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Covad sets another date with SEC

May 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Covad Communications says it expects to file its 10-K and 2000 financial results the week of May 21. On April 30, when bondholders sent Covad a letter reminding it of its fiduciary responsibilities, Covad told CEDaily it expected to file its already late 10-K the week of May 7. On April 4, the company announced it would be late filing its annual report with the SEC, citing complex accounting is...

Lucent case hearings set for Monday; Datang issues denial

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

Bail hearings for three defendants charged last week with stealing trade secrets from Lucent Technologies will be held Monday, the U.S. District Attorney's Office in the District of New Jersey reports. The hearings originally were scheduled for earlier this week. The hearings will be before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stanley R.

Judge postpones Winstar funding

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

Winstar Communications Inc.'s request for a approval of a $300 million credit line was turned down by a federal judge. The funds would go toward financing the company's operations during bankruptcy. The judge only postponed the ruling until the company works out technical details of the bankruptcy, Winstar spokesman Peter Duda told CEDaily.


Tauzin-Dingell bill passes committee

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

Call it what you want, but the Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001 passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee 32-23 yesterday, with substitute amendments, and will now go to the House floor. "It's still the Broadband Derailment Act of 2001," said CompTel President H. Russell Frisby Jr.

TVN/Cogeco tap Concurrent's back-office system

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

Concurrent Computer Corp. tested and passed TVN's Digital Content Express for use with the MediaHawk Model 2000 video server. Digital Content Express includes such services as content acquisition, encoding, transmission and receipt, forward error-correction, and subsequent manipulation of MPEG-2 and related metadata files for commercial VOD deployments.

SCTE gives annual roundup; names new officers

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

SCTE members can release the collective breath they've been holding: Says finance committee chief Don Shackelford, "I checked our banks accounts before I came in here and we do have enough money to cover this event." Tongue-in-cheek aside, Shackelford, Region 8 director, spoke to the annual membership meeting at the Cable-Tec show in Orlando, where SCTE also announced its new officers.

NCTA chief speaks on proposed ITV regs

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

"There are those, for commercial reasons of their own, who want the government to regulate interactive television before it's ever launched, and it's a bit disconcerting that they have gotten as far as an FCC Notice of Inquiry," NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs told engineers at the Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

HSA/TWC agree on Net service

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

High Speed Access Corp. agreed to provide its high-speed Internet access service over Time Warner Cable 's systems. No word yet on the dollars involved, but rollout is expected by the end of this year. Dates depend upon TWC's modification of its systems to accommodate multiple ISPs. "Phase one would encompass 20 of Time Warner Cable's divisions," HSA VP of communications Andy Holdgate told CEDa...


Cisco profits fall 77 percent; releases weak Q3 results

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

Cisco Systems Inc. saw its net income drop 77 percent, or $770 million, during its third quarter, and showed a 4 percent decrease in net sales. Actual net loss was $2.69 billion or 37 cents a share, compared with actual net income of $641 million or 8 cents a share a year ago, it reports. Sales reached $4.

Spike lands $335 M fixed wireless deal

May 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Spike Broadband Systems Inc. will supply Danish network operator SONOFON with more than $335 million in fixed wireless equipment to deploy what the two bill as the largest fixed wireless deployment thus far. The equipment allows broadband services to be deployed in the 3.5 GHz frequency band. The service, which is expected to deploy over the next five years, will reach 95 percent of Denmark's p...

Motorola seals trio of deals

May 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. has several deals and coups in the hopper. It entered a marketing agreement with Next Level Communications Inc., where Motorola's global sales division will help sell Next Level's integrated multimedia broadband access systems to international telecom customers, Motorola reports. The agreement is intended to help Next Level's Nlevel3 Unified Access Platform gain worldwide momentum.

TW Oceanic taps S-A for fiber optic upgrade

May 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner's Oceanic Cablevision division installed Scientific-Atlanta's Prisma II bdr baseband digital reverse fiber optic system in its system in Hawaii. Oceanic used the system to upgrade the "Big Island of Hawaii" with a digital headend and a single hub with associated optical transition nodes, says Oceanic Cable Transmission Systems Director Metod Lebar in a statement.


TollBridge to deploy two global gateways

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

TollBridge Technologies will deploy two VoIP gateways, the TB300 and TB200, to support global standards across all major access media, the company reports. The new ETSI V5.2 solution has been successfully tested and deployed using the PacketCable Network-based Call Signaling specification, the ATM Forum LANE implementation and the ADSL Forum Broadband Loop Emulation Service (BLES) for access to...

IDT ups its interest in Teligent and ICG

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

IDT Corp. will up its investment in both Teligent Inc. and ICG Communications. Under an agreement with IDT's subsidiary IDT Investments Inc., affiliates of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. will receive shares of IDT Investments' Series B Convertible Preferred Stock in exchange for the affiliates' stakes in Teligent and ICG.

Lucent combines units, replaces CFO

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

Out with the old, it appears. Lucent Technologies' CFO Deborah Hopkins will pursue other opportunities and will be replaced by Frank D'Amelio. The company also combined its Switching Solutions and InterNetworking Systems Group units and assigned Janet Davidson to head it. D'Amelio was group president of the Switching Solutions Group and once was DFO of Lucent's Network Systems business, Lucent ...


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