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Insight calls on Cedar Point

Sun, 04/03/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Insight Communications has selected Cedar Point Communications' flagship packet switching platform to power its forthcoming rollout of primary-line IP telephony services.

Insight has yet to reveal how quickly it will rollout VoIP, or which markets it will target first. The MSO presently offers telephone service using traditional circuit-switched technology to about 60,000 customers in parts of Louisville and Lexington, Ky.; Evansville, Ind.; and Columbus, Ohio.

The terms of the non-exclusive deal were not disclosed. "We never sign exclusive deals, but we are definitely moving ahead with Cedar Point," an Insight spokeswoman said. Insight tests of Cedar Point's platform "have demonstrated that it can deliver the high-quality, highly-reliable services that we need to successfully deploy primary line service," said Insight CTO Charlie Dietz, in a statement.

Cedar Point is the latest vendor Insight has disclosed for its VoIP plans. Last week, the operator announced it would also support the service with ARRIS' PacketCable 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system.

The deal marks another big win for Cedar Point, which already has deals or deployments in place with MSOs such as Comcast Cable, Charter Communications, Cablemas of Mexico, Bresnan Communications, Cable Pacifico of Columbia, Omnivision of Argentina, Grupo TVCable of Ecuador, and Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico (through a partnership with Net2Phone).

CedarPoint's claim to fame is the SAFARI C3, an IP platform that combines several PacketCable network elements - including the call management server, signaling gateway, record keeping server and announcement server — into one device. Though the all-in-one package aims for VoIP simplicity, several cable operators are also opting for a more distributed PacketCable architecture.

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