CableLabs® Selects Scientific-Atlanta To Support OpenCable™ System Integration
Louisville, Colorado, January 22, 1998—Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®) has contracted with Scientific-Atlanta to assist the OpenCable™ project in key areas regarding the system integration of new OpenCable™ devices and services. This work will help ensure that the individual interfaces specified by the OpenCable™ project will support an integrated network and set of services.
Scientific-Atlanta will focus on the end-to-end system integration of new digital services on the cable industry's networks. Under its contract with CableLabs, Scientific-Atlanta will produce and document a network architecture reference model. It will identify scenarios for customer use, billing, and third-party applications that will involve important OpenCable™ events and data flows. Scientific-Atlanta will also help define key system/network interfaces, with special emphasis on the physical and communication layer interfaces.
OpenCable™ is a cable industry initiative which seeks to obtain and deploy a family of interoperable advanced digital set-top boxes from various manufacturers. OpenCable™ seeks to achieve specifications for an open architecture that will allow multiple operating systems and microprocessors to be employed. CableLabs is managing the OpenCable™ specification writing process on behalf of its cable operator members.
"Scientific-Atlanta will be a great help to our fast-track project," said William Schleyer, head of the CableLabs OpenCable™ Task Force. "Their knowledge of cable's advanced digital environment and their experience in working with advanced technology deployments were critical points in our selection," Schleyer said.
"The work that Scientific-Atlanta will undertake will benefit all vendors in the OpenCable™ process," said Dr. Richard R. Green, CableLabs president and CEO. "This is an important step toward an open architecture."
It is anticipated that Scientific-Atlanta will complete its work in the first quarter of 1998, thereby allowing mid-year completion of the OpenCable™ specification.
"Scientific-Atlanta is committed to helping the cable television industry meet its aggressive timelines on OpenCable™," said James F. McDonald, President and CEO of Scientific-Atlanta. "I believe that this contract in this high priority area indicates the level of confidence the cable industry has in our experience and expertise in designing and deploying two-way interactive networks," he added.
Scientific-Atlanta (NYSE:SFA) (http://www.sciatl.com) is a leading supplier of broadband communications systems, satellite-based video, voice and data communications networks, and worldwide customer service and support. About CableLabs: Cable Television Laboratories (www.cablelabs.com) was founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry. A non-profit research and development consortium, CableLabs delivers innovations that enable cable operators to be the providers of choice in their markets. Cable operators from around the world are members. CableLabs maintains web sites at www.cablelabs.com; www.packetcable.com; www.cablemodem.com; www.cablenet.org, and www.opencable.com.
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