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TollBridge to deploy two global gateways

May 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TollBridge Technologies will deploy two VoIP gateways, the TB300 and TB200, to support global standards across all major access media, the company reports. The new ETSI V5.2 solution has been successfully tested and deployed using the PacketCable Network-based Call Signaling specification, the ATM Forum LANE implementation and the ADSL Forum Broadband Loop Emulation Service (BLES) for access to...

IDT ups its interest in Teligent and ICG

May 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

IDT Corp. will up its investment in both Teligent Inc. and ICG Communications. Under an agreement with IDT's subsidiary IDT Investments Inc., affiliates of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. will receive shares of IDT Investments' Series B Convertible Preferred Stock in exchange for the affiliates' stakes in Teligent and ICG.

Lucent combines units, replaces CFO

May 6, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Out with the old, it appears. Lucent Technologies' CFO Deborah Hopkins will pursue other opportunities and will be replaced by Frank D'Amelio. The company also combined its Switching Solutions and InterNetworking Systems Group units and assigned Janet Davidson to head it. D'Amelio was group president of the Switching Solutions Group and once was DFO of Lucent's Network Systems business, Lucent ...

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Wind River sees slowdown, cuts jobs and pay

May 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Wind River Systems yesterday announced a "significant slowdown" in near-term customer spending, and new cost-control measures, including job cuts, executive pay cuts, and a week-long shutdown during July in its North American offices. "We are seeing customers postpone investments for new projects, which brings down their short-term spending in research and development," says President and CEO T...

CableLabs launches CableB2B program

May 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs has launched its CableB2B program, designed to create specifications for automation of everyday business communications between cable system operators and Internet content providers. The specifications will cover parts of the business interface between cable operators and providers of services deliverable over the cable plant, through cable modems, advanced set-top boxes and other tec...

Defunct PathStar object of Lucent case

May 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Three men charged yesterday with conspiring to steal source code and software from Lucent Technologies allegedly wanted to build their own version of Lucent's PathStar Access Server. According to excerpts from the complaint, filed in a U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., the PathStar, which Lucent discontinued in February, is a system that lets ISPs provide voice and data over IP packet networks.

New bill to battle Tauzin-Dingell

May 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

U.S. representatives Chris Cannon (R-Utah) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) lobbed a return volley yesterday to Tauzin-Dingell bill proponents, with the introduction of two bills of their own. The Cannon-Conyers Package would block the Bells from entering the long-distance data market and would increase penalties for the Bells' failure to open their networks to competition.

Charter shows Q1 results, eyes cable exchange

May 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Despite a $280.7 million net loss in first quarter 2001, Charter Communications Inc. saw revenue and cash flow increase, it reported yesterday. The broadband communications company also reiterated its annual and second-quarter 2001 guidance, and noted a cable systems agreement with AT&T. Charter's reported net losses of $1.

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Lucent scientists charged with stealing secrets

May 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Two scientists from Lucent Technologies were arrested and charged today with conspiring to steal proprietary source code and software from Lucent. Lucent employees Hai Lin and Kai Xu were arrested at their homes by the FBI. Also arrested was Yong-Qing Cheng, a naturalized Chinese-American and vice president of Village Networks, an optical networking vendor in Eatontown, N.

TI tech ups upstream capacity by 50 percent

May 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. launched an advanced TDMA technology that enables a 50-percent increase in upstream cable plant capacity, TI reports. Two chips — a dual-channel receiver at the headend and a "newly certified device" at the customer location — combined with the company's increased capacity ingress cancellation technology, allow three times the upstream bandwidth per channel.

NCTA: So you say you want an evolution …

May 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

What's in a name? Try $45 billion in industry overhauls in three years. National Cable Television Association completed its name change to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, as announced in February. The change reflects cable's transformation from a one-way video provider to a medium for two-way services, such as digital video, high-speed Internet, cable telephony and ITV,...

NCTA: So you say you want an evolution …(2)

May 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

What's in a name? Try $45 billion in industry overhauls in three years. National Cable Television Association completed its name change to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, as announced in February. The change reflects cable's transformation from a one-way video provider to a medium for two-way services, such as digital video, high-speed Internet, cable telephony and ITV,...

Williams revises Teleglobe pact; reports losses

May 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Williams Communications revised its December 1999 agreement with Teleglobe, the company reports. The move comes after the newly independent Williams announced its first-quarter losses earlier this week. Under the new agreement, Williams will provide Teleglobe broadband transport services, including OC-48 Optical Wave Service, along two routes from New York to Santa Clara, Calif.

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Motorola/Astrolink team on two-way satellite

May 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications sector and Astrolink International LLC will jointly provide a two-way data communications service over satellite modems. Under the agreement, Motorola will supply business customer-premises terminals for transmitting and receiving broadband data signals from Astrolink's satellite telecom system, the two report.

Group IV issues telecom valuation primer

May 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Maybe you don't want to know. Group IV Inc. released its latest report, The Telecom Service Provider: How Much Is It Worth? The 150-page report details how to value a telecom company, including differing industry segments and provider types. Topics include how to assess value of a customer base, when to sell, what allows a company to exceed normal buyout values, "Word on the Street" valuation t...

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