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News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Peter Aronstam has been appointed CFO at Airspan Networks. He was previously at Nortel Networks. ( www.airspan.com )

BigBand Networks ( www.bigbandnet.com ) announced three new appointments to its management team:

  • Bow Rodgers , COO. He was COO of PowerTV, Inc.

  • Ed Thompson , VP of business development for cable networks. He was with Harmonic, Inc.

  • Michael Taylor , VP of business development for IP networks. He was with nCUBE Corporation.

Stephanie Brownlee has been appointed VP, Interactive Television sales, SeaChange International. Brownlee was previously with United Video. ( www.seachangeinternational.com )

Sydney Carey joined Pacific Broadband Communications as its Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Carey served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Entera Inc. ( www.pacificbroadband.com )

David Daucanski has been named senior director of Sales at Pace Micro, Americas. He was previously at Emergin. ( www.pace.co.uk )

Benjamin Douek has been named CFO of Source Media. Douek was most recently senior VP, CFO and board member at AdStar.com. ( www.srcm.com )

Gatespace ( www.gatespace.com ) announced three new appointments to its management team:

  • Ulf Claesson , Chief Operating Officer. Claesson has international industry experience establishing and managing new organizations for both major corporations and VC funded ventures.

  • Bob Hodges , Senior Director of Professional Services and Development.

  • D.R. Koski , VP of Business Development. He was Director of Sales at Managemark.

John Linebarger has been named CTO of Convacent. He was previously a chief technologist with Sprint. ( www.convacent.com )

Sean Maloney , EVP, has been named to head Intel's newly merged networking and communication divisions. ( www.intel.com )

Scott H. Ray has been appointed executive VP and CFO of OpenTV. Ray comes to OpenTV after being COO and CFO at BarterTrust. ( www.opentv.com )

Shellie Rosser is joining Narad Networks. She was formerly with ICTV. ( www.naradnetworks.com )

John Taft has been named Chief Financial Officer of ICTV. Taft was previously CFO for Condor Systems. ( www.ictv.com )

Don Witmer has been named President and CEO of Home Director. He was previously CEO of Digital Interiors, which merged with Home Director. ( www.homedirector.com )

Scott Woodworth has been named VP of Manufacturing and Operations at Pacific Broadband Communications (PBC). Previously, Woodworth was VP Operations at empowerTel Networks. ( www.pacificbroadband.com )

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

Company News

--Acquisitions

ADC Telecommunications announced plans to buy CommTech for about $177 million. The acquisition will expand the company's line of support software to its customers. ADC's purchase of CommTech is part of the company's strategy to offer software for managing high-speed networks to its phone and data service providers customers. ( www.adc.com )

DigiTerra, Inc. , a wholly owned subsidiary of CIBER, Inc. , has purchased the assets of BroadbandLiving for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock. The acquisition creates a new business unit, DigiTerra Broadband, which will focus on delivering solutions to providers of broadband access, services and enabling technology. ( www.digiterrabroadband.com )

INTV bought the remaining assets of bankrupt Pseudo.com for $2 million. The assets included Pseudo's Daisy technology, an interactive television operating system. The new division of INTV will be named Pseudo Entertainment and will be run by Carlin Ross, INTV's general counsel. ( www.intv.com )

Liberty Media is leading a partnership with Klesch & Company Limited to take control of six of nine German regional cable TV companies by spending five billion euros to buy majority stakes from Deutsche Telekom . Liberty also increased its interest in UPC , Europe's biggest cable operator. John Malone's Liberty is controlling an increasing share of the European cable market. If the German cable networks are folded into UPC, these networks together have access to over 20 million homes in Germany and 14 other countries including the Netherlands, Austria and France. Liberty also owns a 25 percent stake in Britain's second largest cable operator, Telewest. ( www.libertymedia.com )

Siemens AG of Germany has agreed to pay about $1.5 billion to acquire Efficient Networks to boost its position in the DSL broadband access market. ( www.siemens.com ) ( www.efficientnetworks.com )

Pace has acquired French digital television technology company Xcom Multimedia Communications SA in a deal valued at approximately $27 million. Xcom sells digital set-top boxes to a client base in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. ( www.pace.co.uk )

