say goodbye and you say hello
When IP Capsule first blasted off more than six months ago,
its objective was to report on IP's journey, comment on its
progress and translate the often-times complex structure of
the IP universe.
From all reports, it's off to a good beginning. Now, Brian
Santo, the newest member of CED's editorial staff,
will take over the controls of the Capsule. Be assured, Brian
will bring an edgy and well-informed presence to the newsletter.
In the meantime, I have been asked to contribute more regularly
to CED and Wireless Week magazines, and heavily
contribute to the lift-off of Broadband
Today, a daily Reed Business Information that is available
presently as an electronic new vehicle. It will also include
two print editions this year, quarterly next year, then bi-monthly.
So, needless to say this is the right time for Brian to take
over the Capsule, which will continue its same frequency.
The IP space is indeed huge, and one that requires great
attention. There's no doubt IP Capsule will continue giving
it that attention when this electronic publication returns
on Wednesday, July 12.
Orca launches Interactive Alliance
Interactive has launched an alliance designed to promote
cooperation among IPTV industry leaders and build future-proof
solutions for the IPTV business.
The Interactive Alliance includes several "tracks," including:
integration partners, technology partners, application developer
partners and SUI (Subscriber User Interface) partners.
Why the alliance? Open solutions, interoperability among
IPTV service providers and their vendors. Creating an alliance
to tighten the value chain is the alliance's top priority.
Oregan clicks with Skype
Networks will make available a new feature for delivery
of Skype message alerts and caller ID to TV-centric devices
via its Media Browser embedded software, the company announced.
The new feature enables consumers to be notified of Skype
messages and calls during digital broadcast or IP television
through the browser, which consists of a TV browser, IPTV
client and DLNA player and server.
What's the big deal? More value-added features for IPTV service.
Amino breaks the Thai
has been selected by Siemens
Communications Group for the first IPTV deployment
in Thailand, the companies announced.
The IPTV service is provided by ADC (Advanced Datanetwork
Communications Co.) in Thailand, which has been rolling out
broadband services for several months.
What's the deal here? Thailand is emerging as a growth market
for broadband and IPTV services. It's an important new piece
of business for Amino and establishes an IPTV benchmark in
And the research says....
Personal video communications ready to soar in Europe
Usage of personal video-based communications devices is expected
to reach 32 percent penetration in Western European households
by 2010, with 11 percent of the adult population using mobile
video telephony, reports research group Analysys.
And what should broadband operators be doing about it? "They
should not dismiss the potential of video telephony. It's
growing very fast," Analysys says.
They should also consider launching video telephony as part
of a range of services in an IPTV triple play, Analysys notes.
Auspice, Empirix to collaborate
Corp. and Empirix
Inc. have entered into a strategic partnership for
joint marketing, interoperability testing and developing opportunities,
the companies announced.
The partnership is designed to integrate Empirix's Hammer
XMS carrier-class VoIP monitoring and analysis solution with
Auspice's OpsLogic service assurance solution.
Why the partnership? "A survey Empirix conducted earlier
this year found that one-third of VoIP service providers rely
on subscriber complaints to identify service problems," says
Phil Odence, vice president of business development for Empirix.
"By integrating VoIP quality of service metrics and analysis
with real-time HFC plant monitoring and assurance, our MSO
customers can proactively detect potential problems," he added.
Vodavi and Speakeasy partnering
an independent provider of broadband services, have announced
a marketing partnership targeted at business hosted VoIP solutions.
The agreement calls for Speakeasy to market Vodavi's 6800
Series IP Terminals in conjunction with its flagship Business
The partnership also gives Speakeasy's direct sales and indirect
solutions providers a hosted business VoIP solution that delivers
Speakeasy's broadband connectivity, local and long distance
service, along with Vodavi's 6812 and 6830 carrier grade desktop
terminals, the companies noted.
Why the partnering? Both companies hope to benefit from the
other's market penetration in the small business space.
Trilithic and Minacom join
the partner parade
has announced a strategic partnership with VoIP testing company
The partnership is based on Trilithic's recent interoperability
testing and certification as a Minacom Gold Partner.
Technicians can now use Minacom's PocketDQ web-GUI on the
Trilithic 860 DSPi to control VoIP day-of-install and troubleshooting
tests, which are administered by Trilithic's DirectQuality
R7 test system.
Trilithic's DSP 860i digital cable analyzer is the first
handheld tester to be awarded Minacom's Certified VoIP test
integration status as a Gold Partner, the company added.
Why the alliance? VoIP testing is fast-becoming a mandatory
step in the VoIP deployment process. And there's still plenty
of testing needed.
