

HP has agreed to acquire online photo service Snapfish. ( www.hp.com ) ( www.snapfish.com )

Juniper Networks is acquiring Kagoor Networks, a provider of session border control technology, in a transaction valued at $67.5 million in cash, plus other compensation. ( www.juniper.net ) ( www.kagoor.com )

Legrand is acquiring On-Q Technologies, Inc. Legrandís Greyfox business and On-Q will be brought together to form On-Q/Legrand. ( www.greyfox.com ) ( www.onqhome.com )

SafeNet Inc. is acquiring DMDsecure B.V., a Dutch digital rights management software developer, for $9.7 million in cash. ( www.safenet-inc.com ) ( www.dmdsecure.com )

Thomson has acquired privately held Inventel, a provider of gateways, "home networking" and wireless products, for an undisclosed amount. ( www.thomson.net ) ( www.inventel.com )

--Funding

Bell Canada, Canada's largest phone company, has invested $100 million in broadband wireless firm Clearwire. ( www.bce.ca ) ( www.clearwire.com )

Brix Networks, a provider of VoIP performance management solutions, announced it has raised $5 million in its fifth round of venture capital funding. ( www.brixnet.com )

Camiant, a provider of policy servers for IP based multimedia services, announced the closing of $8 million in its second round of funding. ( www.camiant.com )

Dilithium Networks, a provider of wireless multimedia interconnectivity products, has secured $18 million in Series C funding. ( www.dilithiumnetworks.com )

E Ink Corp., a developer of electronic paper display technology, has raised an undisclosed amount in a strategic investment from Intel Capital. ( www.eink.com ) ( www.intel.com/capital )

Provigent Inc., a provider of chip technology for broadband wireless, received $2 million in add-on funds, closing its third financing round at $10 million. ( www.provigent.com )

Wavesat Inc., a WiMAX chip developer, is receiving a contribution valued at $990,000 from Canadaís National Research Councilís Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). ( www.wavesat.com ) ( irap-pari.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca )

Xeround Systems, a developer of software for carriers of VoIP, has raised a Series A round of $6.5 million. ( www.xeround.com )

Other News

Bell Canada has announced a wireless VoIP alliance with broadband wireless firm Clearwire, including a $100 million investment. Bell Canada will become Clearwire's exclusive strategic partner for VoIP and certain other value-added IP services and applications in the US. Bell Canada will also become Clearwire's preferred provider of these services and applications outside North America. ( www.bce.ca ) ( www.clearwire.com )

Cable operator Comcast and DVR pioneer TiVo announced the companies have agreed to make the TiVoģ service and advertising capability widely available to Comcast customers in the majority of its markets around the country. Comcast and TiVo will work together to develop a version of the TiVo service, marketed with the TiVo brand, which will be made available on Comcast's current primary DVR platform. ( www.comcast.com ) ( www.tivo.com )

LG Electronics is joining forces with Nortel Networks to work together to jointly develop and market WiMAX products. Nortel is developing software to make mobile phones from LG broadband-ready using 802.16e. The phones are expected to be ready for trials in the second half of 2006. This announcement follows the January disclosure of a proposed 50-50 joint venture. ( www.lge.com ) ( www.nortel.com )

Regulatory

US - The Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 vote, has suspended state rules forcing phone providers to offer so-called "naked DSL", which refers to the telco selling DSL access without the customer taking a local phone line. This ruling alerts other states' utility commissions that the FCC has decided states don't have a right to force the selling of naked DSL. ( www.fcc.gov )