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Broadband Briefs for 1/15/08

Tue, 01/15/2008 - 7:05am
CED staff

* Cablevision upgrades customers’ online security
By Traci Patterson

Cablevision has upgraded the free online security services that the MSO offers to its Optimum Online customers. Available for download through the Optimum.net consumer Web portal, Cablevision is offering CA's Internet Security Suite Plus 2008.

The software includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, personal firewall, anti-spam, anti-phishing and parental controls, as well as data backup and transfer capabilities.

* Cable ops among the list of FCC spectrum bidders
By Mike Robuck

On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the list of the 214 bidders that have qualified for the auction of the 700 MHz analog broadcast spectrum that will be freed up once the conversion to all-digital signals takes place next year.

Among the list of bidders were Advance/Newhouse CommunicationsAT&TBresnan CommunicationsCavalier TelephoneCox Communications and Google

Bidding for the five blocks of spectrum is slated to begin on Jan. 24 after a trial run auction on Jan. 22.  

* Imagine hires Gordon as director of product management
By Mike Robuck

Fresh off of its first product announcement on Monday, Imagine Communications announced that Chris Gordon has been hired as the company’s director of product management.

"Chris has invaluable experience in digital video and cable technology, specifically in the areas of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video coding, multiplexing and transport systems,” said Lorenzo Bombelli, Imagine's VP of product strategy and management. “His background is a perfect fit for Imagine, and we're very pleased to add him to our team."
 
Gordon joined Imagine from EGT, a manufacturer of video processing equipment for the cable industry, where he was the second employee and founding manager. 

* IT&E launches voice service powered by MetaSwitch
By Mike Robuck

MetaSwitch said yesterday that IT&E, a Pacific Islands carrier, has leveraged MetaSwitch's core switching and applications products to offer residential phone service sold through the island's cable operator, MCV Broadband. The system was recently deployed after end-to-end testing and currently counts more than 1,000 customers installed.

"For service providers in emerging markets like Guam, achieving a competitive advantage is based on developing an efficient network capable of delivering a broad range of service offerings," said Andrew Randall, VP of marketing at MetaSwitch. "IT&E has chosen to use MetaSwitch solutions as the 'hub' of its next-generation infrastructure, allowing the company to continuously expand its customer base by leveraging the best technology to quickly and cost-effectively deliver new services."

IT&E, a 28-year-old carrier serving the 212-square mile U.S. territory in the Marianas Island chain, initially deployed MetaSwitch technology to build on its history as a provider of long distance, PCS wireless and Internet services to an existing customer base.

* AT&T’s U-verse adds interactive features in Indiana
By Traci Patterson

AT&T announced today that its U-verse customers in Indiana now have access to new interactive services. The services, which are available at no additional charge, include a customizable bar that displays weather, stock and sports on TV screens. High-speed Internet customers can also customize their home pages with stock, sports and weather information from Yahoo, as well as play Yahoo games on their TV screens.

More Broadband Direct:

• ET: SDV a big hammer in bandwidth toolbox 

• Bresn an chooses Mixed Signals’ Sentry monitoring solution 

• RGB completes DBM testing with Top 5 op 

• Arris adds encryption for VOD to D5 eQAM 

• FCC seeks public comment on network neutrality 

• Clearwire’s customers getting Google apps 

• EGT, WeiTel hook up in alliance 

• WSJ: Sprint layoffs coming 

• Broadband Briefs for 1/15/08 

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