SCTE's 2002 Conference on Emerging Technology(7)
The Fairmont San Jose San Antonio, TX January 8 - 10, 2002 Show Daily Topics: Customer premise equipment | Deals & orders | Fiber optics | Headend equipment | High speed data equipment | ITV | Network management/ monitoring | Outside plant | People | Powering equipment | Services | Software/customer care products | Telephony | Testing Equipment | Tools | Training | Transmission/ distribution equipment High Speed Data Equipment IPv6: More than an address book There's a lot more to IP version 6, a next-generation protocol for the IP environment, than a platform that makes available a larger base of IP addresses, said IBM Technical Evangelist Laura Jeanne Knapp, who gave a presentation during Tuesday's tutorial sessions. For cable operators, IPv6 will provide a platform to carry voice and video alongside data. Although IPv4, the current version, can handle that today, implementing it to handle all of that data is a cumbersome process, Knapp said. She predicted that applications and services based on the 3G wireless standard will mark the first commercial driver for IPv6. A home networking environment in which several devices would require their own IP address will also push IPv6 forward, Knapp said. IPv6 also has a geo-political flavor to it. Because the U.S. received the most IP addressing space for IPv4, as well as the highest class of IP addresses, other countries and regions of the world got caught holding the short end of the stick, and are quickly running out or have already depleted their existing address space. Network Address Translation (NAT), which hands out virtual IP addresses, is hindering the rollout of IPv6 domestically, Knapp said. Because of NAT's limitations, however, "we're starting to see NAT erode as a primary IPv6 inhibitor," she added. Despite a transition to IPv6 already underway in parts of Asia, IPv4 "will be out there for a long, long time," Knapp predicted. Cox selects IM platform Cox Communications has tapped Openwave Systems Inc., an open standards, IP-based communication infrastructure and application provider, and its Openwave Email Mx messaging platform to serve its high-speed Internet service customers. Cox currently has nearly 780,000 residential Internet subscribers. Email Mx is just one component of Openwave's Messaging Services Platform. Cox will have the option to deploy other compelling service offerings with the platform, including unified messaging, instant messaging, and multimedia messaging service. Openwave has more than 125 million active messaging "seats" using their messaging platform. That total is made up of 19 communication service providers, each with more than 1 million active subscribers. Hughes reports 100,000+ Internet subscribers Hughes Network Systems announced it has surpassed 100,000 subscribers for its satellite-based Direcway high-speed Internet service. The service is targeted toward consumer, small business and enterprise markets. Direcway's main competitor, Starband, which is used by DirecTV's competitor (and potential partner) EchoStar, recently reported it had finished 2001 with nearly 40,000 subscribers. Chip makers tout DOCSIS 1.1 wins Texas Instruments Inc., looking to leverage its first-round DOCSIS 1.1 reference design/modem certification, announced that in the second 1.1 certification effort (wave 20), the company's 1.1 technology enabled the certification of five cable modems by CableLabs. "DOCSIS 1.1 is the leading building block for the advanced IP services cable operators now want to carry over their broadband networks," said Rouzbeh Yassini, executive consultant for CableLabs. "TI has been a leading contributor in the development of DOCSIS 1.1 for the next generation of broadband technology and products." The latest certified modems included TI-based products from Toshiba, Arris, Tellabs and a low-cost TI Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) data-only cable modem. In this same certification wave, Broadcom Corporation announced that three of its cable modem customers, who had used their integrated circuits, received 1.1 certification from CableLabs. Broadcom's DOCSIS 1.1 headend chips were also used in two cable modem termination systems (CMTS) that received 1.1 qualification in the first certification wave in September 2001. Mediacom allies with AT&T Corp. to do its own thing online Following in the wake of Excite@Home's anticipated demise at the end of February, Mediacom Communications announced its plans for striking out to support its own online service. The company also announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with AT&T Corp. under which AT&T will provide the IP network backbone and certain core Internet support functions for the new service, which will be dubbed Mediacom Online. "We are on track with transitioning our customers from the Excite@Home service with minimal disruption, if any, before February 28, 2002," said Rocco Commisso, Mediacom's chairman and CEO, in a statement. The transition effort will begin later this month when customers are notified beforehand of the changeover and new service. During the transition, customers will retain their primary and secondary usernames, with the domain name changing from @Home.com to @mchsi.com. Mediacom is the eighth-largest cable television operator in the United States, with cable systems passing approximately 2.6 million homes and serving about 1.6 million basic subscribers in 23 states. Cox @Home changeover begins Cox Communications has begun transitioning its Cox@Home Internet customers to its new self-managed network. The network will support the company's new Cox High Speed Internet service, as well as Cox Business Services. The company expects to complete the nationwide transition by the end of this month. In related news, Cox has also announced it is deploying Cisco Systems Inc.'s Internet routers and switches to create a new national IP backbone for high-value content delivery and virtual private networks (VPNs). Comcast, Cox to offer home security service Comcast Cable Communica-tions and Cox Communications will both begin limited marketing trials of a new home security system, dubbed "SafeVillage," from Security Broadband Corp. Security Broadband will deliver the Internet-enabled residential security service to cable modem subscribers in the Sarasota, Fla. area and Las Vegas, Nev., during the first quarter of 2002. Cox conducted technical trials of the SafeVillage service last year. Comcast will offer SafeVillage at the same time it rolls out high-speed Internet service to its customers in Sarasota, Fla. More than 95 percent of home alarm incidents turn out to be false, according to Security Broadband. Therefore, there is a perceived strong need for a security system that improves verification and reliability via two-way audio and real-time video monitoring capabilities. In addition, SafeVillage customers are able to view their homes remotely and interact with family members at home via a password-protected Web site. StarBand tallies nearly 40k subs StarBand said it finished 2001 with nearly 40,000 residential subscribers for its high-speed, two-way satellite Internet service. Expansion markets in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also been targeted. Future product plans include commercial-grade small office service that will enable PC networking and commercial installations. The company delivers its two-way satellite service by installing small antennas on roofs or walls of customer homes or on poles. Typical installation takes approximately four hours.