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September 13, 2005 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Matthew J. Aden has been named Senior VP of Worldwide Sales and Customer Service at Terayon. He was previously with Motorola’s Connected Home Solutions business. ( www.terayon.com )

David Brott has been appointed CEO of Meedio. Brott was formerly with DivX. ( www.meedio.com )

Andre Chartrand has been appointed VP of engineering at Entropic Communications Inc. Chartrand was previously with TranSwitch Corp. ( www.entropic.com )

Mike Fidler has been named CEO of Digeo and Greg Gudorf has been named President and COO. Both Fidler and Gudorf were previously with Sony. ( www.digeo.com )

Manish Gupta has been named VP of marketing and alliances for Aperto. Prior to joining the company he was with Megisto Systems. ( www.apertonet.com )

Ron Harden has joined VoX as EVP-Sales & Marketing. He was previously with Volo Communications ( www.voxcorp.net )

Al Johnson has been named VP, Technology and Advanced Architectures at Xtend Networks. Johnson was previously with Cablevision Systems Corporation ( www.xtendnetworks.com )

David Leonard has joined WildBlue Communications as CEO. Leonard was previously with Liberty Global. ( www.wildblue.com )

Jeff Miller has been promoted to President and CEO of ICTV. Miller was previously Senior VP of engineering. ( www.ictv.com )

Judith Muhlberg has been appointed Senior VP of corporate communications for Sprint Nextel Corp. Muhlberg previously served as a consultant for privately-held Gagen MacDonald. ( www.sprint.com )

Alan Scott has been named General Manager, Europe, for Eyeball Networks. Scott was previously with Intrinsyc Software. ( www.eyeball.com )

Neil Smit has been appointed CEO of Charter Communications. Smit was previously with AOL. ( www.charter.com )

Mark F. Spagnolo has been appointed CEO of AirBand Communications, and Jim Timmer was named CFO. Spagnolo was previously CEO of Broadwing Communications and Timmer was at Birch Telecom.( www.airband.com )

John D. Waclawsky has been appointed cross product software architect for Motorola. He was previously at Cisco. ( www.motorola.com )

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


Company News

Acquisitions

ADC is buying privately held Fiber Optic Network Solutions (FONS) for $172 million in cash. ( www.adc.com ) ( www.fons.com )

Cisco is acquiring Denmark-based KiSS Technology A/S, a provider of networked entertainment devices. The company will become part of Cisco's Linksys division. The acquisition was valued at about $61 million in cash. ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.kiss-technology.com )

Separately, Cisco agreed to acquire privately held Sheer Networks for approximately $97 million in cash and assumed options. ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.sheernetworks.com )

eBay has agreed to buy Skype Technologies for $1.3 billion in cash and $1.3 billion in stock, with up to an additional $1.5 billion more if Skype meets financial targets by 2008 or 2009. ( www.ebay.com ) ( www.skype.com )

Google has acquired Brazilian search company Akwan Information Technologies. ( www.google.com ) ( www.akwan.com.br )

Intelsat is acquiring PanAmSat for $3.2 billion. The press release indicates the consolidated company will provide "Expanded Delivery of HDTV, Broadband and IPTV". ( www.intelsat.com ) ( www.panamsat.com )

Microsoft announced the acquisition of VoIP technology manufacturer Teleo. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ( www.microsoft.com ) ( teleo.msn.com )

Norway-based The Mobile Media Co. has acquired UK-based Rubberduck Media Lab Ltd. The value of the deal was not disclosed. ( www.mobilemedia.com ) ( www.rubberduckmedialab.com )

News Corporation agreed to pay $650 million in cash for IGN Entertainment. ( www.newscorp.com ) ( corp.ign.com )

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd announced that Vision Technologies Electronics, part of their US headquarters, is acquiring iDirect Inc. for $165 million. ( www.stengg.com ) ( www.idirect-tech.com )

Tele2 of Sweden and Apax Partners have announced they will offer €1.34 billion for Versatel Telecom International N.V. ( www.tele2.com ) ( www.apax.com ) ( www.versatel.com )

Terabeam Wireless has acquired Proxim for $28 million, superseding an earlier announcement that Moseley Associates would acquire Proxim for $21 million. ( www.terabeam.com ) ( www.proxim.com )

UPC has acquired Astral Telecom of Romania. The transaction will cost parent company Liberty Global $404.5 million. ( www.unitedglobal.com ) ( www.astral.ro ) ( www.lgi.com )

Funding

Akros Silicon, focused on enabling intelligent appliances, has raised $9 million in its first round. ( www.akrossilicon.com )

Alloptic, a provider of PON FTTH solutions, has raised a $30 million fifth round. ( www.alloptic.com )

Cedar Point Communications, a provider of telephony solutions for cable operators, has raised $15 million in additional financing. ( www.cedarpointcom.com )

DiBcom, a French provider of mobile TV chipsets, obtained $30 million in its fourth round of financing. Intel Capital was one of the investors. ( www.dibcom.net )

Ellacoya Networks has raised $13.5 million in the second round financing. ( www.ellacoya.com )

Gracenote, a provider of media recognition technology, has raised $10.9 million in Series E financing. ( www.gracenote.com )

