Broadband Briefs for 07/10/09

Fri, 07/10/2009 - 8:00am

Verizon names federal affairs chief
By Brian Santo

Verizon has promoted Kathleen Grillo to senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs, replacing Susanne Guyer, who is retiring.

Grillo joined Verizon in 2002 as legal counsel in the legal department's federal regulatory group.  She became vice president of federal regulatory affairs in 2003.

Grillo will take over from Guyer on Sept. 1.  

Exfo adds OTDR for CWDM networks
By Brian Santo

Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering introduced an OTDR designed for in-service troubleshooting of CWDM networks. The FTB-7400E Metro/CWDM OTDR can handle as many as eight wavelengths.

The new eight-wavelength version was created by combining two single-slot FTB-7400E OTDR modules in the FTB-200 Compact Platform.

The OTDR handles selected wavelengths from 1470 nm to 1610 nm. The company warrants a high dynamic range for complete end-to-end loss and mux/demux validation at the construction phase. The FTB-200 Compact Platform also offers a CWDM-calibrated power meter for precise power readings at each wavelength of the network, the company said.

Anritsu debuts analyzer for 4G standards
By CED staff

Anritsu Co. has introduced the BTS Master MT8221B, a handheld base station analyzer that has been developed to support emerging 4G standards, as well as installed 2G/3G networks.

The MT8221B’s platform provides a 20 MHz demodulation capability to measure technologies such as Long Term Evolution and WiMAX, and a 30-MHz Zero-Span IF Output for external demodulation of any other wideband signal. In addition, a Vector Signal Generator option – with the flexibility to generate two modulated signals plus noise – is available for receiver testing.

Senior cell site technicians and RF engineers can use the BTS Master MT8221B to test and verify the installation and commissioning of base stations and cell sites. It is equally suited for on-going maintenance and troubleshooting to help ensure the operation of wireless network infrastructure. Key performance indicators (KPIs), such as dropped calls, call denial, or call blocking rates due to a malfunction at the cell site or interference, can be detected with the BTS Master MT8221B, the company said.

Verizon Wireless lays off 50 former Alltel workers
By The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Verizon Wireless has laid off 50 workers in Arkansas who were part of the former Alltel Corp., which Verizon acquired in January.

Verizon spokesman Scott Morris said the cut made up the bulk of 80 people who were laid off across the company. Morris says the workers were notified of the layoff on Thursday, but that their last day will be 30 days from now.

The Arkansas layoffs came as part of the process that Verizon is going through to identify redundant positions among its corporate staff. Morris says the layoffs were in human resources, finance, security and other areas. Morris said Verizon has about 3,200 Arkansas employees.

More Broadband Direct 07/10/09:
•  Evolution Broadband, NCTA file with FCC over petition against waiver
•  Starz signs up for Comcast's On Demand Online trial
•  Comcast adds 80 new networks to parts of Bay area footprint
•  Rogers adds 50 Mbps tier, N gateway
•  Sprint Nextel signs networking deal with Ericsson
•  Microtune buys Auvitek for $9M in cash, stock
•  CTIA filing highlights growth, need for more sites
•  Cabovisao drags on Cogeco in Q3
•  Is NSN's low bid causing strain at Nortel?
•  Broadcom drops takeover bid for Emulex
•  Venezuela announces new rules affecting cable TV
•  Broadband Briefs for 07/10/09



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