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S-A enhances Explorer set-top

May 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta will explore telephony options with Integra5 Communications. Up first: the addition of a caller ID function to its Explorer set-top box. The application will enable cable subscribers to view caller ID information on their television screen. S-A contends that cable operators must offer the triple play — voice, video and data — to effectively compete with satellite ...

WorldCom to nix tracking stocks

May 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

WorldCom Inc. has been plagued by a slowdown in consumer spending, a lagging long-distance market and questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission about some of its accounting practices. But the company finally gave investors something to smile about after it announced plans to eliminate its tracking stock structure.

Nokia invests in Redback

May 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to beef up its broadband business, Nokia Corp. is teaming with Redback Networks. The deal calls for Nokia to take a 10 percent stake in the networking gear provider. Nokia says the partnership is an extension of an existing relationship and will include global distribution of wireless intelligent edge and broadband access products.


Adelphia seeking more time from its lenders

May 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Mark Lake | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…05/22/2002 From LexisNexis Cable TV operator Adelphia Communications Corp. asked banks for more time and the ability to approach other lenders to line up credit it needs to make debt payments and avoid bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter said.

Creditors won't seek liquidation of WINfirst

May 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Clint Swett | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Sacramento Bee Sacramento Bee…05/22/2002 From LexisNexis Creditors of beleaguered WINfirst have agreed not to seek the liquidation of the cable and telephone company as progress is being made in finding a buyer. WINfirst President Frank Casazza said Tuesday that in a hearing in Denver on Monday creditors withdrew their ... to take a hit from Adelphia's situation

May 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

When a major customer seems to be on the verge of spinning out of control, there is no way for a company to avoid getting caught in its path. Inc. does not expect to get any revenue, at least in the near-term, from Adelphia Communications Corp., and as a result is lowering its fourth quarter outlook.

Diva cuts another 20 percent of staff

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cash-strapped video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems laid off another 20 percent of its staff last week as part of an ongoing effort to trim expenses and streamline operations, a company official said Tuesday. The latest cuts, which affected approximately 30 Diva employees, follow another 20 percent layoff executed in mid-April, when the company handed pink slips to about 40 staffers.

3Com zeros in on wireless networking for small businesses

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Every dollar at a small business is a precious commodity, and 3Com Corp. is marketing its OfficeConnect Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway with this in mind. "With the combination of wireless and DSL or cable, small businesses can cut costs by sharing a single broadband connection and avoiding the high cost of laying cable," 3Com's Small Business Division Vice President Kathy Rocha said in a statement.


Broadcom puts new chips on the table

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As cable operators continue to wrestle with advanced services rollouts, chipmakers are busy back at the lab trying to push the technology envelope. The latest offering from Broadcom Corp. enables iTV functionality and broadband Internet access through a single set-top. The BCM7110 system-on-a-chip system provides a dedicated digital cable TV channel and a DOCSIS 1.

Loral Cyberstar to serve Intellicom subs

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Loral CyberStar has inked a deal to provide continued service to former broadband satellite customers of Intellicom, a division of SoftNet Systems ( Inc. that was shut down in April. Loral CyberStar, a division of Loral Space & Communications, said it will provide Internet access to those customers via its WorldCast access service.

OpenTV passes 25-million mark

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In the interactive television race, you have to be in it to win it. A philosophy apparently followed by OpenTV - the iTV company announced today it surpassed 25 million set-top box deployments at the end of March. For the quarter ended March 31, OpenTV reported middleware deployments in excess of 2 million, which marks the sixth consecutive quarter the company has posted gains of more than 2 mi...

ICG goes bust

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Soma Biswas | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…05/21/2002 From LexisNexis ICG Communications Inc., the Englewood, Colo.-based broadband provider, received bankruptcy court approval late Monday, for a reorganization plan that will allow it to emerge from Chapter 11 as a publicly listed company in 18 months.

Bankruptcy descends on MFN

May 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As the economic turmoil in the telecom industry drags on, more and more companies are screaming "Do over" under the protective blanket of Chapter 11. After exhausting all other avenues, Metromedia Fiber Network ( Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors. "We are committed to taking the painful but necessary steps to ensure stability and long-term success fo...


SkyStream launches carrier-class video router

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Traditionally, technology platforms from SkyStream Networks have enabled satellite video delivery for broadcasters and enterprises, but the company is aiming a new video services router at the service provider and carrier markets. Telcos, especially, are looking to include video service in their voice-data packages, but they'll need to do it while keeping operating and capital costs low over th...


Juniper snags IP networking unit

May 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to rake in more customers and gain some ground on rival Cisco Systems Inc., Juniper Networks Inc. has made a $740 million play for Unisphere Networks Inc. The IP infrastructure company will fork over $375 million in cash and 36.5 million shares to Unisphere parent Siemens. Juniper's stock closed Friday, May 17 at $9.


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