Broadband Briefs for 02/18/09

Wed, 02/18/2009 - 7:00am

Verizon Business intros single-source model to support CPE
By Traci Patterson

Verizon Business is rolling out a new single-source model for the procurement of customer premises equipment (CPE) and other support services in 122 countries and territories. The new model upgrades services that Verizon Business provides to support CPE – from billing and contracting to logistics and financing. 

Verizon Business has reached global agreements with seven equipment manufacturers, distributors and resellers: Avaya, Cisco, Fluke Networks, Juniper Networks, NCR, Tandberg and Tech Data/Azlan. Avaya will provide contact center, IP telephony, mobility and unified communications (UC) services; Cisco will offer networking, conferencing, UC and collaboration, security and wireless LAN services; and Juniper will provide networking, security, unified access and WAN acceleration.

The single-source model features a flexible delivery model, where customers can choose the best option for their needs; the ability to contract and bill centrally, regionally or locally; simplified logistics; and enhanced financing options via Verizon Credit. Further expansion of the program is planned for 2009, with the addition of other vendors, as well as expanded reach in more countries.

Verizon Business also announced a new portfolio of converged solutions that will enable corporations to more efficiently build a secure, high-performance communications and IT infrastructure to enhance overall business performance. 

Verizon wins franchise in N.Y., expands Calif., N.J. lineups
By Traci Patterson

Verizon’s FiOS TV service will soon be offered in York County, N.Y., thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the area. Verizon plans to begin offering FiOS TV in the next few weeks in parts of Roberts Trace, Running Man, Sinclair Manor, the Woods of Tabb and Wythe Farms.   

Verizon has also added 18 new channels to its California FiOS TV lineup, and 14 new channels to its lineup in New Jersey. FiOS TV customers in California now have access to a total of 110 high-definition (HD) channels, while subscribers in New Jersey have a total of 108 HD channels to choose from. Both states’ FiOS TV customers can choose from more than 1,200 HD video-on-demand (VOD) titles, which are offered each month.

New subscribers to FiOS TV between now and Feb. 21 will also receive their choice of free use for six months of either an HD digital video recorder (DVR) or an HD Home Media DVR.

MobiTV surpasses 6M subs
By Traci Patterson

MobiTV has exceeded the six-million subscriber mark for its managed mobile media service that is available on more than 350 handsets, and via 20 carrier networks, including AT&T and Alltel.

“The biggest hurdle to adoption is no longer availability or technology – it is awareness, and as the market leader we’re poised to capitalize on increasing consumer demand for compelling entertaining TV and video-on-demand for the mobile phone,” said Charlie Nooney, chairman and CEO of MobiTV.

“We’re seeing growth driven by major television events, from the Olympics to Election Day,” said Paul Scanlan, president and co-founder of MobiTV. “Additionally, the proliferation of 3G smartphones and media-centric devices is enabling the very high- quality mobile TV experience that consumers expect.”

More Broadband Direct 02/18/09:
•  Comcast Q4 profit falls with Clearwire write-down
•  NCTA, ACA file opposition to 70/70 reporting
•  ACA, IBM make plays for broadband bucks
•  Cox adds executives to wireless team
•  Cox strengthens online security suite
•  Rogers sustains lumps in Q4; turns in good year
•  MWC: Alcatel-Lucent wins big with Verizon
•  BroadSoft, IBM team up on IMS app infrastructure
•  AT&T CEO's $15M pay package falls from year before
•  MWC: Open-source systems battle for market
•  Broadband Briefs for 02/18/09



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