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Group outlines MPEG-4 patent license agreements

July 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

MPEG LA has put the finishing touches on the licensing terms for the media delivery standard MPEG-4. Official licenses will be issued in September. The organization, which is made up of a group of patent holders governing MPEG-4, had been under fire for proposing unmanageable royalty rates. But at a recent meeting in San Francisco, the group hammered out licensing terms that it deems reasonable.

Cisco sees another executive leave

July 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by David R. Baker | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Chronicle Publishing Co. The San Francisco Chronicle…07/17/2002 From LexisNexis Networking giant Cisco Systems lost another veteran executive Tuesday as William Nuti, in charge of sales to large telecommunications companies, left for a smaller firm on Long Island. Nuti, 38, has been named president and chief operating officer of Symbol Technologies, a company based in H...

3G mobile technology must complement wireless LAN 802.11, not compete with it

July 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Melanie Reynolds | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gale Group, Inc. ASAP Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information Limited Electronics Weekly…07/17/2002 From LexisNexis Third-generation mobile technology will have to work in harmony with 802.11 wireless LAN (WLAN) technology rather than compete with it, according to Lucent Technologies Inc.


Tellabs' loss narrows, sales dip

July 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Tellabs Inc. managed to lower its year-over-year net loss in the second quarter, but revenue dipped 32 percent. The company lowered its operating expenses during the quarter, which resulted in a narrower loss of $142.8 million, or 35 cents a share. This compares to a loss of $174.1 million, or 43 cents a share, in the second quarter 2001.

In other financial news…(3)

July 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

With several other telecom companies reporting financials this week, Tellabs is not the only one under The Street's watchful eye. The latest to report: Motorola Inc. and RealNetworks Inc. Motorola Inc. In the second quarter, Motorola Inc. suffered its biggest net loss to date: $2.3 billion. The loss was primarily fueled by the $1.

Charter commits to CSG through 2012

July 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Competition is fierce, and in the broadband game and accurate billing is key. MSO Charter Communications Inc. is sticking with its billing partner CSG Systems at least through 2012. The newly signed contract extension calls for CSG to provide its core customer care and billing systems for Charter's high-speed data services customers.

Terabeam picks up Harmonix

July 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Free space optics vendor Terabeam Corp. is expanding its wireless horizons with the acquisition of Harmonix Corp. Financial terms were not disclosed. Harmonix's millimeter wavelength wireless communications and components will complement Terabeam's free space optics systems designed for last mile connections, Terabeam's president and CEO Dan Hesse tells CED Broadband Direct.

NEC joins the 3G game

July 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

If you want to play, you have to pay the piper. And that is just what NEC Corp. is doing. The company has inked a licensing deal with Qualcomm to develop, manufacture and sell third-generation wideband CDMA (code division multiple access) and TD-SCDMA application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) products.


LSI hits the one-millionth milestone

July 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

LSI Logic is moving full-speed ahead in the cable modem marketplace with the shipment of its one-millionth L2161 universal cable transceiver. The L2161 chip was designed for DOCSIS cable modems. LSI is the first company to produce DOCSIS 1.1 certified silicon that is not made by Texas Instruments or Broadcom.

deltathree weighs options

July 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After 18 months of streaming its operations, deltathree is turning to an outside party to help it explore its strategic alternatives. The SIP-based voice-over-IP products and services provider is looking for ways to maximize its shareholder value, and says it will consider a number of possibilities, including a strategic alliance, joint venture, merger or acquisition.

Michael Powell seeks guidance from Congress

July 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…07/16/2002 From LexisNexis CQ (7/15, Cohn) reports, "After a flurry of inquiries from lawmakers about the possibility that the telecom industry meltdown will cause a shutdown or disruption of telecommunications services, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K.

Indictments ready in Adelphia case

July 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…07/16/2002 The Washington Post (7/16, E1, Johnson) reports, "Prosecutors are preparing to indict John J. Rigas, founder of Adelphia Communications Corp., and three of his children for allegedly taking part in accounting gimmicks and self-dealing at the bankrupt cable television firm, sources close to the investig...

TVN snags another VOD deal

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Just days after inking a video-on-demand content deal with Charter Communications Inc., TVN Entertainment has closed a deal to support Comcast Cable Communications Inc.'s VOD rollout in Philadelphia. The full-scale deployment, which is slated to launch this fall, calls for TVN to support 750 hours of monthly VOD programming in the Philadelphia market.


New Efficient ADSL CPE to use TI chips

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Efficient Networks, makers of DSL bridge and router gear, announced a deal to use silicon technology from chipmaker Texas Instruments in a majority of the company's next-generation ADSL gear. Efficient will be developing ADSL products using TI's AR5 chipsets, which will include a future product family of bridges, routers and residential gateways.

Interactive gaming reduces churn?

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cable operator Blue Ridge Communications has teamed with Pioneer Digital Technologies Inc. to launch an interactive gaming service to complement its digital cable program offering. Interactive deployments will help spur growth and reduce digital churn, according to Blue Ridge. As part of the deal, Pioneer's interactive game application, dubbed PassTime Games, will be be offered to Blue Ridge's ...


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