Stories by James Cope

Unified messaging

Unified messaging is the term for a system that provides access to e-mail, voice and fax messages through a single common interface, usually an e-mail client application.

Peer-to-Peer Network

A peer-to-peer network is one in which two or more PCs share files and access to devices such as printers without requiring a separate server computer or server software.

AT&T partners with Accenture in $2.6B outsourcing deal

AT&T Corp. and Accenture Ltd. announced what Betsy Bernard, AT&T Consumer's president and CEO, called a co-sourcing arrangement: a US$2.6 billion, five-year partnership deal between the two companies aimed at decreasing the cost of AT&T's consumer customer care while boosting consumer revenues.

AT&T Broadband to merge with Comcast in $72B deal

After six months of conversations with a number of suitors, AT&T Corp. agreed to merge its cable television and broadband unit with Comcast Corp. in a US$72 billion deal, creating a new company called AT&T Comcast Corp.

Nortel taps Greg Mumford for CTO post

Nortel Networks Corp. yesterday announced the appointment of Greg Mumford, 55, as chief technology officer, a position that hadn't been officially filled since February, when Bill Hawe left the company.

Sprint drops ION, freezes fixed wireless service

Sprint Corp. last week announced that it's pulling the plug on ION, its converged communications system, and putting a hold on sales of its broadband fixed wireless service until "substantial progress" is made in developing a new version of that technology.

Alcatel reports optical transmission rate record

In what it claimed is a world record for unrepeated optical transmission over undersea cables, Paris-based Alcatel SA announced today that it had achieved in a test data throughput rates of 1.6T bit/sec. over a distance of 321 kilometers.

Nortel introduces Web switching-based module

On Tuesday, Nortel Networks introduced a module based on its Alteon Web switching technology that that adds Layer 4-7 capabilities to its existing Passport 8600 network switch.

Cisco moves backbone routers to network edges

Cisco Systems this week rolled out two high-end IP routers aimed at network service providers and made its 12000 series of backbone routers available for use at the edges of networks.

EDS wins $9 million U.S. Navy contract

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) was awarded a US$9 million contract by the U.S. Navy to add a Web-based user portal to the Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI).

Hidden xSPs take root

CIO Fred Johnson oversees Inc.'s floral delivery e-commerce site from his office in Downers Grove, Ill., but you won't find his Web servers there. Nor will you find them in Toronto, where's application service provider (ASP), Novator Systems, designs the content for the site, uses its proprietary e-commerce applications to process orders and manages the network.'s Web servers actually run in a secure cage at a data center in Jersey City, N.J., operated by another service provider, Exodus Communications.

Novell set to release NetWare 6 in October

Novell Inc. last week announced plans for a mid-October release of NetWare 6, a new version of the struggling company's network operating system that's supposed to free users from the need to install NetWare client software on their PCs.

NetWorld+Interop tries wireless Net

Symbol Technologies Inc. passed out 11M bit/sec. wireless LAN cards like popcorn at Networld+Interop and set up wireless access points throughout the Georgia World Congress Center to give attendees with laptops untethered access to the Internet and the network supporting the show.