Broadband Briefs for 7/19/07

Thu, 07/19/2007 - 9:19am
Traci Patterson and Brian Santo

* Verizon retail wireless subs top 62M 
Verizon Wireless added 1.6 million retail net customers in Q2. Total net customer additions were 1.3 million after 300,000 net reductions in the company’s wholesale business. The company ended the quarter with 62.1 million customers, including 60.1 million retail customers.

* Arkansas telco picks Occam’s apps for network upgrade
Occam Networks Inc.’s products have been chosen by Arkansas’ Prairie Grove Telephone Co. for the telco’s network upgrade to Active Ethernet. Prairie Grove provides voice and data broadband services to about 10,000 subscribers in the state, and the telco plans to offer video in the future.

Prairie Grove will deploy a combination of Occam’s fiber, DSL and T1 CES blades on a 10 Gig backbone network that will feed 55 wire centers. The five-year goal is to bring ultra-high bandwidth to the telco’s entire customer base.

* Eagle Broadband receives order for IPTV STBs
Eagle Broadband said it received a follow-on order for another 425 MediaPro IP3000HD set-top boxes from its largest hospitality industry customer, which the company has not identified. The customer is expected to continue placing additional orders, pretty much on a quarterly basis, through next March.

* Comcast adds Mexican content via VOD
Comcast now has available, via VOD, content from Alterna'TV’s Mi Cine. Mi Cine has a library of Mexican movies, dramas, comedies, romance and popular rancheras that includes content originally filmed in the 1930s. This content will be available to all Cable Latino de Comcast subscribers through its VOD service beginning Friday (July 20, 2007).



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