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

Telchemy, Trinity team for VoIP quality control

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As carriers switch from traditional circuit-switched platforms to packet-based networks, they are experiencing a deluge of new traffic, which poses significant challenges to carriers and equipment manufacturers seeking to deliver a superior Quality of Experience (QoE) to end users. Telchemy Inc. has teamed with Trinity Convergence to enhance the implementation of call quality monitoring and man...

mmO2 prices up 3G mobile subscription

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Melanie Reynolds | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gale Group, Inc. ASAP Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information Limited Electronics Weekly…06/26/2002 From LexisNexis Mobile operator mmO2 has published trial prices for its 3G mobile phone service being run on the Isle of Man by subsidiary Manx Telecom. The charges are based on a monthly subscription which includes a data allowance.

TWC, Newhouse rework cable deal

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The deal it is a changin', the Time Warner Cable-Advance/Newhouse Communications deal that is. The companies have agreed to transfer 2.1 million TWC subscribers to A/N's control, and transfer A/N's Road Runner stake to TWC. The companies have been negotiating the restructuring deal for several months now, which stemmed from A/N's desire to resume operating some of the cable systems.


Conexant buys MPEG biz

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In a cash and stock deal, Globespan Virata has sold its MPEG video and audio compression and decompression product business to Conexant Systems Inc. The sale is part of the DSL equipment provider's divestiture strategy. For its part, Conexant will fork over $21 million in cash and 1.25 million shares of common stock.

DivXNetworks, Wellspring team for VOD

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Video compression technology provider DivXNetworks Inc. is moving full speed ahead with plans to deploy its DivX suite of video compression technology. The latest: the company has inked a licensing deal with Wellspring Media Inc. As part of the deal, Wellspring will license the DivX Open Video System to rent downloads of eight full-length films to users of its Web site, www.

Tellium hands out some walking papers

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Optical networking company Tellium Inc. will trim its work force by 200 employees by the end of the month. The compnay blames lagging customer demand and the ongoing deterioration in the telecom sector for the move. Tellium expects to take a one-time restructuring charge of between $7 million and $10 million in the June quarter.

Verizon, Adelphia cable TV sale killed

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Felix Sanchez | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Press-Telegram Press-Telegram…06/25/2002 From LexisNexis Verizon Communications on Monday withdrew a proposal to sell its cable television franchise to Adelphia Communications Corp., citing ongoing financial woes within Adelphia.

WorldCom tumbles after downgrade

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…06/25/2002 From LexisNexis From Bloomberg News WorldCom Inc. stock plunged to a 12-year low Monday after Salomon Smith Barney analyst Jack Grubman, once one of the company's biggest Wall Street advocates, recommended investors avoid shares of the second-largest U.


ITC decision delivers blow to Gemstar

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. has been on the warpath for some time now, claiming that its patent is being infringed on. The interactive programming guide developer suffered a setback late Friday, however, when a judge ruled against it. An International Trade Commission judge has ruled that Gemstar competitors did not engage in unfair trade practices with regards to Gemstar's patented IPGs.

Narad, IBM align to offer complete MSO SMB package

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

MSOs are increasingly interested in developing strategies for offering broadband connections to small- and medium-sized businesses that fall into their network footprints. Access technologies are currently being trialed in MSO labs, and a new strategic alliance between platform provider Narad Networks and IBM Corp.

WorldGate, Motorola extend iTV partnership

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Building on its three-year relationship with Motorola Inc., WorldGate Communications Inc. has signed a multi-year deal with Motorola's Horizon Developer Program. As part of this latest deal, Motorola and WorldGate will continue to work together to develop WorldGate's interactive television service on Motorola's advanced digital set-top boxes, including the DCT1000, DCT2000, DCT2500 and the DCT5...

The Grim Reaper sweeps through Loudeye

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to save more than $10.2 million annually, webcasting and digital media service provider Loudeye Corp. is reducing its employee roster by 37 percent. The company has a goal of reaching operating cash flow breakeven by the end of the year, and said the cuts were necessary to stay on target. Once the restructuring is complete, the company expects to have 130 full-time employees in Seattle,...

Adelphia lands coin to ride out Chapter 11

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jill Goldsmith | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…06/24/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK —Adelphia Communications Corp. is said to have lined up $1.5 billion in financing through a consortium of banks, much-needed cash that will keep its businesses operating while it restructures after a Chapter 11 filing expected today.

Study: Broadband use alters lifestyle

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Megh Duwadi | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution…06/24/2002 From LexisNexis WASHINGTON — For high-speed Internet users, a new lifestyle may be just a few clicks away. A study released today by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that people changed their activities both on and off the computer when they acquired broadband service.

General Bandwidth confirms cuts

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to avoid following in the footsteps of two of its competitors, General Bandwidth is cutting a portion of its staff to conserve cash, the company confirmed today. General Bandwidth received an influx of funding in September, and has decided to reduce its staff in an effort to outlast the economic downturn, said Shannon Pleasant, General Bandwidth's director of corporate communications.


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