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  • TI aims for GSM/GPRS market with $94M Condat bid

    Posted March 1, 2002 - 11:11 am

    Texas Instruments got a green light this week in its attempt to purchase German telecommunication-equipment maker and longtime partner Condat AG in a deal valued at
  • Bankrupt Global Crossing issues Q4 warning

    Posted February 27, 2002 - 3:29 pm

    Bankrupt international telecommunication service provider Global Crossing Holdings Ltd. Tuesday warned investors that the company will take billions of dollars in losses for the fourth quarter, along with announcing the resignation of yet another board member and a delay of its quarterly financial report.
  • BT cuts wholesale broadband prices by 40 percent

    Posted February 26, 2002 - 9:57 am

    British Telecommunications PLC has cut the price of wholesale broadband connections in the U.K. by 40 percent in an effort to stimulate the growth of "Broadband Britain," the company announced Tuesday.
  • Explainer: No, a local loop is not a road

    Posted February 25, 2002 - 3:54 pm

    At the heart of the broadband debate lies a wonky technical issue called network unbundling. Individual phone lines come together from under streets and over utility poles into a big rope made of tiny insulated wire phone lines -- the bundle -- at the phone company's computerized switchboard facility, called a central office.
  • Broadband on the brain

    Posted February 25, 2002 - 3:39 pm

    Over the past few weeks, it seems lobbyists, law makers, and policy experts in Washington, D.C., have become obsessed with the idea that the U.S. needs more high-speed Internet connections.
  • Toshiba to increase WLAN capacity with new antenna

    Posted February 22, 2002 - 1:35 pm

    Toshiba Corp. has developed a wireless LAN antenna which is able to support network connections with twice as many devices as existing antennas, the company recently announced.
  • Nortel boosts multiservice power with new switch

    Posted February 20, 2002 - 10:25 am

    Service providers that want to offer multiple services over a single infrastructure instead of maintaining parallel networks will get more horsepower for the job from Nortel Networks Corp. in the second quarter when it rolls out its largest multiservice switch yet.
  • Telecom Italia details future plans, keeps IT service

    Posted February 15, 2002 - 10:50 am

    The Telecom Italia Group will invest 16 billion euros (US$14 billion) over the next three years in a bid to become Europe's leading telecom operator, Group Chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera said Thursday.
  • Wireless 802.11 LAN demand soars

    Posted February 14, 2002 - 6:09 pm

    Wireless LANs that use the IEEE 802.11b and 802.11a standards stormed the market in the fourth quarter of last year, with revenue worldwide growing 21 percent sequentially from the third quarter, market research company Dell'Oro Group Inc. reported Thursday.
  • WTO asked to mediate U.S., Mexican carrier dispute

    Posted February 14, 2002 - 4:46 pm

    The ongoing battle between U.S. and Mexican telecom carriers stepped up Wednesday when the Office of the U.S Trade Representative made good on its threat to request a World Trade Organization panel look into complaints that Mexico has failed to sufficiently open up its cross-border telecom market, resulting in inflated prices and stifled competition.
  • Telecom accounting questions cross the Atlantic

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 5:17 pm

    Responding to inquiries about accounting practices, U.K.-based Cable and Wireless PLC and pan-European telecommunication service provider KPNQwest NV Wednesday denied any impropriety in the manner in which they accounted for sales of fiber-optic network capacity.
  • IDC: Telecom turnaround on hold until 2003

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 11:47 am

    Canada's beleaguered telecommunications sector may have to wait until 2003 for any big turnaround, according to a report from IDC Canada Ltd.
  • Apple, Ericsson, Sun team on wireless content platform

    Posted February 13, 2002 - 11:03 am

    Apple Computer Inc., L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. partnered to create a technology platform for delivering multimedia content such as movie clips and news programs to wireless devices, the companies announced Tuesday.
  • UPDATE - CERT: Flaws in SNMP could threaten 'Net

    Posted February 12, 2002 - 4:57 pm

    Flaws in how SNMP is implemented in a raft of products could allow attackers to stage DoS attacks, take over systems and threaten the Internet, according to a new alert from CERT/CC.
  • Nortel warns of tough quarter prior to investor talk

    Posted February 12, 2002 - 3:09 pm

    Nortel Networks Corp. Tuesday told investors that weak demand for its telecommunication and network equipment among carriers will make the first months of 2002 a challenging quarter for meeting revenue forecasts.
  • Siemens to stay single in mobile phone market

    Posted February 12, 2002 - 12:13 pm

    Siemens AG is no longer seeking a merger candidate for its mobile phone division, but will enter into limited partnerships, the German electronics maker said Tuesday.
  • Belgium delays 3G services rollout

    Posted February 11, 2002 - 3:42 pm

    The Belgian government has postponed the launch of third generation mobile phone services by a year because neither the network nor the handsets are ready yet, Regine Van Tomme, a spokeswoman for telecom minister Rik Daems said Monday.
  • Study warns local loop unbundling failing in Europe

    Posted February 11, 2002 - 12:41 pm

    Despite regulation and the threat of litigation by the EC, Europe's record on unbundling telecommunication local loops remains abysmal, with less than 0.01 percent of European incumbents' lines having been unbundled to new entrants, according to a study published Monday by the European Competitive Telecommunications Association.
  • Phone losses curb WorldCom Q4 earnings

    Posted February 7, 2002 - 2:11 pm

    WorldCom Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer Bernard Ebbers came out swinging on a conference call with investors following the company's release of fourth quarter and annual financial reports Thursday morning, trying to dispel market rumors of the company's financial troubles.
  • BT promises broadband price cuts, announces Q3 profit

    Posted February 7, 2002 - 11:11 am

    BT Group reported a Q3 pretax profit excluding one-off items of
  • UPDATE - Cisco Q2 earnings beat estimates

    Posted February 7, 2002 - 10:01 am

    Cisco Systems Inc. had net income of $660 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2002, on revenue of $4.8 billion, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
  • Partial Cisco financial results leak early

    Posted February 6, 2002 - 2:36 pm

    Cisco Systems Inc. told the world ahead of its scheduled financial release Wednesday afternoon that it will outperform earnings per share and revenue estimates, after an information leak sprung internally on Tuesday evening about its second-quarter bookings.
  • ISP pushes net access branding to final frontier

    Posted February 6, 2002 - 11:31 am

    In the hope that Trekkies can translate into paying ISP customers, EarthLink Inc. and Viacom Inc. subsidiary Paramount Digital Entertainment have joined to create an ISP themed around the popular sci-fi television show "Star Trek." It will be called StarTrek.net, the companies announced.
  • SafeWeb switches to secure extranet hardware

    Posted February 6, 2002 - 11:04 am

    SafeWeb Inc., formerly best known for its free online privacy tool, has completed its transition to a focus on enterprise customers. The company has released its first Secure Extranet Appliance, called SEA Tsunami, SafeWeb said in a statement.
  • MSN offers portal, Hotmail for mobile users

    Posted February 6, 2002 - 10:54 am

    Microsoft Corp. has launched a version of its MSN Internet portal for mobile devices, and will offer access to its Hotmail Web-based e-mail service over cell phones.

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