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

Bankruptcy descends on MFN

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

As the economic turmoil in the telecom industry drags on, more and more companies are screaming "Do over" under the protective blanket of Chapter 11. After exhausting all other avenues, Metromedia Fiber Network (http://www.mfn.com) Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors. "We are committed to taking the painful but necessary steps to ensure stability and long-term success fo...

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3Com zeros in on wireless networking for small businesses

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

Every dollar at a small business is a precious commodity, and 3Com Corp. is marketing its OfficeConnect Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway with this in mind. "With the combination of wireless and DSL or cable, small businesses can cut costs by sharing a single broadband connection and avoiding the high cost of laying cable," 3Com's Small Business Division Vice President Kathy Rocha said in a statement.

Broadcom puts new chips on the table

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

As cable operators continue to wrestle with advanced services rollouts, chipmakers are busy back at the lab trying to push the technology envelope. The latest offering from Broadcom Corp. enables iTV functionality and broadband Internet access through a single set-top. The BCM7110 system-on-a-chip system provides a dedicated digital cable TV channel and a DOCSIS 1.

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OpenTV passes 25-million mark

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

In the interactive television race, you have to be in it to win it. A philosophy apparently followed by OpenTV - the iTV company announced today it surpassed 25 million set-top box deployments at the end of March. For the quarter ended March 31, OpenTV reported middleware deployments in excess of 2 million, which marks the sixth consecutive quarter the company has posted gains of more than 2 mi...

Loral Cyberstar to serve Intellicom subs

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Loral CyberStar has inked a deal to provide continued service to former broadband satellite customers of Intellicom, a division of SoftNet Systems (http://www.softnet.com) Inc. that was shut down in April. Loral CyberStar, a division of Loral Space & Communications, said it will provide Internet access to those customers via its WorldCast access service.

ICG goes bust

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Soma Biswas | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…05/21/2002 From LexisNexis ICG Communications Inc., the Englewood, Colo.-based broadband provider, received bankruptcy court approval late Monday, for a reorganization plan that will allow it to emerge from Chapter 11 as a publicly listed company in 18 months.

Fiber optic installed in gas pipeline

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 King Communications Group Energy Daily…05/20/2002 From LexisNexis Calling it a major step toward expanding broadband service, a Sempra Energy subsidiary announced last week it has successfully installed a fiber optic cable conduit for commercial use through a Fort Worth, Texas, natural gas pipeline while it was in operation.

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BSI software maps out network architectures

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Cable operators are being bombarded with choices for billing companies, operational support systems and workforce management software, but Broadband Services Inc. thinks it's carved a new software niche with MapVantage, an intelligent mapping, network asset management and data storage solution. MapVantage is based on Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, but adds a secure, Web-based o...

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General Bandwidth intros new app

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Generating revenue is the name of the game, and General Bandwidth Inc. contends its Converged Service Delivery application will enable the delivery of converged voice and data services to small- and medium-sized businesses over existing infrastructure. The application is fueled by the company's G6 Central Office Platform, which aggregates and grooms voice and data traffic originating from voice...

Luminous bows compact RPR platform

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to penetrate business parks and the multi-tenant unit sector for commercial-class services, Luminous Networks has launched its E-Series PacketWave metro access platform. Based on the evolving Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology, Luminous' new platform is designed to handle Ethernet-based applications while supporting TDM voice and circuit services.

BellSouth cuts staff

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Rather than passing out pink slips to unsuspecting employees, BellSouth Corp. is instituting a voluntary separation plan to pare its work force by as many as 5,000. Citing the economy, company officials say the cuts will affect white-collar and non-management positions. The Communications Workers of America will oversee the non-management reductions.

SkyStream launches carrier-class video router

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Traditionally, technology platforms from SkyStream Networks have enabled satellite video delivery for broadcasters and enterprises, but the company is aiming a new video services router at the service provider and carrier markets. Telcos, especially, are looking to include video service in their voice-data packages, but they'll need to do it while keeping operating and capital costs low over th...

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Qwest, MSN eye nationwide deployment

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Let's make a broadband deal. Qwest Communications International Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are upping the ante in the broadband war by extending their long-standing partnership. Qwest will provide a fiber-optic broadband network for the MSN Broadband Internet access service. Under the terms of the "long-term" contract, MSN will be the first nationwide user of the Qwest Broadband Access Aggregatio...

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Juniper snags IP networking unit

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to rake in more customers and gain some ground on rival Cisco Systems Inc., Juniper Networks Inc. has made a $740 million play for Unisphere Networks Inc. The IP infrastructure company will fork over $375 million in cash and 36.5 million shares to Unisphere parent Siemens. Juniper's stock closed Friday, May 17 at $9.

Napster's savior returns

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Just days after CEO Konrad Hilbers said he was washing his hands of Napster, the one-time ruler of peer-to-peer online music file swapping has closed a merger deal with Bertelsmann. The $8 million deal, which will wipe out most of Napster's debt, brings Hilbers and other key Napster executives back to the company.

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