Broadband Briefs for 09/01/09
• Cox picks messaging vendor for cell network
By Brian Santo
Cox Communications continued to assemble the elements it needs for a successful mobile phone service, designating Interop Technologies to contribute messaging, device management and gateway connectivity technology.
Cox will use Interop’s SMSC (SMS Center) 4 Series, Multimedia Messaging Center (MMSC), WAP Gateway and hosted Common Short Code (CSC) Gateway.
“SMS, MMS, short-code messaging and access to the mobile Internet are essential to the Cox customer experience,” said Dane Dickie, Cox’s executive director of wireless product development. “Our wireless solutions must be reliable and scalable to ensure we consistently deliver the leading-edge, converged services that are at the core of the Cox wireless experience.”
• CTIA: Eager to tell wireless story
By Monica Alleven, Wireless Week
Given the Federal Communications Commission’s wide-ranging inquiry into the wireless sector, you might get the idea that the industry’s biggest lobbying group would feel a bit defeated. Not so, says CTIA.
Last week, the FCC launched inquiries into innovation and investment in the wireless industry, the state of competition and information available to consumers.
“We are extremely eager to tell the wireless story to the FCC,” says CTIA spokesman John Walls. “The chairman has made it very clear he intends to move forward on a factually based platform. We think the facts as they pertain to the industry and state of competition and innovation point clearly to U.S. superiority.”
One of the things CTIA would like to see is a catalog of spectrum holdings, which would show exactly who has what spectrum, including government agencies and commercial users.
• Harris Corp. brings Novar to Cincy
By Traci Patterson
Cincinnati Bell has integrated Harris Corp.’s Novar traffic and billing system into its daily business operations.
The Novar suite delivers a set of tools to schedule and insert ads, reconcile logs and invoice customers, among other tasks.
Since upgrading to Novar, Cincinnati Bell has tripled its capacity and maximized its staff utilization, requiring just one operator to manage traffic and billing for 27 channels, according to Harris. Cincinnati Bell is using the Novar system to manage advertising on its Fioptics television service.
• RCN Metro upgrades to 10G
By Traci Patterson
RCN Metro Optical Networks, a division of RCN Corp., has completed the upgrade of the access layer of its Ethernet network to include 10 Gigabit Metro Ethernet-based transport at several locations.
The upgrade is in response to customer demand for increased bandwidth. With the addition of 10 Gigabit Metro Ethernet at the access layer, RCN Metro customers will see greater scalability and enhanced network performance, the company said.
RCN Metro has already upgraded six locations from 1 Gigabit to 10 Gigabit and plans to upgrade a number of additional locations in its footprint by the end of the year.