Broadband Briefs for 03/26/10

Fri, 03/26/2010 - 8:00am

PCT opens Broadband Innovation Campus
By Brian Santo

PCT International plans to open a “broadband innovation campus” designed to advance the quality and reliability of cable and telecommunications networks worldwide.

Located in Mesa, Ariz., the 97,000 square foot facility will bring together headquarters and product development activities, as well as testing and training facilities, and will serve as a key location in PCT International’s distributed manufacturing and distribution infrastructure.

Designed with its own Lab, an Auditorium and Training Center, a “House” for training and testing, and a Machining and Prototyping Facility, the campus will enable PCT International to work more closely with its customers to create and deploy superior broadband solutions. Capabilities include:

  • Prototyping and electrical, mechanical and environmental testing of all cable and RF products;
  • Prototyping and testing of all copper and Ethernet products;
  • Development and testing of advanced home networking technologies; and
  • Hosting of beginner and advanced drop materials installation training classes and events on behalf of PCT International customers and industry technical and engineering organizations.

“With the increased reliance on advanced two-way services, operators are relying on us more than ever to help them to maintain the integrity and readiness of their broadband networks,” said Steve Youtsey, president and CEO of PCT International.  “Our investment in this campus reflects the commitment that we are making to provide the highest-quality resources for our customers and the cable industry.”

In addition to executive, engineering, fabricating, testing and training facilities, the PCT International campus will allow the company to consolidate current operations in Tempe and Gilbert into a single location. 

Witbe wins IPTV Award
By Mike Robuck

Earlier this week, Witbe nabbed an award at the IPTV World Forum in London.

Witbe, a provider of testing and monitoring solutions, won in the category for the “Best Quality Improvement Solution.” The category covered any technology or service that could be used to test, monitor, report upon, analyze or manage video services delivered over IP-based networks.

“We are very proud of this award. It shows recognition for our investments to deliver a disruptive technology that really helps operators to deliver the best in class services. The vision we have been promoting since 10 years is now a reality: Quality of Experience control is the key for confidence and has become vital at this stage of the market development” said Witbe president Jean-Michel Planche.

Witbe said it has developed new technology for monitoring that was designed to complement existing its existing platform in order to enhance quality of service (QoS) monitoring.

IPTV operators around the world, including Orange, KPN, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Vodafone and Singtel, have deployed Witbe’s platform.

More Broadband Direct 3/26/10:
•  Verizon winds down expensive FiOS expansion 
•  Dolan, Hammer head 2010 Vanguard Award winners
•  Study: Targeted ads worth at least twice as much 
•  Study: Despite risks, consumer still click on spam
•  At CTIA: Twitter, Avatar & Obama's CTO Take Stage 
•  1 Trillion Connected Devices by 2013
•  Broadband Briefs for 03/26/10



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