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

S-A launches ITV amplifier for European cable systems

July 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. released its Compact Dual C amplifier, intended to help cable operators in Central Europe upgrade existing networks for ITV. It targets cable operators who want to make network upgrades from 450 MHz to 862 MHz, the company says. The amplifier allows reuse of existing networks since it doesn't require replacing taps and splitters, it says.

CEDaily Direct News Briefs

July 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Winstar gets final DIP OK; starts employee retention program A bankruptcy court gave final approval to increase availability of Winstar Communications Inc.'s DIP financing to $225 million, the company says. About $175 million is "syndicated" to Winstar's bank group. That and other funding from several of its telecom services providers means Winstar will have the liquidity it needs to finance op...

NTL/Telewest co-market U.K. broadband

July 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NTL Inc. and Telewest will co-market broadband services throughout Britain. As two key cable companies in the country, they aim to accelerate broadband Internet acceptance in the U.K. and Ireland, they say. The two say broadband cable is available in 9 million homes, covering 37 percent of the two countries.

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Consortium forms FTTH Council

July 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

An industry consortium that includes Alcatel, Corning Inc. and Optical Solutions have formed the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, it was announced today. The aim is to educate, and promote and accelerate deployment of the technology in North America, the council says. Members come from such industries as telecom, computing, networking, system integration and content-provision.

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C-COR.net acquires ADC broadband assets for $32 M

July 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

C-COR.net made its second acquisition in five days when it purchased the assets of ADC's Broadband Communications Division for $32 million in cash. The assets include ADC's Optiworx line of transport products for hybrid fiber/coax and the DV 6000/6400 line of uncompressed digital video products. C-COR.

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Corning court action alleges patent infringement

July 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Corning Inc. says it initiated action against Lannion, France-based HighWave Optical Technologies, alleging patent infringement. The company started the process in a Federal District Court. HighWave issued a statement today that says it learned of the complaint from published press reports and that it can't comment without more details.

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Com21 launches network tool; revises guidance

July 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Com21 launched Network Management and Provisioning System 4.0 for its ComUnity Access System. The software is designed to provision ATM-based cable modems in half the normal time, Com21 says. It also has tools for such network management functions as fault, configuration and performance management. A spokesman could not be reached by CEDaily's deadline.

Alcatel to equip NetCologne network

July 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Alcatel will supply German carrier NetCologne with DSL equipment for broadband access and VoDSL. NetCologne will install nine of Alcatel's 7670 Routing Switch Platforms, which aggregate the DSL traffic over ATM, as well as customer premise equipment from Alcatel's SpeedTouch DSL modems. Under the deal, NetCologne also will use Alcatel's VoDSL gateway on its 7300 Advanced Services Access Multipl...

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AOL Time Warner seeks FTC approval on open-access issue

July 5, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner took a step closer to the open-access requirements of its merger when it petitioned the FTC to approve two more ISPs as nonaffiliated ISPs, the FTC announced yesterday. AOLTW also wants approval of its service agreements with the two companies. In the petition, AOLTW says it's "already prepared to introduce EarthLink Inc.

Marconi lowers guidance, sells medical unit to Philips

July 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

London-based Marconi Plc. will cut another 4,000 jobs and revised its annual guidance, it reported yesterday after requesting a temporary suspension of its trading. The telecom-equipment company also sold its medical systems unit to Royal Philips Electronics for $1.1 billion, causing Moody's Investors Service to put its A3 ratings on review for a possible downgrade.

Zolo adds 16- and 20-channel DWDM modules to line

July 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Zolo Technologies Inc. released its 100 GHz, single-input, 16- and 20-channel DWDM modules, it says. The Zmux 1:16/100 and 1:20/100 multiplexers/demultiplexers are part of a line of DWDM modules that include 32- and 40-channel, 100 GHz ones. The products are designed for metro access, metro core and regional networking applications, Zolo says.

C-COR.net acquires Aerotec for $2.25 M

July 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

C-COR.net will acquire Aerotec Communications Inc. for $2.25 million in cash and merge the company with its subsidiary Worldbridge Broadband Services Inc. The merger should be complete by the end of the month. C-COR.net purchased Worldbridge in February 2000, a C-COR.net spokeswoman says. Merging Aerotec will help C-COR.

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Nortel lands China contract; Moody's lowers ratings

July 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Good news and bad news for Nortel Networks. The company just landed a contract with Jitong Networks Communications to build a national multiservice backbone network. But Moody's Investors Service downgraded the company's long-term securities ratings. The contract, for an undisclosed amount, expands Jitong's existing backbone to 100 cities, with a core hubs capacity of 40 Gbps.

QBeo ITV photo gallery joins Liberate PopTV

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

QBeo Inc. will adapt its ITV photo application to work on Liberate Technologies' TV Platform software. The deal is part of QBeo's joining Liberate's PopTV Program. My Photo Gallery, QBeo's photo channel, lets users store, view, edit and share photos, and order prints and photo merchandise. The deal is QBeo's second in two weeks.

Akara reaps $30 M in second round of funding

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

Akara landed $30 million in a second financing round for its optical service management system. The company will expand operations, customer service and sales, and develop more products and services with the funds. The round was led by Canadian VC firm VenGrowth, but also included help from Corning Inc.

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