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

Korea Thrunet renames Internet unit

April 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Korea Thrunet Co. Ltd. will distinguish its Internet access services from corporate ones by a rebranding campaign, including changing the division's name to Multiplus. Thrunet Services was too often confused with its corporate identity, Korea Thrunet reports. The new name will cover any existing and future broadband Internet services the company has, including Thrunet's planned three service gr...

ViaCast launches system for satellite networks

April 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ViaCast Networks Inc. just launched its IP-Companion satellite receiver/routers that feature 8PSK modulation technology. The product is intended to help reduce recurring satellite costs, the company reports. The company combines its Turbo Code software and hardware with its Maestro Network Management Software to make the transition from legacy satellite networks to the 8PSK modulation.

EarthLink to test service on Cox cable network

April 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink will test its Internet service on Cox Communications Inc.'s broadband cable network in El Dorado, Ark., under an agreement the two announced today. The six-month trial will start in third-quarter 2001 and leave the option of negotiating a more definitive open-access agreement. The agreement is Cox's first multiple ISP trial and will help the cable TV company test the technical feasibi...

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360networks: 'We're paid up.'

April 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Vancouver-based 360networks' global fiber optic project will continue after the company confirmed it is in full compliance with all covenants under the company's $1.2 billion senior secured credit facility. By the end of 2000, $350 million had been drawn, and the rest is earmarked for the fiber optic network.

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JDS touts important developments; releases results

April 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

No one's talking. San Jose-based JDS Uniphase, considered a strong suitor in the maybe/maybe not sale of Lucent's Optical Fiber Solutions unit, released its third-quarter results today. It will lay off 5,000 and consolidate some facilities in a global restructuring. JDS' timing (releasing its results with Lucent's) led observers to speculate that a sale announcement was pending.

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Lucent reports results; denies optic unit sale

April 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Lucent Technologies' second-quarter results reflected slow customer spending and its restructuring efforts. The company also calls talk of selling its fiber optic unit "rumors." "In terms of the fiber business, there's no new news here," Lucent spokeswoman Mary Ward told CEDaily. "When we make a decision, we will announce it.

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Concurrent finds Canadian help; gets VOD to schools

April 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. found itself a Canadian distributor for its VOD systems, and sold five of its MediaHawk video servers to American school districts and universities. Its exclusive agent in Canada is TVC Canada, a long-time distributor and integrator of broadband products and services, formerly known as Comsource Broadband Technologies Corp.

Philips/Be Here launch almost-there ITV

April 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Philips Digital Networks and Be Here Corp. teamed on a set-top box ITV application lets sports fans and other viewers control TV camera angles. The Philips/Be Here Picture-In-Picture Navigable Visual Content uses Be Here's single-camera immersive video capture and playback tech in ITV. The technology lets sports fans independently navigate panoramic Picture-in-Picture video via remote control, ...

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Luminous sets up deals in China

April 22, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Luminous Networks Inc. will partner with Photonic Bridges on a sales and distribution deal in China. Luminous also will supply China Netcom Corp. with a metropolitan area network platform. The deals are part of Luminous' effort to expand in the Chinese market. Under the first agreement, Photonic will be responsible for marketing, distributing, launching and customer service for Luminous' optica...

Scientific-Atlanta marks 6 M milestone

April 22, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta just shipped its six millionth Explorer advanced digital set-top box. The recipient: S-A's long-time partner Time-Warner Communications in Orlando. S-A sent the Explorer 2100 to TWC to commemorate the cable company's decade of work in ITV. The first interactive TV trial in Orlando eight years ago led to today's burgeoning market, S-A says.

Broadband boosters cite a slew of studies

April 22, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So how do you want your broadband stats? South Korea reportedly leads in the world broadband Internet connections, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The country's 10 connections per 100 people beat four per 100 in Canada and three per in the united States.

Cisco sued by shareholders

April 22, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

On the heels of its third-quarter warning last week, Cisco Systems got word its shareholders had filed a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges Cisco manipulated customers by financing them, but made it contingent upon buying large amounts of Cisco products.

Lucent: Optical unit finally for sale?

April 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Not that it's such a surprise, but Lucent Technologies reportedly has received five bids for its optical fiber unit. The sale could bring up to $6 billion for the cash-strapped Lucent. Citing unnamed sources close to the issue, both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report that Alcatel SA, Pirelli SpA, Furukawa Electric Co.

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Nortel losses increase; 5,000 more jobs cut

April 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Citing tighter capital markets and an overall economic slowdown, Nortel Networks Corp.'s losses grew to $2.58 billion for first-quarter from $730 million same time last year. It also will cut 5,000 more jobs by mid-year, for a total of 20,000 since Dec. 31. Revenues were $6.18 billion for the quarter, down from $6.

Convergent files Chapter 11

April 19, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Following through on its warning earlier this week, Convergent Communications Inc. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday along with its subsidiary, Convergent Communications Services Inc. In a statement on its home page, Convergent elaborated: "In light of the constrictive capital markets and the company's inability to raise required financing, (Convergent) filed a voluntary petition for protec...

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