Cisco trims Broadband Telephony unit

Tue, 10/14/2008 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

Cisco is reported to be shutting down at least part of its Broadband Telephony Services operation in Richardson, Tex., and laying off as many as 129 employees associated with that unit.

That unit is responsible for, among other products, the BTS 10200 softswitch for cable VoIP. That product had been deployed by Time Warner Cable starting in 2003, and by Comcast starting in 2005, though it couldn’t be determined how extensively, or if either MSO is still buying the product.

Multiple news outlets in Texas are reporting that Cisco has filed a document with a state agency announcing its intent to try to place the employees in-house or, failing that, let them go.

Cisco representatives were unavailable for comment, but the company released a statement that reads: “Cisco continuously evaluates its businesses to align human and capital resources to address key growth opportunities and improve efficiency. As part of our ongoing business processes, Cisco continually prioritizes its resource allocations to properly align those resources with revenue generation, profit growth, and market share opportunities, positioning itself for long-term sustainable growth.”

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