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  • Qualcomm talks tough on patents, 4G

    The race to define and build next-generation broadband wireless networks is in full swing. And though Qualcomm doesn't like to use the 4G (fourth-generation) term, the company -- a key supplier of chip technology for today's 3G (third-generation) networks -- is already moving to stake its claim in the emerging market for super-fast wireless services.

    11 May 07 14:39 Written by John Blau
  • Future growth demands wireless ISPs

    Aspiring entrepreneurs can only dream about a track record like Selina Lo's. First there was Centillion, a networking startup that Lo co-founded, and Bay Networks purchased for US$100 million in 1994. Lo's next act was Alteon, a maker of Gigabit Ethernet adapters that Lo joined in 1996 and transformed into Alteon WebSystems, a maker of content-aware switching hardware, before helping to sell Alteon to Nortel at the apex of the dot-com craze in July, 2000, for US$7.8 billion. It was a master stroke of good marketing and good timing that made Lo very wealthy.

    26 Feb. 07 14:11 Written by Paul Roberts
  • Killian: Verizon-MCI merger is meeting goals

    Verizon Business, an operating unit formed after Verizon Communications acquired MCI, marked its one-year anniversary on Jan.6. The U.S.-based operation expects total revenue to exceed US$20 billion for 2006, leading Verizon Business President John Killian to call it "a very good first year." In a recent interview with Computerworld, Killian talked about the past year, the competition and the future of his business unit.

    22 Jan. 07 11:11 Written by Matt Hamblen
  • What Redback acquisition means to Ericsson

    With its US$2 billion (AUD$2.55 billion) acquisition of Redback Networks this week, Ericsson is now in direct competition with some of its biggest partners -- Cisco and Juniper -- in the red-hot carrier edge routing market. However, the company says the move is more of an effort to obtain IP and Ethernet technology it can use to pull its telecom and mobile infrastructure products forward into the IP-based future of telecom, says Karl Thedeen, vice president of wireline products for the Swedish vendor. But that's not to say Ericsson isn't looking to grow Redback's market share and technology itself. Thedeen expanded on the merger this week with Phil Hochmuth. [The following is an edited transcript.]

    22 Dec. 06 10:00 Written by Phil Hochmuth
  • Wi-Fi Alliance exec defends about-face

    On Aug. 29, the Wi-Fi Alliance unexpectedly announced it would reverse is oft-repeated decision to do no interoperability testing of 100+Mbps wireless LAN gear until final, formal ratification of the 802.11n standard. Instead, the industry group now plans to start testing in mid-2007 wireless LAN chipsets, components, NICs, and access points based on an emerging draft of the standard. Various vendors and industry analysts are predicting that the IEEE 11n task group will approve a 2.0 draft standard by early in 2007. WFA Managing Director Frank Hanzlik talks about this sudden change in the Alliance's position.

    04 Sept. 06 08:15 Written by John Cox
  • Nortel CTO: Cost, security worry customers

    Peter Carbone, chief architect at Nortel for nearly three years and the company's chief technology officer since late November, talked with Computerworld about what he called the "invisible network," technology innovations that will bring about next-generation networks and how Nortel's customers see the company. A Nortel veteran of 28 years, Carbone also said that security is an ever present and growing concern for companies as they move more of their business operations to the network.

    22 Dec. 05 10:00 Written by Matt Hamblen
  • Cisco exec on security, Black Hat brouhaha

    Jeff Platon, vice president of product marketing for security and application networking technology at Cisco Systems, talked this week with Computerworld about security technology at the networking company. Among the topics Platon touched on was the fallout from Cisco's handling of the Michael Lynn presentation at the Black Hat conference in July and voice-over-IP (VoIP) security.

    14 Oct. 05 12:07 Written by Matt Hamblen
  • Equant exec: Innovation is key to competition

    Barbara Dalibard, executive vice president at Paris-based France Telecom, is president and CEO of service provider Equant, which France Telecom purchased in August. After a recent technology demonstration in Cambridge, she talked with Computerworld about the need for innovations to stay ahead in the telecommunications field and how the company plans to use its global reach to set itself apart from competitors.

    12 Oct. 05 11:51 Written by Matt Hamblen
  • What's next for Windows

    Paul Flessner, former in-the-trenches IT guy and now senior vice president for server applications at Microsoft, wants to run the data center. His opening punch comes in November with the release of SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and the beta for BizTalk 2006. Flessner recently sat down with Network World Senior Editor John Fontana to talk about what lies ahead for Microsoft.

