Comcast made official its choice of Nortel’s optical equipment and Cisco’s routing system for the MSO’s backbone-something that’s been assumed for many months. — CSG completed the sale of its software and services division to Comverse. — Liberty Global’s UPC Ireland completed its acquisition of NTL Ireland (539K video subs). — The New York Times hired Cable Ready as the exclusive intl distributor of its TV library. — Paxson’s broadcast stations are worth $2.3bln, according to an appraiser hired by the troubled broadcaster.