Bukovinsky Selected to Blend CableLabs'® PacketCable™ and Cable Modem Initiatives
Louisville, Colorado, September 9, 1999—David Bukovinsky has been promoted to the new position of Vice President, Broadband Services, for Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®). In this position, he will be responsible for blending the very successful CableLabs® Certified™ cable modem development project with PacketCable™.
Bukovinsky has been leading the PacketCable initiative for the past year; PacketCable is a fast-track effort aimed at developing interoperable interface specifications for delivering advanced, real-time multimedia services over two-way cable plants. In this role, he has succeeded in uniting the vendor community around a series of common interface specifications, due to be released in October of this year.
Built to be carried by the industry's highly successful cable modem infrastructure, PacketCable networks will use Internet protocol (IP) technology to enable a wide range of multimedia services, such as IP telephony, multimedia conferencing, interactive gaming, and general multimedia applications.
Other CableLabs staff members promoted at the same time are Ed Miller, who succeeds Bukovinsky as director of PacketCable and will head the PacketCable initiative; Dr. Terry Shaw, who becomes a senior advisor on network systems in the Strategic Assessment group; and Maria Stachelek, named a project director, software systems and architecture, for PacketCable. Bukovinsky will lead the work to blend the two initiatives and address the intricate dependencies between the two technologies.
"David Bukovinsky is assuming a very critical job that will have a lot of impact on how the cable industry moves forward as a provider not only of high-speed data delivery, but also in the business of providing multimedia services," said CableLabs President and CEO, Dr. Richard R. Green.
Senior Executive Consultant Rouzbeh Yassini, who has headed the CableLabs® Certified™ project, said: "Eleven certified cable modems and the DOCSIS 1.1 product, which is targeted for certification in the second quarter of 2000, are the fundamental technologies on which PacketCable services will ride. The evolution of these technologies will best be managed under one leadership," Yassini said.
"I can't say enough for what Rouzbeh has done for CableLabs and for our industry in the modem effort. He will remain working with CableLabs as an executive advisor to see his dream of ubiquitous digital-based services (voice, data and video) achieved," Green added.
Bukovinsky has more than 12 years of experience in computer software and telecommunications efforts and has worked for Motorola and Americast prior to joining CableLabs. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Miller, who advances from a project director position in PacketCable, will now lead the overall PacketCable specification and testing efforts, and will report to Bukovinsky. He holds a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and has 14 years of telecommunications engineering, software development, and operations experience. Prior to joining CableLabs, Miller held various engineering and management positions within Westinghouse Communications.
Stachelek has been a project manager in software systems and architecture at CableLabs and was the driving force behind last years PacketCable demonstration at the Western Cable Show. In her new role, she will be working with the PacketCable and DOCSIS teams to begin addressing a common approach to provisioning and managing devices that provide both high-speed data services as well as advanced multimedia services. She will report to Miller in this expanded role. Stachelek has a master's degree in business administration and a masters of science in telecommunications from the University of Colorado.
Shaw has been a project director of network systems development in Strategic Assessment. Shaw now will head projects examining network management and performance, as well as network interfacing issues between cable and in-home networks. He holds a doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Texas.
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