    29 June 05 10:14 Written by John Fontana
  • Avaya CEO on VOIP issues

    Avaya was borne out of AT&T/Lucent's legacy. But since its 2000 launch, the enterprise telephony vendor has tried to recast itself as an enterprise applications company, with a focus on voice. Recent moves include the migration of Avaya's legacy PBX to a Linux-based server application, and the introduction of an application server for partners and users to develop VOIP-integrated software such as applications that integrate VOIP and messaging with ERP software, Web sites or portals. Avaya CEO Donald Peterson recently discussed the company's evolution, as well as current trends in the enterprise VOIP market, with Network World Senior Editor Phil Hochmuth.

    26 May 05 12:09 Written by Phil Hochmuth
  • SAP aims at RFID standards development

    SAP and Intel have agreed to collaborate in developing technology that could someday pave the way for plug-and-play RFID (radio frequency identification) in the manufacturing, logistics and retailing sectors. The companies announced the partnership at the Cebit trade show last week.

    22 March 05 10:04 Written by John Blau
  • Nortel CTO sees big wireless year ahead

    Nortel Networks Chief Technology Officer Brian McFadden, who has worked at the Brampton, Ontario-based networking equipment provider for 25 years, spoke this week about the coming technologies in networking for 2005 -- and about Nortel's role in them. In his conversation with Computerworld senior writer Matt Hamblen, McFadden predicted that wireless technology will be a newsmaker and said innovative consumer products could quickly find their way into the corporate world.

    18 Jan. 05 10:57 Written by Matt Hamblen
  • IBM's Connors talks about Wi-Fi trends, plans

    A future built around pervasive wireless communication ranks high on IBM's list of the most important trends in "on-demand" computing, right up there with autonomic or self-healing networks, ever-speedier processors and modular hardware and software designs.

    06 Aug. 03 09:16 Written by Maryfran Johnson
  • Avaya CEO Don Peterson looks ahead

    Donald K. Peterson, the chairman and CEO of Avaya, came to the company from Lucent Technologies, where he was chief financial officer from 1996 to 2000. Avaya, spun off from Murray Hill, N.J.-based Lucent in October 2000, sells communications equipment, software and services, and services made up half of its US$5 billion revenue last year.

    30 July 03 10:55 Written by Matthew Hamblen
  • Java apps revolve around Sun

    From Project Relator to an internal program called JavaFirst, Sun Microsystems believes it's time developers started treating mobile devices like real computers. Mark Jones spoke with Sun's Rich Green, vice president of developer tools, and Jeff Anders, group marketing manager, at June's JavaOne show.

    02 July 03 11:11 Written by Mark Jones
  • Interview: Cell phone, PDA makers don boxing gloves

    The PDA has redefined mobile computing, but cell phone manufacturers are fighting back, funneling millions of dollars into extending phones' data and application functionality. Executive News Editor Mark Jones and Editor at Large Ephraim Schwartz pitted a PDA proponent, Hewlett-Packard's Ted Clark, against a cell phone advocate, Nokia's Randy Roberts. At stake: the future of handheld devices. The encounter was civil until the subject turned to operating systems.

    28 May 03 10:45 Written by Mark Jones and Ephraim Schwartz
  • Sonic helps organizations share information

    With its SonicXQ architecture, Sonic Software provides a backbone that helps organizations share information across the enterprise and across the Net. Sonic's vice president and chief technology evangelist, David Chappell, met with Steve Gillmor, News Editor Mark Jones, and Lead Analyst Jon Udell to discuss the importance of asynchronous Web services and the standards process surrounding the next generation of communications.

    09 Oct. 02 09:21 Written by Steve Gillmor, Mark Jones, Jon Udell, and Tom Yager
  • Novell CTO on Zenworks, company direction

    Alan Nugent, chief technology officer at Novell Inc. in Provo, Utah, joined the company in June after holding several jobs in technology top management, including roles as managing partner and CTO at Silver Spring, Md.-based Palladian Partners Inc. and CIO and CTO at Vectant Inc., a telecommunications and service provider in New York. He was also CIO at American Re-Insurance Co.

    02 Oct. 02 09:43 Written by Matt Hamblen
  • TechXNY: Toshiba focuses on mobile computing

    A resurgent Toshiba plans to put in place an ambitious mobile computing strategy based around wireless services that was outlined this week at TechXNY. In an interview, Oscar Koenders, Toshiba's vice president of Worldwide Product Planning, explains how ubiquitous wireless computing is going to transform Toshiba and the way we work and live.

    26 June 02 09:18 Written by Michael Vizard and Ephraim Schwartz
  • Interview: VC not giving up on carrier market

    St. Paul Venture Capital General Partner Rod Randall built a resume within the network industry at product companies such as Ascend, which got snapped up by Lucent Technologies, and Teleos, which was bought out by Madge. With today's grim IPO and merger markets, who knows if his current investments -- carrier infrastructure players Avian, Kenetec, SnowShore and Teltier, will ever go public or be acquired.

    15 May 02 09:31 Written by Bob Brown