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

Charter/DIVA update deals, expect four more markets

July 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. and DIVA are getting around to the contract part of all the work they've been doing. The expanded deal covers the 1.7 million customers the two intend to serve by the end of the year. The original deal covered deploying DIVA's VOD capability on Charter's systems in the first two markets in May 2000: one each in Los Angeles and Gwinnett County, Ga.

AOLTW sees $734 M net loss in Q2, subs up

July 17, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner reported a second-quarter net loss of $734 million, or 17 cents a share, but Time Warner Cable's revenue reached $1.7 billion, and subscription revenue, $1.6 billion. AOLTW cites a 10 percent increase in subscription revenue for its overall 3 percent revenue increase over a year ago. The company says TWC ended the quarter with 12.

Cabletron parts out GNTS unit

July 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A week after re-outlining its spinoff plans, Cabletron will part out its GlobalNetwork Technology Services unit, and cut an unspecified number of jobs. GNTS was Cabletron's network infrastructure consulting unit. Its outsourcing operations and parts of its operational and installation services will be sold to a private buyout firm with a group of present GNTS management.

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Study: broadband way behind $500 B potential

July 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Get the lead out, broadband. There's an untapped $500 billion shot in the economic arm that's just going to sit there until you hike that 8 percent penetration to at least 50 percent. Or better yet, a study says, shoot for 94 percent — the same percentage of American households with phone service.

Cox cops an attitude in touting DSL package

July 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services is taking on an edgy sector of dumped DSL customers by launching Cox Business Internet, a three-tiered DSL package. The promo pulls no punches: "Nothing ruins a perfectly good Internet connection like a provider that goes belly up," it says in its materials, which also promise "Faster Internet access.

Celox lands $80 M in third round

July 16, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Celox Networks closed an $80 million third round of financing, led by Putnam Investments and Firsthand Capital Management Inc. The round brings the IP service company to a total $155 million since January 1999. Celox says the round will fund ongoing product development and "ramp up" production of the company's Celox SCx 192, a switch designed to let carriers, ILECs, ISPs, cable operators and ot...

Techie treatment takes a turn for the worse

July 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A mere year ago, tech companies were touting new and sometimes over-the-top perks, hoping to lure the high-demand tech worker. But the kid gloves come off during layoffs, it appears. Techies.com polled 700 tech workers from entry-level to top management positions. One-third said their layoffs were a complete surprise and one-fourth said they'd been waiting for the news.

General Bandwidth lands $66 M in VC funds

July 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Just when high-tech VC funds seem a nice historical footnote, another big deal goes down to pull it out of the archives. General Bandwidth Inc. picked up $66 million in a fourth round of funding, led by mutual funds firm Invesco. The round brings the company's total VC financing to nearly $150 million since 1999.

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Alcatel signs $100 M network contract

July 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Alcatel landed a $100 million contract to upgrade the Southern Cross Cable Network, inking Australasia with the United States. Paris-based Alcatel has supplied the network since late last year, including providing undersea electronics, and cable and terminal equipment for the landing stations. The two-phase upgrade involved first adding 50 Gbps to the present total network capacity of 80 Gbps.

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N2 finalizes agreements with Warner Bros./In Demand

July 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

N2 Broadband reports that Warner Bros. Technical Operations and In Demand will use its MediaPath system in their VOD services. The Warner Bros. agreement seals a deal the two made for technical operations to purchase MediaPath, which N2 says it is already using to deliver VOD and DVD to its licensees.

EarthLink to launch over two AOLTW systems

July 15, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner Cable will step up its multiple-ISP program as EarthLink launches service via AOLTW's Columbus, Ohio, and Syracuse, N.Y., systems in September. The deal is part of AOLTW's merger agreement that says it will open its cable systems in each region to two or more competitors. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission must approve new ISPs within 90 days, the petition says.

Industry bigs team on FTTH system

July 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Several well-known names in the industry will team on a fiber-to-the-home technology designed to run over Optical Solutions Inc.'s FiberPath 400 system. The system allows multiple end-users to receive real-time broadcast video content over an IP transport, Optical reports. The switched digital video also will provide interactive guides and menus for navigating the ITV and VOD.

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Internet caucus advisory holds open access panel

July 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Congressional Internet Caucus' Advisory Committee held the third of its three-part Broadband panels yesterday, covering open access and and broadband tax incentives. The panel was moderated by CityNet Telecommunications CEO Robert Berger, partly because CityNet has taken a neutral stance on the issues.

Alcatel to use TI processors in VoDSL

July 12, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Alcatel will use Texas Instruments Inc.'s programmable digital signal processors in its central office VoDSL products, TI reports. Alcatel already uses TI's DSPs and Telogy software in its Speed Touch integrated access devices, and the new deal means Alcatel will use the technology in its 7300 Advanced Services Access Manager, a broadband access platform.

Fixed-wireless sales drop; overseas outlook up

July 11, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

First-quarter sales of broadband fixed wireless point-to-multipoint equipment dropped 35 percent from the previous quarter, to $150 million, a study says. Alcatel had 35 percent of the market share. The market took a hit in that quarter from seasonality and a weak North American market, but the 12-month outlook for sales of 3.

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