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

Study: No fiber optic glut found, route by route

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

Heads up, equipment vendors. There's no fiber optic glut on the routes out there, a new study says; only a glut of products carriers must use to do the much-needed fiber optic upgrades. And it may be six to nine months before inventory gluts and gray market products go away. TeleChoice Inc. says of 14 of the 22 routes it analyzed, current demand equals or exceeds 70 percent — carriers' tr...

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CableLabs details home network specs

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

CableLabs' CableHome project just went public with an interim specification for Quality of Service, CableLabs says. It also released a home-network architecture framework technical report, and set a vendor meeting for July 31 in Westminster, Colo. CableHome is a project aimed at extending the multimedia capabilities of DOCSIS and PacketCable into the home network, CableLabs says.

Aegis cuts half its staff, waits for funding

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

Aegis Broadband cut 14 jobs, or half its staff, as it awaits funding, its management says. The workers, primarily in operations and engineering, were laid off with the suggestion they may be hired back as soon as funding arrives, but management would not give a date. The cable system maker says it's optimistic: It has two contracts worth $25 million to $30 million poised for development in Lati...

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More Q2 news …

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

Broadcom Corp. reported net losses of $41.1 million, or 16 cents a share, excluding nonrecurring charges and certain expenses, compared with a $61.1 million net gain a year ago. Net revenue fell 14 percent to $210.9 million. The results meet the company's revised expectations it announced last month, says President and CEO Henry T.

More Q2 news …(2)

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

Broadcom Corp. reported net losses of $41.1 million, or 16 cents a share, excluding nonrecurring charges and certain expenses, compared with a $61.1 million net gain a year ago. Net revenue fell 14 percent to $210.9 million. The results meet the company's revised expectations it announced last month, says President and CEO Henry T.

More Q2 financial news …(2)

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

Tellabs reported a loss of $174 million, or 43 cents a share, including restructuring and other charges of $262 million. The company showed a gain of $157.1 million, or 38 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue fell to $516 million — still higher than last month's projected $500 million, but lower than the $801 million of a year ago.

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Broadcom touts new chip line

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

Broadcom Corp. just launched its BCM1250, the first product in its SiByte line of processors. The low-power, highly integrated processor line targets the Internet infrastructure market, Broadcom says. The product integrates two 64-bit CPUs, a high-speed memory subsystem, and I/O peripherals onto a 60 million transistor silicon chip, the company says.

More Q2 financial news …

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

Tellabs reported a loss of $174 million, or 43 cents a share, including restructuring and other charges of $262 million. The company showed a gain of $157.1 million, or 38 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue fell to $516 million — still higher than last month's projected $500 million, but lower than the $801 million of a year ago.

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Charter/DIVA update deals, expect four more markets

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

Charter Communications Inc. and DIVA are getting around to the contract part of all the work they've been doing. The expanded deal covers the 1.7 million customers the two intend to serve by the end of the year. The original deal covered deploying DIVA's VOD capability on Charter's systems in the first two markets in May 2000: one each in Los Angeles and Gwinnett County, Ga.

AOLTW sees $734 M net loss in Q2, subs up

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

AOL Time Warner reported a second-quarter net loss of $734 million, or 17 cents a share, but Time Warner Cable's revenue reached $1.7 billion, and subscription revenue, $1.6 billion. AOLTW cites a 10 percent increase in subscription revenue for its overall 3 percent revenue increase over a year ago. The company says TWC ended the quarter with 12.

Cabletron parts out GNTS unit

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

A week after re-outlining its spinoff plans, Cabletron will part out its GlobalNetwork Technology Services unit, and cut an unspecified number of jobs. GNTS was Cabletron's network infrastructure consulting unit. Its outsourcing operations and parts of its operational and installation services will be sold to a private buyout firm with a group of present GNTS management.

Study: broadband way behind $500 B potential

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

Get the lead out, broadband. There's an untapped $500 billion shot in the economic arm that's just going to sit there until you hike that 8 percent penetration to at least 50 percent. Or better yet, a study says, shoot for 94 percent — the same percentage of American households with phone service.

Cox cops an attitude in touting DSL package

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

Cox Business Services is taking on an edgy sector of dumped DSL customers by launching Cox Business Internet, a three-tiered DSL package. The promo pulls no punches: "Nothing ruins a perfectly good Internet connection like a provider that goes belly up," it says in its materials, which also promise "Faster Internet access.

Celox lands $80 M in third round

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

Celox Networks closed an $80 million third round of financing, led by Putnam Investments and Firsthand Capital Management Inc. The round brings the IP service company to a total $155 million since January 1999. Celox says the round will fund ongoing product development and "ramp up" production of the company's Celox SCx 192, a switch designed to let carriers, ILECs, ISPs, cable operators and ot...

Techie treatment takes a turn for the worse

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

A mere year ago, tech companies were touting new and sometimes over-the-top perks, hoping to lure the high-demand tech worker. But the kid gloves come off during layoffs, it appears. Techies.com polled 700 tech workers from entry-level to top management positions. One-third said their layoffs were a complete surprise and one-fourth said they'd been waiting for the news.

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