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Nokia lands broadband equipment supply contract

July 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Mobile operator Sonera is about ready to roll with its advanced service offering in Finland and is turning to Nokia for some broadband-access equipment. Although financial terms of the deal were not released, Sonera plans to purchase the Nokia D500 multiservice access platform to enable the delivery of its consumer broadband service packages.

HSA loses delisting battle

July 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

High Speed Access Corp. failed at its attempt keep its common stock trading on the NASDAQ National Market. Its stock was delisted today. HSA was put on notice by the NASDAQ National Market in May. In the notice, NASDAQ said HSA had not owned or managed any revenue-generating business since Feb. 28, when HSA closed the sale of substantially of its assets to Charter Communications for about $81.

Com21 the latest to break the DOCSIS 1.1 barrier

July 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After further review, CableLabs has awarded DOCSIS 1.1-certification to Com21 Inc.'s DOXport 1110XB cable modem. CableLabs initially reported results from certification wave 22 on June 20. Cable's Louisville, Colo.-based R&D house regularly has given certification and qualification nods to equipment weeks after the end of testing waves.


FCC to ensure service for WorldCom customers

July 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Vikas Bajaj, Jim Landers | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service The Dallas Morning News…07/10/2002 From LexisNexis The nation's communications regulators are taking pains to ensure that service to WorldCom Inc.'s more than 20 million customers will not suffer even if the telecommunications company declares bankruptcy.

PacketVideo, NMS team for two-way wireless video

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

According to research firm Ovum, the global multimedia messaging market is slated to bring in $1.8 billion this year, and PacketVideo and NMS Communications want their piece of the action. The companies have formed a partnership to develop two-way wireless video communications systems. The systems will combine PacketVideo's software with NMS' hardware and software.

Zhone acquires Vpacket

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Last-mile technology developer Zhone Technologies Inc. is snatching up another company. The latest: Zhone has made a deal for Vpacket Communications. Zhone, a provider of voice, data, video and content services, pursued Vpacket to beef up its offering in the IP routing and line-side high-speed Ethernet interfaces sector.

Gemstar loses another battle

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

More wind was let out of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.'s sails last week, when a U.S. Court ruled against the interactive programming guide developer in its suit against EchoStar Communications Corp. Gemstar filed the suit as a third-party defendant in March of last year, claiming that EchoStar infringed on SuperGuide's patents — SuperGuide licensed a patent to Gemstar.

2002 tough on telecoms

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 Sun Media Corporation The Ottawa Sun…07/09/2002 From LexisNexis Last year may have been bad for job losses in the U.S. telecommunications industry, but this year is shaping up worse, according to a new study. The 165,840 job cuts announced in the U.S. telecom sector through June of this year are 27 percent higher than the 130,422 announced in the first half of 2001.

Advertisement launches service in two TWC markets

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments has launched its high-speed Internet access over Time Warner Cable systems in Central Ohio and Minneapolis.'s service enables customers to access the Net at speeds up to 2 Mbps downstream and 384 Kbps upstream. The service includes free installation, free firewall software, 10 e-mail accounts with 10 MB of personal Web space per account, Webmail access, anti-sp...

Ex-WorldCom Boss takes the fifth; Refuses to answer any questions in $4B scandal

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by AP | Comments

Copyright 2002 Sun Media Corporation The Toronto Sun…07/09/2002 From LexisNexis Invoking his Fifth Amendment constitutional right against self-incrimination, WorldCom 's former chief executive refused to answer questions yesterday from a U.S. congressional panel investigating nearly $4 billion U.

TVN joins Charter's VOD roster

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After signing two video-on-demand server deals in the wake of Diva Systems' bankruptcy, Charter Communications Inc. said it will answer the content side of the VOD equation via a deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. Under terms of the deal, TVN will encode on-demand content for the MSO from its Digital Network Operations Center and transport VOD titles and subscription-VOD content via TVN's Secure... to build out int'l biz with Philips Broadband buy

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Veteran broadband equipment and service supplier announced Monday that it will widen its international scope by about threefold via a $78 million deal to snap-up Philips Broadband Networks (PBN). The deal, expected to close by the second half of this year, will add about $100 million in annual accretive revenue, C-Cor.

WorldCom execs on the hot seat; House probes telecom's finances

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Marilyn Geewas | Comments

Copyright 2002 P.G. Publishing Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…07/08/2002 From LexisNexis The scene seems all too familiar now: tense former executives sitting stiffly side-by-side, waiting for congressmen to hurl harsh words and photographers to snap pictures as they testify. But even after dozens of hearings into financial scandals this year, today's testimony before the House Financial Ser...

Comcast tabs WorldGate in Alabama

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. is looking to beef up its digital cable portfolio in Alabama, and is turning to WorldGate Communications Inc. to make it happen. The MSO will deploy WorldGate's interactive television service to its customers in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, Ala. The service, which will be marketed as part of Comcast Digital Cable, offers subscribers a variety of content, includin...

The Eagle soars at General Dynamics

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than two months after introducing its Media Pro advanced set-top box, Eagle Broadband Inc. has lassoed its first customer: General Dynamics Interactive. Eagle unveiled the set-top in May. The box, which is Eagle's smallest and affordable model to date, offers access to the Internet at high-speed, e-mail correspondence and an MPEG-2 hardware decoder.



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