1. CableLabs Issues RFI for Integrated DOCSIS Access Device
CableLabs, a U.S. consortium of MSOs that provides research and development for cable telecom technologies, has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for an integrated DOCSIS access device that would enable cable operators to offer voice and data services for small business and commercial customers. The device would be similar to a multi-line multimedia terminal adapter, but would include DS1 ciruit emulation via IP over DOCSIS.
CableLabs envisions the technology to be a multi-functional device providing client interfaces ranging from traditional DSO level FXS services to fully functional DS1 interfaces to 100 BaseT.
Developers should note the network interface at the customer premises is a standard RF coaxial cable that has a frequency range up to 860 MHz downstream and a return path operating in the range of 5 MHz to 42 MHz.
RFI responses are due by January 14, 2005.
Download the RFI at
3. Bresnan to Use Net2Phone to Offer VoCable Services
Bresnan Communications, the 13th largest MSO in the U.S., has signed a multi-year agreement to use Net2Phone’s hosted VoIP service solution to launch VoCable services across its networks, which are located in Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. Services are scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of next year.
Net2Phone will provide all back-office technology and services, including management and monitoring. In addition, the company will provide systems integration.
As part of the deal, Bresnan opted to enroll in Net2Phone’s warrant incentive program, which allows MSO customers to earn warrant grants to purchase shares of Net2Phone common stock.
Bresnan has more than 300,000 video subscribers.
5. 3Com Announces Availability of New IP PBX
3Com has introduced the availability of NBX V3000, an IP PBX system for small businesses that provides integrated call management, voicemail, and central office connectivity in a single platform. The system supports over 1,000 users.
The NBX V3000 is equipped with four central office ports, a station side analog port for a fax machine or analog phones and embedded applications such as auto attendant/voicemail system with email integration, desktop call management, and graphical call reports.
The accompanying software supports zone/group paging and the ability to assign alternate phone numbers for the operator.
The IP PBX supports the integration of 3rd party applications such as call centers and CRMs. The system is also capable of integrating with Outlook and ACT!.
Some of the many user features include voicemail to email and web-based phone feature management.
The NBX V3000 is priced at $1,995 in a configuration that includes 4 analog CO gateway ports, four auto-attendant/ voicemail ports, 400 hours of voicemail storage, one analog station side gateway port for fax, support for 250 call processor devices (expandable to 1,500 devices) and 15 IP phone licenses.
3Com’s NBX V3000 Data Sheet
7. Motorola to Acquire MeshNetworks
Motorola has signed a definite agreement to acquire MeshNetworks, a privately held developer of mobile mesh networking and position location technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of the year.
Motorola will use MeshNetworks’ technology as part of its portfolio enabling the development of broadband wireless networks capable of delivering data, video, location, and VoIP services.
Motorola has already been licensing MeshNetworks’ MeshConnex software for 802.11 wireless LANs and distributes its Enabled Architecture product line.
9. Ingram Micro to Resell IR’s VoIP Management Solution
Ingram Micro, the world’s largest technology distributor, will resell Integrated Research’s Prognosis VoIP management and monitoring solution in the U.S.