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A tale of two companies and their two-way cable upgrade

Tue, 03/26/2002 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Two companies teamed on a coaxial-cable system upgrade at a Florida apartment complex, and pulled it off without retrenching or rewiring.

Ikusi Telecommunications and Coresma turned the former one-way cable system into a two-way plant, upgrading the basic cable and dialup services to much faster connections and services. The complex houses students from a nearby technical college who needed the speed.

The two companies installed and deployed hardware at the Windover Health Club, a 236-unit apartment complex in Melbourne, Fla. The cable plant was 20 years old, and services were limited to basic cable and dialup Internet.

Ikusi VP of Engineering Ivan Moore says it's hard to pin down how much money or time was saved by using the new process. The calculations have too many variables. Ikusi's part alone could run about $14 a door for electronics, and doesn't include the three to four days of labor, he says.

Some industry calculations put multiple dwelling unit new builds at about $400 to $700 a door. Moore would not speculate on costs of a rebuild.

Ikusi deployed its TAL-880 series outdoor distribution amplifiers through the development and at the cable plant's headend. Its passive components, such as the RMT series of taps and the RLDC series of splitters and couplers, were installed through the property, as well.

Coresma installed its cable modem termination system at the Windover headend and deployed its Phazer cable modems in subscribers' apartments.

The complex's ISP, ClickQuick1.net, then upgraded its service offerings to the tenants, as did Satellite Broadcasting Corp., the property's private cable operator.

Tenants now get a chance at high-speed Internet, DirecTV service and 15 channels of basic TV.

Ikusi has several such projects "in the pipeline," Moore says. "This is a core market for us, renovating old systems. There's a big demand," although, he says, franchise rebuilds, rather than those of systems in multiple dwelling units, are a bigger market for the company.

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