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September 9, 2006 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Vincent Dureau has joined Google in a "senior engineering position". He was CTO and a founding member of OpenTV. ( www.google.com )

Rick Furtney has been named President and COO of Intellon. Furtney was previously with International Rectifier and at Intersil Corporation. ( www.intellon.com )

Barry Hardek joined Concurrent Computerís Everstream unit as VP of marketing and business development. He was previously with CableMatrix. ( www.everstream.com )

Jamie Howard was appointed President and CEO of Imagine Communications. Most recently, he was COO of BigBand Networks. ( www.imagine-com.com )

Jey Jeyapalan has been named VP at CDM, an engineering, construction and operations company. [Editors' Note: Jey contributed to an article on alternate deployment strategies for the last mile ( www.broadbandhomecentral.com/report/backissues/Report0303_8.html ) in our March 2003 issue.] ( www.cdm.com )

Mark Mitchell has been named VP of Sales, EMEA region, at Ruckus Wireless. Mitchell's previous career included positions with Marconi, Siemens and GPT. ( www.ruckuswireless.com )

Graham Peel has been appointed EVP of Operations at Cambridge Broadband. He was previously with Keronite. ( www.cambridgebroadband.com )

Stephen Reeder has been named VP, Business Development for EMEA at ICTV. He was previously with ANT plc. ( www.ictv.com )

Craig Soderquist has joined Anchor Bay Technologies as CEO. Soderquist's previous career includes CEO roles at Core Networks and Com21. ( www.anchorbaytech.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

Investors Cinven and Warburg Pincus are acquiring Essent Kabelcom in the Netherlands for 2.6 billion euros (US$3.3 billion). In July, they announced plans to pay 2.8 billion euros (US$3.6 billion) to acquire Casema. These assets will be combined into a new holding company, along with Warburg Pincusí stake in Multikabel, to create the largest Dutch operator, with about 3.3 million subscribers. ( www.cinven.com ) ( www.warburgpincus.com ) ( www.essentkabel.com ) ( www.casema.nl )

Cisco is acquiring privately-held Arroyo Video Solutions, a provider of next-generation solutions for on-demand television and related consumer services, for approximately $92 million in cash. ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.arroyonetworks.com )

Harmonic has agreed to acquire the video networking software business of Entone Technologies for $45 million in cash and stock. ( www.harmonicinc.com ) ( www.entone.com )

MTV Networks is acquiring Atom Entertainment for $200 million. ( www.mtv.com ) ( www.atomentertainment.com )

Netgear completed the acquisition of SkipJam, a provider of integrated software for home entertainment and control, for $9 million. ( www.netgear.com ) ( www.skipjam.com )

Shaw Communications is purchasing Whistler Cable Television Ltd., for an undisclosed amount. Whistler, British Columbia, is the site for the 2010 Winter Olympics. ( www.shaw.com )

Sony Pictures Entertainment(SPE) has acquired user-generated video site Grouper.com for $65 million. ( www.sonypictures.com ) ( www.grouper.com )

European ISP Tiscali has bought Homechoice, which offers broadband and video-on-demand to customers in the UK. Video Networks, the parent of Homechoice, gets an 11.5% stake in Tiscali. The deal is valued at approximately $190 million. ( www.tiscali.com ) ( www.homechoice.co.uk ) ( www.videonetworks.com )

Tandberg Television is acquiring Zetools, a developer of software that enables the delivery of next-generation digital video services over the Internet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ( www.tandbergtv.com ) ( www.zetools.com )

Liberty Global agreed to acquire the Czech Republicís second largest operator, Karneval Media for 322.5 million euros (US$411.1 million). ( www.lgi.com ) ( www.karneval.cz )

Funding

Aggregator Limited, a London-based TV over broadband operator targeting underserved niches, has completed a £9 million Series A financing round co-led by 3i, Amadeus Capital Partners and Intel Capital. ( www.aggregator.tv )

Boingo Wireless, a network aggregator and operator of Wi-Fi networks, has raised $65 million in Series C funding. ( www.boingo.com )

Clearwire increased the previously announced $900 million equity financing to more than $1 billion, and finalized a new debt facility of $125 million, resulting in aggregate new funding in August of more than $1.1 billion, excluding proceeds from the NextNet Wireless sale. The purchase price for NextNet Wireless was not disclosed. ( www.clearwire.com ) ( www.nextnetwireless.com )

Limelight Networks, a content delivery network for digital media, completed a $130 million equity financing round.( www.limelightnetworks.com )

Revver, an online-video-distribution-technology supplier, has received $10.2 million in its series-B funding round. Comcast Interactive Capital and Turner Broadcasting System were investors. ( www.revver.com )

Maven Networks, whose platform allows creation, managing and delivering broadband video channels, has raised $12 million in third-round financing. ( www.maven.net )

