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Lucent sells fiber unit for $2.75 B

July 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Mere hours after Lucent representatives said the company still was negotiating with multiple vendors over the possible sale of its Optical Fiber Solutions unit, the company has announced it will split the unit between Japan's Furukawa Electric Co. and Corning Inc. for $2.75 billion. Under the deal, Furukawa will pay $2.

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CableLabs starts testing for Wave 19

July 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Wondering who's up for CableLabs' Certification Wave 19? The organization started its certification and qualification process yesterday, and will continue through Sept. 21, according to its schedule. A CableLabs spokesman couldn't say if there were any new companies in this round. "You've go to realize, there are hundreds of companies from around the world that come into that process," says Mik...

Lucent reports $3.25 B loss; will cut 20,000 more jobs

July 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Lucent Technologies Inc. reported a third-quarter net loss of $3.25 billion, or 95 cents a share, including discontinued operations, compared with a net loss of $301 million or 9 cents a share a year ago. The company says it has reduced its workforce by 19,000 jobs since January and plans another 15,000 to 20,000 job cuts in the second phase of its restructuring plans.

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OpenTV touts 29-app package for DCT-2000

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

OpenTV's software was deployed via USA Media Group's ITV package in Half Moon Bay, Calif., allowing 29 interactive applications over Motorola's DCT-2000 set tops, the company reports. OpenTV says the package includes e-mail, instant messaging, shopping, nine different games, news, weather and sports.

GWB to use EnReach ITV ware in low-cost set-tops

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

Great Wall Broadband will use ITV middleware and application software from EnReach in its set-top boxes for its market in China. EnReach says the services will launch in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. GWB is investing more than $600 million in three years on broadband infrastructure and applications in China, and so far has built networks in more than 20 cities.

Cablevision taps Harmonic gateway for NY VOD

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

Cablevision Systems Corp. will use Harmonic's Narrowcast Services Gateway 8100 in its New York metro VOD rollout later this year. The NSG 8100 is a server gateway in VOD transport, and supports eight QAM channels in a single rack unit, Harmonic says. The gateway comes with such standard components as processing of streams from multiple high-capacity servers, multiplexing, program filtering, rou...

360Networks gets extension in restructuring

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

360networks landed a bankruptcy protection extension until Dec. 31 from the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The company had filed for bankruptcy in British Columbia and the United States June 28. 360networks President and CEO Greg Maffei says the extension allows time to restructure the company's business plan in North America and to sell key assets outside of the United States and Canada.

Wind River supplies StarCore's DSP SoC

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

Wind River Systems Inc. will develop a hardware and software platform for DSP-driven system-on-a-chip embedded applications from StarCore Technology Center. StarCore is an R&D initiative between Agere Systems and Motorola, with an aim to develop DSP cores and development tools to help the two companies in DSP SoC solutions.

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Cable Center talks cable tech to Chinese execs

July 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable execs from China are taking a crash course in the intricacies of conducting cable businesses internationally through a program jointly operated by The Cable Center, The University of Denver and Encore International. The Chinese Executive Media Management Program aims to provide Chinese media execs "with a thorough understanding of international business standards, management skills and me...

Another financial roundup

July 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta showed net earnings of $73.4 million, or 45 cents a basic share, in its fourth quarter, up from $59.1 million or 37 cents a basic share a year ago. Fourth-quarter sales reached $619.6 million — up from $552.6 million a year ago. Its year-end sales ended June 29 reached $2.5 billion, up dramatically from $1.

Study: No fiber optic glut found, route by route

July 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Heads up, equipment vendors. There's no fiber optic glut on the routes out there, a new study says; only a glut of products carriers must use to do the much-needed fiber optic upgrades. And it may be six to nine months before inventory gluts and gray market products go away. TeleChoice Inc. says of 14 of the 22 routes it analyzed, current demand equals or exceeds 70 percent — carriers' tr...

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CableLabs details home network specs

July 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs' CableHome project just went public with an interim specification for Quality of Service, CableLabs says. It also released a home-network architecture framework technical report, and set a vendor meeting for July 31 in Westminster, Colo. CableHome is a project aimed at extending the multimedia capabilities of DOCSIS and PacketCable into the home network, CableLabs says.

Aegis cuts half its staff, waits for funding

July 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Aegis Broadband cut 14 jobs, or half its staff, as it awaits funding, its management says. The workers, primarily in operations and engineering, were laid off with the suggestion they may be hired back as soon as funding arrives, but management would not give a date. The cable system maker says it's optimistic: It has two contracts worth $25 million to $30 million poised for development in Lati...

More Q2 news …

July 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Broadcom Corp. reported net losses of $41.1 million, or 16 cents a share, excluding nonrecurring charges and certain expenses, compared with a $61.1 million net gain a year ago. Net revenue fell 14 percent to $210.9 million. The results meet the company's revised expectations it announced last month, says President and CEO Henry T.

More Q2 news …(2)

July 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Broadcom Corp. reported net losses of $41.1 million, or 16 cents a share, excluding nonrecurring charges and certain expenses, compared with a $61.1 million net gain a year ago. Net revenue fell 14 percent to $210.9 million. The results meet the company's revised expectations it announced last month, says President and CEO Henry T.

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