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Broadband Briefs for 9/18/08

Thu, 09/18/2008 - 8:00am

Shenandoah exploring sale of Converged Services subsidiary
By Traci Patterson

Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. said that it will explore options for the sale of its Converged Services subsidiary, which offers video, Internet and voice services to multiple-dwelling units (MDUs) throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

The operator said that it is considering the potential disposition of the business in connection with its long-term strategic plan to focus on growing its wireless business as a Sprint PCS Affiliate of Sprint Nextel. Shenandoah is also exploring the sale to expand its triple-play services – which include high-definition television (HDTV), video-on-demand (VOD), and high-speed Internet and voice – beyond the recent acquisition of certain cable assets from Rapid Communications, which serve customers in Virginia and West Virginia.

Shenandoah provides telecommunications services through its operating subsidiaries, which provide local and long-distance telephone, Internet and data services, cable television, wireless voice and data services, alarm monitoring and telecommunications equipment, along with other associated solutions, in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

SCTE Foundation Giving Campaign to kickoff in October
By Traci Patterson

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation will conduct its inaugural SCTE Foundation Giving Campaign Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

The 2008 Giving Campaign is chaired by Marwan Fawaz, CTO and executive vice president of Charter Communications, and carries the theme “Fueling Cable’s Future.” The Foundation hopes to raise $15,000 with this three-month effort.

The SCTE Foundation was established by the SCTE Board of Directors in 2005 and began issuing grants in 2006. The Foundation has helped numerous SCTE members by distributing grants totaling more than $80,000. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to provide expanded educational opportunities for SCTE members to assist them in advancing their careers.

DirecTV now offers local HD channels in 91 U.S. cities
By Traci Patterson

DirecTV is now offering local HD programming in Syracuse, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; South Bend-Elkhart, Ind.; Youngstown, Ohio; Richmond-Petersburg, Va.; Mobile, Ala.; and Pensacola, Fla.

With the addition of the new markets, DirecTV now offers local HD broadcast channels in 91 cities, representing about 81 percent of U.S. TV households.

DirecTV continues to expand its HD programming. The satellite provider said that it will add 30 more HD local channel markets by the end of the year, which will represent more than 88 percent of U.S. TV households.

IBBS to buy Parasun for $20M
By Brian Santo

In a deal that will combine two companies that provide provisioning systems, Integrated Broadband Services (IBBS) is set to acquire Parasun Technologies from Uniserve Communications for a reported $20 million.

Both companies operate under a software as a service (SaaS) recurring revenue business model. Upon the close of the deal, expected at the end of October, Parasun will become a wholly owned operating subsidiary of IBBS.

Parasun's headquarters in Vancouver, BC, will become the IBBS’ Canadian headquarters and western regional office. Parasun executives Paul Needham and Michael Schmidt will join the IBBS executive team.

Turin upgrades platform for advanced IP services
By Brian Santo

Carrier Ethernet specialist Turin Networks announced a new version of its Adit 600 carrier-grade Converged Services Access Gateway. 

The new Adit release features the MultiService Router card (MSR), which enables the Adit to provide services such as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based voice over IP (VoIP), dedicated Internet access and managed IP VPNs, and traditional TDM data and voice services. 

Unlike competing devices, which provide only fixed configurations, the Adit 600 supports what the company describes as a fully modular architecture and hot-swappable service cards. The Adit system, Turin Networks said, is widely deployed with the 10 largest local exchange carriers (LECs) in the U.S.

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