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The October 17, 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

Michael Collette has joined Narad Networks as CEO. Michael was previously CEO of Ucentric, which was purchased by Motorola earlier this year. ( www.naradnetworks.com )

Brian Craddock has been appointed VP of Sales for the broadband telecommunications and large enterprise markets at Incognito Software Inc. He was most recently with London-based Systems Union. ( www.incognito.com )

Rick DeGabrielle was appointed President and CEO of Arroyo Video Solutions. He was previously at Catena Networks. ( www.arroyo.tv )

Kenny Frerichs was named President and CEO of Network Physics. He was previously at ForeScout Technologies. ( www.networkphysics.com )

Jim Grams and Bob Pacheco have joined Azaire Networks as the company's CTO and VP Sales, Americas and Asia, respectively. Grams was previously at AT&T Wireless and Pacheco was with Persona Software. ( www.azairenet.com )

Ellen Kirk has joined Tropos Networks as VP of Marketing. She was previously with Qualcomm. ( www.tropos.com )

Michael Librizzi has joined Cygnus Communications, Inc. as VP, Marketing. He was formerly with Entropic Communications. ( www.cygnuscom.com )

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


Company News

Acquisitions

Broadcom is acquiring Athena Semiconductors for $21.6 million in cash. The acquisition will provide Broadcom with technologies for mobile digital TV tuners and low-power Wi-Fi. ( www.broadcom.com ) ( www.athenasemi.com )

Covad Communications is acquiring fixed wireless Internet provider NextWeb for $24.7 million. ( www.covad.com ) (www.nextweb.net )

Liberty Global is buying Swiss company Cablecom Holdings AG for $2.19 billion. ( www.lgi.com ) ( www.cablecom.ch/en )

NTL is acquiring Telewest in a transaction valued at approximately $6 billion. It will be the U.K.’s second largest communications company, with a combined customer base of nearly 5 million residential subscribers. ( www.ntl.com ) ( www.telewest.co.uk ).

Viacom's MTV Networks has purchased IFILM for $49 million. IFILM has the largest collection of short videos on the Web and reaches more than 10 million users a month. ( www.viacom.com ) ( www.ifilm.com )

Funding

3e Technologies International (3eTI), a wireless infrastructure supplier, has received strategic funding from Intel Capital. ( www.3eti.com ) ( www.intel.com/capital )

Aperto Networks, a WiMAX systems supplier, raised $17 million in its Series E financing round. ( www.apertonet.com )

Digital 5, a provider of software for streaming multimedia content, has closed an undisclosed amount of financing from an existing investor. ( www.digital5.com )

Modulus Video, a supplier of high-definition video compression technology, closed its Series B round of venture funding with $10 million. ( www.modulusvideo.com )

Redline Communications, a provider of standards-based broadband wireless equipment, announced it has secured $15 million (U.S.) in venture financing. ( www.redlinecommunications.com )

Roundbox, which aims to provide software products for deploying wireless broadcast and multicast services, has raised $8 million in Series A financing to launch the company. ( www.roundbox.com )

Ruckus Wireless, a wireless home networking start-up previously called Video54, raised $9 million in series B financing. [See "Wireless Video Networking" below.] ( www.ruckus.com )

Tropos Networks has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Siemens Venture Capital. ( www.tropos.com ) ( www.siemens.com )

VIVOX, a Pulver.com company that provides online communities with application specific embedded communications services, raised $6 million in venture capital funding. ( www.vivox.com )

Other News

ArrayComm and TeleCIS Wireless announced a joint development agreement to create products for the upcoming WiMAX “e” (mobile) standard. TeleCIS Wireless will support ArrayComm’s smart antenna solutions in its multi-protocol WiMAX mobile chip and ArrayComm will design its smart antenna solutions to facilitate enhanced performance of the TeleCIS chip. ( www.arraycomm.com ) ( www.telecis.com )

Clearwire announced a distribution agreement with retailer Best Buy to sell Clearwire's broadband wireless modem and service in selected locations. The Clearwire service is available in parts of Florida, Oregon, Minnesota, Washington, Texas and Wisconsin. ( www.clearwire.com ) ( www.bestbuy.com )

Intel announced the Asian Broadband Campaign to provide broadband wireless consulting and technical services to governments, telecommunications regulators, education, health and agriculture public sector agencies and carriers in preparation for WiMAX trials. Intel said it would begin WiMAX trials in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines by the end of 2005, with trials in Indonesia and Vietnam slated for 2006. ( www.intel.com )

Mediabolic and Broadcom unveiled the new Broadcom NAS media server reference design -- a joint hardware and software storage platform with embedded media server capabilities providing the ability to stream music, photo, and video files to a variety of connected entertainment devices throughout the home. ( www.mediabolic.com ) ( www.broadcom.com )

picoChip has signed a development partnership agreement with the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea in the area of Software Defined Radio for WCDMA/HSDPA and WiMAX. Separately, picoChip announced a family of complete reference designs extending its offering to cover both fixed WiMAX (802.16-2004) and mobile WiMAX (802.16e and WiBRO) for mobile station (MS) and base station (BS) designs. ( www.picochip.com ) ( www.etri.re.kr/www_05/e_etri )

Rogers Communications and Bell Canada announced an agreement to jointly build and manage a Canada-wide wireless broadband network expected to initially reach more than two-thirds of Canadians in less than three years. The companies will pool their wireless broadband spectrum holdings into a joint venture, Inukshuk Internet Inc., which will build and operate the network. ( www.rogers.ca ) ( www.bell.ca ) ( www.inukshuk.ca )


Standards and Forums

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) announced its Certification and Logo Program of the DLNA Home Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines 1.0. The program is aimed at verifying that products designed to the guidelines meet DLNA’s certification testing requirements. The first DLNA CERTIFIED products are expected to hit the market by the end of 2005. ( www.dlna.org )

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) held an inaugural IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF). The event resulted in creation of four task forces to investigate the areas of Architecture, Digital Rights Management, Interoperability and Testing, and QoS Metrics. This effort is intended to be more than just video over DSL and includes IPTV delivered over any type of infrastructure, specifically also including wireless and fiber. ( www.atis.org )

The Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) "was formed to help accelerate the IEEE 802.11n development process and promote a technology specification for interoperability of next-generation wireless local area networking (WLAN) products." See "Wireless Video Networking" below for further details. ( www.enhancedwirelessconsortium.org )