Comcast's VC Arm Funds BelAir

Metro-mesh startup looks to a future in cable

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

October 26, 2005

1 Min Read
Comcast's VC Arm Funds BelAir

Comcast Interactive Ventures has invested an undisclosed sum in WiFi mesh play BelAir Networks Inc. as the startup preps new products aimed at -- surprise! -- cable operators.

The investment was part of the firm's newly completed series C round. BelAir didn't reveal exactly how much it made this round, but did say that it brings total funding to $44 million. The startup has previously banked around $22 million in VC, so the series C just might be in the region of $22 million.

It's not yet clear that {dirlink 5|38} will use BelAir products just because its investement arm has put some money into the company. But BelAir is clearly banking on some cable action with its new boxes.

The company says the new BelAir50 and BelAir100 have DOCSIS 2.0 interfaces so that they can be installed anywhere in existing cable plants so that MSOs and cable operators can offer new services easily to consumers and businesses.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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