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Grande launches Liberate platform in Texas

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

Austin-based Grande Communications will use Liberate TV Platform software from Liberate Technologies on its interactive services in central Texas. Grande is building a ground-up, deep fiber broadband network that provides bundled, high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, and cable TV services to Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

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Motorola/Conexant team on cable chips

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

Motorola Inc. apparently is covering all its bases. The broadband equipment maker signed an agreement with Conexant Systems Inc., where Conexant will be a second source for standard cable modem chipsets to Motorola's broadband communications and semiconductor divisions. First supplier is and remains Broadcom Corp.

Cisco issues a warning for third quarter

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

If market cap is any gauge, a mere year ago, Cisco Systems was a titan, blowing bigger stock market stalwarts out of the water. Its history was notable — in only a decade, it grew from a startup to a company whose routers are ubiquitous in the Internet. Until yesterday, that is, when the network equipment maker issued a warning on its third-quarter revenue and profit, citing continued glo...

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Winstar: Will it pull out of default — or file?

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

Despite big-name investors, Winstar Communications Inc. defaulted on senior debt yesterday, even as it disputed Lucent Technologies' default talk about that $600 million Winstar borrowed — and as it pondered bankruptcy. In a statement, Winstar announced it did not make aggregate interest payments of roughly $75 million on its senior debt securities, due yesterday, although it has 30 days ...

Can DTM tech upstage ATM?

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

Scoff now, but you'll remember next time your streaming video looks like it's being delivered over your old Atari. Net Insight just released what it calls an improvement on ATM and SONET technologies with its Dynamic synchronous Transfer Mode technology. The product "guarantees bandwidth and dynamically reallocates capacity on demand for live and nonlive media," the company reports.

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Nortel stalls India plans; readies Q1 results

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

No pressure, Nortel. As the world apparently awaits its Thursday, first-quarter results, observers are speculating the news won't be positive, given its two earnings warnings and the overall network equipment market. Nortel Networks also just announced it would hold off on $350 million in Internet projects in India, given the U.

Winstar: Will it pull out of default — or file?(2)

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

Despite big-name investors, Winstar Communications Inc. defaulted on senior debt yesterday, even as it disputed Lucent Technologies' default talk about that $600 million Winstar borrowed — and as it pondered bankruptcy. In a statement, Winstar announced it did not make aggregate interest payments of roughly $75 million on its senior debt securities, due yesterday, although it has 30 days ...

NTT moves workers, taps broadband market

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

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. has big plans for a broadband content company, a fiber-optic Internet access service and reduced rates on certain services, the Tokyo company reported in its three-year business plan. NTT also plans "the reallocation of personnel from NTT East and NTT West to other companies in the Group," the plan says.

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LSI/NewLogic tech to add Bluetooth

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

LSI Logic Corp. will use Boost Core and Boost software IP products from NewLogic Technologies AG, letting LSI add Bluetooth functionality to its standard products, LSI reports. The agreement also allows LSI to add the Boost Core to its CoreWare library. LSI's integrated solutions and system-on-a-chip let it offer designers of Bluetooth applications a solution designed to help take their product...

Newpoint picks up DOD deal from Artel

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

Newpoint Technologies Inc. landed a lucrative contract with Artel Inc. and Artel's part of $2.1 billion in work on the Defense Information System Network Satellite Transmission Services - Global. No word yet on Newpoint's portion of the deal. Newpoint will supply fixed and global satellite services for any government agency needing satellite bandwidth and satellite-based hardware, services and ...

Juniper results up; forecast down

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

Juniper Networks Inc.'s first-quarter results were right on target, but the company lowered its forecast for 2001. Chair and CEO Scott Kriens credited in part the company's focus on financial fundamentals, but affirmed the continued growth and execution of Juniper, regardless of "the challenges of today's economy," he said in a statement.

ADC merges broadband units; reorganizes

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

ADC has merged its Broadband Connectivity, and Broadband Access and Transport groups into a single entity it calls Broadband Infrastructure and Access, or BIA. The move is part of a swath cut by incoming Chair and CEO Rick Roscitt who has reorganized the Minneapolis company by rearranging its operations.

Nortel gets China contract; won't bankroll clients

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

Nortel Networks just picked up $8 million in contracts to provide broadband access and multiservice networks for North China Power Group and regional power companies in the Hubei, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan and Heilongjiang provinces. The announcement comes as Nortel stated it won't extend credit to European telecoms to get contracts.

CEA to FCC: Don't outlaw analog TVs

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

The Consumer Electronics Association jumped in during an FCC comment period, urging the FCC to focus on digital quality and old technology in talks on how to up public acceptance of digital TV. The FCC is reviewing the digital TV transition and whether analog or digital should be incorporated into TV sets, and at what level.

Liberate/Concurrent team on VOD

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

Liberate Technologies has combined its ITV software with Concurrent Computer Corp.'s VOD technology, the company reports. The agreement is part of Liberate's PopTV program, that lists Concurrent as a preferred infrastructure provider. The deal, completed this month, combines Liberate's TV Platform software and Concurrent's MediaHawk Broadband VOD system.

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