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Broadband Briefs for 1/17/08

Thu, 01/17/2008 - 7:00am
CED staff

* Cable Center names Dorman director of learning, development 
By Mike Robuck

The Cable Center announced that it has named Bill Dorman as director of learning and development.

As director of learning and development, Dorman will set the strategic direction for the Cable Center's training programs while overseeing the development and execution of those programs. With more than 24 years of experience in the cable industry, Dorman has worked in almost every aspect of the business, including engineering, field operations, human resources, learning and development, and safety.

Over the past 14 years, Dorman has been involved in learning and development, handling curriculum development, planning, strategy, new product implementation and advanced services skill development for United Cable, United Artists Cable, TCI, AT&T Broadband and Adelphia Communications.

* SCTE’s ET conference garners 800-plus attendees
By Traci Patterson

More than 800 cable telecommunications technologists attended the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Conference on Emerging Technologies (ET) 2008, which was held this week in Los Angeles.

The forward-thinking conference focuses on the technical future of the cable and telecom markets, taking attendees about three to five years into the future of those markets.

The 25th edition of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is set for June 24–27 in Philadelphia.

* Arbor Networks to buy Ellacoya Networks
By Mike Robuck

Arbor Networks, a network security vendor, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ellacoya Networks, a provider of carrier-class broadband service optimization solutions. 

Arbor said that the acquisition positions the company to take advantage of a significant market opportunity as service providers place increased importance on traffic and service management in order to efficiently and securely deliver new, revenue-generating IP services. According to Arbor, the combined products and services of the two companies will open up a $750 million market this year, growing to $1.5 billion per year by the end of the decade.

The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

* Anagran closes $12M funding round
By Traci Patterson

Anagran, a provider of high-capacity flow management technology and products, has closed a $12 million Series C round of funding.

The funding will be used primarily to expand the company’s sales presence in North America, as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the company said. Each of the company’s original venture capital investors invested in the latest round. 

Anagran products eliminate congestion to instantly boost the end-to-end performance and capacity of IP networks. 

* Cisco’s MSTP, ROADM technology chosen by Chinese op
By Traci Patterson

Cisco’s ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology have been selected by Shanghai's Oriental Cable Network Co. for its digital TV optical transport platform.

The additions make Oriental Cable the first network service provider in mainland China to deploy ROADM technology. And Oriental Cable’s next-generation network, aided by the Cisco ROADM, lays a foundation for completing the move from analog to digital TV.

The Cisco ROADM platform is a part of its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN), which enables providers to migrate to IP-based networks.

* Alcatel-Lucent’s TPSDA hits 50th service provider mark
By Traci Patterson

MTS Allstream recently selected Alcatel-Lucent’s Triple-Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA), making it the 50th service provider worldwide to select or deploy the blue print architecture.

Alcatel-Lucent's TPSDA enables operators to accelerate their IP network transformation and deliver a range of video, voice, data and entertainment services, the company said. TPSDA provides an IP network foundation that utilizes Alcatel-Lucent's broadband access, optics, Carrier Ethernet and service-aware IP technologies and couples them with subscriber and network management, as well as security capabilities.

More Broadband Direct:

• TWC to test bandwidth-based pricing plan for Internet service 

• Verizon’s FiOS looking to enter NYC, expands in Del. 

• DirecTV reportedly raising prices beginning March 1 

• Study: Antenna users will gravitate toward over-the-air after DTV transition 

• TiVo deals with Jaman to get indie content 

• Harris Broadband’s subs get integrated triple-play bill 

• Broadband Briefs for 1/17/08 

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