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June 19, 2006 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Lewis Brewster, currently executive VP and COO of Conexant Systems, has assumed the additional role of general manager of the company's Broadband Media Processing business. Broadband Media Processing provides solutions for set-top boxes, digital televisions, and video processing applications in the PC and other consumer electronics devices. ( www.conexant.com )

Rainer Hoffmann has been appointed to the position of CEO of Micronas USA. Hoffmann was previously President and General Manager of Micronas Semiconductors Inc. ( www.micronasusa.com )

Wes Hoffman has been appointed VP and general manager of 2Wire's media business unit. Hoffman was previously with OpenTV. ( www.2wire.com )

Yoshimasa Miyake has been appointed General Manager, Japan for Streaming21. Previously, Miyake was at DoCoMo i-mode Europe B.V. ( www.streaming21.com )

J. Michael Pocock has been appointed senior VP and general manager at Linksys, a division of Cisco; he most recently was President and CEO of the Polaroid Corporation. Linksys founders Victor Tsao and Janie Tsao, who previously shared this SVP/GM role, will now focus on new opportunities in China for Cisco. ( www.linksys.com ) ( www.cisco.com )

Michael K. Pratt, formerly president of ADC's Active Infrastructure business unit, has been appointed president and CEO of Aperto Networks; Behrooz Parsay has been appointed VP of engineering. ( www.apertonet.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

ADC is acquiring Andrew Corporation in a stock swap transaction valued at $2 billion. The deal will result in ADC owning 56 percent of the combined company. ADC's president and CEO, Robert Switz, will lead the new combined wired/wireless firm, which will be called ADC Andrew. ( www.adc.com ) ( www.andrew.com )

AOL has acquired Lightningcast, a broadband advertising company. Financial terms were not disclosed. ( www.aol.com ) ( www.lighteningcast.com )

AudioCodes is acquiring Nuera Communications for $85 million in cash plus an additional $5 million if Nuera meets certain milestones. Nuera supplies cable operators and broadband service providers with access and trunking media gateways. ( www.audiocodes.com ) ( www.nuera.com )

Boingo Wireless is buying Concourse Communications Group LLC, an owner and operator of airport Wi-Fi in major US markets. Boingo said the acquisition "gives the company a platform for testing emerging dual-mode handset implementations and VoIP traffic management". Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ( www.boingo.com ) ( www.concoursecommunications.com )

KPN, a Dutch telco, is buying Enertel, a broadband and telecom service provider, for about $13 million. Separately, KPN has also agreed to acquire Demon Netherlands for about $89.5 million in cash from U.K. telecom operator Thus. ( www.kpn.com ) ( www.enertel.nl ) ( www.demon.nl )

Sweden-based TeliaSonera AB is acquiring NextGenTel AS, Norway's second largest broadband operator, for $310 million. Separately, TeliaSonera has bought a majority stake in the Spanish wireless startup Xfera Moviles SA and plans a UMTS rollout. ( www.teliasonera.com ) ( www.nextgentel.no/nextgentel/en/about )

Funding

AnchorFree, a large, free Wi-Fi network and community, has raised a $6 million Series A round to grow its free wireless internet access. The company is creating a unified marketing and advertising base and systems to address it. ( www.anchorfree.com )

Clearwire has filed with the SEC a prospectus for an IPO ( www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1285551/000095012306006136/y20080sv1.htm ) expected to raise as much as $400 million. Clearwire says it will use the proceeds to operate, market and expand its broadband wireless network, and to acquire more spectrum. ( www.clearwire.com )

Ember Corp., a ZigBee home networking company, has raised $12 million in additional funding. ( www.ember.com )

SIPquest, which has changed its name to FirstHand Technologies, has received $7M in Series C funding. ( www.sipquest.com ) ( www.firsthandtech.com )


Other News

Alcatel and Microsoft, collaborators on an IPTV ecosystem, have established a global relationship with HP focused on the delivery of server solutions for IPTV. The three companies will establish joint sales and marketing activities. ( www.alcatel.com ) ( www.microsoft.com ) ( www.hp.com )

BSkyB has agreed to trial Qualcomm's Media-FLO, with a one-month trial planned this summer in Cambridge, UK. Verizon Wireless has signed up to roll out MediaFLO in the US, and Qualcomm has a joint venture with KDDI to deploy the technology in Japan. ( www.sky.com ) ( www.qualcomm.com ) ( www.verizonwireless.com ) ( www.kddi.com/english )

Cablevision is delaying the launch of network PVR until the lawsuit brought by content providers such as CBS Broadcasting is resolved. ( www.cablevision.com )

