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September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Riverstone Networks Inc. says it shipped its one-thousandth MPLS router port this week. The metro area network company ships the routers to six telecom carriers. No more word on the lawsuit it filed last month against Tellabs, though. … Network Elements Inc. launched a 10 Gbps optical networking module with integrated "multiprotocol protocol processing.

Charter puts multiple ISPs on the agenda

September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. is preparing to become the next MSO to join the few, the proud, the testers of multiple ISP access. A Charter spokesman said the MSO is preparing a multiple ISP trial this fall, perhaps as early as October, in a market where it already offers cable modem service from ExciteAtHome Corp.

Studies: Bundle that broadband; watching Canada's ITV

September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Consumers want their broadband bundled, easy and cheap — or at least, discounted, says a Horowitz Associates Inc. study. Slightly more than half would buy bundled services without discounts, but that jumps to 68 percent who would buy if the deal came with a 10 percent discount. About 61 percent would add a service, given a 10 percent cut off the total bill, and 68 percent would do...

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September 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Riverstone Networks Inc. says it shipped its one-thousandth MPLS router port this week. The metro area network company ships the routers to six telecom carriers. No more word on the lawsuit it filed last month against Tellabs, though. … Network Elements Inc. launched a 10 Gbps optical networking module with integrated "multiprotocol protocol processing.

Terabeam wires ballpark for Microsoft meeting

September 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terabeam took its free-space technology out to the ball game, sort of. The company landed a contract from Microsoft to connect Seattle's Safeco Field to the Internet during the software company's annual employee meeting. During the Aug. 30 meeting, Microsoft showed its product demos on two 30-foot by 40-foot projection screens to 16,000 employees in the stadium.

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Sunrise merges two buys into broadband unit

September 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Sunrise Telecom Inc. merged two of its cable units into a new broadband division that will produce cable TV test equipment. The unit will be split between offices in Norcross, Ga., and Anjou, Canada. The company bought Hukk Engineering in July 1999 and Avantron Technologies in January 2001, says Sunrise spokesman John McGovern.

Cox launches phone-over-cable in RI town

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services will supply the town of Cumberland, R.I., with phone service over Cox's cable network, potentially saving the small town 29 percent annually on its phone bills. The $10,000-a-year deal is part of Cox's $300 million network upgrade in Rhode Island and of the state's economic development efforts.

Touch America expands network center, faces splitoff vote

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Touch America announced a $1 million, 3,000-square-foot expansion of its Network Operations Center in Butte, Mont. Parent Montana Power Co. also will hold a special shareholder's meeting Sept. 14 to vote on the company's restructuring. The expansion brings the center to 8,700 square feet on the building's second floor, says spokesman Cort Freeman.

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Aging racetrack gets fiber optic facelift

September 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A 46-year-old racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wis., placed its bets on fiber optic speed with a network overhaul. Telecast Fiber Systems Inc. supplied modular video and audio fiber optic products for the Race America racetrack system. The system made its debut when the racetrack used it during the Motorola 220 CART FedEx Championship Series race Aug.

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Studies: Switching, routing and undersea cable

September 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Don't miss Switching and Routing 1H01 Market Share from RHK Inc. According to the look at the North American IP router market, Cisco Systems dominated, but was losing market share to Juniper Networks during the first half of the year. Cisco had a solid 70 percent of the $972 million (Q1) market, while Juniper trailed at 25 percent.

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News to peruse, if not use

September 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Broadcom Corp. shipped its BCM2200, a single-chip modem for broadband wireless using VOFDM. The chip has more than 48 Mbps of symmetrical two-way data and is designed to work in non-line-of-sight environments. The product is part of a project with Cisco Systems to develop an ASIC for the broadband fixed wireless market, Broadcom says.

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MFN lands $50 M commitment

September 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Metromedia Fiber Network secured another piece of a complex financing puzzle today, with a $50 million commitment letter from an unnamed investor. The letter, for a $50 million convertible debt investment, expires Sept. 17 and is subject to a cyclical set of terms, each dependent on the other. The latest commitment depends on closing the $150 million note facility led by Citicorp; closing the $...

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CableLabs announces next-gen DOCSIS spec

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Even as the industry awaits DOCSIS 1.1 certification completion (reportedly to occur later this month), CableLabs says it's going forward with an updated DOCSIS spec that features advanced modulation methods — and will call it DOCSIS 2.0. The spec will feature both S-CDMA and A-TDMA modulation, and will allow upstream speeds of 30 Mbps per 6 MHz, with "noise immunity," CableLabs says.

Terayon launches cable task force

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon Communications System Inc.'s team of cable troubleshooters is formed and ready to roll. The seven-member Network Solutions Group meets with cable execs to talk service problems; then heads back to Terayon's sales, engineering and other groups to drum up solutions. Spokesman John Giddings says Terayon has developed a team of experts that's available to meet with executives to get an over...

More study stuff

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Optical transport equipment sales will drop 36 percent from $19.6 billion in 2000 to $12.5 billion at the end of 2001, an RHK Inc. study says in its revised figures. The research firm says that, since its last forecast, it did another round of interviews with carriers who account for 95 percent of carrier spending.

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