Cable Operators Voice Strong Support For CableHome™ Initiative
Louisville, Colorado, August 14, 2001—Senior executives from the largest cable companies expressed strong support for the CableLabs® CableHome™ networking initiative during a July 31 gathering of home networking companies. Nearly 80 representatives from more than 50 key vendor companies were represented at the CableHome meeting to hear CableLabs and industry executives discuss the project�s roadmap. CableLabs intends to have a home networking solution that would meet the needs of mainstream users next year.
Susan Marshall, Senior Vice President of Advanced Broadband Services at AT&T Broadband, said: �CableHome is specifying the foundation of a managed network, one that is robust, scalable, interoperable and presents a certified industry solution. AT&T is anxiously awaiting the availability of CableHome-compliant product. As soon as we are confident that a product is on its path to certification, we will deploy it in our field trials," she added.
A reason that cable operators are supporting the CableHome initiative is that it helps the consumer, said Jeff Henry, Vice President of Retail Product Development of Time Warner Cable. �CableHome makes home networking convenient for the customer while at the same time considering the unique needs of the cable operator. Consequently, Time Warner Cable will lean toward only deploying CableHome-certified products on its network," Henry said.
Comcast also attended the CableHome session and Vice President of New Media Development, Steve Craddock, expressed similar support. �There is a definite window of opportunity here and we see a tremendous marketplace for home networking. This could be the next big thing for our companies and we are strongly supportive of CableHome as a process that quickly gets us to certified product."
CableHome is CableLabs' initiative aimed at "Bringing DOCSIS™ Home™." Built on top of the industry's highly successful cable modem infrastructure, CableHome extends and augments DOCSIS™ (Data over Cable Service Interface Specification) services to devices networked within the home. As a robust, scalable, interoperable, and certified industry solution—unmatched by any other broadband access provider—CableHome brings structure and convenience to the consumer. This easy-to-use solution enables the cable operator to offer a variety of new and compelling services to the networked home.
The CableLabs® CableHome™ project has made public an interim specification for Quality of Service (QoS) and also has released its architecture framework technical report.
Companies that attended the vendor meeting:
- AT&T Labs
- BigBand Networks
- Broadband Home
- Cisco Systems
- DoBox Inc
- Electroline Equipment
- Gartner Solista
- GW Instruments/ICC
- HighSpeed Surfing
- Invensys Home Control Systems
- Magis Networks
- Pace Micro Technology
- Pacific Broadband
- RadioShack Corp
- Scientific Atlanta
- Sequoyah Intl Restructuring
- Sharp Laboratories of America
- SofaWare Technologies
- SONIC/blue frontpath
- Sony Electronics
- Texas Instruments
- Thomson Multimedia
- US Electronics
- Web Mountain Technologies
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