Broadband Briefs for 3/13/08
* Broadcom ships more than 1M channel-bonding chips
By Mike Robuck
Broadcom Corp. announced that it has shipped more than one million units of its advanced channel-bonding cable modem silicon for downstream channel-bonding cable modems.
Broadcom cable modem silicon delivers downstream data rates of up to 150 Mbps. By using pre-DOCSIS 3.0 modems, cable operators are able to offer higher data speeds, which help them compete against telcos in their footprints. While none of the modems were DOCSIS 3.0-certified in the last CableLabs certification wave, many in the industry feel that the modems will be certified after the current wave is completed.
Broadcom said the success of its single-chip BCM3381 channel-bonded cable modem chip is due in large part to its compatibility with existing DOCSIS 2.0 and next-generation cable modem termination system (CMTS) equipment, enabling MSOs to deploy channel-bonding functionality immediately.
* Verizon’s high-speed Internet service expands in Va.
By Traci Patterson
Verizon’s high-speed Internet service is now available to an additional 80,000 customers in 50 Virginia communities.
The new Internet service offers customers a downstream connection speed of up to 7 Mbps for as low as $39.99 per month when ordered with an annual service plan. Verizon currently offers the 7 Mbps service to 1.6 million households and small businesses nationwide.
* AT&T adds U-Verse features in Oklahoma City
By Traci Patterson
AT&T's U-verse customers in Oklahoma City now have access to new TV features: AT&T U-bar, which brings customizable weather, stock, sports and traffic information to the TV screen; Yellowpages.com TV, a new way to search for local businesses and other information on the TV; and AT&T Yahoo! Games, which are also available on the TV screen.
"We're also offering Oklahoma City residents great value with other unmatched features and access to an extensive channel lineup, including 43 high-definition channels," said Ryan Stafford, AT&T's GM for Oklahoma.
"That's more HD channels than the local cable providers."
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