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Broadband Briefs for 01/12/09

Mon, 01/12/2009 - 7:00am

Verizon to go all-VoIP within 7 years
By Traci Patterson

Verizon is planning to can its traditional phone lines within seven years as it moves toward VoIP, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The telco will begin offering Internet calling to its FiOS TV and Internet customers in the next few months, starting in Maryland, Chief Marketing Officer John Stratton said Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Times reported.

"We've built our business over the years with circuit-switched voice being our bread and butter . . . but increasingly, we are in the business of selling, basically, data connectivity," the Times reported Stratton as saying.

Cedar Point, Blueslice integrate solutions for fused services
By Traci Patterson

­­Cedar Point Communications and Blueslice – a provider of subscriber management solutions for mobile, VoIP, fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) and machine-to-machine (M2M) networks – are teaming up to integrate Blueslice’s HSS 3000 subscriber management system with Cedar Point’s Safari C3 solution.

Blueslice’s HSS 3000 is the central subscriber database in IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks. It provides control and intelligence within mobile and fixed networks, as well as the management of multiple profiles per subscription. The integration of the HSS 3000 with the Safari C3 will enable both companies to offer carriers with wireline, mobile and cable properties the opportunity to deploy fused services across wired and wireless networks.

“This partnership brings together the best-of-breed Blueslice HSS and Cedar Point’s VoIP solutions to enable operators to develop and deploy next-generation fused services,” said Mark Tubinis, CTO at Cedar Point. “Today, most services providers are offering bundled services; however, they need to evolve to provide multimodal, multimedia, multiparty services, or ‘fused’ services, to satisfy the emerging demand from consumers.”

Walter Kaitz Foundation funds Bowen, NAMIC, WICT
By Traci Patterson

The Walter Kaitz Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million to fund programs of three cable diversity organizations in 2009: the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).

The funds provide support for specific programs administered by the three organizations, including: Emma L. Bowen Foundation – Link Mentoring Program, 2009 Summer Conference, Career Guide and sponsorship for student fellowships; NAMIC – L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program, Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), Executive Coaching Program for ELDP Alumni, Writer’s Workshop, NAMIC Leadership Seminar, Webinar Series and Multicultural Teams Course for Companies; WICT – Rising Leaders Program for Mid-Level Managers, Cable Boot Camp and Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Alumni Conference.

The 2009 Walter Kaitz Foundation Annual Dinner is scheduled for Cable Connection Fall this October in Denver.

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