--Funding

*BeamReach Networks*, a developer of broadband wireless technology, has raised $35 million in a second round of equity financing led by The Goldman Sachs Group . ( www.beamreachnetworks.com )

Core Networks Inc. , a provisioning and network management company, has obtained $10.5 million in second-round financing from Royal Bank Capital Partners Telecommunications Fund, ACF Equity Atlantic Inc. and Skypoint Capital Corp. ( www.corenetworks.com )

GoldPocket Interactive has received $5 million investment from AOL Time Warner, after raising $55 million over the past 14 months. GoldPocket will develop interactive entertainment technologies for AOL Time Warner's future set-top boxes and AOLTV. The company's EventMatrix system allows millions of people to simultaneously interact with each other and with TV content using real-time, peer-to-peer technology. ( www.goldpocketinteractive.com )

Ishoni Networks has raised $35 million in venture capital in a third round of financing. The company, which manufactures a broadband engine platform, will use the funds to expand the development of its technology. ( www.ishoni.com )

Narad Networks, Inc. , a broadband IP services infrastructure company, has secured $41.6 million in its first round of private financing, led by Polaris Venture Partners. The company also announced that its board of directors will include Bob Metcalfe and Rouzbeh Yassini. ( www.naradnetworks.com )

PacketVideo Corporation has raised nearly $100 million in its Series E Preferred Stock round of financing, bringing its total private funding to nearly $140 million. Investors included Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Sun and TI ( www.packetvideo.com )

Sun Microsystems is making an investment in CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES to help speed up Java-based open standards for digital interactive television. CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES and Sun will work together to promote industry acceptance and rapid deployment of Java technology in advanced digital set top boxes. ( www.canalplus-technologies.com ) ( www.sun.com )

Vanion has received has completed raising the balance of its initial round of funding, of $10 million, from Koch Ventures. ( www.vanion.com )

WatchPoint Media has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Motorola. WatchPoint Media's technology allows TV viewers to link to objects within a video stream, enabling T-commerce. ( www.watchpointmedia.com )

--Other News

America Online and SONICblue have announced an agreement to enable AOL members to access email and instant messaging via SONICblue's Diamond Mako handheld device. SONICblue is a relatively new name for the company that includes Rio digital audio players and Diamond Internet access products; it is also in the process of acquiring ReplayTV. ( www.aol.com ) ( www.sonicblue.com )

AT&T won a legal victory when a U.S. appeals court sent back to the FCC for re-consideration the rules capping any one cable company's share of the U.S. market at 30 percent. AT&T is arguing that the decision should alter the FCC order that by May the company sell its 25.5 percent stake in AOL's Time Warner Entertainment. Meanwhile, AT&T has agreed to deals selling subscribers to Charter and Mediacom.

AtomShockwave (formerly Atom Films) struck a deal with TiVo to provide films and animation for TiVo's weekly interactive TV show, "TiVo Takes". They also announced syndication deals with In Demand and Cisneros Television Group to distribute titles from AtomShockwave's catalog of films and animation. ( www.atomfilms.com )

Blockbuster and Enron Broadband Services have broken off their exclusive partnership to deliver video-on-demand. Blockbuster said the service is not yet ready for prime time while Enron talked about Blockbuster's lack of progress in getting more content contracts. Hollywood studios are rushing to create VOD services in response to the threat of Napster-like, online video piracy. Sony is close to launching its MovieFly VOD service for movie playback on PCs. ( www.enron.com ) ( www.blockbuster.com )

The Broadband Wireless Exchange Press Center has been launched to help the broadband wireless access industry promote itself to the business community and Wall Street. The site includes tutorials and a wide range of useful industry links. ( www.bbwexchange.com )

Cable & Wireless Plc is reported by Daiwa analyst James Enck and Reuters to be abandoning their planned DSL service in the UK after this week's profit warning. ( www.cw.com/home )

Conexant Systems announced a single-chip digital cable transceiver solution that combines simultaneous cable-modem functionality and interactive cable broadcast capability for set-top box applications. It also supports multiple broadcast demodulation necessary for personal video recording (PVR) functionality. ( www.conexant.com )

