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

Study: Metro network spending to grow $17.2B

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

Amid the generally depressing industry results during this financial week, a study offers a beacon of hope to foundering network equipment makers — or at least, some of them. Metro Networks: The New Hotspot, from Infonetics Research, says the metro network market is hopping and will only grow stronger.

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Tektronix/Telogy team on product buyback

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

Tektronix Inc. has partnered with Telogy Inc. on an instrumentation trade-in program. Under the deal, Tektronix customers can trade in used test instrumentation when they purchase the company's new equipment. Telogy purchases and manages the used trade-in assets, and refurbishes and resells the equipment.

Gartner poses telecom policy to President

April 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Regulate or rely on market forces? It's telecom's turn to look at the question and Gartner Inc.'s Dataquest Inc. analysts just released their two cents' worth. The research group called on President Bush to consider a market approach to policy. While spectrum auctions bring in billions of dollars, which come from carriers and consumers and go to programs, Dataquest says, the funds could be bett...

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AOL Time Warner issues first-ever results

April 18, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Ted Turner reportedly appears to be aging and blue these days after his alleged ousting from his foundling Time-Warner, which merged with AOL last year. Now add to that angst AOL Time Warner's strong first-quarter results. Despite a first-quarter loss that included merger expenses and $620 million in a pretax non-cash charge for a reduction in carrying values of its investment portfolio, that l...

Winstar sues Lucent for $10 B; files bankruptcy

April 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A day after it defaulted on senior debt, fended off talk of a $600 million debt to Lucent, and considered bankruptcy, Winstar Communications Inc. filed a $10 billion lawsuit against Lucent Technologies for breach of contract. It also filed for bankruptcy. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, alleges Lucent breached its strategic partnership agreement with Wi...

Tektronix acquires Adherent

April 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Tektronix Inc. announced today that it acquired Adherent Systems Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. Adherent will be combined with the Tektronix video business to provide solutions allowing the broadcast, telecom and computer industries to deploy MPEG technology for storage and transmission of video over broadband networks, including the Internet, Tektronix reports.

Grande launches Liberate platform in Texas

April 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Austin-based Grande Communications will use Liberate TV Platform software from Liberate Technologies on its interactive services in central Texas. Grande is building a ground-up, deep fiber broadband network that provides bundled, high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, and cable TV services to Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

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Motorola/Conexant team on cable chips

April 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. apparently is covering all its bases. The broadband equipment maker signed an agreement with Conexant Systems Inc., where Conexant will be a second source for standard cable modem chipsets to Motorola's broadband communications and semiconductor divisions. First supplier is and remains Broadcom Corp.

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Cisco issues a warning for third quarter

April 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

If market cap is any gauge, a mere year ago, Cisco Systems was a titan, blowing bigger stock market stalwarts out of the water. Its history was notable — in only a decade, it grew from a startup to a company whose routers are ubiquitous in the Internet. Until yesterday, that is, when the network equipment maker issued a warning on its third-quarter revenue and profit, citing continued glo...

Winstar: Will it pull out of default — or file?

April 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Despite big-name investors, Winstar Communications Inc. defaulted on senior debt yesterday, even as it disputed Lucent Technologies' default talk about that $600 million Winstar borrowed — and as it pondered bankruptcy. In a statement, Winstar announced it did not make aggregate interest payments of roughly $75 million on its senior debt securities, due yesterday, although it has 30 days ...

Can DTM tech upstage ATM?

April 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scoff now, but you'll remember next time your streaming video looks like it's being delivered over your old Atari. Net Insight just released what it calls an improvement on ATM and SONET technologies with its Dynamic synchronous Transfer Mode technology. The product "guarantees bandwidth and dynamically reallocates capacity on demand for live and nonlive media," the company reports.

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Nortel stalls India plans; readies Q1 results

April 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

No pressure, Nortel. As the world apparently awaits its Thursday, first-quarter results, observers are speculating the news won't be positive, given its two earnings warnings and the overall network equipment market. Nortel Networks also just announced it would hold off on $350 million in Internet projects in India, given the U.

Winstar: Will it pull out of default — or file?(2)

April 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Despite big-name investors, Winstar Communications Inc. defaulted on senior debt yesterday, even as it disputed Lucent Technologies' default talk about that $600 million Winstar borrowed — and as it pondered bankruptcy. In a statement, Winstar announced it did not make aggregate interest payments of roughly $75 million on its senior debt securities, due yesterday, although it has 30 days ...

NTT moves workers, taps broadband market

April 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. has big plans for a broadband content company, a fiber-optic Internet access service and reduced rates on certain services, the Tokyo company reported in its three-year business plan. NTT also plans "the reallocation of personnel from NTT East and NTT West to other companies in the Group," the plan says.

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LSI/NewLogic tech to add Bluetooth

April 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

LSI Logic Corp. will use Boost Core and Boost software IP products from NewLogic Technologies AG, letting LSI add Bluetooth functionality to its standard products, LSI reports. The agreement also allows LSI to add the Boost Core to its CoreWare library. LSI's integrated solutions and system-on-a-chip let it offer designers of Bluetooth applications a solution designed to help take their product...

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