Broadband Briefs for 06/15/09
• AT&T launches VoIP service in Raleigh
By Mike Robuck
AT&T today announced the availability of its VoIP service in the areas it serves in Raleigh, N.C.
The service allows AT&T’s customers to put their home phone, wireless, broadband and TV services onto one bill. Telcos such as AT&T and Verizon have seen their landline businesses erode due to competing VoIP offerings from cable operators and other service providers.
By offering a VoIP service, AT&T hopes to win back customers who have dropped its landline service by including VoIP in its bundle of video, wireless and high-speed data. Unlike some VoIP-only service providers that use the public Internet to deliver phone service, AT&T is using its own IP and fiber-based network.
AT&T competes against Time Warner Cable in Raleigh.
• Exfo, Bridge partner on triple-play testing, monitoring
By Brian Santo
Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering has signed an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Bridge Technologies. The deal gives Exfo the rights to integrate Bridge’s video quality monitoring solutions into its own BrixVision IPTV service assurance system.
Exfo also becomes Bridge’s exclusive triple-play service assurance partner. The companies will jointly develop and promote new technologies for end-to-end video quality monitoring targeted to telcos, MSOs and satellite network operators.
The Bridge Technologies video monitoring and measurement probes will be integrated into Exfo’s Brix System, a strategic active and passive service assurance platform for IP service and application quality. As part of the Brix System, the Bridge Technologies products will help Exfo deliver a solution for end-to-end IP video service assurance for all types of IP video, including IPTV, streaming video and over-the-top video, offering telcos and MSOs one system for assuring the quality of all triple-play services.