CableLabs officials confirmed last Thursday that the cable R&D house plans to phase out YAS Broadband Ventures as a consultant on several cable access projects by the end of this year.
Louisville, Colo.-based CableLabs said that its agreement with YAS all along was to phase out YAS' consultancy role and eventually to elevate CableLabs staff into those positions. CableLabs officials said the decision to spark the migration was made in December 2002. Completion of the changeover is expected to happen by the end of 2003.
CableLabs officials did not say how many positions will be filled by CableLabs staff in the absence of YAS, but Cable Datacom News reported this month that the migration could eventually replace eight or nine YAS staffers with CableLabs employees.
YAS, led by cable pioneer Rouzbeh Yassini, is presently advising and consulting for CableLabs on several high-profile projects, including DOCSIS, PacketCable and CableHome.
Under the guidance of YAS, CableLabs' certification process has moved well past DOCSIS 1.0, having greenlighted dozens of devices for DOCSIS 1.1, and, for the first time, approved five cable modems and one cable modem termination system based on the third-generation DOCSIS 2.0 specification late last year. Also in December, CableLabs made progress with PacketCable 1.0, approving the first multimedia terminal adapters and CMTSs based on the advanced spec.
Yassini, a two-time CED Broadband 50 designate, is known within industry circles as the "father of the cable modem."