EarthLink has completed a deal with TeleCruz Technology Inc. to integrate its Internet service into the ITV service provider's technology platform. TeleCruz embeds a modem, chipset and interactive software inside a television, eliminating the need for a computer or a set-top box to surf the Web. They will offer customers services such as e-mail, chat, Internet browsing and shopping. ( www.earthlink.com ) ( www.telecruz.com )

General Electric Co. , Microsoft and SMART LLC have agreed to create a company to offer simplified, "connected home" solutions for home builders and new home buyers. The new company will do business under the SMART name and will be led by SMART LLC President and CEO Herman Cardenas. ( www.ge-smart.com )

GigaMedia Limited , a Taiwan provider of broadband Internet access services and Chinese broadband content, announced the launch of a premium multimedia ADSL product to complement the company's cable modem services. giga has 29 cable system partners and offers 12 Chinese-language multimedia Web sites. Investors include Microsoft and the Koos Group. ( www.giga.net.tw )

Gotuit Media Corporation announced that Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector has agreed to support the integration of Gotuit Media's personalized video product into its DCT5000 set-top. This agreement follows an investment by Motorola in Gotuit. ( www.gotuit.com ) ( www.motorola.com )

HAVi Inc. announced that Fujitsu, hLAN, Konica, PowerTV, ProSyst and Texas Instruments have joined the industry association advancing the Home Audio Video interoperability specification for digital Consumer Electronics home entertainment networking. ( www.havi.org )

Kinetic Strategies has released market statistics and projections showing that "Cable Continues to Dominate DSL" for residential broadband in North America. They estimate that North American MSOs had 5.5 million cable modem subscribers as of March 1 compared to an estimated 2.3 million residential DSL customers. ( www.kineticstrategies.com )

Lucent has launched ProfitSuites, a program for high-density property owners, carriers and integrators to deliver integrated voice, data and video communications systems using DSL technology. The program also includes support services. ( www.lucent.com )

Oftel , the UK regulator, published a document setting terms for contracts between BT and operators for local loop unbundling. The parties have been given until 30 April to agree on service levels and how compensation for breaching them will be paid. Oftel has also set deadlines for BT to conclude negotiations with broadband service providers Thus and Energis on connection to BT’s network. The interconnection arrangements will enable the providers to take their DSL services off BT's network at specified points and onto their own networks. ( www.oftel.gov.uk )

Pace is working with Sega on a new device combining digital TV services and pay-to-play video games. This follows Sega's decision to stop producing its Dreamcast video game console. The new Pace set-top box for digital cable and satellite TV subscribers will be launched in summer 2002. ( www.pace.com ) ( www.sega.com )

Proxim will demonstrate its 10 Mbps HomeRF 2.0 technology to partners at CeBIT. HomeRF 2.0 is backward compatible with the currently available HomeRF-based products. ( www.proxim.com )

RealNetworks and Wavefly announced a development and distribution agreement. The companies will incorporate RealPlayer8 into products based on the Wavefly Convergence Platform (WCP) that allow PCs to deliver Internet media to a TV, stereo and other consumer media devices. H-P and RealNetworks Inc. are also working together on consumer products for playing Internet digital entertainment on their stereos and TVs. ( www.realnetworks.com )( www.wavefly.com ) ( www.hp.com )

Rio has shipped the Rio Digital Audio Receiver which lets consumers enjoy digital audio (like MP3) away from their PC. The Rio Receiver uses existing phone lines to stream digital music to any room where the receiver is located. ( www.sonicblue.com ) ( www.riohome.com )

SaskTel has received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to offer broadband TV services over ADSL in several communities. SaskTel previously signed a license agreement to use iMagic's software to deliver broadband TV and interactive media. Aliant Telecom of Atlantic Canada, also using iMagicTV's software, recently selected Pace Micro's DSL4000 digital home gateways for its VibeVision digital TV. ( www.sasktel.com ) ( www.imagictv.com ) ( www.aliant.ca ) ( www.pacemicro.com )

