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Williams cuts 25% of workforce, nCUBE names Pohl CEO

Sun, 03/03/2002 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Williams Communications Group Inc. will cut 25 percent of its 4,000-member global workforce, probably within the next two weeks, The Tulsa World reports. With $5.16 billion in debt from building its 33,000-mile fiber optic network, and with its trading suspended by the New York Stock Exchange, the company has been looking at restructuring options. Williams officials say the cuts will occur regardless of the type of restructuring. …

nCUBE Corp. appointed Michael J. Pohl CEO, replacing Larry Ellison, nCUBE's chair. Ellison will step down from the CEO spot but continue as chair. Pohl has been the company's president since 1999. NCUBE supplies business and technology management systems to the on-demand market. …

Forsythe Technology Inc. named Richard A. Finocchi as director of corporate development, where he'll help with the company's strategic plan. Finocchi is a former VP of corporate development at Comdisco. Forsythe is a technology infrastructure provider, offering assessment, design, integration and management services. …

Hughes Network Systems Inc. teamed with Hewlett-Packard Co. to jointly market the Direcway Content Deliver Services, a collection of managed services for enterprises that includes multicast streaming and delivery, VOD and network acceleration. The service will deliver content over HNS' satellite broadband network, which then goes to an H-P media cache appliance with specially developed Inktomi caching software at each enterprise site on a WAN, the two say. …

HNS also inked a deal to supply its Direcway broadband services to all Best Western hotels in the United States. HNS started supplying Best Western with VSAT service for its reservations and back-office systems in 1995, then expanded its network in 1998 to include all Best Western properties in North America. Financial terms were not disclosed. …

Rural provider DixieNet Communications struck a multimillion-dollar deal with Metro-Optix to deploy CityStream bandwidth managers in DixieNet's fiber optic network. Metro also will do installation, training and related services, it says. Deployment began last month in seven local exchanges, and will start in 10 others by the end of the year. Metro's CityStream will allow such services as video conferencing and VOD. Financial terms were not disclosed. …

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