Broadband Briefs for 02/11/09
• Cable seeks extension on FCC info request
By Brian Santo
The American Cable Association (ACA) requested a 120-day extension for broadband and VoIP providers to complete and file a new form required by the government.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are requesting more detailed information about broadband coverage and competition. The agencies, as of yesterday, still had not published the form to be filled out, however.
Meanwhile, the deadline for the form, Form 477, is due by March 2. Given repeated delays in approval of the form by the OMB and its posting on the FCC’s Web site, the ACA is asking for the deadline extension.
• Mixed Signals promotes Liu, Allegretto
By Mike Robuck
Mixed Signals recently promoted two of its employees to key leadership positions. Steve Liu has been promoted to vice president of product management and business development. Liu will continue his product management efforts and will also augment the company’s partnership programs and strategy.
Liu, a technology veteran with extensive product management and business development experience, played a key role in the launch of Mixed Signals’ Source-to-Edge (S2E) monitoring solution, which included the release of Sentry Verify and Sentry Edge.
Mixed Signals has also promoted Terri Allegretto to director of marketing and sales operations. In her new role, Allegretto will take on expanded duties in the sales arena, including greater responsibilities with both global and national reseller partners. Allegretto joined the company in 2006.
• Symmetricom’s president, CEO to step down
By Mike Robuck
Symmetricom announced that President and CEO Thomas Stipp will retire from the company on June 28.
Stipp has been with Symmetricom for 11 years, including the last 10 as president and CEO. Symmetricom, which makes timing devices used by cable operators, said its board of directors has started a search for Stipp’s replacement. Stipp will also resign from the board when his retirement becomes effective.
Stipp joined the company in March 1998 as president and chief operating officer of the Telecom Solutions Division, and he became president and CEO in December 1998. From 1996 to 1998, he was vice president and general manager of Broadband Data Networks at Scientific-Atlanta, where he led the development and deployment of one of the industry’s first cable modem solutions.
• Motorola ships thousandth TX32
By Brian Santo
Motorola said it has provided international cable customers with more than 1,000 units of its TX32 Decoupled Downstream Module. The TX32 enables operators to deploy up to 200 Mbps downstream, while achieving as much as 60 percent in cost savings per downstream channel.
A TX32 module fits into any single slot in one of Motorola’s BSR 64000 Integrated CMTS/edge routers. Previously announced deployments of Motorola channel-bonding systems include J:Com, C&M and CJ CableNet. One TX32 can deliver up to 32 downstream QAM channels. The unit has a fully redundant configuration.
Motorola’s DOCSIS 3.0-qualified CMTS portfolio includes support for IPv4, IPv6 and advanced encryption services, and it is backwards compatible with DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 standards. Designed for service assurance, the Motorola CMTS is also compatible with Motorola’s NBBS device management platform and Motorola’s eCare solution for remote customer configuration and support.
• LG-Nortel PON in 10 trials
By Brian Santo
LG-Nortel and Nortel said they are now conducting more than 10 trials of their WDM-PON Ethernet Access technology with service providers in Europe, Asia and North America. (For more CED coverage of WDM-PON, click here.)
The vendors did not identify their trial customers, but they said the systems were being evaluated for a number of uses, including business, residential and wireless backhaul applications.
Nortel’s Ethernet Access solutions are being used by UNET in The Netherlands to serve several business parks. INS in Norway has a channel partner agreement with LG-Nortel and has signed up its first end customer.
• RGB’s BNP deployed by Dutch op
By Traci Patterson
RGB Networks announced that United Telecommunication Services (UTS) – the parent company of TDS, the wireless cable service provider servicing the Dutch islands of Curaçao and Bonaire – has deployed RGB’s Broadcast Network Processor (BNP) in its next-generation video delivery network.
UTS has migrated its TDS system to a fully digital, IP-based platform. RGB’s BNP, which offers high-density grooming, statistical multiplexing and transrating, enables UTS to offer its subscribers new services, including more high-definition (HD) channels.
“The success at UTS Curaçao is another excellent example of how RGB’s solutions can help operators to meet their biggest technical challenges and help them to serve their subscribers with the highest level of video services,” said Sarah Hackforth, vice president of EMEA for RGB Networks. “We look forward to announcing further deployments with Divitel and our network of partners throughout Europe.”