Sears, Roebuck and Co. unveiled Sears Connected Home at the International Builder's Show. It is a package of interoperable home networking products and services, which it is offering to new homebuilders in the high-growth Atlanta and Denver markets. Sears Connected Home also announced a partnership with Home Director to provide end-to-end solutions including the design, installation, service and support for home networks. ( www.homedirector.com ) ( www.sears.com )

Sprint and EarthLink have changed their exclusivity agreement. Sprint will retain its 27 percent stake in EarthLink, but will no longer have the exclusive right to acquire EarthLink and will relinquish its seats on Earthlink's board. Sprint has also added a new consumer broadband service, ION xt1, which includes high-speed Internet access, local and long distance over a single connection. ( www.sprint.com ) ( www.earthlink.com )

Total Television Australia (TTA) announced it will launch their Easy Television on demand service, to be deployed over TransACT's broadband network, starting in Canberra in June. TTA is a joint venture between CommVergence, CableandTelecoms (CaT) and Yes Television. TransACT plans to connect 100,000 homes by 2002 to the IP based ITV platform. ( www.yestelevision.com ) ( www.transact.com.au )


Broadband Home Spring 2001--Messages from Miami

Those of you who had asked why a conference being held in the US the end of February was being called "spring" 2001 were right--Miami felt more like summer to us, after the snowy winter in our part of the country. Broadband Home Spring 2001 took place February 26-28 and reinforced our conviction that interest and investment in delivering broadband applications and content both into and around the home is a "big deal" around the world.

Our community came from 15 countries and provided a wonderful mix of cultural, technological and industry perspectives, shared both in and between sessions as well as at our Tuesday night party in South Beach. Special thanks to all the presenters and moderators, as well as to those who traveled from around the world to join us.

We left the conference convinced that the broadband home industry needs to put its weight behind two campaigns: creating an environment for ubiquitous broadband access, and building a cadre of professionals who can help end users extend broadband throughout the home. In North America, broadband access is already available to many households (although a significant number of homes -- like ours and many of our subscribers -- are not included). But helping the end user share broadband data, voice and video throughout the home remains a major challenge to the industry.

Making the Broadband Home a Reality--Keep an Eye On Washington!

Those of you who heard our opening talk at the Broadband Home Spring 2001 conference in Miami know that we stressed the importance of getting broadband access to consumers sooner rather than later. Suppliers of residential gateways, home networking, and all the fancy broadband TV, radio and Internet appliances and servers depend on these "fat pipes" for an audience to market into. Bandwidth-intensive content companies are left waiting at the altar until there are enough "eyeballs" for their content.

Everyone in the Broadband Home industry depends on broadband access becoming available to most homes at a price the family is willing to pay. We believe that widespread installation of broadband will happen only by encouraging competition for the last mile.

At BBH Spring 2001, Kathy Brown (past Chief of Staff at the FCC - the US Federal Communications Commission) provided the group an "industry perspective" based on her extensive experience and recent tenure in Washington, DC. It raised some warning flags that the broadband industry must be vigilant about what happens in Washington going forward, in terms of policy and legislation.

Kathy's reading of the current D.C. mood is that there is a sense of foreboding regarding the current down turn in the economy, particularly in the dot.com sector. Given the struggling nature of the new entrants, there appears to be a tendency to turn back to the incumbents to roll out broadband. Kathy's message was that we need to ride out this down-turn and not roll back the competitive policies that got us this far.

Kathy expressed the view that the new FCC under Michael Powell is not radically different than Bill Kennard's from a policy perspective, but whereas Kennard was a broadband enthusiast, Powell's FCC will be much more laissez faire. We certainly hope the new policy will hold course on opening markets, restraining monopolies and having a bias against regulating "new stuff" before we understand how it will develop.

A New York Times article on March 5th summarized many of the bills being introduced in both houses about broadband. After being a topic for techies for many years, it's becoming a political subject as well, although much of the current emphasis is driven by getting broadband service to rural and underserved areas. (Maybe we need to make a fuss with our Congressmen that we still can't get either ADSL or cable modem service at our home office in Morris Plains, NJ, just a stone's throw from AT&T headquarters and hardly in the boondocks. Judging by email from our readers, we're hardly alone.)