Inlet Technologies, a provider of content encoding solutions, has closed a $5 million B round of financing. ( www.inlethd.com )

Intellon, a provider of powerline communications chips, has raised $24.5 million in new equity financing. ( www.intellon.com )

MetroBridge Networks, a broadband wireless access provider in British Columbia, completed its second round of financing. ( www.metrobridge.com )

PacketHop, provider of a mobile Wi-Fi mesh solution, raised $10 million in its third round of financing. ( www.packethop.com )

Teknovus, a provider of EPON chipsets, received $13 million in Series C funding. ( www.teknovus.com )

Unwired Australia received $27.9 million in funding from Intel Capital to expand its services beyond Sydney. The companies agreed to jointly promote WiMAX mobile broadband capabilities throughout Australia. ( www.unwired.com.au )

Veoh Networks, which bills itself as an Internet Television Peercasting Network, has completed Series A financing. ( www.veoh.com )

Other News

Ambient Corporation has announced a Trial Agreement for San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) to evaluate BPL-enabled consumer and utility applications. ( www.ambientcorp.com ) ( www.sdge.com )

Blinkx is offering a free search service that scans video and audio content from the Web, content partners and user-generated sources and delivers the shows to a user's computer. Program content has been expanding and is processed by their automated finding, transcribing and indexing technologies. ( www.blinkx.com )

Cablelabs announced that its Open Cable Applications Platform (OCAP) has reached a milestone with the certification of a Samsung OCAP-enabled, two-way interactive digital TV set. Previous Open Cable certifications have been for one-way devices. The OCAP goal is to have a common platform, available at retail, for deploying interactive services. ( www.cablelabs.com ) ( www.samsung.com )

Intellon is supplying its HomePlug 1.0 chipset to Motorola for use in Motorola’s Powerline LV (low-voltage) Broadband over Powerline (BPL) solution for the utility market. The solution combines wireless to the utility pole with low-voltage PLC into the home. Motorola Ventures has also participated in Intellon’s Series B equity financing round. ( www.intellon.com ) ( www.motorola.com )

Separately, Intellon announced that BPL service provider Current Communications Group, selected Intellon’s HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo chipset for the company’s BPL product line. ( www.intellon.com ) ( www.currentgroup.com )

TelEvolution has announced PhoneGnome, a SIP-compliant appliance that connects to the owner's traditional phone service, and augments it with free calling and advanced VoIP capabilities over a broadband connection. The user retains their original phone number, phone, 911 and directory services. ( www.phonegnome.com )

Vonage announced it has exceeded one million lines in service on its network. ( www.vonage.com )


Standards and Forums

The FLO Forum was announced by its members and is headed by Qualcomm and others. Its goal is the standardization, equipment compliance and certification for Forward Link Only technologies, intended for terrestrial mobile multimedia delivery to wireless devices. ( www.floforum.org ) ( www.qualcomm.com )

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has finalized its specification for HomePlug AV, the powerline standard for distributing multimedia entertainment content in the home. The standard is designed to enable simultaneous HD and SD video distribution, whole-house audio, VoIP traffic management and data networking. ( www.homeplug.org )

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) has added Verizon and Cox Communications to its board of directors. MOCA now has Tier 1 members from the cable, satellite, telecom, networking equipment, consumer electronics and retailer segments. They position MoCA as a high-speed, reliable home network to connect digital services to TVs, set top boxes, and other entertainment devices. ( www.mocalliance.org )


Country/Region Updates

US: The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to classify phone companies' broadband operations as an "information service". This is the same classification applied to cable modem services. After a one-year transition, phone companies DSL services will be exempt from "common carrier" rules, which currently require them to share their infrastructure with competitors. ( www.fcc.gov )

UK: Ofcom's Communications Market report showed that 2005 was the year in which the number of UK households and businesses with broadband (almost 30%) exceeded those with dial-up internet connections. ( www.ofcom.org.uk )

EU: A recent decision by the European Commission, to be implemented by the end of October, will open up a significant amount of radio spectrum throughout the European Union for wireless access systems. The decision ( europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/05/929&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en ) makes two frequency bands (5150-5350 MHz and 5470-5725 MHz) available in all member states for wireless access systems and includes provisions for advanced spectrum management.

Australia: The Australian government has allocated an additional $37.4 million to fund its program to bring broadband to rural areas of the country. The Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS) program has reportedly spurred deployment of broadband in the bush ( www.dcita.gov.au/newsroom/media_releases/$50_million_in_extra_hibis_funds_for_broadband_in_the_bush ) so that penetration adoption in regional Australia "is keeping pace with metropolitan areas—about 20 per cent and growing."

New Zealand: New Zealand Telecom and Alcatel have announced a project to build the IP Voice platform for Telecom's Next Generation Network. The first residential customers will migrate onto the new network by early 2007 and all of New Zealand's 2.2 million customer lines are expected to be transitioned to the new platform in 2012. A consumer Next Generation Voice Trial is has begun, with 120 customers. ( www.telecom.co.nz ) ( www.alcatel.com )

India: A research center in India, for broadband and WiMAX technologies, has been announced. The center is 49-percent owned by the Indian government's Centre for Development of Telematics (C-Dot) and 51-percent owned by Alcatel. ( www.cdot.com ) ( www.alcatel.com )