Broadband Briefs for 10/22/09

Thu, 10/22/2009 - 8:00am

Comcast adds O’Leary to Calif. biz team
By CED staff

Comcast has named Mark O’Leary as regional vice president of business services for Comcast’s California Region. In his new role, O’Leary will provide executive leadership for all areas of Comcast Business Class, including sales, operations, marketing and construction.

Over the last 24 years, O’Leary has held various executive positions in the telecommunications, cable, software and networking industries.

O’Leary served as the executive vice president of broadband services at Excite@Home, where he was responsible for the @Home and @Work business units. And he spent 19 years with AT&T in various executive and management positions, including vice president of managed network services, director of global technical marketing and GM of national accounts.

Arris jumps to 4:1 HD channel compression
By Brian Santo

Arris said its EGT VIPr2200 encoder is now capable of compressing four high-definition channels into a single QAM channel, leading to a significant improvement in bandwidth efficiency without, Arris said, sacrificing video quality.

The VIPr series encoders had been capable of 3:1 compression.

The VIPr2200 achieves greater rate reduction through a combination of Intelligent Recode (full decode/re-encode within the original encoding parameters), sophisticated pre-processing and filtering, and integrated closed-loop statistical multiplexing, Arris said.

Synacor promotes Attea
By CED staff

Synacor has promoted Andrew Attea to the newly created position of vice president of client operations.

Attea, who has held various management positions with Synacor since 2000, will be responsible for creating a team that will deploy Synacor’s core products, as well as develop and deliver custom client product requests.

Attea’s team will work directly with cable and IPTV operators, programmers and other customers to address specific product, content and user experience needs that will increase consumer satisfaction, Synacor said.

Monroe, DAS merge for one-stop EAS shop
By CED staff

Monroe Electronics and Digital Alert Systems (DAS), both providers of emergency alert system solutions, are set to merge to create a one-stop shop. Under the terms of the merger, DAS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Monroe.

DAS's DASDEC platform is a next-generation, CAP-compatible EAS encoder/decoder that affords the benefits of Internet and LAN-based communications while maintaining compatibility with current EAS protocol. Monroe provides EAS solutions for the cable TV market, along with electrostatic measuring and cue tone switching devices.

The merger will enable DAS to focus on direct sales, marketing and customer service, with Monroe handling manufacturing and development. Monroe has been the exclusive cable and IPTV marketing licensee for the DASDEC system, but Monroe gains an expanded EAS product portfolio that adds the radio-television broadcast and emergency operations center (EOC) markets to its potential customer base.

Clearfield debuts FxDS system
By CED staff

Clearfield has introduced the FieldSmart Crossover Fiber Distribution System (FxDS), a custom-configured system of fiber management components that reduces the cost of fiber deployment while maximizing ease of use and system density, according to the company.

Centered around Clearfield’s Clearview Cassette, the FieldSmart FxDS requires only four SKUs to support hundreds of configurations. Scalable from 12 to 1,728 ports across the network, the FxDS supports any application, anywhere.

And the company said the modular approach of the FxDS brings flexibility to network design: Fiber protection elements are added or removed depending on the network environment and the configuration desired.

Alteva, SimpleSignal enter VoIP peering deal
By Brian Santo

Alteva and SimpleSignal said they have developed a peering relationship that will allow them to avoid going through the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Alteva is an enterprise-hosted VoIP provider, and SimpleSignal is a facilities-based provider of business VoIP.

“The roadblock to enhanced communications services continues to be the limitations of the PSTN networks that interconnect all carriers,” said Mark Marquez, vice president of technology at Alteva. “By working with SimpleSignal, we are able to provide end-to-end IP-based communications that allow for enhanced video conversations, as well as high-definition voice. We hope this will encourage other carriers to follow suit.”

“The SimpleSignal and Alteva alliance proves that HD voice and exceptional video quality can happen completely outside of the traditional PSTN,” said Ujjval Karihaloo, vice president of engineering at SimpleSignal. “By removing the barrier of the PSTN and peering with other service providers, IP communications can be all that it was created to be. Alteva and SimpleSignal users can now talk to each other using HD voice technology without any per-minute charges.”

More Broadband Direct 10/22/09:
•  FCC votes to begin crafting `net neutrality' rules
•  AT&T's profits soar on wireless, U-verse revenues
•  Broadband stimulus panel elicits heated comments over net neutrality
•  BigBand names initial partners in IPTV strategy
•  AT&T sues screen makers, alleging price fixing
•  Nokia sues Apple over patent infringement
•  Ixia buys Agilent data network test unit
•  Ericsson's Q3 profit drops
•  Biap renamed FourthWall
•  Broadband Briefs for 10/22/09




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