The Times reported "The hotly debated issue even has the honor of being the subject of one of the first bills introduced by newly elected Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., although she doesn't serve on the Senate Commerce Committee before which the issue will be debated.... Broadband using phone and cable networks is thought to be a huge opportunity for the high-technology industry. Clinton's early interest in the issue underscores how popular the topic has become in political circles."

One legislative direction that bothers us is a train of thought that says "since so many DLECs have gone under, the only way to get widespread broadband access to consumers is to free the ILECs from their inter-LATA data restrictions." The ILECs are arguing that they should be allowed to transmit data between service areas without having to first meet the "market opening" requirements of the 1996 Telecom Act.

Cableday reported that "The House Telecommunications Subcommittee plans to introduce a bill by April that would deregulate phone companies so they could send high-speed data over long-distance networks." It reported that Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan) made the announcement, in his first speech as chairman, before the U.S. Telecom Association in Washington, D.C.. Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-Louisiana) proposed a similar measure last year, but the bill was blocked by the House Commerce Committee. Tauzin chairs that committee again this year.

Meanwhile, the effect of the many DLEC shut-downs has been the predictable rise in consumer prices for DSL. Pacific Bell increased the basic ADSL price by about 25 percent; EarthLink raised its monthly price for DSL-based Net access from $39.95 to $49.95; and SBC Communications also now charges $49.95 a month. That's not the best way to increase broadband penetration and provide a healthy market for networks, gateways, Internet appliances, and broadband content.

The costs incurred in deploying DSL-based high speed access may well require raising prices, but the way to encourage widespread availability of affordable broadband is to have more competition, not less. Our support is 100% behind any bills or policies that will truly encourage competition on a level playing field.

Of course, the US is not the only place that broadband competition needs to be promoted. Europe Intelligence Wire recently reported that in the UK "A recent BMRB Omnibus survey revealed that only 30 per cent of the public have ever heard of broadband." Not surprisingly, ADSL service costs more in the UK than it does in the US - and for a much lower data rate.

We'll keep tracking the events in Washington in these reports and recommend that those in the US broadband home industry keep an eye on them as well.

( www.nytimes.com ) ( www.ntia.doc.gov )

It's Time For the "IP Plumber"!

Installing a new broadband device -- whether a PC or one of the new Internet appliances -- should be as simple as plugging in a radio or telephone or hooking up a new sink or gas grill. But while every home already has all the "plumbing" for electricity and telephones and water built into its walls, most don't have any existing broadband infrastructure. And most people don't have the skills to select, install and maintain the infrastructure.

While some think that this problem will go away over time, we think it's going to keep getting worse. We think it's time for a new professional -- an "IP Plumber" -- to help.

As we reflected on the sessions at the Broadband Home Spring Conference in Miami, we saw that a number of them were really looking at why we need broadband plumbing, its enabling technologies, and the kinds of companies that aspire to provide IP plumbers.

The Home Broadband Infrastructure

Every home will need the appropriate infrastructure to share digital data, voice, music and video throughout the house. While the existing wiring in the walls is all designed for analog distribution, all the applications -- telephony, music, radio, and television -- are moving rapidly from analog to digital formats. MP3 audio and Internet radio are moving into homes now; IP telephony is not far behind; and digital television will be in many homes over the next few years. As these applications move from the PC to more appropriate home appliances, the home infrastructure needs to be ready to handle them.

It's hard enough just for data. In North America, where about 20 million homes already have more than one PC, the driving force behind the broadband home is the need to connect multiple PCs to a broadband modem. There are many different technologies for home networking and lots of "cable/DSL routers" or "gateways" from companies like Netgear and Linksys with a wide variety of different features.

It's pretty daunting to set up the home broadband infrastructure -- selecting a broadband modem, one or more flavors of home networking, perhaps a gateway including a router and a firewall. Once these are in place, the user has to connect and configure several PCs, and then keep it all running as things change.

Going beyond data is even more difficult. At BBH Fall 2000 we gave a slide presentation about the infrastructure in our own home -- multiple PCs, a server, networking, lighting controls, lots of wiring in the walls, etc. While it works very well for us, it's much too complex for most people -- it works only because Dave likes to engineer things and thinks "it's half the fun to fix it when it breaks."