WildBlue Communications has completed a $350 million debt financing led by Liberty Media Corporation and Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC. [See the article below on WildBlue.] ( www.wildblue.com )

WiNetworks, a specialist in integrating mobile WiMAX with the DBS infrastructure, allowing DBS operators to extend from one-way broadcast networks to two-way broadband ones, has raised $11 million in second round funding. ( www.winetworks.com )


Other News

AT&T has selected HomePNA 3 as the in-home distribution technology for its AT&T triple play U-Verse services. HomePNA 3 will be integrated into the IP set-top boxes and residential gateways supplied by Motorola, Scientific Atlanta and 2Wire. This contrasts with Verizon's current choice of MoCA for in-home distribution. ( www.att.com ) ( www.homepna.org ) ( www.mocalliance.org )

Cablemas S.A. de C.V., Mexico's second-largest cable-TV operator, disclosed that it had received fixed-telephony licenses covering 13 of Mexico's largest cities. The Competition Commission recommended that phone companies be barred from offering TV unless and until they offer cable companies number portability and interconnection. ( www.cablemas.com )

Google agreed to pay at least $900 million to become the exclusive provider of search technology and text-based advertising services on News Corp.-owned Fox Interactiveís web properties, including MySpace.com. Fox Interactive will sell the advertising on these sites and share the revenues with Google. ( www.google.com ) ( www.newscorp.com ) ( www.fox.com ) ( www.myspace.com )

Ruckus Wireless announced commercial availability of MetroFlex, a high-performance 802.11b/g wireless access gateway designed to give consumers better in-home connectivity to outdoor metro-scale Wi-Fi networks. [See the article below on Ruckus MetroFlex.] ( www.ruckuswireless.com )

Silicon Valley Metro Connect, a collaboration among Azulstar Networks, Cisco Systems, IBM and Seakay, was selected to build and operate Silicon Valley's regional wireless network to serve 2.4 million people, span 42 municipalities and nearly 1,500 square miles. IBM is providing network design and integration, Cisco is providing mesh wireless infrastructure technology, Azulstar Networks will handle network operations, and SeaKay will lead outreach programs to meet the economic development and social benefit objectives of the network. The vendor selection was made by the San Mateo County Telecommunications Authority (SAMCAT)--an agency made up of cities and counties across Silicon Valley--and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. ( www.azulstar.com ) ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.ibm.com ) ( www.seakay.org ) ( www.samcat.org ) ( www.jointventure.org )

Sony announced two new versions of LocationFree ( news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/television/location_free_tv/release/24444.html ), their place-shifting technology first introduced two years ago. The LocationFree Base Station unit plugs into a home entertainment system and the LocationFree TV Box connects to any remotely located TV, enabling the viewer to receive video content from their home setup on computers anywhere with a broadband connection. ( www.sony.com )

Sprint Nextel confirmed plans to develop and deploy a mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e network in the 2.5GHz band. They target a launch in trial markets by the end of 2007 with plans to deploy a network at scale in 2008. Intel, Motorola and Samsung were selected to develop the nationwide network infrastructure, multi-mode devices supporting mobile WiMAX and EV-DO, and mobile WiMAX-enabled chipsets for consumer electronics. ( www.sprintnextel.com ) ( www.intel.com ) ( www.motorola.com ) ( www.samsung.com )

TV Portal Service Corp. is a joint company set up by five Japanese consumer electronics companies reportedly developing a joint Japanese standard for internet-connected televisions to address computer industry competition for broadband video services. The goal is to develop broadband-enabled TVs that can download and display videos from the Internet without the need for a separate set-top box or computer. Sony and Matsushita are the lead shareholders in the consortium, each with a 35% stake, with Sharp, Toshiba and Hitachi holding 10% each. ( www.sony.com ) ( www.panasonic.net ) ( www.sharp-world.com ) ( www.toshiba.com ) ( www.hitachi.com )

Tzero Technologies and Analog Devices have announced a standards-based wireless HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) offering, targeted at eliminating expensive home networking wiring and improving the convenience of delivering HD content to multiple devices. ( www.tzero.com ) ( www.analog.com )

Verizon Wireless, working with Cisco, Lucent, Motorola, Nortel, and Qualcomm, has released details of combined work to update and upgrade the specifications for the IMS standard. It calls the architecture A-IMS, standing for "Advances to IMS". ( www.verizonwireless.com ) ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.lucent.com ) ( www.motorola.com ) ( www.nortel.com ) ( www.qualcomm.com )

Standards

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that it will pre-certify the interoperability of pre-802.11n products in the first half of 2007, prior to IEEE ratification of the standard now expected in 2008. The alliance confirmed that certification labels used for pre-n products will indicate that the certified products are pre-standard. ( www.wi-fi.org )