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

ADC merges broadband units; reorganizes

April 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ADC has merged its Broadband Connectivity, and Broadband Access and Transport groups into a single entity it calls Broadband Infrastructure and Access, or BIA. The move is part of a swath cut by incoming Chair and CEO Rick Roscitt who has reorganized the Minneapolis company by rearranging its operations.

Nortel gets China contract; won't bankroll clients

April 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Nortel Networks just picked up $8 million in contracts to provide broadband access and multiservice networks for North China Power Group and regional power companies in the Hubei, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan and Heilongjiang provinces. The announcement comes as Nortel stated it won't extend credit to European telecoms to get contracts.

CEA to FCC: Don't outlaw analog TVs

April 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association jumped in during an FCC comment period, urging the FCC to focus on digital quality and old technology in talks on how to up public acceptance of digital TV. The FCC is reviewing the digital TV transition and whether analog or digital should be incorporated into TV sets, and at what level.

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Liberate/Concurrent team on VOD

April 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate Technologies has combined its ITV software with Concurrent Computer Corp.'s VOD technology, the company reports. The agreement is part of Liberate's PopTV program, that lists Concurrent as a preferred infrastructure provider. The deal, completed this month, combines Liberate's TV Platform software and Concurrent's MediaHawk Broadband VOD system.

ISurf offers NCTC ITV Guide

April 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ISurfTV made a deal with National Cable Television Cooperative to develop and market a turnkey interactive program guide. The deal takes iSurfTV's SurfGuide technology to NCTC's 1,300-member group, representing more than 13 million cable subscribers, iSurfTV reports. ISurfTV will create a standardized IPG template that can be customized for each member MSO, letting the membership quickly deploy...

LSI Logic to shut down Colorado plant

April 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Consider the third-shift workers at LSI Logic's Colorado Springs location. Because of full-disclosure rules at the SEC, the shift found out on the news their plant was closing — before they heard from the company at 6 a.m. today. Other shifts found out yesterday. LSI is shutting the plant down, effective in August, citing an adverse economic climate and a "widespread inventory correction,...

SDSC: Alcatel modem has security flaws

April 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

San Diego Supercomputer Center researchers say they've found security flaws in Alcatel's Seed Touch ADSL modem. In an alert, researchers, part of a University of California at San Diego division, note the modem actually is an ADSL-Ethernet router/bridge and the flaws "allow intruders to take complete control of the device, including changing its configuration, uploading new firmware, and disrup...

Motorola reports Q1 loss, predicts more

April 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc. reported a $206 million loss, or 9 cents a share (excluding special charges), in its first quarter and expects to incur a loss in the second quarter, the company reports. Its operating loss for the quarter is Motorola's first in 15 years. Second-quarter losses may be a few cents higher than the 9-cents-a-share loss, the company says.

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… And Quarry picks up another $38 mil

April 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

IP services equipment provider Quarry Technologies Inc. also landed a sizeable chunk of cash with a Series C round of $38 million. The sum brings its total venture financing to $66.5 million in two years, the company reports. The funds will go to product development, marketing and sales, and additional staff.

CityNet lands $275 M for last-mile fiber

April 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about understatement: "We're very pleased," a CityNet Telecommunications Inc.'s spokesman told CEDaily about the company's $275 million financing. The last-mile, fiber-optic provider credits the sum partly to its unusual method of laying the cable. The 2-year-old company's technology entails laying fiber optic cable through sewer systems, which, CFO, Senior VP, and co-founder Debra Hoopes ...

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… And Quarry picks up another $38 mil(2)

April 10, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

IP services equipment provider Quarry Technologies Inc. also landed a sizeable chunk of cash with a Series C round of $38 million. The sum brings its total venture financing to $66.5 million in two years, the company reports. The funds will go to product development, marketing and sales, and additional staff.

Nortel taps two new deals, ups stake in old one

April 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Nortel Networks Corp. has hit the pavement with some new networking. Of the people sort. The cable equipment maker has partnered on projects with Agilent Technologies and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and it changed its deal with Antec Corp. Nortel and Agilent plan to partner on a product that will make managing optical networks a little easier and more cost-effective, the two report.

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Nokia lands $143.5 M Orange contract

April 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Finnish telecom company Nokia Corp. just signed a $143.5 million, three-year deal with Orange SA to supply its unit, Orange Communications SA, with a 3G network for its mobile Internet services. Nokia is sole supplier. Nokia will supply its 3G mobility core network, including packet- and circuit-switched elements and WCDMA Radio Access Network.

RealNetworks talks streaming media deals

April 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

RealNetworks Inc. has picked up partners for a couple of key projects. The multimedia software maker teamed with nCUBE in a deal that lets nCUBE's n4 broadband streaming media solutions support RealVideo 8 and RealAudio 8. The deal targets DSL, cable modem network and broadband providers, and lets broadband providers simultaneously deliver streaming media to thousands of customers on a single n...

Filling the NorthPoint gap

April 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an ideal world, it wouldn't take even a few days to get your DSL up and running, especially when the building's other tenants already have it. But several providers are touting their services, and offering relief to stranded Northpoint ex-customers, getting them connected in as few as three days. They say.

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