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NCTA calls for Vanguard nominees

January 23, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Know any of the industry's unsung heroes? The National Cable & Telecommunications Association is calling for nominations for its 2002 Vanguard Awards. "Each year, we seek to bestow Vanguard Awards upon individuals who've had a real impact on the success of our business," says NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs, in a statement.

CISCO CMTS gets DOCSIS 1.1; Sigma opens overseas

January 23, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cisco Systems ' uBR7246VXR CMTS landed DOCSIS 1.1 qualification, securing a spot as the first qualified DOCSIS 1.1 Layer 3 CMTS in the industry, it says. The CMTS allows delivery of IP services over cable systems. Cisco also says its uBR10012 CMTS received DOCSIS 1.0 and Euro-DOCSIS 1.0 qualification, and its uBR925 cable access router landed DOCSIS 1.

Teligent to revamp according to plan … sort of(2)

January 23, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

What a break — Teligent's proposed new look closely matches the restructuring plan outlined in August, with one difference. The former plan called for the bankrupt company's investors to raise money to revamp it, but this one will use "collateral proceeds" from asset sales. Teligent announced today it would start over as a privately held company owned by its senior lenders, with a new nam...


MOT sees $3.9B loss, blames cableco slowdown

January 22, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It was the cable operators' cautious spending again. Motorola's Broadband Communications Segment saw sales, orders and earnings fall in fourth-quarter, nudged by tight-fisted cable operators. For its part, parent Motorola Inc. reported a 2001 $3.9 billion net loss on $30 billion in sales, although it cut its net debt in half.

ExciteAtHome cablecos tap CoreOS

January 22, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Core Networks struck deals with two cablecos trying to take control of their own networks before ExciteAtHome's shut-down deadline. Antietam Cable will use the CoreOS Broadband Provisioning and Management System to deliver and manage high-speed Internet services. The company serves the Washington County, Md.


Tellabs sees $80M Q4 loss, cash flow holds steady

January 22, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Tellabs lost $80 million on fourth-quarter sales of $470 million, but the company maintained a positive operating cash flow throughout the year, it says. The company also saw a $182 million loss on $2.2 billion in sales in 2001. Fourth-quarter sales fell to $470 million from the $1.2 billion it recorded a year ago, and Tellabs reports an $80 million loss, or 20 cents a share, compared with a $2...

Vivendi/EchoStar close $1.5 B deal; REMEC buys Spike

January 22, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Vivendi Universal closed its previously announced $1.5 billion investment in EchoStar Communications Corp., proceeds of which will help fund EchoStar's proposed merger with Hughes Electronics Corp. The funds are part of a programming and middleware deal the two announced in mid-December, under which Vivendi would supply EchoStar with iTV content and Canal+ Technologies middleware, and invest th...

Next Level trims 120 more jobs in streamlining effort

January 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cutting 120 jobs will cut future cash expenses by about $2.5 million a quarter, Next Level Communications Inc. said today. The company announced the layoffs and lowered its Q4 guidance, citing slower-than-expected customer deployments. The layoffs reduce the broadband access platform provider's workforce by one-third, it says, and are part of an ongoing effort to cut overhead costs.


nCUBE/OpenTV mix VOD; Alcatel buys into U.S. SONET market

January 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

nCUBE Corp. will integrate its n4 streaming media appliance, nABLE Interactive Management Platform, with OpenTV's EN2 middleware platform. The VOD result will allow viewers to watch selected movies with real-time VCR features, such as pause, rewind and fast-forward, the two say. … Alcatel will acquire Massachusetts-based Astral Point Communications for $135.

Flash: Industry up, down, flat, depending on sector

January 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The ever-present uncertainty is what keeps you in the industry and you know it. According to a rash of recently released studies, parts of the industry are up, down and flat. • Zero growth in the IP backbone market will prompt backbone providers to focus on key decision criteria used by their ISP customers when choosing backbone vendors, says Watching the Bandwidth Flow — The 2001 I...

Thomson puts Brazil unit to work with ATT deal

January 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cashing in on new capacity from its Brazilian plant, the next two years will see Thomson Multimedia churning out up to 1 million RCA-branded high-speed digital cable modems for AT&T Broadband. Thomson opened the Manaus, Brazil, plant in October to help produce the RCA line. The plant had a 250,000 annual capacity, the company said then, that could ramp up to 500,000 as demand goes up.

Equal-access tangle looms in Texas

January 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Telecom says it only wanted to wire customers in a Houston office building and obtain it for the same fees as the incumbent provider was paying. But a complaint it filed launched a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of Texas' access laws and rules. Under a 1995 Texas law that opened Texas' local phone markets to competition, tenants could choose their own provider for phone s...

Comcast settles union spat, more to come

January 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Cable Corp. resolved parts of a dispute with the Communications Workers of America Local 4107 and the National Labor Relations Board that accused the cableco of unfair labor practices. More is pending, CAW says. According to CWA Local 4107 President Jan Rich, Comcast was accused of a convoluted list of actions, including bypassing the union and dealing directly with employees, coercion ...

S-A launches new modem to 'solid' Q2 results

January 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

No dust gathering here — Scientific-Atlanta unveiled an addition to its WebSTAR cable modem line, weighed in on a solid second quarter and landed a new member in its CreativeEdge Developer Program. S-A says its DOCSIS 1.0- and 1.1-certified WebSTAR DPX 100 cable modem is ready to fly, and includes a faster microprocessor than previous models.

OpenTV HITS jackpot in long-delayed deal

January 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Nearly six months after it announced talks were underway, OpenTV closed its deal with AT&T's Headend In The Sky to use HITS' satellite transponders to deliver virtual interactive channels. The announcement wasn't unexpected: OpenTV CEO Jim Ackerman said in July the company was talking to HITS "with the intention to deploy games, information-on-demand and commerce services.


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