Broadband Briefs for 7/19/06
* Verizon Wireless taps Nortel to rev its network
Verizon Wireless  selected Nortel  to supply it with CDMA 1xEV-DO Revision (Rev.) A technology beginning in the third quarter of 2006. The upgrade will provide faster data speeds supporting data, VoIP, and video telephony. Verizon Wireless is currently trialing new, low-latency applications with Nortel EV-DO Rev. A technology, including push-to-talk, fixed mobile convergence, VoIP and messaging services.
* AT&T takes Homezone to Ohio, Texas
AT&T  began marketing Homezone, its announced service combining high-speed Internet and satellite television in one set-top box. The service is initially available in Ohio and San Antonio, Texas. Homezone, which offers DVR, movies-on-demand, and photo- and music-sharing, is designed to fill in where AT&T doesn't reach with its fiber-based U-Verse service.
* Report: Comcast looking at SF MDUs
Comcast  is trying to entice owners of local apartment buildings into 10-year contracts, with the aim of locking out AT&T , the San Francisco Chronicle reports . The practice is fairly common in large cities. Earlier this month, Verizon  petitioned the FCC to block cable companies from signing exclusive deals with owners of apartment buildings.