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

Nortel ready to rebound?; CEO says yes, analysts hesitant

July 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Sean McKibbon | Comments

Copyright 2002 Sun Media Corporation The Ottawa Sun…07/19/2002 From LexisNexis Despite predicting a shrinking market for telecom equipment in 2003, Nortel Networks CEO Frank Dunn expects his firm will be in the black next year. "By June of next year I expect to be profitable," Dunn said during Nortel's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday.

BellSouth puts tech dollars in teachers' hands

July 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The future is in the hands of the children. A motto BellSouth Corp. is supporting by dolling out educational grants to teachers in the Southeast. The grants are designed to equip students with the 21st century skills required to thrive in today's digital workplace, BellSouth said. Sixteen regional teachers shared in the $18,000 purse.

360networks: It's a do over

July 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Roughly one year after seeking protection from creditors under the protective blanket of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 360networks Inc. has submitted a reorganization plan that will enable the company to start over with less debt and a smaller operation. The builder of fiber optic networks has proposed a plan that would give its senior secured creditors, led by JP Morgan Chase Bank, control of the new...

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RCN gains on dark fiber deal

July 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Street was smiling on RCN Corp.'s stock today, following news that the company has inked a multi-million dollar dark fiber deal with Cogent Communications. RCN shares were up 5 percent in mid-day action. Under the terms, RCN and Starpower - its joint venture with Pepco Communications - will provide dark fiber rings and building lateral connections in New York City and Washington, D.

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VOD vehicle hits the road

July 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Rolling, rolling, rolling, SeaChange International Inc.'s mobile video-on-demand demonstration truck kicked off its coast-to-coast tour in Boston this week. The 41-foot All-Television-Vehicle (ATV) will putt around the country in an attempt to get the word out about VOD. The truck is equipped with VOD equipment, digital set-top boxes and wide-screen television, and is designed to introduce cabl...

Software said to narrow the dial-up vs. broadband gap

July 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Despite its price tag, speed has always been the argument for broadband, but one company says it has found a way to narrow the speed gap to give dial-up customers broadband-like performance. XcelaWeb is a 450 kbps software client that works with a subscriber's current phone link to provide "an efficient alternative route to the already overloaded and congested Internet," according to the softwa...

The earnings parade gets into full swing

July 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The ongoing economic downturn produced a mixed financial bag for several players in the broadband and communications arena. The latest reports: Sprint, Level 3 Communications, Rogers Communications and Nokia. Sprint Corp. An investment write down and a lagging wireless division propelled Sprint Corp.

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Alopa secures $12.5 million in funds

July 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Alopa Networks has closed $8.5 million in Series C financing. The company plans to use the funds to expand the deployment of its MetaServ provisioning platform in the cable industry. The $8.5 million is part of a $12.5 million funding package, led by VantagePoint Venture Partners. Other investors include Summit Accelerator Fund, Lucent Venture Partners and Rainbow Fund.

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New IP telephony gear debuts from Avaya

July 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As cable operators flirt with circuit-switched and IP telephony in select sectors of their subscriber markets, technology on the user end of advanced telephony systems continue trending in the form of new feature-rich, graphical IP telephones. Avaya has debuted a series of new IP phones, mostly for application in enterprises with established IP telephony infrastructure.

HNS rethinks Direcway entry strategy

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

Hughes Network Systems is trying to wipe out consumers' "Oh my god," reaction to the upfront cost of hardware and installation for its Direcway broadband-by-satellite service with a new program that enables customers to pay over time. Under the terms of the new Direcway 99/99 Program, consumers who purchase Direcway from DirecTV Inc.

In other financial news…

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.

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.

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