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Cedar Point Communications Inc. has named Wray West as the IP telephony equipment start-up's vice president, systems engineering.

In that role, West will spearhead the integration of Cedar Point products into carrier operations. West, who joined Cedar Point on Jan. 1, was the founder and chief technology officer of Indus River Networks, a virtual private networks technology company currently owned by Enterasys Networks.

Derry, N.H.-based Cedar Point said it hired West to help the company develop open, standards-based, next-generation voice switching equipment for cable system operators.

Integrating myriad components that make up IP telephony networks is expected to take a high spot on some cable operator agendas this year. Comcast Corp., the prime example, is expected to launch a pure IP telephony service in the Philadelphia by mid-2003.

The approach of Cedar Point and its PacketCable-based Safari C3 platform is to simplify VoIP architecture by integrating components such as the call management server and media gateway controller into one box. Cedar Point, which has yet to win any commercial deployments, has conducted lab trials with Comcast and has a field trial agreement in New England with MetroCast Cablevision.

West is the latest to join Cedar Point, which has been busy expanding its ranks with data and voice technology veterans. In August, former AT&T Broadband Senior Vice President of Telephony Engineering and Operations Mark Dzuban, after a stint on Cedar Point's board, joined the start-up full-time in August 2002 as executive vice president, cable telephony deployment.

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