NetQoS offering deeper view
has launched its Performance Center v2.0 to provide a unified
view into critical VoIP statistics, including how VoIP is
impacting other applications, how quickly calls are getting
to end users, and the quality of those calls, the company
The Performance Center provides "global" visibility via a
single Web console into all three key capabilities necessary
to quantify network infrastructure performance, NetQoS noted.
The capabilities include: end-to-end performance monitoring,
traffic analysis and device performance monitoring.
Vonage drops, adds tax
which was advised by the US Treasury Department to stop collecting
Federal Excise Tax, said it will begin collecting taxes via
the Universal Service Fund (USF), a result of the FCC vote
to include all VoIP services under its new interim USF rules.
"Vonage fully supports its obligations to government programs.
Now we must begin to collect USF tax, balancing the scales,"
said Mike Snyder, CEO of Vonage Holdings Corp.
What's this mean? A higher customer bill due to the new taxing
system, which now falls under the USF umbrella.
And the research says....
Why the VoIP popularity?
A recent study by TheInfoPro
found that 52 percent of the surveyed companies not currently
deploying VoIP service or have no policy initiative in place
consider it extremely likely that they will within 12 months.
The report found that "relatively large" evaluations and
plans for implementations in VoIP technologies are underway.
The two most likely candidates to reap the benefits? Avaya
and Cisco, the company reports.
The two most common reasons for deploying VoIP? Cost and
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No love for DOCSIS 2.0b?
DENVER—Some comments made here at the SCTE Cable-Tec
Expo suggest that the so-called DOCSIS
2.0b project—considered a shorter-term, interim
step to DOCSIS 3.0—is anything but a slam dunk.
Speaking during the morning technical session last Wednesday,
CTOs from Comcast
Corp. and Adelphia
Communications said they remain committed to DOCSIS
3.0, and are not much interested in an interim step, particularly
if there are any questions about whether it is forward-compatible
with DOCSIS 3.0 gear or backward-compatible with DOCSIS 2.0.
DOCSIS 2.0b, as it's been described, looks to bond a minimum
of two DOCSIS 2.0 downstream channels, but does not bond any
The focus remains on 3.0 and getting those specs finalized,
said Adelphia CTO Marwan Fawaz. He said today's DOCSIS 2.0
technology should, in the coming couple of years, be able
to handle data speeds Verizon or any other competitor throws
into the marketplace.
David Fellows, the EVP and CTO of Comcast, said his company
may look into testing 2.0b, but he would not be a fan of anything
that stands in the way of DOCSIS 3.0's progress.
DSL exceeds 150 million subscriptions
The number of DSL subscribers worldwide crested the 150 million
mark as of the end of March, according to the DSL
More than 43 million business and residential users selected
DSL for broadband access; that represents growth of 39 percent.
In the first quarter alone, worldwide subscriptions increased
by 11.5 million.
China paced the growth with almost 10 million new subscribers
in the 12 months to March 2006; it is now close to the 30
million DSL subscriber mark. Both Germany (up 3.8 million)
and France (up 3 million) now have more than 10 million DSL
In North America, the U.S. added 5.6 million new DSL subscribers,
at a growth of almost 34 percent, and also extended its market
share in Canada, now accounting for 49 percent of that country's
Narad rolls with Hargray
Networks Inc. will play a role in the market roll
out of Hargray
Communications' data and IP Centrex applications,
the companies announced.
Hargray will use Narad's Ethernet-over-Coax solution for
data services and IP capacity to Nortel's Centrex IP application,
Narad's solution will allow Hargray to leverage its existing
coax plant and provide small and medium-sized businesses with
high capacity/high performance data and a large number of
voice ports, Narad noted.
Hargray serves areas of southeastern South Carolina and Georgia
with video, voice, data, wireless, high-speed Internet and
directory publishing services.
Time Warner Cable to pilot
Wi-Fi pilot program
Warner Cable plans to launch a Wi-Fi market test in
the city of Cedarburg, Wis.
TWC will provide its Business Class wireless service in a
pilot program expected to last up to 12 months. The network
is supposed to be operational by tomorrow, the first day of
the city's two-day Strawberry Festival. TWC's Milwaukee system
expects to extend the pilot to several other areas in and
And the research says....
The IP Multimedia System, or IMS, will take another year to
get traction, but when it does, watch out, says research firm
By 2011, there could be 72 million IMS users in the US alone,
the firm reports, with the most significant growth beginning
next year. Wireless carriers are expected to reap the most
benefit, with potential revenues reaching $14 billion.
Denver a $142 million gold
The T1 connectivity business could do well in Denver, says
GeoResults Inc., a telecommunications marketing and database
firm. With 13,819 businesses in greater Denver requiring nearly
26,000 T-1 links, the value of serving that market could translate
to $124 million a year in revenue. Plus, the value of the
T-1 Cellular Backhaul opportunity is $18 million a year.