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Broadband Briefs for 2/04/08

Mon, 02/04/2008 - 7:23am
CED staff

* Moto CEO takes control of handset unit
By Brian Santo

Motorola CEO Greg Brown is taking direct control of the company's handset business, replacing Stu Reed.

Reed, who was given responsibility for the handset unit only last summer, remains with the company and will assist Brown with running the division. Brown has been CEO for only a month.

Motorola’s financial problems are tied directly to poor performance by the unit.  Motorola announced the decision in an internal memo sent on Friday, a day after announcing the option of spinning off the unit was under consideration.

* Ceragon Networks demos PBB-TE over microwave
By Mike Robuck

Ceragon Networks, a provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul products, has joined forces with other vendors to demonstrate PBB-TE (provider backbone bridges – traffic engineering) protection over an adaptive modulation packet microwave.

The demonstration was part of the mobile backhaul interoperability event at the MPLS and Ethernet World Congress 2008 – organized by the EANTC and supported by the IP/MPLS Forum and the MEF – being held in Paris this week.

“As more and more operators are looking to IP/Ethernet-based backhaul solutions, powering them with true carrier-grade quality solutions becomes a major competitive differentiator,” said Aviv Ronai, the CMO at Ceragon. “Teaming with leading system vendors, our demonstration proves that PBB-TE is now accessible across the entire network and is ready for implementation by mobile and fixed-line operators.”

* Verizon Business offering virtualization; FiOS TV expands in Mass.
By Traci Patterson

Verizon Business is now offering its enterprise customers the benefits of virtualization – added flexibility, improved efficiencies and controlled IT costs – and the telco said it is reducing the complexity of the technology.

Virtualization allows a business to consolidate multiple IT resources, such as operating systems and software applications, on a single server, Verizon said. And with Verizon’s new managed virtualization service, businesses can provide applications to users with the same reliability as the traditional one-application-to-a-server model.

Additionally, Verizon has introduced its FiOS TV service in Wayland and Norfolk, Mass., making the video service available to some 4,700 more Massachusetts households.

* AT&T launches U-verse TV, Internet in Kansas City area
By Traci Patterson

AT&T has introduced its U-verse TV and Internet services to more than 130,000 living units in the Kansas City area.

Kansas City-area customers also have access to new U-verse TV features – AT&T U-bar, which brings customizable weather, stock, sports and traffic information to the TV screen; Yellowpages.com TV, a new way to search for local businesses and other information on the TV; and AT&T Yahoo Games, which are also available on the TV screen.

More Broadband Direct:

• Cablevision shrinks VOD window for movies 

• FCC issues new leased access rules 

• Coalition backs NAB mobile study

• Microsoft purchase of Yahoo draws first challenges 

• AOL acquires widget-maker Goowy Media 

• Fourth cable outage in several days occurs in Middle East 

• Broadband Briefs for 2/04/08

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