RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Did Cisco Systems’ lawsuit against Huawei Technologies gain momentum through the arrests of three entrepreneurs in China? Could be.

A telecom analyst in Beijing tells Reuters that the case of the former Huawei employees bodes well for Cisco, which sued Huawei over intellectual property issues, alleging the Chinese networking giant appropriated Cisco technology for use in routers and networking gear.

“They went after the small fish, not the big fish who could spill a lot of Huawei secrets,” Gu Wenjie of the firm MFC Insight told Reuters. “This is great for Cisco in its lawsuit against Huawei. You can’t just copy people and go after others for copying you.”

Rather candid comments coming from an analyst based in China’s capital about a firm founded in 1988 by a former officer in the People’s Liberation Army!

According to Reuters, the three men were arrested after leaving Huawei and forming their own company, Shanghai Huke technology, which builds optical transmission equipment. Reuters says Huawei at one time encouraged employees to start their own companies but became concerned when its market share started to slide.

Network router sales increasing?

Infonetics Research has some good news for Cisco, Nortel and other telecom hardware manufacturers. The company says network router sales should increase 14 percent by 2006 to $4.1 billion. Sales increased 2 percent in the enterprise router sector the second quarter to $896 million, with Cisco dominating sales.

GeorgiaWeb MBA underway

The GeorgiaWeb MBA program, a collaborative effort of five universities, welcomed its third round of students over the weekend. Some 30 students went through orientation, which allows students to earn a Masters via the Internet.

Kennesaw State, Valdosta State, Georgia Southern, the University of West Georgia, and Georgia College & State University participate in the program. The first classes were offered in January of 2001, and its first two groups have received their degrees.

The program reports an 89 percent graduation rate thus far. Thirty students are admitted each year.

If you would like more information about the program, drop an e-mail to Joe Bocchi (joe_bocchi@coles2.kennesaw.edu).