Broadband Briefs for 10/14/09
• Insight names 3 new execs
By CED staff
Insight Communications has appointed Debra Massey to director of video engineering, Timothy Michalk to vice president of talent management and Scott Dant to director of tax.
Massey joins Insight from Comcast Cable, where she was responsible for systems integration test and field deployments. In this new capacity, Massey will work with the video engineering team of Insight’s central operations group and will be responsible for technical development, operation and evolution of all video products and services.
Michalk most recently worked for Diebold, a global provider of integrated and self-service delivery systems and services. And Dant joins Insight from Behringer Harvard/IPC Real Estate Management, where he was tax and treasury director.
• Moto, Brocade join to target enterprise mobility
By Brian Santo
Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Solutions and Brocade said they have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate on wireless LAN (WLAN), voice over WLAN, mobile unified communications and fixed/mobile convergence (FMC), cloud computing and wireless broadband technologies.
The two intend to integrate Motorola’s core WLAN technologies and Brocade’s high-performance wired networking technologies. Meanwhile, Brocade will OEM some Motorola wireless products, private-labeling some.
The timing is somewhat interesting, in that Brocade is rumored to be shopping itself. Speculation about who might buy the company centered on HP and Oracle, though the latter has expressed disinterest.
“Working together, Brocade and Motorola can develop and deliver industry-leading integrated wired and wireless solutions,” said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade. “This clearly is an area of increasing importance to our customers as businesses continue to upgrade their network infrastructures to meet the demands of a mobile workforce who require ubiquitous access to any application, from anywhere, at any time.”
• PCT bursts out with mini-fiber node
By CED staff
PCT International has developed a mini-fiber node that combines the advantages of an internal coupler and the company’s Burst Mode technology.
The new PCT-BPFN products split wavelengths internally to reduce the amount of fiber needed in RF over glass and FTTx deployments. At the same time, they continue to provide low-noise, highly responsive performance, the company said.
PCT will demo the new mini-node as part of its HFC and optical fiber solutions at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo (booth #13089), set for Oct. 28-30 in Denver.
• SCTE Foundation announces Q3 grants
By Mike Robuck
The SCTE Foundation announced its third-quarter round of grants for members. The SCTE Foundation approved a total of 10 grants during the quarter, including a major grant to Dan Wu of Samsung Electronics.
The other nine grant recipients during the third quarter were:
- Wes Burton, self-employed
- Lucie Cartaya, in-transition member
- Joseph Cutrona, in-transition member
- Bill DesRochers, Bee Line Cable
- Christopher Gartland, DTI
- Patrick Hunter, Charter Communications
- Robert Johnson, Comcast Cable Communications
- John Martin, Motorola
- Angela Vicars, Charter
The third-quarter SCTE Foundation grants were earmarked for such professional development purposes as becoming SCTE Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) certified, participating in the CCNA1 and CCNA2 offerings, taking college courses toward Bachelor of Science degrees and attending the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver later this month.
The SCTE Foundation was established by the SCTE board of directors in 2005 and began issuing grants in 2006. To date, the Foundation has distributed grants totaling more than $140,000.