The Role of the "IP Plumber"

While there are certainly some people who can plan, install and maintain the infrastructure themselves, the broadband home can succeed only when most homeowners don't have to cope with all this complexity. Although the industry may be able to design and build products that hide the complexity from the user, we suspect that it will be with us for a long time to come.

The unabridged Random House dictionary defines "plumber" as "a person who installs or repairs piping, fixtures, appliances and appurtenances in connection with the water supply, drainage systems, etc., both in and out of buildings".

We think the broadband home industry needs to give birth to a similar group of professionals to select, install and maintain the home broadband infrastructure -- the "IP plumber."

The IP plumber's role is analogous to other professionals we take for granted. When a new home is built, professionals plan and install the wiring for electricity and telephones, and the plumbing for water and gas. Later on, trained installers pull coax wiring for cable or satellite TV. The homeowner just plugs in electrical devices and phones and TVs.

Some home builders are starting to pre-install network wiring. But all this complexity is confusing to them too. We recently received an email from a builder looking for "the best way to prewire our homes to meet current and future internet access needs. To say the least we are baffled by what to offer. ... we have access to local contractors who can do the wiring, but we're stymied on what to tell them to install."

It's even harder for retrofits, since pulling new wires is expensive and none of today's "no new wires" technologies handles anything but data. The confusion will continue until we have mature technical solutions that address all of the application needs -- data, telephony, video and audio -- through a single system. A wired approach would be fine for new construction or for homeowners willing to pull new wires if it were a durable solution with a long lifetime.

Presentations at Broadband Home Spring 2001

Our recent conference in Miami included several industry perspectives and breakout sessions covering aspects of this issue. We hope our speakers won't take offense if we characterize their talks by how they relate to "the plumbing question".

Let's start with Ken Potashner, CEO of SONICblue. Ken did a great job of laying out how SONICblue intends to continue creating networked personal devices (like Rio MP3 players and frontpath Web tablets) and server appliances (like their evolved version of the Replay PVR and Home Media Server which store and organize audio and video). Ken drew a vision in which, although PCs continue to play a role, they also disaggregate into specialized appliances which become a part of our lifestyle. (For those who haven't experienced this personally, one of our two Rio Volt drawing winners emailed us to say "my 16 year old daughter thinks it is great".) SONICblue is also working on home networking -- they've announced plans to roll out HomePlug powerline networking later this year to connect the servers and the devices.

The breakout session "Who Services the Broadband Home?" addressed the central question. The panel included speakers from Best Buy, Echelon, Radio Shack, and Viasource. Their talks all recognized the need for a new kind of professional.

  • Bill McKissock, President, Broadband services, Viasource, suggested that the new professionals would be the people who now install video and broadband service. Viasource is an installation "outsourcer" for broadband access providers, and Bill noted that the lack of resources and training created a "fulfillment challenge" today. He suggested that achieving the goal of a "professional installation" and ongoing support would require shifting to a strategic partnership between access providers and outsourcers. Such a partnership would require making commitments to each other so that outsourcers could upgrade their installers' skills.

  • Both Best Buy and Radio Shack indicated that their installation staffs would provide some of these new professionals. These are two of the largest consumer electronics retailers in the US and account for a substantial percentage of PCs and accessories sold for home use. In his talk, Greg Farmer of Best Buy observed that retailers bear the brunt of consumer confusion: when new devices don't work as expected, customers return them to the store for a refund. He said that retailers would provide "offerings focused on the +100M existing homes instead of 1.2M new homes/year". He asked "Who assumes the role of Home Network Engineer (HNE)?" and while he suggested that Best Buy would provide "In-Home Solution Experts" he closed by observing that "it will require a vertical ecosystem of strategic alliances focused on the CUSTOMER."

Finally, three talks suggested that comprehensive solutions are on the horizon:

  • Steve Ungar of Telcordia reviewed the progress on Versatile Home Networking (VHN), a wiring solution intended for whole-home distribution of all media. He reviewed the multi-vendor demonstration at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, but expressed his belief that full market deployment was three to five years away.

