CableLabs has issued a request for information (RFI), soliciting data from equipment vendors about their PacketCable 2.0 product roadmaps. The RFI also seeks information regarding any IMS-based applications suppliers that are developing for the cable industry.
Issuance of the RFI reflects progress toward the next stage in the PacketCable 2.0 project, as the initiative moves beyond conceptualization and specification to interoperability testing, certification, trials, and deployment.
Ed Miller, CableLabs’ vice president, advanced network systems, said, “With the basic PacketCable 2.0 specifications essentially complete, the project is now highly focused on equipment availability, equipment interoperability, and application innovation,” he added.
PacketCable 2.0 defines an application-agnostic architecture that can be used to rapidly develop and deploy a wide range of new IP-based services, such as fixed-mobile convergence, business communications, video communications, and cross-platform capabilities that connect cable’s existing voice, broadband, and video services in new and innovative ways.
Applications described in the RFI responses will be considered by CableLabs for inclusion in an upcoming interoperability testing and demonstration event being planned for the PacketCable Applications Lab. The lab, which was launched in April 2007 at CableLabs, will promote multi-vendor interoperability and will showcase new applications being developed for the industry.
The PacketCable 2.0 RFI is available on the CableLabs Web site at http://www.packetcable.com/downloads/PacketCable_2.0_RFI.pdf and the Product Information Tables matrix referenced in the RFI is located at http://www.packetcable.com/downloads/Product_Information_Tables.xls. The deadline for responses to be delivered to CableLabs is July 13, 2007.