Insight calls up voice vendors
Insight Communications has added two key names to its VoIP vendor lineup: ARRIS and Cedar Point Communications.
Insight has yet to reveal how quickly it will roll out 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 MSO has selected ARRIS' PacketCable 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system (CMTS) to support the service, as well as Cedar Point's flagship packet switching platform.
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.