Malone has more than eye on Europe

Now it's a European empire. Cable magnate John C. Malone's cable connections are taking him into the overseas market in what observers call a potential European repeat of his American cable performance. Malone is becoming a majority shareholder in United Global Communications, whose European operation, United Pan-Europe Communications, represents about 70 percent of UGC's 2000 revenue, the New York Times reports.

Observers also say UPC's anticipated $5 billion in modernization of its systems can be partially offset by tapping into existing systems, including Discovery Channel, USA Networks and QVC. The channels are owned by Liberty Media, of which Malone is chair.

PH9000 eyes NLOS reach

Non-line-of-sight technology just got a boost from Speedcom's Wave Wireless Networking and its Speedlan PH9000, point-to-multipoint, last-mile wireless product line.

The product, based on Wave's PacketHop NLOS technology, will extend the reach of the Speedlan 8000 series by letting 8000-series customers upgrade with the PH9000, and allow the networks to reach nearly all subscribers, the company reports. It is designed to reach more than 90 percent of a sector's population by reducing the need for clear line-of-sight between the base and a subscriber's transceiver.

The line's first products are designed as either seamless pico-cell NLOS extensions to current 8000-series deployments or as part of any new multisector pico-cell deployments requiring NLOS tech.

Agere ups power of Scream

Amid IPO worries, Agere Systems still landed the lucrative contract to increase the power and processing performance of's Scream Service Creation Manager platforms for broadband networks.

How? just used Agere's PayloadPlus, three-chip network processor to increase power and performance from OC-3 to OC-48. The set will deliver Scream platforms with the smaller form factor, higher port density, increased scalability and reduced cooling requirements.

Network Equipment Technologies, dba, is a networking company focusing on increasing time-to-market.

SingTel gets Optus for $8.6 B

Singapore Telecommunications picked up the contract for Cable & Wireless Optus' Australian connection for roughly $8.55 billion, crowding out competitor Vodafone Pacific, which was burdened by waits for regulatory approval.

C&W, majority stakeholder in the separately traded Optus, is expected to announce the deal today.

Vodafone, already No. 3 in the Australian market, had announced a tentative offer last week. But regulatory scrutiny of its potential to own more than 50 percent of the market led to slowed negotiations. But Vodafone pulled out of the bidding today, the New York Times reports.

Com21 cable modems called Japan's No. 1

That means it's official. Com21 Inc.'s cable modems earned it a No. 1 spot in the Japanese broadband cable market, a distinction verified by research in Japan's New Media magazine, Com21 reports.

The modems — both the ATM-based ComUnity Access System and the DOCSIS-based Doxport — were chosen by more than 30 of Japan's cable operators.

Milpitas, Calif.-based Com21 supplies system solutions for the broadband access market.