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"Neophyte home-networking" users should snap it up. HighSpeed Surfing Inc. says even those novices can use the wireless router it's partnering on with Delta Networks Inc. The two have "pledged" to support the WG 100 by customizing the applications required by cable operators, they say. The WG 100 comes with a 4-port auto sensing 10 or 100 Mbps fast Ethernet switch, and a one uplink push button for cascading to another hub or switch. Based on IEEE 802.11b standards and Wi-Fi compliant, it targets home networkers. Of any level. …

NCR Corp.'s Worldwide Customer Services unit expanded its contract with Nortel Networks to the tune of $10 million over six years. Last year, the two agreed that NCR would be provider of first line maintenance services for optical and carrier products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Now, NCR will manage the end-to-end process for hardware maintenance "incidents," and Nortel will remain initial contact for customer calls. …

Eagle Broadband subsidiary ClearWorks officially turned on its bundled digital services in Houston's toney Lakes of Eldridge community. The lighting gives homeowners access to digital cable-style TV over fiber, with 200 plus channels. The service includes local and long-distance phone service, broadband Internet connectivity and security monitoring services. …

IP and data services provider Equant is cutting 3,000 jobs, or 20 percent of its global workforce. About 1,500 will occur by year's end. The company cites its merger two months ago with Global One for the cuts, and says the changes affect all of its functions and regional operations. The cuts also will save about $100 million a year, Equant says. …

It's no $200 million Powerball or anything, but Cognigine Corp. landed an extra $8 million in Series B financing, bringing the round's total to $22.5 million. The maker of broadband and optical semiconductors also pulled in lease financing of $2.5 million. All of the funds will go to development of the company's single chip network processor used in OC-192 and 10 Gig Ethernet applications, it says. It also will fund sales and marketing. …

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