Broadband Briefs for 03/30/09

Mon, 03/30/2009 - 8:00am

Strickling named to be NTIA administrator
By Traci Patterson

President Barack Obama has nominated Lawrence Strickling to be assistant secretary for communications and information for the Department of Commerce. In his new position, Strickling will also serve as administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) President and CEO Kyle McSlarrow applauded Obama’s decision: “With broad telecommunications and technology experience in both the public and private sector, Strickling is an exceptional choice to lead the NTIA during this critical period in our nation’s history. [Strickling’s] vast experience will be critical as the NTIA establishes and implements programs that are designed to improve broadband access and spur adoption across America. As America’s leading broadband provider, the cable industry looks forward to working closely with [Strickling], his deputy Anna Gomez and the entire NTIA to implement programs that will jumpstart the nation’s economy and advance communications policy.”

American Cable Association (ACA) President and CEO Matthew Polka also welcomed the nomination: "The ACA congratulates Strickling on his nomination, and we look forward to working with him in connection with the NTIA's grant program and other matters related to broadband deployment, particularly in small markets and rural areas.”

Verizon’s FiOS TV wins franchise in Mass. Town
By Traci Patterson

Residents of Marblehead, Mass., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the area.

The agreement makes 93 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon's FiOS TV is, or will soon be, available.
Verizon is currently in negotiations with several other communities in Massachusetts to obtain additional franchises.

In the media: Subscriber model for online shows
By Brian Santo

There is some consumer support for a business model that allows pay-TV subscribers – and only subscribers – to access content via the Web on their laptops.

In other words, consumers would not be able to access the content for free.

The New York Times reports on the reaction to the year-old trial being conducted by Time Warner Cable (story here).

Convergys intros Field Service Manager
By Traci Patterson

Convergys Corp. has announced the availability of advanced workforce optimization products and services for the global communications industry, which strengthen Convergys’ end-to-end BSS/OSS portfolio, enabling service providers to proactively predict service demand and quantifiably increase dispatcher efficiency and field productivity.

Convergys’ Field Service Manager enables service providers to manage their field service technicians and operations by optimizing service scheduling and enhancing delivery operations – internally, as well as with their customers, suppliers and business partners, the company said.

On average, service providers can increase available capacity, reduce mileage and fuel costs, and reduce monthly costs per technician. Service providers will also benefit from increased customer satisfaction and improved technician availability, while simultaneously reducing costs associated with inefficient field service management.

Mindspeed intros Comcerto 1000 family
By Traci Patterson

Mindspeed Technologies has introduced a new family of single- or dual-core packet processors targeting voice and data communications equipment, ranging from service provider triple-play broadband home gateways, to small- and medium-size business (SMB) smart security appliances, to wireless enterprise access points (EAP) to VoIP products.

The Comcerto 1000 family is based on a system-on-chip (SoC) multi-core architecture using ARM's embedded processor technology and application-specific hardware acceleration engines. The devices include a security engine capable of delivering scalable VPN performance from 100 Mbps to full-duplex 1 Gbps symmetric IP security (IPSec) data rates.

Additionally, programmable quality of service (QoS) engines completely offload the CPU from cycle-intensive and time-sensitive packet processing functions. The QoS engines feature per-port ingress congestion management, admission control, queuing, rate limiting, traffic shaping and scheduling.

Skype intros SIP calling for business
By Brian Santo

Making a bid for the business market, Skype has released beta software that allows Skype users to make SIP calls running on traditional phone networks, in contrast to the open Internet.

Where Skype computer-to-computer calls have always been free, Skype For SIP will cost money. The service will have what Skype said will be competitively priced calling rates to national and international destinations.

Companies that intend to use the service will need to be able to configure their own SIP-enabled PBXs supporting the G.729 codec.

More Broadband Direct 03/30/09:

•  Canoe, CableLabs issue Advanced Advertising 1.0 spec

•  ACA joins NCTA in opposing FCC reporting requirements 

•  CMC to demo iTV applications at Cable Show
•  Cox selects Huawei to provide CDMA solution
•  TandbergTV intros content manager
•  Zodiac to demo new movie guide at The Cable Show
•  ActiveVideo to showcase third-party apps for any op
•  This Technology gives ops a trial run at ad platform
•  Harris to debut OSi-CableNet at The Cable Show

•  Ubee displays vision for converged network migration 

•  GLDS intros outage detection app
•  Alcatel-Lucent unveils RCM
•  Cable Show session to tackle next-gen TV services
•  Broadband Briefs for 03/30/09



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