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

comMATCH, Vyyo team for IP telephony over fixed wireless systems

June 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

comMATCH and Vyyo Inc. have partnered to enable wireless service providers to complete with wire-line carriers in the IP telephony sector. The telephony over fixed broadband wireless system is based on comMATCH's Duet VoIP gateway designed to interconnect the fixed broadband wireless IP access network to legacy Class 5 telephony switches.

Universal Broadband snatches up UIS

June 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to boost its presence in the voice over IP sector, Universal Broadband Communications has snagged Universal Information Systems for an undisclosed amount. Under the terms, Universal Broadband will acquire UIS's base of roughly 10,000 prepaid customers and the company's switching network — an Excel switch in Los Angeles and a Cisco 5300 router in Tehran, Iran.

Metromedia Fiber likely to unravel

June 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Leon Lazaroff | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…06/04/2002 From LexisNexis Bankrupt Metromedia Fiber Networks Inc. is preparing to begin negotiations this week with its creditors and bank lenders to eliminate more than $ 4.5 billion in debt through the sale of unprofitable parts of its fiber-optics business.

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Nortel eyes $800M through equity sale

June 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by CP | Comments

Copyright 2002 Sun Media Corporation The Ottawa Sun…06/04/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks plans to raise $800 million through the sale of equity, the telecom equipment maker announced yesterday after markets closed. Nortel said it would use the proceeds from the equity offering for general corporate purposes or to invest in its subsidiary companies.

Broadband As James Dean;

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Doug Bartholomew | Comments

This technology without a cause desperately needs one Copyright 2002 Penton/IPC Industry Week…06/01/2002 From LexisNexis If ever there was a technology that was a few light-years before its time, it's broadband. Broadband, in case your eyes glazed over at the mere mention of the word, generally refers to a faster Internet connection.

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3G arrives in Montana

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Montana may be known for its big blue sky, but the state is working to keep up with the latest technology trends with the rollout of 3G high-speed wireless in Missoula. Teewinot Wireless Data has teamed with IPWireless Inc. and Internet Connect Services to launch the high-speed wireless service. The Teewinot wireless data network uses MMDS frequencies and 3G technology developed by IPWireless.

WorldCom sheds some assets

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cypress Communications Inc. has agreed to fork over $32 million for the assets of WorldCom Inc.'s shared tenant telecom services business, dubbed Advanced Building Networks. The purchase, which includes all of Advanced Building Networks customer contacts, in-building networks, associated building rights and employees, is designed to expand Cypress's national footprint from seven to 25 major met...

SBC: Move over AOL, MSN here comes SBC Yahoo! Dial

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Making good on a promise made late last year, SBC Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have launched a co-branded dialup Internet access service. The duo plans to roll out a broadband service later this summer. SBC Yahoo! Dial will give subscribers access to Yahoo! content, including finance, music, online calendaring, e-mail and customized news tracking.

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StarBand will try to battle EchoStar while in Chapter 11

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

StarBand Communications Inc. is battling EchoStar Communications Corp. over alleged practices that EchoStar billed and collected revenue from its customers illegally. The two-way satellite broadband service provider says it will fight until the issue is resolved, but will be doing so under the protective shroud of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

IBM, Inktomi team for business

June 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking beyond e-mail in the business sector, Big Blue and Inktomi Corp. have partnered to provide web-accelerating, streaming and rich media services to enterprises. IBM Corp.'s Digital Media Group is teaming with the software provider to deliver enterprise content delivery network technology to businesses.

Cox checks in with Com21

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications is deploying Com21's DOXport 1110 cable modems across its U.S. Hospitality Network. The DOXport 1110 features DOXdiscovery, an interface tool that enables the cable modem to provide diagnostic information via the local Web browser. Cox's Hospitality Network provides interactive and entertainment services to more than 110,000 hotel rooms.

New trade group aims to boost idle iTV sector

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Interactive Television Alliance made its grand entrance at last month's National Cable show in New Orleans, but now the race is on to cull support from iTV vendors and network operators. Claiming to be independent, the iTV Alliance's goal is to promote interactive television deployment through consumer awareness campaigns and cross-industry research.

Liberty Media Corp. forms new iTV division

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Putting interactive television squarely in its sites, Liberty Media Corp. has formed a new iTV division and has taken control of two leading companies in that sector. Leading the new unit as president and CEO is former Gemstar-TV Guide International executive Peter Boylan. Based in Tulsa, Okla., Liberty Broadband is 90 percent-owned by Liberty Media.

SCTE honors safe systems

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The SCTE is honoring 100 cable systems for their commitment to safety in the workplace. The award is based on a company's OSHA-recordable incident rate. All of the awards were doled out between three of the country's largest MSOs: Charter Communications, Cox Communications and Comcast Cable. For a complete list of the winning systems, visit www.

Next Level raises stakes with ADSL+ platform

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Next Level Communications has launched a new ADSL video platform designed to help telcos compete with cable operators via a bundle of voice, data and advanced video services such as video-on-demand. Dubbed ADSL "plus," the new platform enables telcos to double the reach of existing VDSL (very high speed digital subscriber line) technology to serve more rural customers, Next Level said.

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