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Spaceway targets mid-2004 launch

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

With all of the recent news that will likely save struggling Ka-band startups like WildBlue Communications and AstroLink from the financial brink, it's easy to forget that Spaceway, Hughes Network Systems' advanced satellite project, remains fully funded and prepped for launch sometime next year. With funding in hand and the technical details nearly ironed out, the first Spaceway bird is slated...

Revenues, shipments drop at Com21

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband equipment provider Com21 Inc. said revenues and shipments dropped significantly in the fourth quarter of 2002. Com21 reported revenues of $6.1 million, down 52 percent from $12.7 million in the previous period, while pro forma gross margins dropped three points to 19 percent. The company's pro forma net loss widened to $5.

CSG Systems reports quarterly growth, yearly income decline

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Customer care and billing systems provider CSG Systems announced the results of its fourth quarter financials, citing revenue growth, but lower earnings. For the quarter most recently ended, CSG claimed revenues of $155.2 million, a 31 percent increase from the same-year period. CSG directly cited the company's recent acquisition of Lucent Technologies' Kenan/BP billing and customer care system...

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EarthLink to cut 25% of workers, shut call centers; The ISP will outsource for dial-up customer support. Its Pasadena center will lose 485 jobs.

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by David Colker | Comments

Copyright 2003 The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times All Rights Reserved Los Angeles Times...01/29/2003 Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. will lay off 1,300 employees — about 25% of its workforce — and shut down its entire customer support operation for dial-up customers, company officials said Tuesday.

Concurrent, Manticom complete VOD interop

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. and broadband transport firm Manticom Networks said they have completed interoperability certification between Concurrent's line of MediaHawk video servers and Manticom's GigE-based Scorpion 4104 platform. Manticom claims its platform, which scales from 2.5 Gbps to 20 Gbps, can push VOD economics below $35 per-provisioned subscriber.

Adelphia Business Solutions to sell off some assets

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The problems at MSO Adelphia Communications have been well documented, but its business services arm seems to be well on the way of emerging in decent shape after its bankruptcy restructuring process is complete. Part of that restructuring will include the sale of select assets in nine previously closed markets, it was announced, as a result of a recent ruling in bankruptcy court.

VOD added to Next Level telco TV platform

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cable providers have the telephone companies in their sights, adding voice to their video bundles and competing head-to-head in a number of markets. However, their telco competitors are busy debugging video-over-copper technologies, and a couple of telco providers who are farther along are actually demonstrating video-on-demand over the emerging platform.

Verizon, consumer groups expound on FCC's UNE proceeding

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Edie Herman | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...01/28/2003 With FCC's UNE proceeding heating up, Verizon and group of consumer organizations held back-to-back news briefings Mon., each explaining outcome they would like to see from Commission's expected action in mid-Feb. Draft order in agency's Triennial UNE Review began to circulate among commissioners late last week, occasionin...

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CERC: MSOs, CableLabs 'stifle' retail model for cable modems

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A coalition of consumer electronics companies argued to the Federal Communications Commission that cable operators, by not giving high-speed customers economic incentives to buy cable modems via retail, are impairing the equipment's retail distribution model. In an ex parte letter sent to FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition Chairman and Best Buy Co.

Vendors line up for DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome and PacketCable testing in wave 25

January 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The folks at CableLabs will remain extra busy with the start of certification wave 25, which welcomed a new batch of equipment to be tested for advanced specifications such as DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome 1.0 and PacketCable 1.0. For DOCSIS 2.0, a specification that widens cable's upstream pipe and mitigates noise, a total of 11 vendors submitted cable modems for the advanced spec: Ambit, Arris, Castl...

Audet resurfaces as CEO of Lemur Networks

January 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Andrew Audet has resurfaced to take the reins of Lemur Networks Inc., an operational support system (OSS) start-up based in Eatontown, N.J. In addition to serving as CEO, Audet will also join Lemur's board of directors. Audet takes over the CEO slot from company co-founder Seyhan Civanlar, who will remain Lemur's chief technology officer and a member of the company's board.

Broadband users more loyal, study suggests

January 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Narrowband/dial-up Internet subscribers in the U.S. are nearly three times more likely to switch from their current Internet service provider than broadband subscribers, according to new consumer research from Leichtman Research Group Inc. Seventeen percent of narrowband subscribers say that they are likely to switch from their service in the next six months, compared to just 6 percent of broad...

Broadcom adds patents to Microtune suit

January 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadcom Corp. is alleging that tuners, power amplifiers and Bluetooth products made by Texas-based competitor Microtune Inc. infringe on three Broadcom patents. Broadcom's complaint — filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division — marks the latest salvo to be fired in an ongoing legal squabble between the silicon tuner rivals.

Soma nets $10 million

January 26, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Broadband wireless equipment maker Soma Networks received a $10 million shot in the arm today courtesy of Bank of America Corp. The new infusion of cash will support Soma Networks' current efforts to ramp up its operations in anticipation of large-scale commercial deployments. After completing field trials and launching initial deployments of its next-generation wireless broadband solution in t...

FCC plan could help keep high-speed Net prices low; Proposal would also give Bells incentive to upgrade

January 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2003 Gannett Company Inc. USA TODAY...01/24/2003 In a move to keep a lid on high-speed Internet prices, regulators are expected to let small broadband rivals continue to lease the copper phone lines of the regional Bells at deep discounts. But the Federal Communications Commission is likely to lift requirements that Bells rent their newly installed fiber-optic lines to competitors, sa...

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