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TyCom ahead of schedule

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

TyCom 's transatlantic portion of the TyCom Global Network (TGN), scheduled to be placed in service in July 2001, will reach increased capacity sooner than expected and able to meet demand for larger bandwidth increments, including wavelengths. The upgrade to 560 gigabits per second, which will double initial capacity, will be in place by the first half of 2002, approximately one year ahead of ...

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COAX and Integra5 team up

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Headend and networking products manufacturer Coax and Integra5, a developer of unified messaging, are blending their technologies to develop UniTVO, a broadband messaging application using Coax's programmable headend architecture. "Our MISTICO headend router and Integra5's UniTVO content-aware gateway will operate with a variety of existing set-top boxes and will require no additional customer ...

Tit for tat…not

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Qwest has given up trying to talk its way onto AT&T Broadband 's network and now intends to force its way in, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Working through public utilities commissions and possibly the FCC, the broadband networks provider will try to stake what it believes is a legal claim on AT&T's network.

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Liberty on the move

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A busy week for Liberty Media has culminated in some big deals and the reality of a spinoff. The company is purchasing a majority stake, 55 percent, in six regional cable TV companies owned by German telecom group Deutsche Telekom. By inking this deal, Liberty will gain access to approximately 10 million households in a dozen German states.

Tit for tat…not(2)

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Qwest has given up trying to talk its way onto AT&T Broadband 's network and now intends to force its way in, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Working through public utilities commissions and possibly the FCC, the broadband networks provider will try to stake what it believes is a legal claim on AT&T's network.

Talk to me

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The visually impaired may no longer be cut off from the new world of interactive TV. AOL and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) are launching a research partnership to make interactive TV more available to the visually impaired. The project will initially focus on the next generation of set-top boxes, specifically making the electronic progr...

Siemens makes Efficient play

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

In a direct effort to strengthen its DSL presence, German company Siemens has offered approximately $1.5 billion in cash for Dallas-based Efficient Networks. Efficient Networks' product line includes DSL modems, routers, integrated access devices, supporting voice and data services and management systems and software.

Liberate teams with DemandVideo

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

DemandVideo has signed up to use Liberate's TV Platform Compact software to deliver VOD to its subscribers. The combination of DemandVideo's VOD services with Liberate's software creates a package service providers can use to deliver a comprehensive VOD offering, including content acquisition, encoding, management and co-branded marketing programs for affiliates.

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Beyond VCRs to home networking

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A new Cahners In-Stat report shows Americans have moved way beyond the relatively simple problems of programming their VCRs and are now into creating their own home networks. The survey of 1,000 households finds that the networked home is more likely to have always-on access, and the household probably owns other tech gadgets like video game consoles, CD ROM recorders and have digital satellite...

Wink gets ad nod

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Wink interactive television technology is bringing forth some good results for advertisers. In categories like auto, financial and pharmaceutical, Wink advertising partners' campaigns report that between 30 and 50 percent of viewers requested more information or new account kits for the products. The company's end-to-end i-TV system lets advertisers create targeted communication with viewers.

TWE has its day in court

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Remember the adage, "give 'em an inch…?" Time Warner Entertainment has certainly fought hard for its mile. The media giant argued this week that it should be able to serve many more customers than the 1992 Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act allows. But the Supreme Court disagreed, reports the Associated Press.

Teligent wraps it up

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Teligent has begun offering its "Integrated Access" service, which lets businesses pay one flat rate for many broadband digital and analog communications services, including voice, fax and high-speed Internet access. The service uses Teligent's SmartWave network to group the digital voice communications channels and analog business lines with high-speed dedicated Internet access over the same l...

As the company turns…into

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lucent became Avaya, which will now become Celestica. Aside from the highly esoteric names, what's going on here? Avaya employees, who were recently spun off of Lucent Technologies, will soon be sporting Celestica company shirts and mugs. The Canadian company signed an agreement to acquire Avaya's telecom equipment manufacturing facilities in Colorado and Little Rock, Ark.

As the company turns…into(2)

February 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lucent became Avaya, which will now become Celestica. Aside from the highly esoteric names, what's going on here? Avaya employees, who were recently spun off of Lucent Technologies, will soon be sporting Celestica company shirts and mugs. The Canadian company signed an agreement to acquire Avaya's telecom equipment manufacturing facilities in Colorado and Little Rock, Ark.

Cox turning on its broadband customers

February 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cox and Emperative are teaming up to bring broadband communications to Cox subscribers faster. Emperative's ProvEn subscriber activation software will be used as the cornerstone for automatically activating cable modem subscribers. Besides activation, the technology will manage many provisioning events between cable modems, cable modem termination systems, operational support systems, end-user ...

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