HanseNet launched its IPTV over DSL service, Alice homeTV, in advance of a Deutsche Telekom offering. Subscribers pay the equivalent of $12.70 a month in addition to their broadband connection fee for basic service, which includes 100 channels. ( www.hansenet.de )

Microsoft unveiled a new photo format it claims will provide better quality at half the size of a JPEG image. Windows Media Photo (WM Photo) will be built into Vista, the next-generation of Windows. ( www.microsoft.com )

Motorola has announced a Wi-Fi mesh product, named the HotZone Duo. It enables a choice of either single radio (2.4GHz, 802.11b/g) or dual (2.4GHz, 802.11b/g and 5.8GHz, 802.11a) network configuration to best meet coverage needs, and is priced lower than many competing products. Motorola has signed on the system integrator in many city deployments, using Wi-Fi access points from Tropos Networks. ( www.motorola.com ) ( www.tropos.com )

Navio Systems introduced AV Commerce 2.0, its platform for content distribution and the signing of four major customers: Walt Disney Internet Group, Sony BMG, Shockwave, and Fox Sports. Navio’s “Rights over IP” (RoIP) technology enables consumers to buy the rights to consume content on a variety of devices, rather than the files themselves. The system enables entertainment companies to sell their content directly to consumers. ( www.navio.com )

Nielsen//NetRatings announced expansion of its Internet measurement capabilities to address the growth of online audio and video content as well as the convergence of Internet and television content. NetRatings' next generation meter will capture and report all PC-consumed content, both live streams and also downloaded, transferred and replayed streams. NetRatings also announced that in partnership with Nielsen Media Research it will work on a single source panel to track and report combined TV, Web and digital media consumption.( www.nielsen-netratings.com )

Nokia and Siemens are merging their communications service provider businesses to create a 50:50 joint venture, called Nokia Siemens Networks. The company will be based in Finland and is valued by analysts at up to €25 billion. The portfolio of the merged company will include such items as IMS, 2G GSM/EDGE access, 3G WCDMA/HSDPA access, extensive mobile core, fixed broadband, transport, IPTV, LTE and WiMAX. ( www.nokia.com ) ( www.siemens.com )

TiVo announced the launch of TiVoCast, a service which will deliver broadband video from the Web to the TV sets of TiVo subscribers. The service is based on TiVo's prior agreement with Brightcove. In conjunction with the launch, TiVo announced new content agreements with sources including the National Basketball Association, The New York Times, and CNET. ( www.tivo.com )

Tzero Technologies announced their TZ 7000 UWB chipset, which they claim will carry three or more high-definition video streams across a 20-meter range while running at 100Mbps. Tzero is a member of the WiMedia Alliance. ( www.tzerotech.com ) ( www.wimedia.org )

Wavion has launched their company and a new category of metro Wi-Fi Access Points. These APs are specifically designed for the metro Wi-Fi market and use spatially adaptive and MIMO-based technologies. The company claims that one spatially adaptive AP from Wavion does the work of three to four conventional APs. ( www.wavion.net )

WildBlue Communications has signed five-year wholesale-distribution agreements with both DirecTV and EchoStar Communications. The agreements specify that WildBlue will be the only satellite-based Internet option offered to these satellite operators' subscribers. Details on pricing and availability are not yet released.( www.wildblue.com ) ( www.directv.com ) ( www.dishnetworks.com )


Standards, Alliances and Trade Associations

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) released requirement-overview documents for IPTV architecture and Digital Rights Management (DRM). These documents are intended to help ensure IPTV interoperability across the industry. ( www.atis.org )

The DSL Forum has published TR-122, Base Requirements for Consumer Oriented ATA Functionality, a new standard defining the functionality and management of terminal adapters in DSL networks. The specification also addresses QoE (quality of experience) and the technology's ease of use. ( www.dslforum.org )

The Continua Health Alliance, a new consortium for technology-enabled health care, has been formed. The group, chaired by David Whitlinger of Intel and consisting of over 20 companies, will select standards, write interoperability guidelines and address issues like insurance reimbursement. The group's three major areas of focus will be chronic disease management, healthcare needs of aging people and proactive health and fitness. ( www.continuaalliance.org )

Remember IEEE's 802.20's working group on mobile broadband wireless technology? The IEEE-SA Standards Board has temporarily suspended deliberations by the 802.20 group, effective until October 1, 2006. The July 802.20 plenary meeting and an interim meeting in September have been cancelled. The press release ( standards.ieee.org/announcements/SASB80220Suspension.pdf ) attributes the suspension to three pending appeals and "a lack of transparency" and "other irregularities in the Working Group." ( grouper.ieee.org/groups/802/20 ) ( standards.ieee.org )