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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Sprint's Global Markets Group exits data biz, cuts staff

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sprint Corp. continued its march toward a leaner company on Friday, announcing plans to streamline its Global Markets Group, including shedding jobs, integrating its data hosting business to other areas of the company and dumping DSL. The Global Markets Group, which includes Sprint's long-distance business, will exit the DSL game in cities where it has found a better way to deliver service or w...

Terabeam, Telus shed staff

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The telecom industry obviously is not out of the woods yet, and many companies are still being forced to cut jobs to try and bring expenses in line with demand. The latest: Terabeam Corp. and Telus Corp. are shedding portions of their staffs. Free space optics vendor Terabeam Corp. intends to decrease its staff by 20 percent within the next three months.

Alliance zeros in on broadband video

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Interoperability is the name of the game. Optical Solutions Inc., Video Tele.com Inc. and Myrio Corp. have put their heads together to develop a fiber-to-the-home Switched Digital Video solution. The system uses Optical Solutions' FiberPath 400 as its base. FiberPath 400, a passive optical network-based system that converges voice, video and data on one direct fiber connection to the home, deli...

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Juniper gains on Q2 results

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Networking gear maker Juniper Networks Inc. gave the Street something to smile about today, posting second-quarter results that beat analysts' expectations. The news gave Juniper shares a shot in the arm, which jumped more than 10 percent in early trading. Juniper posted a profit of $6.2 million, or two cents a share, in the second quarter.

Cox secures new bank credit facility

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cabler Cox Communications Inc. has secured a new bank credit facility that will enable it to maintain its liquidity position, the company said Friday. The $1.1 billion, 364-day revolving bank credit facility replaces an existing mature facility. This credit facility, along with an existing $900 million facility maturing in 2005, allows the company to maintain its liquidity position.

WorldCom Ex-chief knew about illegal shift, lawyers say

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Marcy Gordon | Comments

Copyright 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch…07/12/2002 From LexisNexis WorldCom 's former chief executive was aware that hundreds of millions of dollars were shifted as part of nearly $4 billion in accounting irregularities, company lawyers have told a House investigative panel.

FCC sets up digital

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Pamela McClintock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…07/12/2002 From LexisNexis WASHINGTON —Federal Communications Commission topper Michael Powell called on the consumer electronics biz Thursday to heed his instruction and begin equipping TV sets with digital tuners. Earlier this year, Powell asked all sectors of the television industry to shoulder part of the burden and get the trouble...

StarBand moves forward, launches in Puerto Rico

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Despite seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, StarBand Communications Inc. has launched its two-way broadband satellite service in Puerto Rico. At the time of its bankruptcy filing, StarBand said it intended to continue its day-to-day operations while in bankruptcy proceedings. Founding partner Gilat Satellite Networks has committed to $2.

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Samsung unveils new HDTV box

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Samsung is hoping the mass-market will embrace HDTV, and is rolling out a new all-in-one HDTV set-top box receiver to entice television watchers. The electronics company is touting the SIR-TS160 as an all-in-one box because it offers reception of over-the-air digital broadcasts, analog broadcast and digital satellite programming from DirecTV.

First Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 modem certified

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board has granted its first Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 certification to Toshiba's PCX2500 cable modem. The board also granted Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 qualification status to the Arris Cadant C4 CMTS. Both companies resubmitted their products for testing in the certification wave 8 after minor problems were found during wave 7.

"Big Brother 3" streams for a fee

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Big Brother is watching, are you? The CBS reality television series "Big Brother" returned to American TV last night for its third installment. Network officials have again teamed with RealNetworks Inc. in hopes of generating some extra cash — streaming live video and audio of the 12 houseguests, for a price.

Telia deals to expand backbone network

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Telia International Carrier is working to increase the bandwidth capacity of its backbone network, and is turning to Ericsson to make it happen. As part of the deal, Ericsson will supply IP core backbone routers based on Juniper Networks ' T640 Internet Routing Node. The T640 offers throughput speeds of 640 Gbps.

Researchers claim PWLAN will complement 3G mobile

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Melanie Reynolds | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gale Group, Inc. ASAP Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information Limited Electronics Weekly…07/10/2002 From LexisNexis The threat that public access wireless LAN (PWLAN) poses to 3G mobile services has been "grossly overstated" according to the latest report from research firm, the Yankee Group.

Sommer could be out at Deutsche Telekom

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…07/11/2002 From LexisNexis Top German union representatives at Deutsche Telekom are resisting government and shareholder demands to fire chief executive Ron Sommer at a board meeting next week, sources say. Labor and shareholder representatives clashed at a meeting of the board's powerful steering committee on Tuesday, with union o...

"Big Brother 3" streams for a fee(2)

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Big Brother is watching, are you? The CBS reality television series "Big Brother" returned to American TV last night for its third installment. Network officials have again teamed with RealNetworks Inc. in hopes of generating some extra cash — streaming live video and audio of the 12 houseguests, for a price.

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