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Broadband Briefs for 2/07/08

Thu, 02/07/2008 - 7:36am
CED staff

* TVS announces second customer for digital cable solution
By Traci Patterson

Transparent Video Systems (TVS) announced that Paul Communications, a cable operator in Quebec, has upgraded its analog cable TV services to 100-percent digital with TVS’ digital cable solution. TVS announced its first customer for the solution in January – Coaxial Cable TV, a triple-play provider in rural Pennsylvania (story here).

“Our challenge is to provide state-of-the-art services, with a relatively small subscriber base of 4,000 subscribers,” said Alan Paul, president of Paul Communications. “We looked at a number of options, including an IPTV-over-coaxial-cable approach. With the notable exception of Transparent Video Systems, none of the alternatives could deliver the product options we needed in the required timeframe, with the needed reliability and within our budget.”
 
The standards-based, end-to-end solution – designed for small- to medium-size cable systems, but with the potential to aid larger systems, as well – comprises headend encoding, multiplexing and modulation, a multi-service subscriber management and provisioning system, a conditional access system with separable security cards, and multiple set-top box (STB) options, including high-definition (HD) STBs and dual-tuner personal video recorders (PVRs).

* XO adds more Net-Net SBCs from Acme Packet
By Traci Patterson

XO Communications has expanded its installed base of Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) to support its wholesale service provider VoIP customers.

Launched in 2005, XO’s wholesale VoIP services enable service providers to originate and terminate customer voice calls throughout the U.S. with a single connection to the XO IP network, the company said.

XO Communications utilizes Acme Packet’s Net-Net SBCs to assist with interoperability between peering networks and to protect its VoIP infrastructure. Acme Packet’s Net-Safe security architecture provides denial of service attack protection, topology hiding and access control to protect XO’s network.

* CommuniGate’s Pronto! adds new features
By Traci Patterson

CommuniGate Systems has added new features to its latest version of Pronto! – an Adobe Flash-based Unified Communications (UC) user interface (UI) framework – that are designed to drive Web 2.0-delivered UC.

With version 1.5, Pronto! now provides the ability to make and receive VoIP calls. The new version of Pronto! also introduces a modular framework to address the needs of mashups and media delivery by allowing customization, the company said.

Nearly any type of Web services can be tapped and brought into the Pronto! UI experience, including media and entertainment applications – such as streaming digital rights management (DRM)-controlled HDTV and movies – music and radio, and rich Web services.

* Losses mount at Level 3
By Brian Santo

Level 3 Communications reported revenues of $1.1 billion in its fourth quarter of 2007, up from $944 million a year ago, and a net loss of $91 million, compared with a net loss of $169 million in the like quarter a year ago. The net loss for all of 2007 was $1.11 billion, compared with a net loss of $744 million in 2006.

"During the quarter, we made a number of organizational, process and systems improvements to better align our sales, service and operational capabilities," said James Crowe, CEO of Level 3. "And while we still have more work to do, these actions have significantly reduced our aged backlog of signed sales orders, improved our customer experience and paved the way to accelerate future revenue growth.”

More Broadband Direct:

• Time Warner plans to divide up AOL 

• Cisco gear powers Videotron 50 Mbps tier; Cisco Q2 profit up 

• Motorola products bridge WiMAX, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, 3G 

• CMC, SES Americom ink transponder deal 

• CTAM report: Early adopters prefer TV service from cable ops 

• Sunrise Telecom’s broadband cable sales decrease in Q4 

• Cable Center lines up speakers for spring 

• Broadband Briefs for 2/07/08

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