CableLabs sent out teasers today on its upcoming initiative to develop an advanced international communications system based on Internet Protocol.
"IPCablecom" will permit cable operators to deliver advanced digital packet services, such as high-quality voice communications, games and other interactive applications, on an international scale, CableLabs says.
Current Internet technology is mostly based on proprietary specifications, it reports. "Now, for the first time, an international specification will become available, with the goal of facilitating global interoperability of such systems," it says in a statement.
The specifications are being developed through a cooperative effort of cable operators and vendors through such standards development organizations as ITU, ETSI and SCTE. The underlying network was standardized by the ITU in Recommendation J.112, CableLabs reports. ETSI has accepted the ITU-T J.160 recommendations as the framework and is working to add European-specific requirements.
CableLabs will speak on the specifications on May 23.