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The July 13, 2005 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Chris Busch has joined Incognito Software as VP of Broadband Technology. He was previously with Nortel Networks. ( www.incognito.com )

Gerard Delaney is joining Dilithium Networks as VP and general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was previously with BT Group PLC. ( www.dilithiumnetworks.com )

Michael Fowler has been appointed VP of solutions and Daniel West as VP of marketing at Nellymoser Inc. ( www.nellymoser.com )

David Hattey has been named president and chief executive at SIPquest. He was previously at 3Com. ( www.sipquest.com )

Sam Howe was promoted to chief marketing officer at Time Warner Cable. ( www.timewarnercable.com )

David Katz has joined Yahoo to oversee the sports and entertainment divisions. He was previously with the CBS Television Network. ( www.yahoo.com )

Sandra Swain Kilbridge has been named VP, business development at Rentrak Corporation. She was previously with Rainbow DBS/VOOM. ( www.rentrak.com )

Tom Rogers was named TiVo CEO and Jeff Klugman has been promoted to senior VP and general manager of its new Service Provider Division. ( www.tivo.com )

Allen P. Todd has joined Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek) as VP for BPL Operations. Todd previously was utilities director for the city of Manassas, Virginia, the site of a major BPL deployment. ( www.comtechnologies.com ) ( www.manassascity.org/ )

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


Company News

Acquisitions

Amdocs, a provider of customer management software and services, has acquired DST Innovis for $238 million in cash. DST Innovis will operate within Amdocs as the Broadband Cable and Satellite division and will be headed by its current CEO, Peter Nault. ( www.amdocs.com ) ( www.dstinnovis.com )

Cisco agreed to acquire deep packet processing company NetSift for approximately $30 million. ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.netsift.com )

Ericsson has acquired Teleca OSS, a provider of systems integration for telecom management. The value of the deal was not disclosed. ( www.ericsson.com ) ( www.teleca.com )

Moseley Associates has agreed to acquire the assts of Wi-Fi and broadband wireless company Proxim for $21 million. ( www.moseleysb.com ) ( www.proxim.com )

TANDBERG announced the acquisition of Ivigo, a provider of mobile video solutions, for an undisclosed amount. ( www.tandberg.net ) ( www.ivigo.nl )

Telenor' completed its acquisition of Bredbandsbolaget (B2) in Sweden and Cybercity in Denmark for SEK 6.0 billion and DKK 1.4 billion respectively. ( www.telenor.com ) ( www.bredbandsbolaget.se ) ( www.cybercity.dk )

Funding

Current Communications Group, a leading broadband over power line (BPL) technology and service provider, announced a $100 million investment from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Google, and The Hearst Corporation, as well as two existing investors. ( www.currentgroup.com )

Meru Networks, a provider of VoIP mobility infrastructure, has secured $12 million in Series C funding. ( www.merunetworks.com )

Pannaway Technologies, designers and developers of converged broadband platforms, completed a $15.6 million E round of funding from private investors. ( www.pannaway.com )

PicoChip, a wireless silicon provider, secured $20.5 million in its third round of funding, including an investment from Intel Ventures. ( www.picochip.com )

sentitO Networks, a VoIP switching and services company for telecommunications service providers, has obtained $10 million in new funding. ( www.sentito.com )

Tatara Systems, developer of solutions for communications service providers, closed an additional funding round of $6 million. ( www.tatarasystems.com )

Xceive, a developer of RF-to-baseband receiver ICs for TVs and other consumer electronics devices, has raised $10.5 million in series B funding. ( www.xceive.com )

Other News

Artimi announced availability of its single chip Ultra Wideband (UWB) device. The RTMI-100 chip provides an 800Mbps capable UWB solution for applications such as bulk file/data transfer and streaming multimedia. ( www.artimi.com )

BT announced its anticipated Bluephone launch, now officially named Fusion. It will provide consumers with converged fixed/mobile service, starting in September. The BT Fusion acts as a mobile away from home and switches automatically to a BT Broadband line when the user is at home. The phone relies on a BT "home hub" which has Bluetooth wireless technology to switch the handset and also works as a Wi-Fi router. ( www.bt.com/btfusion )

Clickstar, a production company partly owned by actor Morgan Freeman, is forming a new venture, partly backed by Intel, to sell Internet movie downloads. ( www.clickstarinc.com )

The Beijing Times reported that Intel has signed a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Media Group, a licensed Chinese operator of IPTV services, to cooperate on digital home programming. Intel announced it will also establish a US$200 million venture capital fund to invest in Chinese technology companies developing hardware, software and services. ( www.intel.com ) ( www.smg.sh.cn/english/ )

Metalink Ltd., a provider of broadband communications silicon, has introduced a wireless chipset targeting the IEEE 802.11n standard being developed for next-generation Wi-Fi. It added a highly-integrated baseband chip to its previously-available RF chip supporting MIMO antenna technology. ( www.metalinkbb.com )

Parla.it, a subsidiary of France Telecom, is offering residential VoDSL service in Italy. The service is based on a softswitch from NetCentrex with systems integration by Highdeal. ( www.parla.it )


US Update

The Supreme Court ruled that high-speed Internet over cable is an "information service" not a "telecommunications service" and thus cable companies do not need to provide access to independent providers. Separately, the Supreme Court ruled in the Grokster case that peer-to-peer file-sharing companies can be held liable if they induce copyright infringement to support their business, e.g. through advertising. ( www.supremecourtus.gov )

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released new data on US high-speed connections to the Internet. Results showed that during 2004, high-speed lines serving residential, small and larger businesses, and other subscribers increased by 34%, to 37.9 million lines. ADSL lines increased by 45%, to 13.8 million lines and cable modem service increased by 30% to 21.4 million lines. 2.7 million high-speed connections were from other categories, including satellite or terrestrial wireless, fiber or powerline or wireline other than ADSL. ( www.fcc.gov )