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News summary for 6/29/07

Fri, 06/29/2007 - 9:44am

Cable industry considers IPTV specification
By Brian Santo

CANNES – Now that cable operators are planning to stud their systems with more set-tops that include cable modems, CableLabs and its members have decided it’s time to start mapping out how DOCSIS 3.0 and OpenCable will work together.

DOCSIS 3.0 defines ways for cable modems to operate at speeds well in excess of 100 Mbps, which means they will be more than capable of transmitting even uncompressed HD video. In other words, a set-top with a DOCSIS 3.0 modem embedded in it will have two channels for delivering video – the traditional video channel and the DOCSIS data channel.

CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown, speaking at the C-Cor Global IP Summit here, said the parties involved are still in the preliminary stages of drawing up how DOCSIS 3.0 would be added as an extension to OpenCable.

Verizon’s Rev. A enhancement complete
By Traci Patterson

Verizon Wireless’ entire nationwide CDMA 1x EV-DO network has been enhanced with Rev. A technology.

BroadbandAccess customers with Rev. A-compatible devices can expect average download speeds of 600 kbps to 1.4 megabits per second, and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.

On June 20, the company announced the one-millionth household to subscribe to its FiOS service.

Broadband briefs for 6/29/07

* Comcast OKs TiVo’s software
Comcast Corp. has finally approved TiVo Inc.’s OCAP software for use on its DVRs. The two companies announced the deal more than two years ago. Comcast expects to test the service in Boston this fall, the Associated Press reported.

* Occam upgrades Bledsoe Telephone Co-op net
Occam Networks Inc.’s Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC) system will aid in Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative’s network upgrade, which will provide voice, data and video services via hybrid copper/fiber. Bledsoe has purchased multiple components of the BLC system for its network improvement.

* UTStarcom taps Blackmore for COO post
UTStarcom Inc. has appointed Peter Blackmore COO, effective Monday. Blackmore was previously an EVP at Unisys Corp.

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