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  • China Unicom to launch CDMA services on Dec. 31

    Posted December 24, 2001 - 11:03 am

    China United Telecommunications Corp. (China Unicom) is ready to begin offering commercial CDMA (code division multiple access) mobile phone services over its newly constructed national network from Dec. 31.
  • Microsoft makes broadband play with KT stake

    Posted December 24, 2001 - 10:50 am

    Microsoft Corp. has taken a further step into one of the world's most advanced broadband markets by picking up a stake in KT Corp., South Korea's de facto local telephone provider and the nation's leading broadband Internet provider.
  • AT&T-Comcast deal could create broadband powerhouse

    Posted December 21, 2001 - 11:55 am

    Players jockeying for position in the lucrative broadband market got a jolt Wednesday with the announcement that AT&T Corp. has agreed to merge its cable-television and broadband unit with Comcast Corp. to form a new powerhouse company.
  • NTT DoCoMo to invest more in AT&T Wireless

    Posted December 21, 2001 - 10:51 am

    NTT DoCoMo Inc. said Friday it will purchase additional AT&T Wireless Service Inc. shares to keep its stake in the U.S. operator at 16 percent after the completion of the TeleCorp PCS Inc. takeover.
  • AT&T merges cable unit with Comcast

    Posted December 20, 2001 - 10:24 am

    Capping months of bidding wars, AT&T Corp. yesterday announced it will merge its cable television and broadband unit with Comcast Corp. to create a cable giant serving nearly 22 million customers.
  • Telstra, PCCW buy Level 3's Asian operations

    Posted December 19, 2001 - 12:25 pm

    Reach, the joint venture between Australia's Telstra Corp. and Hong Kong's Pacific Century Cyberworks Ltd. has announced plans to acquire the Asian assets of U.S.-based broadband infrastructure company Level 3 Communications Inc.
  • NTT DoCoMo/SK Telecom alliance talks collapse

    Posted December 19, 2001 - 10:42 am

    Long-running talks between NTT DoCoMo Inc. and SK Telecom Co. Ltd. over the possibility of NTT DoCoMo taking a stake in the Korean carrier collapsed today.
  • Softbank, Yahoo to launch Japan telephone service

    Posted December 18, 2001 - 11:50 am

    Softbank Corp., Yahoo Japan Corp. and BB Technologies Corp. announced plans Tuesday to get into the telephony business, unveiling a new IP-based telephony service in Japan that charges a single rate for all calls within Japan and to the U.S.
  • Study: Mail is top corporate wireless app

    Posted December 18, 2001 - 9:33 am

    IT managers in large corporations are looking to wireless data WANs mostly for e-mail, and are grappling with challenges of security, costs and system integration in implementing them, according to a survey commissioned by research company Andrew Seybold's Outlook 4Mobility.
  • Report: Korea to offer Microsoft stake in carrier

    Posted December 17, 2001 - 2:30 pm

    The Korean government plans to offer Microsoft Corp. a slice of KT Corp., one of the largest broadband Internet service providers in the world, according to a report on the Korean Yonhap news service.
  • Excite UK to fold this week

    Posted December 17, 2001 - 1:03 pm

    Web portal Excite U.K. Ltd., a joint venture between bankrupt U.S. broadband provider Excite@Home Inc. and U.K. telecommunication company British Telecommunications PLC (BT), is to close this week. The site will "go dark" on Dec. 21, Excite confirmed today.
  • KPN confirms plans for I-mode in Europe

    Posted December 17, 2001 - 11:38 am

    Trials of a European version of the I-mode mobile Internet service will start this week in Germany and the Netherlands with commercial launch scheduled for early 2002, KPN Mobile NV said Monday.
  • CERT: Plug Secure Shell holes before the holidays

    Posted December 14, 2001 - 2:02 pm

    Administrators of Unix systems running Secure Shell should check all security holes are plugged before going home for the holidays because of increased hacker activity, say security experts.
  • AT&T's cable Internet service a thin slice of broadband

    Posted December 14, 2001 - 9:10 am

    AT&T Corp.'s switch of its AT&T Broadband Internet cable subscribers from the Excite@Home Inc. network to AT&T's own cable Internet service has been less than satisfactory for thousands of users who have been hit by service outages and slow connections.
  • Excite@Home killed by unexciting ad market

    Posted December 12, 2001 - 6:17 pm

    Excite@Home Inc. wanted to offer, via its Web portal, free content and free online services that were so compelling they would motivate companies to buy ads and would attract potential subscribers for the company's high-speed Internet service. But when the downturn in the online advertising market killed its Web portal business, Excite@Home became one more victim of the dot-com blowout.
  • BT appoints Lucent's Verwaayen as CEO

    Posted December 12, 2001 - 10:28 am

    U.K. telecommunication operator British Telecommunications PLC on Wednesday named Ben Verwaayen as chief executive officer, replacing Sir Peter Bonfield, who announced his departure in late October.
  • Court approves Excite@Home funding deal

    Posted December 11, 2001 - 5:14 pm

    Excite@Home Inc.'s deal for $355 million in stopgap funding from its cable partners was approved by a U.S. federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday, allowing the bankrupt company to operate its high-speed cable Internet service until Feb. 28 while its partners create their own networks.
  • IDC: IP telephony growing in Europe, despite obstacles

    Posted December 11, 2001 - 11:17 am

    Unit sales of IP telephones in Europe shot up 111 percent between 2000 and 2001, according to a new report by research firm International Data Corp.
  • Verizon sells TSI unit to GTCR for $800M

    Posted December 10, 2001 - 4:18 pm

    Verizon Communications Inc. announced that it would sell its TSI subsidiary to private capital management firm GTCR for approximately US$800 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter 2002.
  • AT&T Broadband acquisition discussions continue

    Posted December 10, 2001 - 4:12 pm

    AT&T Corp. is still mulling over competing bids from cable service providers for its AT&T Broadband business. Late last week, three cable companies -- Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc. and AOL Time Warner Inc. -- submitted acquisition offers for AT&T Broadband.
  • Cable & Wireless to acquire PSINet Japan

    Posted December 10, 2001 - 10:36 am

    Cable & Wireless PLC has agreed to purchase PSINet Japan Inc., the Japanese unit of bankrupt Internet service provider PSINet Inc., the companies announced Monday.
  • AT&T finishes moving Excite@Home customers

    Posted December 7, 2001 - 5:18 pm

    AT&T Corp.'s broadband unit announced Friday it has finished transferring 850,000 of its Internet service customers to its own network, six days after Internet service provider Excite@Home Inc. cut off their high-speed connections.
  • EarthLink to buy OmniSky subscribers, infrastructure

    Posted December 7, 2001 - 11:25 am

    Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. has announced it intends to acquire the installed subscriber base and wireless-infrastructure components of ailing wireless-applications developer and service provider OmniSky Corp.
  • Toshiba drops Siemens, will sell phones in Europe

    Posted December 6, 2001 - 12:32 pm

    Toshiba Corp. nixed its alliance with Siemens AG for the development of 3G mobile phones, but will sell its own handsets in Europe. Delays in the launch of 3G networks led to the breakup, Toshiba said.
  • Cisco unveils plan, products for optical networks

    Posted December 5, 2001 - 9:25 pm

    Amid a tough financial environment for service providers, Cisco Systems Inc. plans to continue investing in its optical-network equipment line to help carriers and corporations make better use of optical networks, the company announced.

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