Alopa Networks became the latest vendor to join the mix in Philadelphia, the site of Comcast Corp. 's forthcoming launch of a primary-line IP telephony service.
Comcast said it will use Alopa's MetaServ platform for secure provisioning of residential IP voice services. Alopa said it also will provide security components and mediation to other OSS and back office elements that will manage the Comcast VoIP system.
Earlier this year, Comcast announced its intentions to deploy VoIP in Philadelphia by mid-2003 and publicly disclosed a number of vendors that will join the project, including: Arris (cable modem termination systems and multimedia terminal adapters), Syndeo (call management server) IP Unity (media server), BayPackets (record keeping server), Convergys (billing), Nuera (media gateway), Sigma Systems/Liberate Technologies (operations support system), Motorola Broadband (MTAs) and Terayon (MTAs). Comcast, in an earlier announcement, had also named Lucent Technologies as a CPE provisioning provider for its upcoming VoIP launch in Philadelphia.
Comcast said Alopa's participation in PacketCable, the cable industry's platform for QoS-sensitive, IP-based services and applications, helped the vendor secure a spot in the MSO's future IP telephony plans.
"The addition of Alopa as a vendor in our VoIP deployments will enable secured voice provisioning for residential voice services," said Franklyn Athias, Comcast's vice president, new media development.
Comcast, though previous system swaps, offers voice services to about 40,000 customers in Detroit, Mich. and Alexandria, Va. using traditional constant bit rate technology. The MSO's voice base will grow by more than 1.2 million upon closing its purchase of AT&T Broadband.