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

Qwest sees Q4/FY loss; Terayon FY losses widen

January 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• DSL subscribers were up a solid 74 percent, but Qwest Communications International saw both Q4 and full year losses. The Baby Bell reports $516 million, or 31 cents a share, in losses for the quarter, compared with a $116 million, or 7 cents a share, loss a year ago. In 2001, Qwest recorded a $4 billion loss, or $2.

Universal/Comcast ink deal; Concurrent promotes Chism

January 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Universal Electronics Inc. inked a deal to supply its Navigator and Millennium 4 wireless remote controls to Comcast Cable for its digital set-top boxes. Financial terms were not disclosed. … Concurrent Computer Corp. promoted Robert Chism to CTO of its XSTREME unit. The promotion expands Chism's roll as VP of engineering and development, the company says.

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RPR gains on standards goal, secures first draft

January 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Right on schedule, the Resilient Packet Ring Alliance completed a single baseline draft for the RPR standard IEEE 802.17, it says. The organization had set January 2002 for a draft completion. The group met last week in Orlando and narrowed their work down to a single baseline document for the RPR standard, says spokeswoman Jennifer Guinan.

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Global Crossing files Chapter 11, may land $750 M funding

January 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Global Crossing filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States and Bermuda, and announced a potential $750 million cash infusion from two investors. The bankruptcy, filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York and in the Supreme Court of Bermuda, starts a restructuring process helped along by investments from Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

ARRIS vows appeal on $1.35 M jury verdict

January 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

As jury awards go, a company probably won't go broke on it. But ARRIS International Inc. says it will appeal a jury decision on a patent infringement lawsuit that awarded $1.35 million to PPC. The lawsuit covers "ornamental features of a connector," specifically its Digicon S6 and S59 series connectors, ARRIS says, adding that it "strongly believes the jury findings are wrong and will seek to o...

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Motorola routers in Seren networks; Pa. borough buys optical

January 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector will supply its BSR 64000 router to Seren Innovations ' St. Cloud, Minn., and San Francisco service areas. Seren, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc., says deploying Motorola's CMTS/router platform will allow it to expand its services. … Alaskan ISP GCI launched Internet access via cable modem in Kenai and Soldotna.

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Sacramento residents fight WINfirst FTTH plan

January 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Homeowners are hot in WINfirst's Land Park project area near Sacramento, Calif. Claiming they'd just been notified last week about the overbuilder's fiber-to-the-home project in their neighborhood, residents last night turned out in force at a town meeting to confront WINfirst. WINfirst has a three-year construction schedule in the Sacramento area and in October announced it had launched FTTH i...

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Microsoft bought 2% of Cox stock in October

January 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So Microsoft did invest in a cable company eyeing an AT&T acquisition. An October filing shows Microsoft's Bill Gates bought 13.5 million shares in Cox Communications. According to a Cox U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Gates picked up the stock from privately held Cox Enterprises.

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NCTA: Gemstar petition wasting time

January 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

That National Cable& Telecommunications Association — you always have to wonder what they really think. In a blistering notice, the organization opposed Gemstar TV Guide International's latest petition about the must-carry/Vertical Blanking Interval squabble and accused it, among other things, of wasting time.

Teligent to revamp according to plan … sort of

January 23, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

What a break — Teligent's proposed new look closely matches the restructuring plan outlined in August, with one difference. The former plan called for the bankrupt company's investors to raise money to revamp it, but this one will use "collateral proceeds" from asset sales. Teligent announced today it would start over as a privately held company owned by its senior lenders, with a new nam...

Artel scores Olympic contract and $4.4 M in E round

January 23, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Artel Video Systems is wrapping up work on the video transport systems it installed at the Olympic Games, even as it finalizes a $4.4 million round of funding. Via a contract with Qwest Communications International, Artel is supplying the equipment that transports video from the cameras at the Olympics "down into the studios," says spokesman Marty Dugan.

NCTA calls for Vanguard nominees

January 23, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Know any of the industry's unsung heroes? The National Cable & Telecommunications Association is calling for nominations for its 2002 Vanguard Awards. "Each year, we seek to bestow Vanguard Awards upon individuals who've had a real impact on the success of our business," says NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs, in a statement.

CISCO CMTS gets DOCSIS 1.1; Sigma opens overseas

January 23, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cisco Systems ' uBR7246VXR CMTS landed DOCSIS 1.1 qualification, securing a spot as the first qualified DOCSIS 1.1 Layer 3 CMTS in the industry, it says. The CMTS allows delivery of IP services over cable systems. Cisco also says its uBR10012 CMTS received DOCSIS 1.0 and Euro-DOCSIS 1.0 qualification, and its uBR925 cable access router landed DOCSIS 1.

Teligent to revamp according to plan … sort of(2)

January 23, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

What a break — Teligent's proposed new look closely matches the restructuring plan outlined in August, with one difference. The former plan called for the bankrupt company's investors to raise money to revamp it, but this one will use "collateral proceeds" from asset sales. Teligent announced today it would start over as a privately held company owned by its senior lenders, with a new nam...

MOT sees $3.9B loss, blames cableco slowdown

January 22, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It was the cable operators' cautious spending again. Motorola's Broadband Communications Segment saw sales, orders and earnings fall in fourth-quarter, nudged by tight-fisted cable operators. For its part, parent Motorola Inc. reported a 2001 $3.9 billion net loss on $30 billion in sales, although it cut its net debt in half.

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