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Lucent Technologies introduced Wednesday additional technology that will make it easier for telecom carriers to offer video services over DSL (digital subscriber line) high-speed Internet equipment. The hardware supplements Lucent's Stinger line of DSL gear and offers Internet users download connections that are up to six times faster than current speeds. The additional technology enables carriers to offer HDTV (high-definition television). Lucent said Canada-based SaskTel is the first carrier to use the new gear, which runs on IP (Internet protocol) as well as ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) telecom standards.
Start-up Equipe Communications garnered $40 million Tuesday in a third round of funding from investors, bringing the company's total funding to $103 million since its inception. New investor Sequoia Capital Partners led the third round of funding, which also included new investors Ciena and Silicon Valley BancVentures. In addition, optical networking equipment maker Ciena and Equipe pledged to share technical and strategic information as part of a new relationship between the two companies, Equipe said. Equipe makes a network device that lets a service provider migrate from networks based on asynchronous transfer mode, or ATM, to the Internet, or IP, and its associated technologies.
Global Crossing announced Wednesday that it will now offer telecom services tailored to carry audio, video and other forms of media content. The service runs on ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) technology, which is suited to carry data-heavy visual images. Global Crossing will target customers such as media and entertainment companies that want to digitally broadcast their programs to viewers, as well as government agencies and hospitals that need reliable transmission services for documents such as X-rays or maps. Global Crossing announced last week that it filed for bankruptcy and accepted a $750 million cash investment from Hutchinson Whampoa and Singapore Technologies Telemedia in return for a joint majority stake in the company, which shut out existing shareholders from any ownership.
Router maker Unisphere Networks, a private company hoping to go public soon, said Monday it is shipping a new device intended for network operators that want to migrate to Internet-based systems without throwing away older layouts built with asynchronous transfer mode, or ATM, network technology. The speedy 320-gigabits-per-second device, called the MRX, is intended to be used in conjunction with the company's current ERX line of routers, which have garnered the No. 2 position behind Cisco Systems in the so-called edge router market. Juniper Networks remains the No. 2 provider of high-end routers.
Williams Communications on Thursday announced a worldwide expansion of its services, amid concerns about its financial health. Williams said it now offers data services over network protocols like frame relay and ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) in more than 20 countries, including Australia, France and Japan. The Tulsa, Okla.-based company also expanded its private-line services into major cities, including London and Paris, and will increase its services in places like Belgium and Ireland. The expansion comes as Standard & Poor's cut Williams' credit rating Tuesday over concerns that the carrier may not be able to fund its business plan past 2002. Williams CEO Howard Janzen said in a letter to shareholders Wednesday that the action will not increase the company's borrowing costs and that the company will continue to expand services to increase revenue.