CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. CableLabs, a non-profit industry consortium, had hoped to certify the first retail cable modems for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) compatibility in December, but now expects to do so during the first quarter of 1999. "We are really attempting to make sure that when a vendor puts a modem on the market we have done as thorough a job as possible to make sure it comports with specifications," said Mike Schwartz, an executive at CableLabs. The next test will be conducted Dec. 7, and will subject the modems to 2,300 different test points.
CNET también está disponible en español, Don't show this again, Carriers such as Qwest or Williams--in addition to Level 3 Communications and IXC Communications--could be the dominant telcos of the future, These companies rely on new fiber optic, IP-based networks iphone case necklace to transmit voice and data traffic at far lower prices than traditional circuit-based schemes, But only if that's what they intend to do; especially since many of the leaders in the industry have a history of selling off their networks to larger companies..
Expanding Their ReachLast week, Qwest announced a $700 million joint venture with Dutch telecommunications company KPN to expand service to Europe. In another ambitious play, natural gas pipeline company Williams said it will spin off its Williams Communications telecom business in an initial public offering. The IPO, expected to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission during the second quarter of 1999, would help raise money to fund the capital-intensive job of building a national network.
But Williams Communications, backed by the monetary muscle of its natural resource-oriented parent, would seem to be on more solid financial footing than some of the other emerging carriers, Built to Sell? Some of the industry leaders have a history of selling off their networks, Level 3 Communications' chief executive Jim Crowe sold his MFS network to WorldCom in 1996, Now he's frantically building a new iphone case necklace network with plans to complete it within four to six years, Likewise, Williams' WilTel communications unit once operated 11,000 miles of fiber, playing in the wholesale data market in the late 1980s and early 1990s, The company then sold the bulk of the capacity to WorldCom in 1995, A three-year non-compete clause expired in January and now Williams--and it's soon-to-be-public communications business--are building out 32,000 miles of fiber, More than 18,000 miles will be completed by the end of the year, according to the company..
Some analysts have pegged Qwest as a prime takeover target, pointing to the company's shiny new network--the envy of many telecommunications companies--along with an accompanying lack of name recognition in the consumer market. Owning capacity in both the United States and Europe makes Qwest more attractive to larger long distance and local phone companies, analysts said. "It's a necessary evil to expand internationally but I think it's with the idea of being taken over," said Philip Wohl, a telecommunications analyst at S&P Equity Group. "That's what they're doing here.".
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