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

RealNetworks takes an open-source approach

July 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

RealNetworks has attempted to take another jab at its biggest competitor, software giant Microsoft Corp., with the introduction on a digital media software that supports various file formats for audio and video, including Microsoft's Windows Media technology and Apple's QuickTime. The open-source software, dubbed Helix, is designed to enable a company to use a single server to stream content no...

Best Buy, Boeing tap Nortel

July 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Retailer Best Buy is turning to Nortel Networks to establish a voice-over-IP network at its Richfield, Minn.-based corporate headquarters, while Boeing has turned to Nortel to build a nationwide optical network. Best Buy's VoIP network will be based on Nortel's Succession Enterprise solution and will feature a Meridian IP-enabled PBX.

IP Unity boosts telephony plans with EmpowerTel merger

July 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

IP Unity said it will acquire silicon vendor EmpowerTel Networks as part of a plan to serve operators that offer voice over traditional TDM (Time Division Multiplex) networks but also have plans to offer next-generation Internet protocol-based telephony services. Financial terms were not disclosed. Though IP Unity's plan of attack involved the VoIP market, the addition of EmpowerTel's technolog...

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Phonex serves up plug-and-play home networking

July 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Phonex Broadband continues its surge into the powerline home networking marketplace with the introduction of its HomePlug 1.0-compliant device. The NeverWire 14 QX-201 device uses power carrier technology to make use of unused bandwidth in standard electrical wiring. The company is marketing the device to business and residential customers with multiple computers.

Comcast plan to feature high-speed downloading

July 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Brenda Rios | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press…07/23/2002 From LexisNexis Small businesses that need faster Internet speeds but can't afford some of the high-priced options such as T1 lines, which can cost upwards of $1,000 a month, have a new choice.

FTC: Nix to Malone

July 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Pamela mcclintock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…07/23/2002 From LexisNexis WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has nixed a request by Liberty Media topper John Malone to up the company's stake in AOL Time Warner and lift restrictions on his shareholder voting rights. In an unanimous vote, the FTC said there was no reason to relax conditions imposed on the 1996 merger of Time W...

WorldCom seeks Chapter 11 protection

July 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As expected, mounds of debt and a misreport of nearly $4 billion in expenses, has plunged WorldCom Inc. into a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The telecom giant's bankruptcy is the largest in U.S. history. In its filing, WorldCom listed $107 billion in assets and $41 billion in debt. The Enron filing, which was the largest in US history for a short spell, pales in comparison, coming in at almost ...

BroadJump unveils unified activation platform

July 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Broadband activation software provider BroadJump has introduced a new software platform to address operator challenges in signing up, activating and delivering service to new broadband customers. Dubbed ControlWorks Activation Edition, the new software "superset" combines many of the features of the company's popular Virtual Truck Qualifier and Installer activation platforms, and layers on new ...

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Level 3 tapped for Xbox Live

July 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Microsoft Corp.'s broadband-enabled gaming console is going online with a little help from Level 3 Communications Inc. Under a newly signed deal, Microsoft named Level 3 as a major provider of network services for its online gaming service, dubbed Xbox Live, in North America and Europe. Level 3 will provide Center Colocation, CrossRoads Internet access and Packet MPLS private network services.

Cox rolls the HDTV dice in Sin City

July 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Answering the FCC's call to commit to digital television, Cox Communications Inc. is rolling out HDTV in its second city, Las Vegas. The service is now available to the more than 600,000 homes Cox passes in Las Vegas. Subscribers are required to fork over $10.15 a month to rent an HDTV digital set-top box and remote control.

Com21 explores its options

July 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In an attempt to boost shareholder value, Com21 Inc. has hired Investec Inc. to evaluate its strategic and business alternatives. The company's shares traded at 33 cents just after noon EDT today. The systems provider for the broadband access market also adopted a new shareholder rights plan designed to deter takeovers.

802.11a chipmaker Bermai lands additional funding

July 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The concept of a national wireless "hotspot" network based on 802.11 (Wi-Fi) technology was back in the news last week, once Intel's ambitious Project Rainbow was leaked to The New York Times. And in a general sense, 802.11 chip and gear makers are today in the process of getting their ducks in a row as well.

Hong Kong telco shutters iTV venture

July 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Wendy Kan | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…07/22/2002 From LexisNexis HONG KONG — Once high-flying telco Pacific Century Cyberworks (PCCW) plans to shut down its four-year-old interactive TV venture, iTV. The company, headed by Richard Li, is awaiting government approval after submitting an application last week to exit the pay TV business and surrender its video-on-demand lice...

Cox inks VOD ad deal with McCann

July 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Is sitting through a sponsored Coke ad worth free video-on-demand? Cox Communications Inc. is teaming with Universal McCann to find out. Cox and Universal McCann, the media planning and buying arm of McCann-Erickson WorldGroup, will work together to explore the benefits of advertising supported VOD. Cox's "FreeZone" offers digital subscribers on-demand access to advertising-supported content su...

Sales dip 37 percent at S-A

July 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A 37 percent dip in sales, a lagging economy and Adelphia Communications Corp.'s bankruptcy filing led to much suffering for Scientific-Atlanta Inc. in the fourth quarter. The company posted sales of $390.1 million, down $229.5 million from the same period a year ago. A Q4 net loss of $15.7 million, or 10 cents a share, was reported.

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