Broadband briefs for 6/21/06

Wed, 06/21/2006 - 7:01am
CED staff

Louisiana op future-proofs with Ciena

Allen’s TV Cable Service, a regional cable operator serving south central Louisiana, revealed it has deployed Ciena Corp.’s CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform. ATVC was inspired to fortify its services infrastructure with the Ciena equipment as a hedge against the type of damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year.

Shortly after the hurricanes, ATVC ordered the CN 4200, and within eight days established point-to-point communications links for its business customers along the Gulf Coast.

Ciena says its CN 4200 is the first multiservice transport and service aggregation platform capable of supporting the migration to packet networks using future-ready technology such as ITU G.709 Optical Transport Network, dynamic wavelength routing featuring a hybrid ROADM solution, software-defined service ports, and remote service provisioning and management capabilities.

Cox mobilizes workforce with TOA

Cox Communications is leveraging a workforce management system from TOA Technologies in parts of Kansas and Arkansas, and in Gainsville, Fla.

The ETAdirect 3.0 system from TOA is designed to improve costs through more efficient routing and scheduling, which also results in fewer missed customer appointments and stronger job tracking and reporting.

Cox Director of Field Services Mark Leuenberger said Cox was able to get the system up and running in four weeks, while getting the staff up to speed and trained on it took an hour per employee. Training employees on other workforce management systems, in comparison, can take several days, he added.

TOA CEO Yuval Brisker said customers of the ETAdirect system typically recoup the costs of annual fees in the first 48 hours following deployment.

CTAM Summit to host MySpace marketer

Shawn Gold, chief marketing officer of, is scheduled to speak at the CTAM Summit in Boston on Tuesday, July 18. Gold is in charge of marketing and content for the social networking Web site, which has nearly 100 million registered members.

Gold will draw from his experiences when he addresses Summit attendees and will help them answer a number of questions that are puzzling programmers, broadband and cable executives: What content connects? How is user-generated content perceived? What are the advertiser integration opportunities? How can cable play in the social networking world?

Juniper system supports PacketCable Multimedia Web Services Interface

Juniper Networks said its Service Deployment System (SDX-300) supports CableLabs’ new PacketCable Multimedia Web Services Interface (WSI) specification. The WSI provides an open interface between application servers and PCMM-compliant application managers, enabling applications to dynamically request resources on a cable providers' network. Potential applications could include a "turbo" button for faster downloads, increased bandwidth for high-definition video on demand, or superior quality of service for an online gaming session.

Fujitsu to resell BelAir products; Offers metro wireless mesh solution

Fujitsu Network Communications now has available an end-to-end, turnkey solution that includes Wi-Fi mesh products from BelAir Networks and comprehensive professional services from Fujitsu. To seal the relationship between the two, Fujitsu is now able to resell BelAir Networks’ entire portfolio of carrier-class Wi-Fi products.


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