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Broadband Briefs for 4/22/08

Tue, 04/22/2008 - 8:00am

• SMC debuts DOCSIS 3.0-based modems
By Mike Robuck

SMC Networks today announced two new DOCSIS 3.0-based modems: the SMCD3CM cable modem for high-speed broadband networking and the SMCD3BCM business-class cable modem for high-speed broadband networking.

Expected to be available in late May, the SMCD3CM and SMCD3BCM are currently undergoing testing by CableLabs for certification in Wave 58.

A third product, the SMCD3G DOCSIS 3.0-based Cable Gateway for high-speed broadband networking, which builds on the same technology but adds features that meet the needs of the commercial market, is in the final stages of development. Samples of the SMCD3G Cable Gateway will be available in May.

Cable modems by Cisco, Arris and Motorola did not pass muster in the last certification late last year, but the cable industry is optimistic that the modems in the current wave will receive certification from CableLabs.

• Skype intros new calling plan
By Traci Patterson

Skype has debuted a new calling plan, which will allow for unlimited calls to overseas landline phones in 34 countries for $9.95 per month.

The countries encompassed include most of Europe, as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. Calls to domestic landlines and mobile phones are included in the new plan, as well, as are calls to mobile phones in Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Skype has been providing unlimited calls to the U.S. and Canada for $3 per month. It is expanding that offering with another plan, for $5.95 per month, that allows for free calls to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, and a discount on calls to other places in Mexico.

• Verizon expands high-speed Internet offering in D.C.
By Traci Patterson

An additional 130,000 consumers in Washington, D.C., now have access to Verizon’s high-speed Internet service, which more than doubles the download speed of the telco’s DSL offering.

The new service offers qualified 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 said that it now offers the 7 Mbps service to 1.6 million households and small businesses nationwide.

• Cisco’s IP NGN chosen by Portuguese telecom
By Traci Patterson

Cisco’s Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) technology is being implemented by Portugal’s Sonaecom to transform the operator’s network into a platform for growth.

The new network is also designed to scale to support Sonaecom's future growth plans, which will include new services such as high-speed fixed and mobile broadband, enhanced virtual private networks (VPNs) for enterprises and residential multi-play services that integrate data, voice, video and mobility, the company said.

"Sonaecom's commitment to bringing more and more advanced services to the market will put it in a strong competitive position," said Carlos Brazão, GM of Cisco Portugal. "I believe that by working together with Sonaecom, we will have a real impact in delivering added value through innovative services to all customers, and especially for business customers in Portugal."

• UTStarcom names Sum VP of intl. sales for Asia-Pacific
By Traci Patterson

UTStarcom has added Frankie Sum as the company’s new regional VP of international sales for UTStarcom’s Asia-Pacific operations.

Sum will lead the company’s sales efforts in the region, where UTStarcom said that it holds leadership positions in its core business focus areas:  IPTV, Next-Generation Networks (NGN) and broadband.

Prior to joining UTStarcom, Sum served as head of Asia sales for EDS and held a variety of senior positions over a nine-year period at Cisco Systems, the company said. Previously, he held managerial roles for Concurrent Computer Corp., Software AG, Informix Software and IBM.

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