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

Siemens deals again for 3G

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

When it comes to the success of 3G, interoperability may be the name of the game. Rivals Siemens and Nokia are teaming to ensure that the companies' future smart phones can seemlessly communicate with one another. Siemens will license Nokia's Series 60 software platform and implement the software in Symbian OS-based smart phones.

EchoStar expands PVR features

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Get more bang for your buck. EchoStar Communications Corp. is beefing up the capabilities of its DishPVR 501 satellite TV receiver to include caller ID and a search function. The search function enables subscribers to search by keyword to locate a program. The search can be based on an event's title, an actor's name or a specific word in the title.

Adelphia to miss payments, confirms grand jury probes

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following the resignations this week of two key company executives, Adelphia Communications Corp. on Friday said it and some of its subsidiaries will miss more than $43 million in interest and dividend payments, and that two grand juries are slated to probe the MSO's finances. Specifically, the MSO said it missed a $23.

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PowerNet acquires Aleron

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Looking to expand its high-speed Internet, data and integrated service portfolio, PowerNet Global Communications is snatching up almost all of Aleron's assets. PowerNet intends to operate the assets as a separate unit, dubbed Aleron Broadband Services LLC. The unit, which will conduct business out of Aleron's Herndon, Va.

Study: Cable telephony exceeding expectations

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although the IP cable telephony sector has yet to muster more than a few field trials, the deployment of traditional circuit-switched voice services over cable networks exceeded expectations in 2001 and is expected to continue that momentum through the end of this year, predicts a new study from Allied Business Intelligence.

Nortel inks more wireless deals

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Telecom equipment maker Nortel Networks continues to push forward in the wireless sector. The latest: Nortel has two contracts, one in the United States, and one in China. Over a five year period, Nortel will supply its CDMA2000 1X radio and packet core switching equipment to 3,500 base stations and related switching infrastructure to U.

CTAM study looks at payment

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

New research from the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) reveals that cable customers haven't changed much in terms of the way they pay for their monthly service. The most popular way to pay is still by mailing checks or money orders; CTAM pegs the number at 73 percent. That number hasn't changed much over the past few years — CTAM measured it at 77 percent in...

Alcatel ships more gear

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Alcatel continues to push forward in the DSL equipment market, the telco gear maker has shipped 740,000 remote combo ports on its Litespan next-generation digital loop carrier platform in the North American market. Each remote port provides integrated DSL and voice service. The ports enable carriers to turn-up DSL service for customers without a truck roll, Alcatel says.

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DSL adds down

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The DSL vs. cable modem race is in full swing, but reported numbers for new DSL subscriber adds from the major U.S. providers reflects slower growth as compared to the first quarter of last year. Verizon Communications recently reported that its sub numbers were up to 1.35 million, and that 55 percent of their 61.

CED Broadband Direct news briefs:

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

• Black Box unveils new router Black Box has introduced the Broadband Router. The router, which is compatible with Ethernet and Fast Ethernet networks, enables four or more desktop or laptop computers to share a single Internet connection. • ISG hits milestone, eyes larger markets ISG Broadband Inc.

WINfirst … Who wants it?

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

For sale … an extensive, yet only partially completed rich fiber network in the city of Sacramento. Buyer beware, though, as city residents have expressed a certain level of disdain for former owner. The bankruptcy saga of competitive overbuilder WINfirst continues, and potential buyers for the WIN fiber network are going public.

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McLeodUSA lightens its asset load

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Less than a month after emerging from bankruptcy proceeding McLeodUSA Inc. continues to eye profitability. To get one step closer to its goal, the CLEC is selling some non-core assets to PrairieWave Communications Inc. The $88 million deal calls for McLeodUSA to sell its non-core ILEC operations in South Dakota, certain overbuild CLEC and cable television operations in South Dakota, southwester...

XO offers new reorganization plan

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jonathan Berke | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…05/16/2002 From LexisNexis Though Theodore Forstmann and Carl Icahn have made initial plays for control of beleaguered XO Communications Inc., the company's senior bankers could end up playing a significant role in the company's reorganization. In its quarterly report filed earlier this week, the Reston, Va.

Small ops can go digital, too

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

For the vast number of small-scale operators out there, the road to digital is too cost-prohibitive. Many of these operators are channel-locked, and to add digital means shelling out shrinking capital for costly headend upgrades. But a new programming delivery and back office support system just announced from WSNet aims to help this cost-constrained set of operators get there without going ban...

Paradyne snatches up Jetstream assets

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The voice-over-DSL equipment market is expected to generate $646 million in revenue by 2004, according to RHK Consulting. And, Paradyne Networks is looking to snatch up a big piece of that pie with the acquisition of Jetstream's assets and intellectual property. On Friday, April 12, Jetstream ceased operations, saying the financial climate in the telecommunications industry forced the shutdown.

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