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Broadband Briefs for 8/12/08

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 8:00am

Charter to offer Disney Family Movies as SVOD service
By Traci Patterson

Charter Communications will launch a subscription video-on-demand (VOD) service featuring movies and animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios, thanks to a new agreement with Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

Disney Family Movies features a dozen Disney movies and animated shorts. Titles will remain in rotation for about a month, with new titles added weekly, the company said.

Disney Family Movies can be added to Charter Digital Cable for $4.99 per month.

Qwest’s top exec in S.D. retires
By Brian Santo

Larry Toll, the president of Qwest’s South Dakota operation since 1996, will retire on August 31.

Qwest announced that current Iowa Qwest president, Max Phillips, will also take over the South Dakota state president position. Phillips has been with Qwest for the past 30 years.

Toll began his career with Northwestern Bell in 1970 and held various management assignments in Iowa and Nebraska, as well as with AT&T in New York and New Jersey. In 1983, he moved to South Dakota with Northwestern Bell. Toll left the state in 1991 for other job assignments and returned to South Dakota in 1996.

Verizon Business aiding customers with NAC
By Traci Patterson

Verizon Business is helping its customers understand, deploy and manage Network Access Control (NAC), a technology that boosts network security by allowing only authorized users and compliant devices to access a company's extended network.

NAC is designed to grant network access only to compliant and trusted endpoint devices, such as servers, laptops and work stations, the company said. With intelligence residing in the network, NAC checks endpoints across all access methods, including local area and wide area networks, wireless connectivity, remote access, unmanaged device access and guest access. If devices are noncompliant with the company's security policy, then NAC can deny or restrict those devices from gaining access to the network, Verizon Business said.

Verizon Business said that it supports all aspects of the technology, from design to strategy to implementation, and to management and maintenance. It is immediately available globally to enterprise customers throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific, including Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore and the U.K.

OpenTV names Shirekar GM of India operations
By Traci Patterson

OpenTV Corp. has appointed Kishore Shirekar as the company’s new general manager for its Indian operations.

Shirekar, formerly with NDS, recently joined OpenTV as its general manager and sales director for India and the subcontinent, and he will lead OpenTV’s growing presence in India.

“As the leading provider of advanced television services in India, we are committed to this market and to our existing and future customers in this market,” said Ben Bennett, OpenTV’s CEO. “Establishing local representation will enable us to provide increased support to our customers, grow our customer base and ensure successful digital television launches across India.”

In addition to managing the relationship with OpenTV’s existing customers and growing its customer base in India, he is tasked with opening a local office that will include a support team aimed at providing local and regional support to OpenTV customers, which include Dish TV and WWIL of Essel Group, Big TV of Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and Sun Direct TV platforms, the company said.

Acme Packet nets 4 Canadian customers
By Brian Santo

Session border controller (SBC) supplier Acme Packet said it has picked up four new customers across Canada for its products.

Broad-Connect Telecom, Call Genie, MTO Telecom and Protus have deployed Net-Net SBCs to provide security and SIP session control for delivery of a broad range of VoIP services.

Acme Packet said its SBCs are now deployed in 20 service provider and enterprise networks in Canada.

NetXen intros NX3031 NICs with FlexLOM tech
By Traci Patterson

NetXen has introduced the NX3031 ultra-flexible and upgradeable third-generation NetXen Intelligent NICs with FlexLOM technology.

NetXen’s NX3031 silicon and boards deliver high performance for next-generation, mainstream server environments. According to NetXen, the NX3031 is the server industry’s first upgradeable quad-to-10 Gigabit LAN on motherboard (LOM) architecture for volume blade and rack server platforms. And NetXen’s FlexLOM technology equips the NetXen NX3031 Intelligent NIC silicon to be the catalyst for the volume server industry’s migration to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), the company said.

“Our third-generation Intelligent NIC solutions harness the power of the FlexLOM architecture to provide server OEMs and board manufacturers with an effortless, affordable and high-volume transition from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit Ethernet,” said Govind Kizhepat, CEO and founder of NetXen. “Beginning today, volume server providers can confidently incorporate NetXen’s NX3031 Intelligent NIC solution, starting out with Gigabit Ethernet connectivity on their servers, and then transitioning to 10 Gigabit Ethernet when, how and as they need it, without burdening the cost of the base platform.”

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