Five More Cable Modem Suppliers Gain CableLabs® Certified™ Status
Louisville, Colorado, June 24, 1999—Cable Television Laboratories, Inc., (CableLabs®) has doubled the number of suppliers whose modems have been certified for retail sale by certifying five companies today. The newly certified companies are Askey Computer Corp., Cisco Systems, Philips Electronics, Samsung Information Systems of America, and Sony Corp.
There now are 10 modem suppliers whose products have been certified for retail sale. Certification status has been earned previously by Toshiba, Thomson Consumer Electronics, 3Com, General Instrument, and Arris Interactive. In addition, CableLabs has qualified Cisco Systems' CMTS (headend equipment) for its compliance with the CableLabs specification.
"This large increase in the number of suppliers gaining certification status is terrific evidence that the cable industry's retail-oriented process works well. It is producing a large number of certified companies from an international base of suppliers, all of whom are eager to serve the consumer and cable operators," said CableLabs President and CEO, Dr. Richard R. Green. "The cable modem certification program is serving our industry and its customers well."
Said Rouzbeh Yassini, executive consultant to CableLabs and the head of the modem effort: "The cable modem initiative that started 3-1/2 years ago has created the fastest ever standard product deployment involving multiple silicon providers, multiple manufacturers and multiple industries, including consumer electronics, computer, cable and software. This industry achievement is considered a cornerstone of the Information Age revolution via broadband pipe," Yassini added.
The retail-certified modems are identifiable by a "CableLabs® Certified™" seal. This seal will inform consumers and cable operators that a modem complies with the CableLabs' cable modem specification. It also states that it will communicate (interoperate) with qualified cable system headends, which soon will be deployed in a substantial number of systems worldwide.
There currently are nearly 60 different deployments by cable operators on their broadband networks using cable modem products from the more than one dozen companies seeking CableLabs® Certified™ status for the modems. The cable industry has achieved retail certification in its data modem program after beginning with a clean slate about 3-1/2 years ago. A Certification Review Committee, comprised of representatives of CableLabs member companies, bestows certification status on suppliers.
Cable modems are used to provide high-speed Internet and data access over cable's broadband networks. Cable modems are always connected and, unlike telephone industry modems, do not require re-dialing to a service provider. In addition, consumers do not tie up their telephone line for Internet surfing when using a cable modem to access the Internet because the connection is via two-way cable. The certified cable modems can coexist in cable systems with existing, proprietary cable modems.
Manufacturers who receive CableLabs certification for their high-speed cable modems have successfully completed an extensive series of interoperability tests supported by CableLabs membership. Modems were tested against headend equipment supplied by four different manufacturers. Qualification evaluation of headend equipment (CMTS) is ongoing.
As part of the certification test process, suppliers were asked to work in CableLabs facilities in pre-market, pre-competitive testing and evaluation in order to prove their compliance with the industry-supported program and technology. As part of the certification process, suppliers do self-testing of their products at their own facilities prior to submission to CableLabs.
CableLabs certification focuses on how well suppliers' cable modem and headend equipment adheres to the defined interface specifications. The existing DOCSIS cable modem architecture is enriched with high-speed data capability of up to 38 million bits per second throughput per standard cable channel, with the flexibility of enabling each broadband service provider to customize multiple service tiers. In addition to the unprecedented speed, cable modems also offer ease of installation, robust reliability, and data encryption of all information conveyed by the certified modems.
CableLabs has managed the interoperable cable modem process, previously known as Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) for the past 3-1/2 years. In that time, the effort has achieved cable and vendor consensus on a series of definitions of key interconnection points in a cable data distribution network. It also has achieved North American (by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers) and international (by the International Telecommunications Union) standardization using key elements of DOCSIS.
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 additional web sites at www.cablenet.org and www.ebif.tv.
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