  • William Watté of M-TEC WIRELESS discussed the status of evolving 5GHz wireless standards (including IEEE 802.11a) as a suitable approach to whole-home distribution. He pointed out that at 55 Mbps, they would be appropriate for video as well as data and audio.

  • Mark Laubach, Chief Network Architect of Rainmaker Technologies, provided a vision of whole-home distribution based on an innovative approach to wireless networking that promises to handle multiple channels of HDTV as well as all other media.

New products based on VHN may some day provide a standardized approach for home wiring. Some form of whole-home wireless networking -- carrying high-quality digital video and audio and telephony as well as data -- may eliminate the need for new wiring; such an approach would be ideal for existing homes even if it had a shorter life than VHN. But these technologies are all under development and seem a long way off.

So we think the IP plumber will have a job for a long time to come.

(Most presentations from the conference are available online. Please visit the conference website at ( www.thebroadbandhome.com/bbh2001/index.html#present ) and follow the registration instructions.)


Broadband Home Europe Summit 2001 -- Early bird registration ends April 6th

The Broadband Home Europe Summit 2001 will take place May 14-15 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel and Conference Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Whether your target is broadband services, content, applications, infrastructure or products, we hope you'll join us to hear thought leaders from established and new players tell us their visions and plans for this exciting community. You must register by April 6th to take advantage of the $300 early bird registration discount.

The conference will include a Welcoming Reception for delegates and participants on the evening of May 13th and a Conference Party the evening of May 14th. These will be great places to network with colleagues from the industry in an informal setting.

At BBH Europe Summit 2001 you will have the opportunity to listen to the senior executives responsible for driving the industry forward, and to meet with these players for business and personal networking. In addition to providing time for speakers to provide their views, the format of this Summit will put a premium on interactive discussion between the panelists and the audience.

The conference schedule includes Industry Perspectives by thought leaders, with the balance of the program devoted to roundtable panel sessions.

The Industry Perspective speakers include:

  • Sudhir Ispahani, CTO, chello broadband n.v. and Chair, Technology Board, UPC

  • Andy Trott, CEO, Networks & Connected Devices, Pace Micro Technology

  • Kerstin Schueler, Consumer Products, Intel GmbH

  • Sandy Teger and David Waks, Co-Founders, System Dynamics Inc.

Eight roundtable panels will include presentations and encourage dialog between the panelists and with the audience:

  • Compelling Broadband Applications - A survey of applications that matter to real users

  • Broadband Access Choices - Cable, DSL, Fiber, Satellite, Powerline and Fixed Wireless

  • Home Networking and Appliances

  • Home Gateways

  • Behind the Scenes - Provisioning and managing services

  • Re-Inventing the TV - ITV, IP-TV, VOD and more

  • What's Hot in Technology and Standards

  • Sharing Broadband Experiences - What can we learn?

Seating for the conference is limited. If you are thinking about attending, we suggest that you register soon. If you plan to attend and will require a hotel room, we recommend that you make your hotel reservation as soon as possible to take advantage of the special conference rate.

Visit the conference Web site ( http://www.thebroadbandhome.com/bbhe2001/index.html ) for the up-to-date conference schedule. Conference brochures, registration and hotel reservations are all available online through the website.


pulver.com 2001 Calendar - Upcoming conferences

System Dynamics will be organizing and moderating the Broadband track at several upcoming conferences as well as organizing upcoming Broadband Home Conferences. (See the complete calendar at www.pulver.com/conference )

Spring 2001 Voice on the Net, March 20-23, 2001 - Phoenix, AZ ( www.pulver.com/von )

Broadband Home Europe Summit, May 14-15, 2001 - Amsterdam, Netherlands ( www.thebroadbandhome.com/bbhe2001 )

Voice on the Net Europe 2001, June 12-15, 2001 - Stockholm, Sweden ( www.pulver.com/europe2001 )

Broadband Home Fall 2001, October 2-4, 2001 - San Jose, CA ( www.thebroadbandhome.com )

VON Asia 2001, November 12-14, 2001 - Hong Kong ( www.pulver.com )


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