Broadband Briefs for 7/14/08

Mon, 07/14/2008 - 8:00am

TWC names Matz SVP of govt. relations
By Traci Patterson

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has promoted Gary Matz to SVP of government relations. He will oversee TWC’s state-level legislative and regulatory strategies.

Matz is currently TWC’s group VP and chief counsel for regulatory affairs. He works with TWC operations nationwide in implementing local, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Matz joined the company in 1988 as director of government relations for the Central Region and later was promoted to VP. He transferred to the company’s corporate staff in 1992 as assistant general counsel, was named VP in 2001, and was promoted to group VP in 2007, the MSO said. Prior to joining TWC, Matz practiced law in Minneapolis.

Cisco’s ASR 1000 Series chosen by BT Global Services
By Traci Patterson

Cisco’s Aggregation Services Routers (ASR) 1000 Series – which are driven by the new Cisco QuantumFlow Processor (QFP), a fully integrated and programmable processing engine – will be deployed by BT Global Services.

The routers enable 'instant-on' provisioning and the simultaneous use of a wide range of service functionality, including firewall, IP security virtual private networks (IPsec VPNs), deep-packet inspection (DPI) and Session Border Control (SBC), Cisco said. This eliminates the need to deploy multiple single-function appliances in addition to a router and allows BT Global Services to more quickly respond to their customers changing needs, since new services can be activated remotely instead of requiring a truck roll and service call.

"One of our key challenges is to quickly rollout new services, whilst at the same time managing the operational complexity of delivering those services," said David Stark, VP of CPE and converged services for BT Global Services. "Unlike past generation routers, which are dependant on specific service blades, the Cisco ASR 1000 supports multiple services such as high-speed firewall, security and flexible packet matching on the platform in hardware. There is no need for engineering site visits to install service blades, and services can be turned on instantly with minimal network downtime.”

Telcordia’s IP Assure solution launches
By Traci Patterson

Telcordia has announced the availability of Telcordia IP Assure, a software solution for automated and non-intrusive assessment and awareness of IP networks.

The vendor- and device-neutral solution uses patent-pending Telcordia algorithms and a built-in rules database to perform non-intrusive analysis of all IP routers, switches and firewalls. It also mines data from network inventory, discovery and monitoring elements to provide a complete understanding of network conditions, the company said.

Telcordia IP Assure proactively assesses networks and protocols in their entirety, not just on a per-device basis; automatically delivers real-time, multilevel, multiprotocol (VLAN, VPN, routing, IP subnet) IP network views; checks for configuration errors before a device is installed or updated; and scales to accommodate the largest, most complex, most dynamic IP infrastructures.

Bridge Technologies releases FSM
By Traci Patterson

Bridge Technologies – an Oslo, Norway-based company that designs, develops and manufactures advanced analysis, measurement and monitoring solutions for the digital broadcast and telecommunications industries – has launched Full Service Monitoring (FSM), an extension of the company’s VB20/220 IP probes that allow operators to monitor the functionality of the middleware controlling viewers' IPTV experiences. 

Bridge Technologies said that with its FSM-enabled probes, IPTV operators can monitor the transport of the media, as well as the functioning of all of the elements contributing to the user's interaction with the service – subscription validation, program listing displays, conditional access, video-on-demand (VOD) controls and more.

"Even though multicasts are the core of the IPTV service, they are not the only critical component in the viewer's experience," said Simen Frostad, chairman of Bridge Technologies. "It is just as essential to the end user that these important middleware components work correctly as it is that the content is delivered without errors or quality issues. Any failure — either of the middleware or the media transport components — produces the same result: The viewer is unable to watch."

Cox to release Tween Internet Safety Survey results
By Traci Patterson

Cox Communications, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and John Walsh are presenting original research on the behavior of young people online, with the ultimate goal of helping parents and guardians understand the potential dangers of the Internet and how they can keep their kids safe online.

The study covers the "tween" population – children between the ages of 8 and 12 – and found that 90 percent of tweens are online by age 9.

Complete findings from the Cox Tween Internet Safety Survey will be made available on July 22, the day that Cox Communications’ National Summit on Internet Safety is being held in Washington, D.C.

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