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New specs for advanced IP architecture

May 22, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs and two standards groups have developed a set of specifications that define an advanced IP architecture. The specifications, called IPCablecom, define a complete system for delivering communications services, including telephony, to residential cable customers, CableLabs reports. The system is based on IP and advanced packet transmission.

Adaptive BB delisted; seeks review

May 22, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Adaptive Broadband was delisted from NASDAQ yesterday, following two weeks of suspended trading. The company says it will seek a review. On May 15, the company announced it would delay filing of its 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31 pending a review of its 2000 results. And not only did it announce revenues of $1 million — lower than the low end of its guidance of $2 million — but...

DT tests Lucent's 40 Gbps optical network

May 22, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Deutsche Telekom and Lucent report successful testing of Lucent Technologies' 40 Gbps optical networking technology. DT used it over a 72-mile distance. The system is based on time-division multiplexing technology (OC-768/STM-256), transmitting voice, video and data with a single laser over a single wavelength of light, Lucent reports.

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Study: Cable's new services to drive industry

May 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

U.S. cable operator gross revenue will rise from $35 billion last year to more than $60 billion in 2006, and most will come from new services, a study says. But basic and enhanced basic revenue is growing only at a 4 percent rate, even with price increases, and a lot of that revenue goes to networks, not cable operators.

OpenTV hits 16 M mark; cuts deal with Philips

May 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

OpenTV's middleware has now been installed in 16 million set-top boxes worldwide, with 2.1 million new OpenTV-enabled STBs deployed in the first quarter 2001, the company reports. The company shipped 1.6 million STBs in first quarter 2000. In totting up its first-quarter results, OpenTV also found that it had its second consecutive quarter of at least 2 million deployments — coming primar...

Judiciary starts hearings on Cannon-Conyers

May 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The House Judiciary Committee begins hearings today on the Cannon-Conyers Package, a set of bills intended to strengthen requirements of the 1996 Telecom Act that require RBOCs to open the local markets to competitors. The package, introduced earlier this month, opposes the Tauzin-Dingell bill (HR 1542), which seeks to open the long-distance market to the RBOCs and better allow them meet the gr...

Lucent supplies Qwest DSL expansion

May 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Lucent Technologies will supply Qwest Communications International with technology for its remote terminals, which expand the distance DSL can be taken from a central office. Qwest announced it will expand its DSL coverage area in 11 of 14 Western states where it provides local phone service. The expansion comes as it prepares to re-enter the long-distance market in about a year, it says.

BroadJump/McAfee partner on security deal

May 20, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

BroadJump Inc. and McAfee.com partnered on a deal that integrates BroadJump's Virtual Truck Installer with McAfee.com's Personal Desktop Firewall and Clinic services. The combination will allow subscribers to select a service, and the Virtual Truck will do the registration and billing, as well as the download and installation of McAfee.

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Teligent files for Chapter 11

May 20, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Teligent has thrown in the towel and will file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it says in a statement issued today. The company says it expects to continue its day-to-day operations while reorganizing, and adds it has "entered into an interim arrangement with its lenders to provide funds, subject to certain conditions, for near-term operations.

Emperative completes interoperability tests

May 20, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Emperative says it's completed interoperability tests between ProvEn Optical and equipment from Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and Ciena. The testing is part of its program to automate service activation and management across access, metro and core networks, including Sonet, DWDM, GigE, HFC and IP networks.

Lightchip adds GHz/flat passband to OWR

May 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Lightchip Inc. added 200 GHz spacing and flat passband capabilities to its Versalight optical wavelength router. The diffraction-grating-based product provides 20 200 GHz ITU-spaced channels. The addition allows service providers to route wavelengths where and when they are most needed, the company says.

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Congress may add teeth to FCC enforcement

May 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Even as Congress ponders whether to close up certain competitive aspects of the '96 Telecom Act, it is eyeing a bill bent on enforcing some of the same issues. Rep. Billy Tauzin, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, spoke yesterday on HR 1765 (the Upton Bill), which allows increases in certain FCC enforcement penalties for violations of the Communications Act of 1934.

Alcatel to buy Lucent?

May 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Will Alcatel SA buy Lucent Technologies Inc. or not? For the second time in a month, talk is thick about Alcatel's interest in buying Lucent — this time for $40 billion, mostly in stock, which is higher than Lucent's $33.5 billion present value, The New York Times reports. "I can't get into a conversation with you on this because we don't comment on these kinds of rumors," Lucent spokeswo...

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OpenTV/ITERU partner on Asia ITV deal

May 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

OpenTV and ITERU will partner on an ITV and unified messaging combination the two will market to Asia's TV network operators on OpenTV's platform. The network is expected to allow operators to provide services where subscribers can send and receive messages between TVs and such other devices as mobile phones using SMS or WAP, PCs with e-mail and ICQ, or fax.

CableLabs to talk on global specifications

May 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs sent out teasers today on its upcoming initiative to develop an advanced international communications system based on Internet Protocol. "IPCablecom" will permit cable operators to deliver advanced digital packet services, such as high-quality voice communications, games and other interactive applications, on an international scale, CableLabs says.

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