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Motorola bows DCT2000 alternative

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to give cable operators a way to compete with DBS providers in the delivery of digital programming on multiple televisions at a relatively low cost, Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has introduced the DCT1700 set-top. The interactive digital set-top has been designed to offer the same services as the ubiquitous DCT2000 line of boxes, but at a lower cost.

Comcast debuts HDTV in Washington metro area

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. is delivering on an earlier promise to deliver high-definition television to the Washington metro region. The HDTV service sports programming from local broadcasters, including WJLA (ABC), WUSA (CBS), WRC (NBC), WETA (PBS) as well as premium channels HBO and Showtime.


Time Warner Cable taps Convergys

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Time Warner Cable has drafted Convergys Corp. to provide its outsourced billing services in another division. The latest: Convergys will deliver its services in TWC's Eastern Carolina division. Although financial terms were not disclosed, the multi-year agreement calls for Convergys to operate and maintain its converged "Integrated Communications Operations Management System" (ICOMS) billing an...


XO, Forstmann part ways

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After months of jockeying back and forth, XO Communications Inc. has agreed to end its accord with buyout firm Forstmann Little & Co. and Telefonos de Mexico SA (TELMEX), for some cash of course. In June, Forstmann and TELMEX raised the possibility of walking away from a planned $800 million investment in the troubled XO.

FCC investigates ways to help telecom sector

October 13, 2002 8:00 pm | by Patrick Thibodeau | Comments

Copyright 2002 Computerworld, Inc. Computerworld…10/14/2002 From LexisNexis Finding ways to restore health to the ailing telecommunications sector is a top priority for the Federal Communications Commission. But the forecast for the industry overall, which has lost approximately 500,000 jobs and is saddled with as much as $1 trillion in debt, remains gloomy, the commission was told by a p...

Duo tunes for on-demand concerts

October 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by David Bloom | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…10/11/2002 From LexisNexis Digital TV specialist Liberate Technologies is partnering with Signatures Network to create an on-demand service providing concerts, music videos, backstage footage and other video programming featuring more than 125 acts including Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, Kiss, Britney Spears and U2.

Sprint bows managed IP telephony

October 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sprint rolls out Sprint IP Telephony Services to manage and maintain its customers' networks. The service, which is designed to take away the need for customers to manage their networks, offers a combination of Sprint's management, monitoring and maintenance services for IP-based voice services. Sprint is using Cisco Systems ' Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data (AVVID) to help po...

Nortel gains, Juniper slips

October 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Quarterly results offer a mixed bag. Nortel Networks ' shares were up nearly 7 percent, following news that the telecom gear maker will post third-quarter revenue in line with expectations. Juniper Networks ' shares were off 4 percent on news that it posted a 25 percent year-over-year drop in revenue.


Buzztime helps reduce churn

October 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Buzztime is more than just a source of fun and games, the interactive trivia channel has helped MSO Susquehanna Communications (SusCom) retain customers. SusCom launched Buzztime services in June. In July, 26 percent of SusCom digital cable customers in York, Pa. played the trivia channel. At the end of September, 42 percent of York's digital subscribers had played.

The Street unmoved by Lucent's planned cuts

October 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A layoff announcement made by telecom equipment giant Lucent Technologies Inc. failed to stir up panic on Wall Street today. The Nasdaq was up 35 points in mid-day trading action. Today's announcement will result in 10,000 more Lucent workers getting their walking papers by the end of fiscal 2003. Once complete, Lucent will have a work force of 35,000, at its peak, Lucent had more than 100,000 ...

Cox telephony leaves customers satisfied

October 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. is doing something right with its digital telephony service pack, according to a recent customer survey. Ninety percent of the telephony customers surveyed said they were satisfied with the service. The survey also found that 97 percent said they were unlikely to switch to another service and 94 percent said they would recommend the service to a friend.

SeaChange integrates SecureMedia software

October 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SeaChange International Inc. will beef up its video-on-demand system with the addition of digital rights management features. The VOD systems provider plans to integrate SecureMedia Inc.'s Encryptonite System (DRM) software to increase the secure levels of encryption, key management and rights enforcement for content delivered in IP-based VOD applications.

Wi-Fi hits the books at Borders

October 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In August T-Mobile inked a deal to serve up Wi-Fi at select Starbucks coffeehouses, and now the company has entered a new chapter for its wireless high-speed Internet access through a deal with Borders bookstores. The agreement calls for T-Mobile USA Inc. to provide its T-Mobile HotSpot service to roughly 400 Borders Books and Music locations nationwide beginning in early 2003.

Study: Cable services sector set to grow

October 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Nasdaq may be trading at 1,142 and demand in the telecom sector may still be weak, but one analysis sees the cable services sector as a silver lining. CIBC World Markets is predicting that although near-term growth will be flat, long-term growth in the cable services sector will be spurred by the companies in this market segment that offer advanced services.

FCC levies heavy fine on SBC

October 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has imposed its highest fine ever. Regulators have fined SBC Communications Inc. $6 million for not meeting requirements to open up its network to competitors. In January, the commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability saying it appeared that SBC has "willfully and repeatedly" violated conditions calling for the company to offer the same network-acces...


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