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Cisco Routers Picked for KDG's 100G Core

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
4/5/2012
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Here's what's pushing cable's buttons today.

  • Kabel Deutschland GmbH , Germany's largest MSO with 8.7 million subs, has selected Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s CRS-3 routers for its next-gen IP core network. KDG already offers downstream speeds of 100Mbit/s via its Docsis 3.0 platform, but predicts that the coming CR-3-powered 100-Gig core network will get the MSO on the way to providing 1Gbit/s Internet connections to customers.

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Tribune Company have ended what's been a nasty retransmission battle that's kept some local TV stations off the satellite TV giant's service. They struck a deal amid threats by DirecTV that it would take its complaint to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) , holding that Tribune reneged on the deal. (See DirecTV-Tribune Tiff Turns Nasty .)

  • Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) has sold off Electronic Connector Corp. (ECCO) to Eclipse Embedded Technologies for an undisclosed sum. ECCO, a Chicago-based unit that's tended to take a backseat to Arris's flagship cable gear, makes "niche" electronic connectors and accessories for OEMs and distributors. ECCO was founded in 1963.

  • NBCUniversal LLC President of TV Networks Distribution Bridget Baker and Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent led the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) 's 2012 class of Vanguard Winners. In the cable tech world, ESPN EVP and CTO Chuck Pagano is getting the Science & Technology Vanguard, and Motorola Mobility LLC President Dan Moloney is getting it for Associates & Affiliates, a category for vendors and service suppliers. They'll all be honored at the The Cable Show, which runs May 21-23 in Boston.

  • The regulatory odds appear to be stacked against Boxee as it fights a proposed FCC rule that would let cable operators encrypt the basic tier in all-digital systems. Boxee only earmarks about $50,000 for lobbying, versus the $30.6 million that Comcast, News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) and Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) collectively spent last year, reports Bloomberg. (See Boxee, Cable Spar Over Video Encryption .)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



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