Broadband Briefs for 4/02/07
* Wave7 issued patent for FTTH RF return
Wave7 Optics  has announced the issuance of U.S. Patent 7,190,901 for its FTTH RF return solution.
The patent helps to protect both the standards-based Trident7 and the original Last Mile Link FTTH systems, the company said. Support of RF return allows FTTH operators to utilize cable set-tops.
* Star Telephone upgrades with Ciena
Star Telephone  has purchased Ciena's  CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform for its core network infrastructure upgrade. Star is transitioning its legacy SONET network to Ciena's WDM network technology to support the delivery of high-bandwidth services including metro Ethernet, wireless, high-speed data and IPTV. Star Telephone provides a variety of advanced telecommunications services to more than 19,000 business and residential customers throughout five counties in southeastern North Carolina.
* Portuguese IPTV provider makes a Ruckus
Ruckus Wireless  said it has added Sonaecom , Portugal's second largest services provider, as a customer for its MediaFlex multimedia wireless systems. Sonaecom will use the Ruckus Wi-Fi technology to enable its subscribers to distribute its Clix SmarTV IPTV transmissions to other TVs within their homes. The Ruckus MediaFlex system is based on standard 802.11g Wi-Fi.
* Virgin Media gets T-boned
Juniper Networks  announced that the Virgin Media Group  has deployed Juniper's T-series core routers, including the multi-terabit TX Matrix, to upgrade its IP backbone network. The T-series will enable the delivery of services such as IPTV, video-on-demand and voice-over-IP. Juniper said the upgraded backbone passes 50 percent of U.K. homes and 85 percent of U.K. businesses.
* Integra5 helps WOW! provide TV Caller ID
Integra5  said WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone , a provider of bundled services in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, has deployed its TV Caller ID application, powered by the company’s i5 Converged Services Platform (CSP), throughout its entire market footprint. WOW! is offering TV Caller ID – which displays the names and numbers of incoming phone calls on up to three TV sets in a home before the phone even rings – for a monthly fee of $2.00 to customers that subscribe to both its digital cable and VoIP services.
WOW! is Integra5's largest customer announced to date.