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

ViXS targets wireless video

September 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Distributing video over home-based IP networks is the target for ViXS Systems Inc., a start-up technology company based in Toronto, Canada. The company emerged from stealth mode after 18 months to announce that its video networking processor, dubbed "Xcode," is sampling to early, yet unnamed, customers.

JDS warning drags down its stock

September 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

JDS Uniphase stock price was teetering near its 52-week low during morning trading, following news that the fiber-optic gear maker cut its first-quarter forecast. Demand for optical networking gear continues to wane, forcing JDS to trim its first-quarter outlook. The company expects to record revenue in the range of $190 million to $200 million, down from an earlier forecast calling for sales b...

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Cox, Comcast back MetaTV

September 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Interactive-television software company MetaTV has closed $21 million in financing. Cox Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. led the round. MetaTV plans to use the funds to further develop its on-demand software, which leverages existing digital, video-on-demand and Internet infrastructure. The software was built using a common operational model for deploying, validating, provisioning, reporti...

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Qwest to restate $950 million in sales

September 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Move over WorldCom, Qwest Communications International Inc. is joining the revenue restatement club. The communications giant said it plans to restate $950 million in revenue related to network capacity swaps. The $950 million was booked after Qwest's merger with US West in June 2000. Revenue related to the swaps will be restated from mid-2000 to the end of 2001.

Justice Dept. examines satellite-TV merger

September 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/19/2002 From LexisNexis EchoStar Communications Corp.'s proposed $18.3-billion purchase of General Motors Corp.'s DirecTV would "at best" reduce competitors for subscription television from three competitors to two, the Justice Department's antitrust enforcement chief told a Senate committee.

SCTE names leadership coach as keynote speaker

September 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

People Power Unlimited President Cynthia D'Amour has been tapped to keynote the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers 2003 Chapter Leadership Conference (CLC) in February. D'Amour's address will center around the conference's theme, "Good to Great: Enhancing Your Leadership Potential." The CLC is designed as a forum for chapter leaders to get together and network.

Alcatel, Ciena make cuts

September 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Demand continues to wane in the telecom sector, forcing companies to make the hard decision to let some people go. The latest: Equipment manufacturers Alcatel and Ciena make cuts. Roughly 10,000 more Alcatel employees will receive their walking papers over the next 15 months. The French telecom gear maker said it is making the additional cuts to reach its previously announced goal of returning ...

It's good news, bad news at 3Com

September 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

3Com Corp.'s fiscal first quarter results offer a mixed bag. The good news: network gear market narrowed its year-over-year loss. The bad news: revenue plunged 22 percent. The company posted a loss of $32 million, or 9 cents a share, compared to a Q1 2002 loss of $232.4 million, or 65 cents a share. The ongoing slump in the telecom sector dragged down 3Com's quarterly revenue.

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Asset buy doubles IDT's network capacity

September 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to get its hands on some more bandwidth, IDT Corp.'s subsidiary IDT Telecom has snapped up certain Indefeasible Rights of Use and equipment from bankrupt Star Telecommunications. Star originally purchased the assets, which represent long-term capacity on U.S. nationwide fiber networks operated by Qwest and Broadwing, for $68 million in 1998.

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Microsoft debuts broadband networking line

September 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is throwing its arms around broadband home networking with the introduction of a product line that includes wired and wireless options. The software giant unveiled the products at the IDG Executive Forum DEMOmobile conference today. In all, Microsoft introduced 10 networking products, for wireless and wired home networks.

DirecTV sues NDS

September 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

DirecTV is looking to haul NDS Limited into court again. The latest: the satellite provider has filed a lawsuit against NDS charging breach of contract, fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets, among other things. NDS plans to file counterclaims. The suit, filed under seal in the U.S. District Court in Lost Angeles Sept.

Overbuilder files prepackaged bankruptcy plan

September 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Since its debt-restructuring plan has failed to win 100 percent consensus from its bondholders, Knology Broadband Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors under a prepackaged plan. The overbuilder plans to swap $444.1 million in 11.875 percent bonds due in 2007 for $193.

NextWeb snaps up Worldwide Wireless

September 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

NextWeb Inc. is going shopping again. This time around, the fixed wireless network service provider has agreed to acquire the assets of bankrupt Worldwide Wireless Networks. NextWeb views the acquisition as an opportunity to expand its high-speed business Internet access service into more markets in the United States.

ICTV inks first deployment deal for HeadendWare

September 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ICTV has secured its first HeadendWare customer: Access Communications. Access plans to deploy the interactive television software platform this fall in Canada using Motorola DCT 1000, DCT 2000 and DCT 2100 set-top boxes already in use by more than 80,000 subscribers in the Regina, Saskatchewan market.

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Real deal streaming to AOL broadband

September 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by David Bloom | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/19/2002 From LexisNexis RealNetworks and AOL will announce today a deal to use Real's technology for the Internet giant's interactive and streaming-video advertising and for delivering entertainment, particularly through AOL's high-speed broadband service.

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