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

Alcatel ships more gear

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Alcatel continues to push forward in the DSL equipment market, the telco gear maker has shipped 740,000 remote combo ports on its Litespan next-generation digital loop carrier platform in the North American market. Each remote port provides integrated DSL and voice service. The ports enable carriers to turn-up DSL service for customers without a truck roll, Alcatel says.

Small ops can go digital, too

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

For the vast number of small-scale operators out there, the road to digital is too cost-prohibitive. Many of these operators are channel-locked, and to add digital means shelling out shrinking capital for costly headend upgrades. But a new programming delivery and back office support system just announced from WSNet aims to help this cost-constrained set of operators get there without going ban...

WINfirst … Who wants it?(2)

May 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

For sale … an extensive, yet only partially completed rich fiber network in the city of Sacramento. Buyer beware, though, as city residents have expressed a certain level of disdain for former owner. The bankruptcy saga of competitive overbuilder WINfirst continues, and potential buyers for the WIN fiber network are going public.


Rigas steps down at Adelphia

May 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Troubled MSO Adelphia Communications said Wednesday that cable veteran John Rigas has resigned as chairman and CEO of the company, and will be succeeded by independent director Erland Kailbourne. Kailbourne, the former chairman and CEO of Fleet National Bank's New York region, was an independent director of Adelphia since 1999, and presently is chairman of the MSO board's audit committee.

Qwest puts backbone on the defense

May 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Qwest Communications International Inc. has won a deal to serve as the primary backbone provider for the Advanced Technology Demonstration Network (ATDnet), an unclassified Department of Defense (DoD) research grid used to develop next-generation communications technologies. Qwest won the contract in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Crossroad (MAX), a part of the University of Maryland at Coll...

Agilent adds assurance OSS

May 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Add Agilent to the list of OSS providers addressing service assurance. The company has introduced an assurance software suite, which can integrate with legacy OSS systems and interconnect with management functions like service fulfillment as well. Ideally, the suite aims to fill provider's needs to manage new hybrid IP technologies and broadband infrastructures.

Gateway group launches compliance program

May 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Residential gateways and home networking may just be finding their way into consumer consciousness, but there already is a long list of home networking communications protocols. Bringing all of these disparate home networking standards and initiatives together is the mission of OSGi, or Open Services Gateway Initiative.

The Grim Reaper returns to SBC

May 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SBC Communications Inc. is paring its workforce once again in response to the lagging economy and stringent regulatory requirements. The company plans to cut 5,000 jobs during the second quarter. In the past two quarters, SBC reduced its employee roster by 10,000, and announced plans last month to cut 4,000 jobs over the last three quarters of 2002.


Could bankruptcy be in Napster's future?

May 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After falling from grace and relinquishing its crown as the ruler of peer-to-peer online music file swapping, Napster Inc. is having a harder time trying to go legit than it expected. The latest: a deal to be acquired by Bertelsmann AG has fallen through and Napster CEO Konrad Hilbers is walking away from the company.

Lucent outlines ratios for Agere shares

May 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After several months of delay, Lucent Technologies Inc. finally has set the ratios for Agere Systems, the optical components unit it spun off last March. One share of Agere Class A common stock will be issued for every 92.768991 shares of Lucent common stock, and one share of Agere Class B common stock will be issued for every 3.

Satellite service for mid-sized businesses rolls

May 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Getting sufficient broadband if you're a small or medium-sized business today is not easy, especially if your only option is expensive dedicated access. And if you're an enterprise business with a bunch of rural outlets … forget it. But satellite technologies are growing to be a more viable alternative to the business connectivity quandary, and VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) technolo...

D-Link to adopt TI WLAN silicon

May 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

One of the real retail surprises to surface over the past year or so has been the market for simple consumer Ethernet networking products. More and more consumers are becoming comfortable setting up basic wireless LANs to split their single broadband connection, and one of the early market leaders at retail has been D-Link.

Cox buys DSET gateway

May 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. is looking to electronically accept access service requests (ASR) from companies wanting to lease high-speed data links, and is turning to DSET Corp. to make it happen. The cabler has purchased the ezAccess Receive gateway from DSET. Financial terms were not disclosed. The send and receive capabilities of the gateway automate the ASR process for service provides, includi...

Study: Cable modem market is healthy

May 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The worldwide cable modem and cable modem termination system markets are expected to generate $2.5 billion in revenue in 2004, one analysis says. The outlook: healthy. Last year, the markets reported a 28 percent year-over-year increase in revenue to $1.61 billion in 2001, according to a new report from research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Major Adelphia shareholder to seek three seats on board

May 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Derek Caney | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…05/14/2002 From LexisNexis Adelphia Communications Corp. 's largest shareholder outside its founding family said Monday he will seek representation on the board, six weeks after the company incurred the wrath of Wall Street with the disclosure of $2.


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