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WorldCom misreports $3.8 billion

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In the immortal words of Ricky Ricardo, "(WorldCom) you got a lot of 'splainin' to do!" WorldCom Inc. has admitted that it overstated nearly $4 billion in expenses, raising fears that it may be the latest telecom giant to file for bankruptcy. The company says it will restate its financial statements for 2001 and the first quarter 2002 after an internal audit revealed the company had reported $3.

Adelphia takes the bankruptcy leap

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After weeks of speculation, beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp. has finally sought shelter from the economic telecom storm under the protective shroud of a Chapter 11 filing. Adelphia confirmed late Tuesday that it and 200 of its subsidiaries had filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oregon: Here comes broadband wireless

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Last-mile telecom service provider Always On Network targets underserved markets to deploy broadband, and has turned to SOMA Networks to bring high-speed Internet access to Klamath County, Oregon. Using SOMA's Amosphere broadband wireless system, Always On Network will deliver high-speed Internet access to the residents and businesses in the county beginning next month.


Motorola ships 2,000th digital headend system

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has broken out the party hats. The broadband unit recently shipped its 2,000th digital headend system. Charter Communications Inc.'s Ely, Minn.-based cable system received the headend system last month. With this latest shipment, Motorola's digital networks pass more than 75 million television households.

Telchemy, Trinity team for VoIP quality control

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As carriers switch from traditional circuit-switched platforms to packet-based networks, they are experiencing a deluge of new traffic, which poses significant challenges to carriers and equipment manufacturers seeking to deliver a superior Quality of Experience (QoE) to end users. Telchemy Inc. has teamed with Trinity Convergence to enhance the implementation of call quality monitoring and man...

mmO2 prices up 3G mobile subscription

June 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Melanie Reynolds | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gale Group, Inc. ASAP Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information Limited Electronics Weekly…06/26/2002 From LexisNexis Mobile operator mmO2 has published trial prices for its 3G mobile phone service being run on the Isle of Man by subsidiary Manx Telecom. The charges are based on a monthly subscription which includes a data allowance.

TWC, Newhouse rework cable deal

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The deal it is a changin', the Time Warner Cable-Advance/Newhouse Communications deal that is. The companies have agreed to transfer 2.1 million TWC subscribers to A/N's control, and transfer A/N's Road Runner stake to TWC. The companies have been negotiating the restructuring deal for several months now, which stemmed from A/N's desire to resume operating some of the cable systems.

Conexant buys MPEG biz

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In a cash and stock deal, Globespan Virata has sold its MPEG video and audio compression and decompression product business to Conexant Systems Inc. The sale is part of the DSL equipment provider's divestiture strategy. For its part, Conexant will fork over $21 million in cash and 1.25 million shares of common stock.


DivXNetworks, Wellspring team for VOD

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Video compression technology provider DivXNetworks Inc. is moving full speed ahead with plans to deploy its DivX suite of video compression technology. The latest: the company has inked a licensing deal with Wellspring Media Inc. As part of the deal, Wellspring will license the DivX Open Video System to rent downloads of eight full-length films to users of its Web site, www.

Tellium hands out some walking papers

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Optical networking company Tellium Inc. will trim its work force by 200 employees by the end of the month. The compnay blames lagging customer demand and the ongoing deterioration in the telecom sector for the move. Tellium expects to take a one-time restructuring charge of between $7 million and $10 million in the June quarter.

Verizon, Adelphia cable TV sale killed

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Felix Sanchez | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Press-Telegram Press-Telegram…06/25/2002 From LexisNexis Verizon Communications on Monday withdrew a proposal to sell its cable television franchise to Adelphia Communications Corp., citing ongoing financial woes within Adelphia.

WorldCom tumbles after downgrade

June 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…06/25/2002 From LexisNexis From Bloomberg News WorldCom Inc. stock plunged to a 12-year low Monday after Salomon Smith Barney analyst Jack Grubman, once one of the company's biggest Wall Street advocates, recommended investors avoid shares of the second-largest U.

ITC decision delivers blow to Gemstar

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. has been on the warpath for some time now, claiming that its patent is being infringed on. The interactive programming guide developer suffered a setback late Friday, however, when a judge ruled against it. An International Trade Commission judge has ruled that Gemstar competitors did not engage in unfair trade practices with regards to Gemstar's patented IPGs.

Narad, IBM align to offer complete MSO SMB package

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

MSOs are increasingly interested in developing strategies for offering broadband connections to small- and medium-sized businesses that fall into their network footprints. Access technologies are currently being trialed in MSO labs, and a new strategic alliance between platform provider Narad Networks and IBM Corp.

WorldGate, Motorola extend iTV partnership

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Building on its three-year relationship with Motorola Inc., WorldGate Communications Inc. has signed a multi-year deal with Motorola's Horizon Developer Program. As part of this latest deal, Motorola and WorldGate will continue to work together to develop WorldGate's interactive television service on Motorola's advanced digital set-top boxes, including the DCT1000, DCT2000, DCT2500 and the DCT5...


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