Deals and other doings …(2)

Sun, 08/19/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven
Suzhou Cable TV of China will use subscriber management systems platforms from Redback Networks Inc. in Suzhou's broadband rollout. Redback says the SMS platform will use Suzhou's existing provisioning, accounting and management control systems to manage its subscribers, but speed time-to-market for new connection services. Suzhou will initially target residential and SOHO users in the Suzhou Economic Development Zone, with an eye toward migrating major corporate customers from the present ATM networks. Hong Kong-based Hutchison Global Crossing will use Riverstone Networks Inc.'s metro aggregation routers to create a major metropolitan multiprotocol label switching Ethernet network. The network will give last-mile Ethernet to nearly 1 million residents, Riverstone says. The "several hundred" routers encompass those for the metro core to the access edge. … Liberate Technologies, Dreamcity Media Ltd. and Broadband Solutions Inc. will team on digital TV services in Korea. The deal builds on a February distribution alliance between BSI and Liberate, and Dreamcity is the first major Korean system operator to use Liberate's TV platform since the alliance. BSI will manage the interactive services delivery. Technical trials will start later this year in Seoul, and deployment is expected in early 2002. … DirecTV Broadband Inc., a Hughes Electronics Corp. subsidiary, will use NightFire Software Inc.'s NightFire Network software, it says. The technology lets the company share intercarrier ordering and provisioning information with last-mile carriers, as well as reduce installation times for DSL lines by managing provisioning information, it says, adding that it will use NightFire's DSL application to automate DSL orders from BellSouth, SBC Communications, Verizon and Qwest. … Westell Technologies Inc., a broadband services and equipment provider for service providers, says its board has authorized a repurchase of up to 1 million Class A common shares. … ExciteAtHome says it will cut another 200 jobs, bringing the total to about 800 cuts so far this year. In late July, Excite said it would need to raise additional funds before the end of 2001 to support operations, including funds from sales of certain media operations and financial transactions. If it doesn't raise the funds or reduce expenses, it "could have a material adverse impact on its operations and liquidity," it said then. The latest job cuts eliminate redundancies, the company says. Shipments of VoB gateway equipment topped $28 million in the first half of this year, led by three players with a combined 65 percent market share. A study from RHK says Jetstream claimed 30 percent of the market share, with CopperCom a close second at 21 percent. TollBridge brought of the top three rear with 14 percent, while newcomers ComMatch and Zhone Technologies took 13 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Accelerated Networks saw its share drop from from 21 percent in 2000 to 2 percent in the study. … 3Com Corp. says it saved about $16.8 million last year by using Primus eServer and eSupport to automate its tech support. The company based its savings on the number of technical questions solved without calling tech support. … Agere Systems will speak on its Fast Pattern Processor and Routing Switch Process chips at a Stanford University conference this week. The company also will go over its system interface. All three products are part of its PayloadPlus line of programmable multiprotocol network processors, which target the OC-48 wire speed network applications, including multiservice switches and routers from network OEMs, Agere says. … Aravox Technologies Inc., supplier to providers of VoIP networks, says it raised $14 million in Series B funding. Led by Global Crossing Ventures Inc., Global Crossing Ltd.'s VC arm, the funds bring the company's total to $16.5 million. The financing will go to product development, new hires, and sales and marketing. …

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