Symmetricom names Nicholas VP of cable sales, combines divisions

Thu, 04/24/2008 - 8:35am
Traci Patterson

Symmetricom has appointed cable veteran David Nicholas as the VP of sales for cable, and the company is streamlining its Telecom Solutions (TSD) and Quality of Experience (QoE) Assurance divisions into a single division to better serve the cable, telco and wireless markets.

Nicholas has a 25-year career in the cable industry, with domestic and international experience in new business development, direct and indirect sales channels, and technology transitions for companies such as Panasonic, Concurrent, N2Broadband (now Tandberg Television), Vyyo and BigBand Networks.

"With David Nicholas leading our sales efforts in the cable industry, we're in a solid position to support the rollout of DOCSIS 3.0 and the video quality assurance needs of the cable industry," said Tom Steipp, president and CEO of Symmetricom.

Nicholas brings with him John Quesenbury, formerly a principal systems engineer for BigBand. Prior to that, Quesenbury was a systems implementation specialist at Cox Interactive Media.

As for the newly created division, it will combine the technologies, products and sales of Symmetricom’s TSD and QoE Assurance divisions and will be led by current TSD EVP and GM James Armstrong. 

"This new approach simplifies how we work with telecom and cable customers in order to more broadly address their needs to ensure the performance and availability of core networks, as well as the interoperability of next-generation applications," Steipp said.

Symmetricom's timing and synchronization products speed up the deployment of advanced services, and the company’s video quality monitoring solutions enable Symmetricom to more quickly and deeply penetrate core target markets.

"I am very pleased to be joining Symmetricom at such an exciting time for the company,” said Nicholas. “Time synchronization and video quality monitoring are critical for cable operator revenue growth, now and in the future, and Symmetricom is ideally positioned to meet this demand."

Symmetricom entered the cable market last year with its DOCSIS Timing Interface (DTI) server, the TimeCreator 1000 – a network time synchronization system specifically designed for cable networks that enables key revenue-generating service offerings, such as video-on-demand (VOD), high-definition (HD) and broadband data services.

This year, Symmetricom launched its V-Factor QoE platform for cable, which enables the end-to-end monitoring of potential video and audio impairments by providing a scalable solution that assesses consumers' video quality experience as a real viewer perceives it, the company said.

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