Media DVX has announced that it has expanded its digital video distribution network to more than 1,000 broadcast and cable stations nationwide. With its expanded national footprint, the Media DVX network is now the industry's largest digital video delivery network.

The United Telecom Council continued to strongly urge the Federal Communications Commission not to adopt the Private Wireless Compromise proposal due to the legal inadequacies, administrative complexity and poor policy directions the proposal contains. In comments filed last month, UTC also “questioned the FCC's authority to adopt a secretly negotiated contract among a few parties involved and to impose it on thousands of licensees who have had no part in the agreements underlying it.”

FMC Telecom Inc. has announced that it has acquired Satellite Media Solutions. SMS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of FMC. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kyocera Solar Inc. has been chosen by Siemens Communications to provide solar-powered systems for telecommunication projects in Ethiopia and Uganda. The photovoltaic systems will power large microwave stations — allowing Ethiopia Telecommunications Corp. to expand its network to reach 54 new sites. Three additional PV systems will power telecommunications projects in Uganda. In Ethiopia, Kyocera Solar will provide 36 systems requiring a total of more than 1,500 Kyocera KC-120 solar modules. The PV systems will range from 960 watts to 14,800 watts each. Three 9,120-watt systems will be shipped to Uganda.

Harris Corp. and Rockwell Collins have announced that they will jointly develop and market interoperable ground and airborne communications products for the international marketplace. The proposed communications products will be based on Harris' Falcon II portfolio of tactical radios and Rockwell Collins' TALON family of airborne radios. Harris will incorporate the advanced TALON waveform into the RF 5800M and RF 5800U tactical radios, part of the Falcon II family. Rockwell Collins will incorporate the Harris Quicklook 1A waveform and Harris Citadel embedded encryption into its TALON airborne multiband radios.

CTEL Inc. announced that its board of directors has approved the continuance of its stock repurchase program. The program was originally approved by the Board and announced in August 2002, and provided for the repurchase of up to one million shares. This represented roughly 5 percent of the company's outstanding equity. PCTEL completed its repurchase of the initial one million shares. PCTEL plans to repurchase up to one million additional shares on the open market from time to time. The company's repurchase activities will be at management's discretion based on market conditions and the price of the company's common stock.