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Lightchip adds GHz/flat passband to OWR

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

Lightchip Inc. added 200 GHz spacing and flat passband capabilities to its Versalight optical wavelength router. The diffraction-grating-based product provides 20 200 GHz ITU-spaced channels. The addition allows service providers to route wavelengths where and when they are most needed, the company says.

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Congress may add teeth to FCC enforcement

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

Even as Congress ponders whether to close up certain competitive aspects of the '96 Telecom Act, it is eyeing a bill bent on enforcing some of the same issues. Rep. Billy Tauzin, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, spoke yesterday on HR 1765 (the Upton Bill), which allows increases in certain FCC enforcement penalties for violations of the Communications Act of 1934.

Alcatel to buy Lucent?

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

Will Alcatel SA buy Lucent Technologies Inc. or not? For the second time in a month, talk is thick about Alcatel's interest in buying Lucent — this time for $40 billion, mostly in stock, which is higher than Lucent's $33.5 billion present value, The New York Times reports. "I can't get into a conversation with you on this because we don't comment on these kinds of rumors," Lucent spokeswo...

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OpenTV/ITERU partner on Asia ITV deal

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

OpenTV and ITERU will partner on an ITV and unified messaging combination the two will market to Asia's TV network operators on OpenTV's platform. The network is expected to allow operators to provide services where subscribers can send and receive messages between TVs and such other devices as mobile phones using SMS or WAP, PCs with e-mail and ICQ, or fax.

CableLabs to talk on global specifications

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

CableLabs sent out teasers today on its upcoming initiative to develop an advanced international communications system based on Internet Protocol. "IPCablecom" will permit cable operators to deliver advanced digital packet services, such as high-quality voice communications, games and other interactive applications, on an international scale, CableLabs says.

AOL Time Warner releases annual report

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

AOL Time Warner Inc. reports restructuring costs of nearly $1 billion, including $565 million in workforce reductions and termination benefits. Part of the costs also included $400 million in lease and contract-termination costs, it said in an SEC filing. The company held its first shareholder meeting at 10 a.

Tellabs launches xDSL modems

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

Tellabs just launched a line of xDSL modems to go with its MartisDXX managed multiservice access system. The network management system remotely manages the DSL modem at a company's premises, allowing capacity to be allocated at up to 4.5 megabits per second, Tellabs reports. The system is remotely configured for new services and upgrades, and it's commonly used in private branch exchanges, LAN ...

TV Cabo rolls out ITV-DVR service on MS TV

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

TV Cabo Portugal SA will plans to launch its interactive cable TV service — including DVR — in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 7. The service, powered by Microsoft's TV software, has been through trials and is expected to be commercially available to provide DVR, t-commerce, t-banking, e-mail and high-speed Internet.

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Ciena reports Q2 loss, promotes execs

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

Ciena Corp. reported net income losses of $50.7 million, compared to a profit of $18.4 million a year ago, it says in its second-quarter results, released today. The company also reported current Chair and CEO Patrick Nettles would become executive chairman and present President and COO Gary Smith would become President and CEO, effective immediately.

Comcast cuts deals with Juniper and Cayman

May 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Juniper Group Inc. subsidiary Juniper Internet Communications Inc. signed an Internet installation services agreement with Comcast Cable Communications Inc. The deal is part of Juniper's goal of becoming a major provider of cable and DSL broadband installation services, it reports. Juniper has already begun connecting customers in Bucks County, Pa.

Studies detail broadband use; new markets

May 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Despite their high-tech images, San Francisco and Seattle fell behind the New York City area in broadband usage. A Nielsen/NetRatings report says a good 10 percent of the country's broadband population is in New York City and its surrounding metro area, while San Francisco only mustered up 5.8 percent and Seattle, 3.

360networks cuts back work; revises guidance

May 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

360networks is scaling back construction of its ambitious, 89,000-mile fiber optic network, it reports in its first-quarter results. The company says it is currently reviewing the development of undersea networks in the Asia-Pacific region, and has purchased $150 million of broadband capacity on existing networks in the region.

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Corning speeds short undersea networks

May 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Corning Inc. launched its Vascade L1000 fiber for unrepeated or short-haul submarine networks, Corning says today. A single-mode fiber designed for the rigors of the shorthaul undersea networks and their higher data rates, Corning says the product increases the amount of optical power the fiber can carry without increasing susceptibility to nonlinear effects.

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Liberate/Sun team on Java use

May 14, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate Technologies will use Java across its TV Platform line, under an agreement with Sun. The technology will run on already installed basic digital set-top boxes, and is the same technology used in cell phones, PDAs and pagers, Liberate says. The company initially will target the TV Navigator Compact client for the Motorola DCT-2000 class set-top boxes for compliance with the Java 2 Platfo...

OpenTV lands China ITV bid

May 14, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

OpenTV won the bid to supply Shanghai Cable Network's interactive platform and related services, it announced today. The amount was undisclosed. The cable TV network, China's largest, plans to roll out its interactive services later this year. The project will provide the services to roughly 1 million of SCN's 3.

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