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SCTE picks Comcast Business Services for scalable Ethernet bandwidth

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 3:32pm
Mike Robuck

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has upgraded its training and inter-office capabilities with Ethernet services from Comcast Business Services.

SCTE makes its headquarters in Exton, Pa., which is part of Comcast’s Freedom Region. The SCTE is using Comcast Business Class Ethernet and Business Class Trunks to provision advanced data and voice capabilities across multiple offices in its headquarters. The faster service will also be used to support the SCTE’s online technology training, certifications, event information and related professional development resources.

Founded in 1969, the SCTE is a non-profit organization that serves the cable operator industry. In 2009, Mark Dzuban was named as the organization’s new president and CEO. Under Dzuban's guidance, the SCTE has refocused its efforts on becoming an engineering-driven organization that looks to support emerging technologies such as the migration to an IP architecture and a commitment to renewable energy.

SCTE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and works in cooperation with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

“As the leading provider of professional development, training and certification programs for the industry, as well as the developer of American National Standards for cable telecommunications, we’re proactive in our adoption of new technologies,” said Derek DiGiacomo, senior director of information systems and energy management programs for the SCTE. “The features and capabilities of Comcast Business Class services have significantly increased our ability to stay on the front edge of innovation.”

SCTE is using an Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) line from Comcast to provide more bandwidth for its internal traffic, as well as for its virtual private network (VPN) that connects to the organization’s satellite offices in Atlanta and Denver, as well as staff members that work remotely.

With Comcast’s Ethernet services, the SCTE has its broadened distance learning workshops program with high-speed video capabilities. SCTE also benefits from Comcast’s cloud-based connectivity to take advantage of new tools and technologies for office employees, as well as online webinars and white papers for its 14,000 members.

Bandwidth flexibility and scalability are the calling cards for Ethernet services. Comcast can deliver bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gbps that can be remotely scaled in increments of 1 Mbps, 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps, and it's offered with three different classes of service. SCTE can use the scalable bandwidth to support various e-commerce initiatives, training event registrations and membership renewal processes.

SCTE also recently switched its voice services from a T1 line to Comcast’s Business Class Trunks. With this new service, SCTE can scale its voice service in increments as needed and receive business voice continuity from Comcast’s advanced IP network.

“Organizations with employees and members from around the world need a reliable communications solution that will stay connected in spite of a large number of users accessing the network at any given time, and this requirement only intensifies when adding a video component, such as in the case with SCTE,” said Michael Maloney, vice president of Comcast Business Services for the Freedom Region. “Selecting a service provider that understands these challenges and that has the next-generation IP network already in place to support current needs, as well as future ones, is essential to the success of any organization, regardless of size or location.”

Comcast launched its business-class Ethernet services last year as a means to serve medium-size businesses. Last week, Comcast Business Services’ Ethernet portfolio was recognized with an award from Frost & Sullivan.

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