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Broadband Briefs for 3/13/07

Tue, 03/13/2007 - 6:38am
CED staff

* JDSU ships triple-play testers
JDSU announced the shipment of more than 21,000 units of its HST-3000, a triple-play test instrument.

The modular, handheld HST-3000 scales to address a broad spectrum of access network technology testing needs, from the physical layer to the application layer, the company said. It combines copper, voice and data service testing features with process automation capabilities.

Dutch telecom KPN has adopted the HST-3000 for the installation and maintenance of its broadband triple-play services, including IPTV, VoIP and other services carried over ADSL2+.

* Towerstream launches WiMAX in Miami
Towerstream has launched its eighth U.S. wireless broadband solution in the Miami metropolitan area.

Towerstream delivers fixed WiMAX services, from Points-of-Presence (PoPs) to area businesses, with its Hi-Vi T1+ product. Its service supports VoIP, bandwidth-on-demand, wireless redundancy, VPNs, disaster recovery, bundled data and video services.

The company also serves New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and Providence/Newport, R.I.

* Acme Packet packs a peck of patents
Acme Packet was granted another patent associated with its Net-Net session border controller (SBC) product family. It is the company's seventh U.S. patent for SBC technology (it also has 15 foreign patents for the products). The latest is called "System and Method for Providing Session Admission Control," and it covers Acme Packet's flexible call admission control algorithms. These algorithms are elements in providing security and quality of service at network operator borders, Acme Packets said. The company said it has 15 more applications currently pending in the U.S. Patent Office, and 21 foreign counterparts.

* SCTE approves grant for member's higher education
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced that the SCTE Foundation approved a $5,500 grant that will assist a member in pursuing a master's degree in international business.

The primary purpose of the SCTE Foundation, which was established by the SCTE Board of Directors in June 2005, is to offer "expanded educational opportunities for SCTE members," said SCTE President/CEO John Clark, who serves as SCTE Foundation vice president, in a statement.

* Clarification - Microtune
A story in this space that appeared Monday (3/12) about Microtune Inc.'s new DOCSIS 3.0 tuner noted that the new technology would reduce 25 percent of a modem's cost, power consumption and physical size. Correctly, that percentage should have been applied to the tuner itself (rather than the entire modem). A corrected version has been posted.

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