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

Motorola to recall some DCT-2000 boxes

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Motorola Inc. will be forced to recall a percentage of the 1 million DCT-2000 digital set-top boxes it manufactured between late February and May this year. The cause: a mechanical defect in the power plug. Given the DCT-2000 is the most widely deployed box — 21 million worldwide — the recall will affect virtually all North American MSOs, including Cox Communications Inc.

NTT rolls with wireless broadband access trial

June 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

NTT Communications Corp. is testing the waters of wireless broadband access with a trial in Japan. The "WINQ," or Wireless, Intelligent, Non-line-of-sight, and Quick install, trial will get under way in September and run through August of next year. The trial will be conducted in the Kanazawa area of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Comcast enlists the Shack to get the word out

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Half the battle is getting the word out. Yesterday EarthLink Inc. forged a broadband partnership with Gateway, today Comcast Cable Communications Inc. has unveiled an alliance of its own with RadioShack Corp. Under the deal, Comcast will work with RadioShack to develop a "point of sale presence" at nearly 600 RadioShack stores in the MSO's 26-state service area.

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Global chip sales to rebound: Group

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…06/06/2002 From LexisNexis Worldwide sales of semiconductors, after their worst-ever slump in 2001, are on the rebound this year and will rise a modest 3.1 percent to $143 billion (U.S.), a trade group said yesterday. After rising modestly this year, global sales of semiconductors will rise 23.

TI sinks its teeth farther into Bluetooth

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone market is expected to reach 20 million this year, and Texas Instruments Inc. wants to make sure it is in on the action. The chipmaker has developed a single-chip Bluetooth solution — the BFR6100 — that integrates a digital Radio Frequency processor and Bluetooth baseband on one chip.

WorldCom to shed wireless unit

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

To boost its cash position, WorldCom Inc. is exiting the wireless resale business. WorldCom has been in the wireless resale business for more than five years. The company got into the business with the goal of becoming a facilities-based wireless carrier — a goal that was never realized. As of late, the telecom company has been plagued by a slowdown in consumer spending, a lagging long-di...

Moody's:Adelphiabankruptcy"potentiallyimminent"

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp.'s credit ratings for the third time in less than three months. The ratings firm says a bankruptcy filing is "potentially imminent." Adelphia's unsecured debt — roughly $4.9 billion — has been cut from Caa1 to Caa2, while its convertible and exchangeable preferred stock — roughly $1.

Moody's: Adelphia bankruptcy "potentially imminent"

June 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp.'s credit ratings for the third time in less than three months. The ratings firm says a bankruptcy filing is "potentially imminent." Adelphia's unsecured debt — roughly $4.9 billion — has been cut from Caa1 to Caa2, while its convertible and exchangeable preferred stock — roughly $1.

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Tech leaders, studios agree on copy protection plan

June 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Dawn C. Chmielewski | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service San Jose Mercury News…06/05/2002 From LexisNexis An influential group of technology companies, consumer electronics manufacturers and motion-picture studios recommended a new standard Wednesday to prevent digital television broadcasts from being spread over the Internet.

Verizon executive says DSL should cost more

June 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Vikas Bajaj | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service The Dallas Morning News…06/05/2002 From LexisNexis ATLANTA — The precipitous fall in phone and Internet service prices during the last few years has been so steep it's jeopardizing the financial viability of many telecommunications companies, said Verizon Communications Inc.

Motorola retools Internet unit

June 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Motorola Inc. is restructuring again. In what has become almost an annual ritual, the electronics giant is shuffling another one of its divisions, this time in an effort to advance the IP industry. The company is splitting its IP Systems Group into three businesses: IP Communications Gateway, IP Systems and Transmission Network Systems.

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AM snags Nex-Link

June 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

AM Communications Inc. has snatched up one of its competitors Nex-Link Communications Project Services LLC. AM plans to roll the broadband network installer into its AM Broadband Services Inc. subsidiary. Once the merger is complete, Nex-Link will become a wholly owned subsidiary of AM Broadband Services and will operate under the name AM Nex-Link Communications Inc.

Movies-on-demand becoming a family thing

June 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Right now adult content sites are fueling the video-on-demand-over-IP market, but family-oriented VOD services are gaining ground, one analysis says. The VOD-over-IP market is expected to balloon to a $1.9 billion industry by 2006, according to In-Stat/MDR. The revenue will be generated from subscriptions and pay-per-view.

EarthLink, Gateway make broadband pact

June 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Gateway Inc. has lassoed another broadband partner. Consumers interested in signing up for EarthLink Inc.'s high-speed Internet service can now mosey on over to their nearest Gateway Country Store. Under the agreement, EarthLink will market its EarthLink High Speed Internet service over Time Warner Cable to consumers in 56 Gateway retail stores in 14 states.

comMATCH, Vyyo team for IP telephony over fixed wireless systems

June 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

comMATCH and Vyyo Inc. have partnered to enable wireless service providers to complete with wire-line carriers in the IP telephony sector. The telephony over fixed broadband wireless system is based on comMATCH's Duet VoIP gateway designed to interconnect the fixed broadband wireless IP access network to legacy Class 5 telephony switches.

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