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

Luminous bows compact RPR platform

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to penetrate business parks and the multi-tenant unit sector for commercial-class services, Luminous Networks has launched its E-Series PacketWave metro access platform. Based on the evolving Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology, Luminous' new platform is designed to handle Ethernet-based applications while supporting TDM voice and circuit services.

BellSouth cuts staff

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Rather than passing out pink slips to unsuspecting employees, BellSouth Corp. is instituting a voluntary separation plan to pare its work force by as many as 5,000. Citing the economy, company officials say the cuts will affect white-collar and non-management positions. The Communications Workers of America will oversee the non-management reductions.

SkyStream launches carrier-class video router

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Traditionally, technology platforms from SkyStream Networks have enabled satellite video delivery for broadcasters and enterprises, but the company is aiming a new video services router at the service provider and carrier markets. Telcos, especially, are looking to include video service in their voice-data packages, but they'll need to do it while keeping operating and capital costs low over th...

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Qwest, MSN eye nationwide deployment

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Let's make a broadband deal. Qwest Communications International Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are upping the ante in the broadband war by extending their long-standing partnership. Qwest will provide a fiber-optic broadband network for the MSN Broadband Internet access service. Under the terms of the "long-term" contract, MSN will be the first nationwide user of the Qwest Broadband Access Aggregatio...

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Juniper snags IP networking unit

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to rake in more customers and gain some ground on rival Cisco Systems Inc., Juniper Networks Inc. has made a $740 million play for Unisphere Networks Inc. The IP infrastructure company will fork over $375 million in cash and 36.5 million shares to Unisphere parent Siemens. Juniper's stock closed Friday, May 17 at $9.

Napster's savior returns

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Just days after CEO Konrad Hilbers said he was washing his hands of Napster, the one-time ruler of peer-to-peer online music file swapping has closed a merger deal with Bertelsmann. The $8 million deal, which will wipe out most of Napster's debt, brings Hilbers and other key Napster executives back to the company.

A delisting may be in Concero's future

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Interactive television company Concero Inc. has been put on notice its stock could be delisted from the Nasdaq May 24. The company received a Nasdaq Staff Determination yesterday. The notice calls for Concero's stock to be delisted unless the company meets the minimun bid requirement and market value of public float outlined in the Marketplace Rules 4450 (a)(2) and 4450 (a)(5).

Thomson-Gemstar align anew

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The strategic relationship between interactive services provider Gemstar-TV Guide and Thomson Multimedia began way back in 1996, but their partnership is getting a facelift, so to speak. The two companies today reiterated a common strategy to deploy Gemstar's Interactive Program Guide (IPG) in Thomson television and access devices, and mapped out a future timeline to broaden other areas of the ...

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Siemens deals again for 3G

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

When it comes to the success of 3G, interoperability may be the name of the game. Rivals Siemens and Nokia are teaming to ensure that the companies' future smart phones can seemlessly communicate with one another. Siemens will license Nokia's Series 60 software platform and implement the software in Symbian OS-based smart phones.

EchoStar expands PVR features

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Get more bang for your buck. EchoStar Communications Corp. is beefing up the capabilities of its DishPVR 501 satellite TV receiver to include caller ID and a search function. The search function enables subscribers to search by keyword to locate a program. The search can be based on an event's title, an actor's name or a specific word in the title.

Adelphia to miss payments, confirms grand jury probes

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following the resignations this week of two key company executives, Adelphia Communications Corp. on Friday said it and some of its subsidiaries will miss more than $43 million in interest and dividend payments, and that two grand juries are slated to probe the MSO's finances. Specifically, the MSO said it missed a $23.

PowerNet acquires Aleron

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Looking to expand its high-speed Internet, data and integrated service portfolio, PowerNet Global Communications is snatching up almost all of Aleron's assets. PowerNet intends to operate the assets as a separate unit, dubbed Aleron Broadband Services LLC. The unit, which will conduct business out of Aleron's Herndon, Va.

Study: Cable telephony exceeding expectations

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although the IP cable telephony sector has yet to muster more than a few field trials, the deployment of traditional circuit-switched voice services over cable networks exceeded expectations in 2001 and is expected to continue that momentum through the end of this year, predicts a new study from Allied Business Intelligence.

Nortel inks more wireless deals

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Telecom equipment maker Nortel Networks continues to push forward in the wireless sector. The latest: Nortel has two contracts, one in the United States, and one in China. Over a five year period, Nortel will supply its CDMA2000 1X radio and packet core switching equipment to 3,500 base stations and related switching infrastructure to U.

CTAM study looks at payment

May 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

New research from the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) reveals that cable customers haven't changed much in terms of the way they pay for their monthly service. The most popular way to pay is still by mailing checks or money orders; CTAM pegs the number at 73 percent. That number hasn't changed much over the past few years — CTAM measured it at 77 percent in...

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