Broadband Briefs for 08/18/09
• Comcast to add more HD in Augusta
By Mike Robuck
Comcast will launch 39 new high-definition channels in the Augusta, Ga., area, as well as increase the speeds of its data service.
According to the Augusta Chronicle, Comcast will start adding new channels and services on Sept. 2, with additional channels and services slated through October. The paper said there will also be more digital voice services and VOD.
As part of its “World of More” initiative, Comcast is converting expanded basic channels from analog to digital in Augusta. Expanded basic subscribers will need digital adapter boxes to receive the new channels. Comcast is also doubling its Internet speeds at no additional cost to its subscribers. In other areas, Comcast had doubled the speeds of its existing data tiers as it launches DOCSIS 3.0, but no mention was made of a possible DOCSIS 3.0 deployment in the newspaper story.
• Cox to launch HD channels in Va.
By Traci Patterson
Cox Communications will launch seven new high-definition channels in the Greater Hampton Roads region of Virginia on Aug. 20.
Also, on Aug. 27 in York County, Va., Cox will launch an additional 24 HD channels.
"Cox offers a wide selection of HD channels. In keeping with our goal to be a 'friend in the digital age,' Cox makes all of its HD channels available to customers at no additional monthly charge," said Jen Garrett, Cox Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
• TWC names DeStefano VP of HR in northeast Ohio
By Mike Robuck
Time Warner Cable announced today that Sally DeStefano has been named vice president of human resources for the Northeast Ohio Division. In her new job, DeStefano will be responsible for directing all areas of human resources, including organizational development, recruiting, compensation, benefits and training.
Most recently, DeStefano was president and CEO of Perspectagon, a human resources service agency. She has also served as vice president of human resources for Time Warner Cable in southwest Texas, as well as with Suddenlink Communications. Her prior executive work experience includes organizations representing telecommunications, software, hardware, semiconductor, manufacturing, retail and higher education. In addition, DeStefano has leadership expertise, including starting her own company, New Horizon Enterprises.
• Rogers upgrades with Amdocs
By Mike Robuck
Amdocs today announced that Rogers Communications has upgraded its Amdocs customer management system to Amdocs CES 7.5. Amdocs said the deployment was the first step in a multi-year transformation project to support Rogers' quadruple-play offering with integrated Amdocs CES 7.5 products.
"Amdocs continues to play an important role in helping us deliver on key milestones to support our larger transformational initiatives," said Jerry Brace, chief information officer of Rogers.
The new Amdocs customer management system will allow Rogers to provide a personalized customer experience and improve first-call resolution for wireless, cable and telephony customers across Canada. The system provides customer care agents with the necessary technology to maximize the value of each customer interaction while providing efficient service. The Amdocs customer management system is built on the Amdocs smart client framework, which offers improved performance and operational efficiencies that further reduce costs.
• Motorola helps increase wireless net defense
By Brian Santo
Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Solutions group has introduced what it says is a completely new means of securing wireless networks.
The company’s AirDefense Wireless Vulnerability Assessment solution is a patented wireless security technology that enables IT administrators to remotely find and secure vulnerabilities in their wireless networks by simulating active attacks.
The system is automated, meaning it is unnecessary to send personnel or consultants to remote offices and stores to manually conduct testing required for PCI DSS 1.2 compliance. Regulatory compliance reporting is automatic, Motorola said.
• Blockbuster to offer movies on Motorola phones
By The Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) – Blockbuster Inc. says it will start offering movies that can be watched on certain Motorola Inc. cell phones, a first for the struggling rental company.
Blockbuster offered few details on the plan, which expands on the company's OnDemand movie downloading service offered through set-top boxes for TVs. It did not say when the phone service will be available or how much it will cost.
Kevin Lewis, Blockbuster's vice president for digital entertainment, said "thousands" of films will be available. The company has been scrambling to find new revenue sources as traffic at movie rental stores wanes and customers move to online video and order-by-mail services like Netflix.
• Projection: 1B Wi-Fi chipsets shipped by 2011
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week
A report from ABI Research projects that Wi-Fi chipset vendors will ship 1 billion units by 2011. By the end of the following year, a cumulative 5 billion such chipsets will have shipped since the firm began tracking Wi-Fi chipsets in 2000.
“802.11n will be the dominant protocol shipped during 2010, and there will be no looking back as single stream 11n chipsets (those not employing MIMO technologies) increasingly replace 802.11g products,” stated research practice director Philip Solis.
One reason for the high number of shipments is the ever-increasing number of devices that are Wi-Fi enabled. The report concludes that Wi-Fi chipset shipments will total well over 100 million just for smartphones this year. However, netbooks and a variety of consumer electronics devices, such as portable media players, TVs and cameras, will become increasingly important market segments, as well.
The report sites Qualcomm as an emerging player in the Wi-Fi chipset market but notes that Broadcom is the clear leader.