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PacketVideo, NMS team for two-way wireless video

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

According to research firm Ovum, the global multimedia messaging market is slated to bring in $1.8 billion this year, and PacketVideo and NMS Communications want their piece of the action. The companies have formed a partnership to develop two-way wireless video communications systems. The systems will combine PacketVideo's software with NMS' hardware and software.

Zhone acquires Vpacket

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Last-mile technology developer Zhone Technologies Inc. is snatching up another company. The latest: Zhone has made a deal for Vpacket Communications. Zhone, a provider of voice, data, video and content services, pursued Vpacket to beef up its offering in the IP routing and line-side high-speed Ethernet interfaces sector.

Gemstar loses another battle

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

More wind was let out of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.'s sails last week, when a U.S. Court ruled against the interactive programming guide developer in its suit against EchoStar Communications Corp. Gemstar filed the suit as a third-party defendant in March of last year, claiming that EchoStar infringed on SuperGuide's patents — SuperGuide licensed a patent to Gemstar.

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2002 tough on telecoms

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 Sun Media Corporation The Ottawa Sun…07/09/2002 From LexisNexis Last year may have been bad for job losses in the U.S. telecommunications industry, but this year is shaping up worse, according to a new study. The 165,840 job cuts announced in the U.S. telecom sector through June of this year are 27 percent higher than the 130,422 announced in the first half of 2001.

Inter.net launches service in two TWC markets

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Inter.net has launched its high-speed Internet access over Time Warner Cable systems in Central Ohio and Minneapolis. Inter.net's Max.inter.net service enables customers to access the Net at speeds up to 2 Mbps downstream and 384 Kbps upstream. The service includes free installation, free firewall software, 10 e-mail accounts with 10 MB of personal Web space per account, Webmail access, anti-sp...

Ex-WorldCom Boss takes the fifth; Refuses to answer any questions in $4B scandal

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by AP | Comments

Copyright 2002 Sun Media Corporation The Toronto Sun…07/09/2002 From LexisNexis Invoking his Fifth Amendment constitutional right against self-incrimination, WorldCom 's former chief executive refused to answer questions yesterday from a U.S. congressional panel investigating nearly $4 billion U.

TVN joins Charter's VOD roster

July 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After signing two video-on-demand server deals in the wake of Diva Systems' bankruptcy, Charter Communications Inc. said it will answer the content side of the VOD equation via a deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. Under terms of the deal, TVN will encode on-demand content for the MSO from its Digital Network Operations Center and transport VOD titles and subscription-VOD content via TVN's Secure...

WorldCom execs on the hot seat; House probes telecom's finances

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Marilyn Geewas | Comments

Copyright 2002 P.G. Publishing Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…07/08/2002 From LexisNexis The scene seems all too familiar now: tense former executives sitting stiffly side-by-side, waiting for congressmen to hurl harsh words and photographers to snap pictures as they testify. But even after dozens of hearings into financial scandals this year, today's testimony before the House Financial Ser...

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C-Cor.net to build out int'l biz with Philips Broadband buy

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Veteran broadband equipment and service supplier C-Cor.net announced Monday that it will widen its international scope by about threefold via a $78 million deal to snap-up Philips Broadband Networks (PBN). The deal, expected to close by the second half of this year, will add about $100 million in annual accretive revenue, C-Cor.

Comcast tabs WorldGate in Alabama

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. is looking to beef up its digital cable portfolio in Alabama, and is turning to WorldGate Communications Inc. to make it happen. The MSO will deploy WorldGate's interactive television service to its customers in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, Ala. The service, which will be marketed as part of Comcast Digital Cable, offers subscribers a variety of content, includin...

The Eagle soars at General Dynamics

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than two months after introducing its Media Pro advanced set-top box, Eagle Broadband Inc. has lassoed its first customer: General Dynamics Interactive. Eagle unveiled the set-top in May. The box, which is Eagle's smallest and affordable model to date, offers access to the Internet at high-speed, e-mail correspondence and an MPEG-2 hardware decoder.

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Universe2U launches VoIP biz

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Universe2U Inc. continues to zero in on the enterprise networking service market, with the introduction of a voice over IP retail service designed for business. The voice2u service enables businesses to combine voice, fax and data traffic on a single integrated IP connection. A voice2u gateway prioritizes voice traffic with QoS and uses the public switched telecommunications network as an autom...

Qwest names new CFO

July 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Even as the Securities and Exchange Commission noses around Qwest Communications International Inc., the telecom has named a new chief financial officer and has reorganized its operations. Qwest named former Ameritech CFO Oren Shaffer vice chairman and CFO. He has replaced the current CFO Robin Szeliga, who will remain on board at Qwest as a vice president tasked with assisting in Qwest's debt ...

Fiber comes home in Wisconsin

July 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable operators say they don't need to run fiber to the home, but competitive telecommunications companies are starting to jump on the all-fiber bandwagon. Fiber-to-the-home equipment manufacturer Optical Solutions Inc. has won yet another contract from a regional telecom company. This time, it's Baldwin Telecom Inc.

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Blonder-Tongue to purchase private cable system

July 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Equipment manufacturer Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc. has formed a joint venture with Priority Systems LLC and Paradigm Capital Investments LLC to acquire several thousand cable TV subscribers from Verizon Communications who reside in multiple dwelling units. The joint venture entity, called Priority Systems Group LLC, intends to purchase the Verizon systems, which are comprised of approximat...

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