After operating in stealth mode for several months, Steve Perlman's Rearden Steel Technologies finally opened up its fortified kimono to reveal a new brand identity, a broadband strategy and a deal with DBS giant EchoStar Communications. Shedding its Rearden Steel moniker, the Palo Alto, Calif.
Enhancing cable's presence with the nation's standards body, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Vice President of Standards Stephen Oksala was recently elected to the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In that role, Oksala, an ANSI board member since 1990, will be involved with the group's governance and policy development.
Maybe it was the adrenaline rush of being essential during a very real crisis. Maybe it was the thrill of proving to Excite@Home and the world– but especially to Excite@Home– that cable operators aren't as dumb as fireplugs after all. Maybe it was both.Whichever. Regardless, hundreds of AT&T employees decided to be the hands that caught the broadband data subscribers dumpe...
Twenty-five thousand cable modems went last year, but Scientific-Atlanta just shipped the first of 200,000 Explorer 4000DVB set-top boxes to Telewest in the United Kingdom. Telewest, thus far S-A's only customers for the box, ordered the set-tops in June, and purchase orders for the first part of the shipment came in in December, says S-A spokeswoman Nicole Hockin.
Make that OTCBB: GBLXQ. On the heels of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and amid reports of warnings last year on its accounting practices, Global Crossing started trading today on the OTC Bulletin Board. Formerly NYSE: GX, Global Crossing announced its new ticker and exchange late yesterday. On Monday, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States and Bermuda, and announced...
SONICblue Inc. is expanding its ReplayTV strategy by launching a new digital video recorder into the retail market during the second half of the year. The new product will use features from ReplayTV 4000, although a price wasn't available. … AM Communications Inc. will move its headquarters, effective tomorrow, to 1900 AM Drive, Quakertown, Pa.
Liberty Media Corp. received a formal statement of objections from Germany's Cartel Authority about Liberty's proposed $4.76 billion acquisition of six regional cable TV companies from Deutsche Telekom AG. The cartel could reject the merger if Liberty doesn't resolve the objections. The cartel reportedly questions Liberty's ability to own both the network and last-mile access.
Eagle Broadband's ClearWorks Communications unit landed a $40 million contract to provide fiber-to-the-home technology and bundled digital services to Stone Gate Canyon Lakes, a 352-acre master-planned community near Houston. Eagle says revenues should reach $40 million over 25 years. … Substantial Internet VOD won't roll out in the United States until 2005, a GartnerG2 study says.
BroadJump Inc. says SBC Communications Inc. will supplement its DSL service with the newly debuted Broadband Resolution Suite that BroadJump launched with Support.com Inc. SBC is the product's third customer, a spokeswoman says. In early December, BroadJump and Support.com teamed on a joint product and marketing deal, under which the two are producing the Broadband Resolution Suite, combining B...
That cynical Gartner Group is back, this time dissing AOL Time Warner's motives in suing Microsoft. A Gartner report released yesterday argues the real motive for the lawsuit is control of users' online presence information. On Jan. 22, AOLTW's Netscape Communications unit filed a lawsuit against the Redmond, Wash.
They know who they are. Some chapters clearly didn't devote much effort to the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' membership drive. Despite cash prizes and passes to SCTE's upcoming show, nearly half the chapters totted up totals of zero. Enter the New England chapter, based in North Reading, Mass.
• DSL subscribers were up a solid 74 percent, but Qwest Communications International saw both Q4 and full year losses. The Baby Bell reports $516 million, or 31 cents a share, in losses for the quarter, compared with a $116 million, or 7 cents a share, loss a year ago. In 2001, Qwest recorded a $4 billion loss, or $2.
Universal Electronics Inc. inked a deal to supply its Navigator and Millennium 4 wireless remote controls to Comcast Cable for its digital set-top boxes. Financial terms were not disclosed. … Concurrent Computer Corp. promoted Robert Chism to CTO of its XSTREME unit. The promotion expands Chism's roll as VP of engineering and development, the company says.
Right on schedule, the Resilient Packet Ring Alliance completed a single baseline draft for the RPR standard IEEE 802.17, it says. The organization had set January 2002 for a draft completion. The group met last week in Orlando and narrowed their work down to a single baseline document for the RPR standard, says spokeswoman Jennifer Guinan.
Global Crossing filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States and Bermuda, and announced a potential $750 million cash infusion from two investors. The bankruptcy, filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York and in the Supreme Court of Bermuda, starts a restructuring process helped along by investments from Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.