Stories by James Cope

  • 3Com says it will rival Cisco with new 48-port switch

    Saying it hopes to displace Cisco Systems as the preferred vendor among small and midsize users that are upgrading their networks, 3Com announced today that it would double the port density of its Layer 4 Ethernet switch lineup with the introduction of its SuperStack 3 Switch 4400 48-port device.

  • Nortel expects $3.6bn loss, more layoffs

    Telecommunication equipment maker Nortel Networks yesterday announced a projected loss for the third quarter of $US3.6 billion and said it would lay off an additional 10,000 employees.

  • 8,500 take Lucent early retirement package

    Lucent Technologies announced last week 8,500 of the 10,000 employees who were offered early retirement incentives as a part of the telecommunications equipment maker's job cuts took them.

  • Analysts: Lucent future unsettled after Alcatel no-go

    Tuesday's collapse of merger talks between financially troubled Lucent Technologies and telecommunications equipment rival Alcatel SA leaves Lucent facing an uncertain future and may have cost the company its best chance at a deal that would erase those doubts, according to analysts.

  • Nortel focused on Ethernet over optical fibre

    Nortel Networks announced its strategy to use 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GE) over optical fibre this week to simplify network management and to speed traffic between the enterprise and long-haul optical connection points.

  • N+I - IP telephony to take centre stage

    As network equipment buyers and vendors gather this week at the Networld+Interop (N+I) conference, both camps will have a special type of convergence on their minds: sending voice and data as IP packets over a single network.

  • Nortel slashes again

    In an announcement last week, Nortel Networks warned that its first-quarter earnings would likely be even worse than forecast last month and said it would cut another 5000 jobs.

  • Cisco earnings disappoint by a penny

    Historically, Cisco Systems has beaten Wall Street earnings expectations by a penny a share. But in its conference call with analysts after the market closed yesterday, the networking giant reported that second-quarter earnings would come in at 18 cents per share, one cent off analysts' predictions.

  • Lucent to lay off 10,000, close manufacturing plants

    Under pressure from analysts and investors, financially troubled Lucent Technologies this week outlined an aggressive restructuring program calling for 10,000 jobs to be cut and two manufacturing facilities to be closed.

  • Ex-Lucent exec becomes chairman of Avaya

    In a convoluted case of executive swapping, Lucent Technologies spin-off Avaya named former Lucent vice-president Patricia Russo to be its chairman - a position last held by Henry Schacht, who gave up the job two months ago to become interim chairman and CEO at Lucent.