With layoffs that could eventually hit 16,000 workers, Lucent Technologies is
in the process of disbanding its cable group as the company explores ways to
combine overlapping products or scrap them altogether, sources said.
Lucent's 'PathStar' line, being used by some cable operators for
voice-over-Internet-protocol trials, 'if not dead is on the chopping block,' a
source close to the situation said. Many PathStar group employees have also been
let go, causing problems for MSOs that have deployed the equipment.
Comcast Corp. -- which is using PathStar gear for its VoIP trial in Union,
N.J. -- has racks of the equipment on its hands, and the MSOs calls to what's
left of the PathStar staff have gone relatively unanswered, sources said.
Time Warner Cable is also using Lucent's equipment for a VoIP pilot in
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Lucent officials could not be reached for
comment by press time.