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More deals and other doings …(2)

October 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. promoted Stephen Silva to executive VP and CTO, "with continued responsibility for research and development of advanced technologies and new products and services," the company says. Silva was senior VP of corporate development and technology. … BarcoNet supplied NTL with three digital headends in Ireland, allowing NTL to provide more than 80 digital TV channel...

Ad hoc shareholder group to fight AtHome bankruptcy

October 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A group of disgruntled ExciteAtHome shareholders, including former employees, is fighting the company's bankruptcy starting with its proposed asset sale decision scheduled for Monday. The group, led by a seven-member executive committee, calculated the company's worth is closer to $3 billion than the $307 million AT&T is offering for its assets, and that the company could continue and becom...

ADC streamlines company structure, cuts 150 jobs

October 22, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

On the heels of merging two units and selling two product lines to earlier this year, ADC announced a new worldwide organizational structure. The changes include up to 150 job cuts in management. The company says it will eliminate its COO spot after current COO Lynn Davis retires Nov. 1. Richard R.


CableLabs tests host-controlled cable modems in cert wave 20

October 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Host-based cable modems designed to shave prices to about $50 per unit made their first official appearance at CableLabs when the R&D house kicked off certification wave 20 on Oct. 18. Intel Corp. and Coresma Inc. (formerly NetGame Ltd.) both submitted computer-controlled cable modems, or CCCMs, for DOCSIS 1.

AOLTW strikes two-way deal with Chinese cable cos

October 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

On the heels of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Shanghai, China, AOL Time Warner Inc. agreed today to distribute its CETV channel in the country's Southern Region. Guangdong Cable TV Networks Co. Ltd. will start carrying the 24-hour, Mandarin-language channel in January. The deal, signed at China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television's headquarters in Beijing, also...

New Terayon chip unit will seek independence

October 21, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Moving on previously stated plans to zoom in on the data-over-cable sector, Terayon Communication Systems Inc. today spun off its silicon unit, creating a new company called "Imedia Semiconductor." That division designs, manufactures and sells broadband silicon for the cable sector, and includes a focus on Terayon's proprietary S-CDMA (synchronous code division multiple access), as well as A-TD...

Scientific-Atlanta reports profit amid slowdown

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

Scientific-Atlanta announced yesterday that business is down, but the company has stayed profitable. In its first-quarter results, S-A says it will restructure, and cut 750 jobs and consolide certain operations. "The company experienced a decline in sales and bookings this quarter," S-A President and CEO James McDonald said in a conference call.

S-A signs trio of set-top deals

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

Scientific-Atlanta signed three major set-top deals on the heels of releasing its first-quarter results and announcing that it would cut 750 jobs worldwide. Time Warner Cable committed to purchase 625,000 Explorer digital set-top boxes, including a deal involving 100,000 Explorer 8000 units the two announced earlier this year.


Industry weighs in on quarterly results

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

Broadcom Corp. reported a net loss of 1.6 billion, or $6.36 a share, on net revenue of $213.6 million in its third quarter. The company's net loss was $14.1 million, or 6 cents a share, on net revenue of $319.2 million a year ago. The losses don't include one-time restructuring charges of $16 million and other costs of streamlining operations, it says.

Judge sides with Charter over DSL ad spat

October 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

An Eastern District of Missouri court judge granted a preliminary injunction late Tuesday that requires SBC Communications to pull digital-subscriber-line advertising in St. Louis, Mo. The ruling comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed by Charter Communications Inc. on Aug. 28, claiming the basic premise of the newspaper ads, TV and radio spots and SBC's comments on its own Web site were misleadin...

WOW launches voice over broadband in Denver

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

WideOpenWest went out on a limb and launched a voice service over broadband via a joint deal with Gemini Voice Solutions. The long-distance broadband telephone service, WideOpenTelephone, will deploy with WOW's rollout of broadband Internet and digital cable TV service to Denver metro markets. "We don't view it that way," says WOW spokesman Mike Steinkirchner of the risky technology.

EarthLink launches on two TWC systems; to buy Cidco

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

EarthLink Inc. has launched on two more Time Warner Cable systems and announced its intent to acquire Cidco Inc., a supplier of Internet products and services, for $5 million. EarthLink's launch in TWC's Western Ohio unit will take its services to TWC's 420,000 customers in the area. A similar launch in Albany, N.

AOLTW weighs in on Q3, sees$996 M net loss

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

Time Warner Cable third-quarter revenue grew 17 percent, and subscription revenue jumped 15 percent, but its parent reported a $996 million net loss, the company says. The company's cable unit reached $1.8 billion in actual revenue during the last three months, compared with pro forma results of $1.5 billion for the same period a year ago.

Comcast/Excite strike deal, Comcast upgrades Pa. system

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

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. and ExciteAtHome agreed to let Comcast continue deploying Internet service to new customers via Excite. Comcast also finished its Harrisburg and Hershey, Pa., fiber optic upgrades, and named a new director of government affairs. Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer would not comment on the Excite agreement or how it came about.


Studies: OS market up, U.S. data subs at 41% by 2006

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

• Despite a short-term decrease in its spending rate, the telecom OSS service assurance software market will reach $3 billion in 2001, and $5.3 billion in 2004, a study says. According to Telecom OS: Service Assurance Forecast from RHK, fault and service management has one-third of the revenue for that market, but the fastest-growing segment is service control and security.


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