CableNET®'98 RFP Issued; Focus on Interoperable Services
Louisville, Colorado, September 21, 1998—Nearly 60 companies have signed up to participate in CableNET®'98 - making this year's technology showcase the largest ever. Co-sponsored by Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®), and the California Cable Television Association (CCTA), CableNET®'98 will be part of the CCTA's Western Show in Anaheim, California, December 1-4, 1998.
In its sixth year, CableNET®'98 is continuing to grow as the educational section of The Western Show exhibit floor, demonstrating the power of the cable industry's hybrid fiber coaxial systems, as well as expanding telecommunications and entertainment applications. This year's theme, Plug and Play, will be demonstrated through interoperable modems, digital set tops, and Internet phones.
"Never before has there been a demonstration of such powerful companies in the telecommunications marketplace working together in an integrated exhibit like this year's CableNET®'98," said Dr. Richard R. Green, president and CEO of CableLabs. "Not only are these companies working with us on the overall CableNET®'98, but many are interoperating amongst themselves within the demonstration."
CableLabs, on behalf of the cable television industry, is pursuing interoperability aggressively in its high-level projects�DOCSIS, OpenCable™, and PacketCable™. This interoperability will enable the cable industry to choose equipment from a variety of suppliers building similar products. It will also provide cable customers with the economic benefits of price competition and product innovation, as well as the opportunity to purchase interoperable products at retail stores in the near future.
DOCSIS is aimed at attaining interoperable high-speed cable modems; OpenCable™ is seeking to advance interoperable digital set-top boxes; and PacketCable™ is focusing on interoperable Internet Protocol-based services that will be distributed over cable's hybrid fiber/coax systems. One of the initial services on which PacketCable™ is concentrating is IP telephony, which uses the Internet or other packet networks, for delivery of telephone calls at competitive prices.
"I continue to be amazed at what we're able to accomplish every year at CableNET®," said Spencer Kaitz, President of CCTA, "and I continue to be enthused by the wide array of new cable technologies and enhanced services that consumers are about to receive. This year's theme, Plug and Play, pretty well sets the vision for the technology that's now upon us."
CableLabs manages these interoperability projects on behalf of its members, who are cable television system operators based on the continents of North and South America. These interoperability projects are undertaken as a collective effort of CableLabs, its members and participating vendors � many of whom will be featured at CableNET® '98. Because of its key position in these projects, CableLabs serves as a focal point for the integration of the cable, computer, consumer electronics, and broadcast industries.
The CCTA, which produces The Western Show each year, is the nation's largest state cable association with over 370 member companies providing services to more than 6.2�million cable television households in California.
The CableNET® '98 exhibit will cover about 8,000 square feet, where approximately 90 pedestals will be showcasing and demonstrating the interoperable service delivery options of the 60 companies participating in this year's event. Following is a brief description of what those companies will be exhibiting:
- 3Com will demonstrate IP telephony, video conferencing, and web-based data applications integrated with an end-to-end DOCSIS cable modem system. A joint demonstration with MCK Communications will feature a private branch exchange (PBX) extension for home office applications.
- 8x8, Inc. will display its Via-IP Broadband Voice and Videophone with an integrated DOCSIS cable modem. The Via-IP product will demonstrate PacketCable™ participation, and TV-quality video communications for home and business.
- Arepa will demonstrate a software-on-demand system for broadband HFC and DSL high-speed Internet networks.
- Northern Telecom (who recently acquired Bay Networks) plans video-conferencing demonstrations for remote learning, Internet Protocol (IP) telephony, electronic commerce, and a virtual private network which enables wireless/cordless computing. All these demonstrations use Nortel's DOCSIS modems.
- Bellcore will exhibit technology that allows cable operators to offer telephone service, including a voice-over-cable IP network.
- Broadcom will demonstrate DOCSIS cable modems and a headend system with advanced quality-of-service (QoS) features.
- CableData will use a WebTV device to display software that shows the power of integrating Internet and video. The seamless merging of data and video allows delivery of interactive services using today's technology.
- Cisco Systems plans to demonstrate voice-over-IP, fax-over-IP, and video-conferencing which will be available to small office/home office customers.
- Com21 intends to show voice-over-IP and real-time audio and video content, delivered from sites on the Web, using DOCSIS cable modems.
- Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd., will use DOCSIS cable modems to access the Internet over the CableNET� hybrid fiber/coax network.
- DIVA Systems Corporation will demonstrate a complete video-on-demand service offering a continuously available selection of movies, an interactive navigator and digital broadcast programming-on-demand through a General Instrument DCT series digital set-top box.
- e-Net, Inc. plans to display voice-over-IP services.
- Equator Technologies, Inc. will demonstrate a media processor targeted at an OpenCable™ set-top box.
- Ericsson will demonstrate voice over IP-based telephone services.
- General Instrument intends to demonstrate high-speed Web access using its DOCSIS cable modem, as well as an end-to-end high-definition television system, using the industry's 64-quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) format.
- Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. plans to use its DOCSIS cable modem for high-speed Internet access and video streaming.
- Hybrid Networks and Ascend Communications will demonstrate IP telephony using a DOCSIS cable modem.
- ICTV Inc. will exhibit an interactive service, which provides high-speed Internet access, e-mail, games, and other CD-ROM content to cable-connected TVs.
- Intel will demonstrate software for managing cable modems built into personal computers, as well as a video telephone system that uses a standards-based cable modem.
- Intertainer, Inc. intends to demonstrate an entertainment-on-demand system.
- Libit Signal Processing will demonstrate its DOCSIS standard-based cable modem design, a DOCSIS cable modem with voice-over-IP capabilities, the Libit burst receiver, and an OpenCable™ digital set-top box using Libit's three-way physical layer circuit board.
- Lucent Technologies plans to demonstrate how IP telephony applications (such as voice, audio conferencing, video conferencing, and data collaboration) can be provided to homes and businesses over a DOCSIS cable modem using either an analog phone with a Packet Phone Adapter or a personal computer.
- MatchLogic Inc. will demonstrate a system for measuring and modeling viewer activity and behavior using software in a set-top box to collect viewer activity data.
- MCK Communications, Inc., will demonstrate how telecommuters may be provided with remote voice access to their companies' telephone systems using DOCSIS modem technology from 3Com.
- MediaOne Labs will demonstrate the exchange of video e-mail between cable-connected television sets.
- Mediatrix Telecom, Inc., will exhibit a phone adapter which connects to a DOCSIS modem and translates telephone numbers into IP addresses.
- MoreCom, 3Com, C-Cube/DiviCom, Pioneer and Zenith will demonstrate the seamless delivery of digital TV and Internet access, Internet video-on-demand, and Enhanced TV over an end-to-end platform. The demonstration will integrate client server software (MoreCom), digital video equipment, and integrated circuits (C-Cube/DiviCom), digital set-top boxes (Pioneer, Zenith), and DOCSIS cable modems (3Com).
- Motorola Inc., Multimedia Group intends to demonstrate cable modem interoperability between its headend device and DOCSIS cable modems from a number of other companies, IP multicast across the various DOCSIS cable modems, and IP telephony technology.
- Network Computer, Inc., will display its DTV Navigator Internet platform running on a Scientific-Atlanta Explorer 2000 digital set-top box.
- NetSpeak Corporation plans to demonstrate PacketCable interoperability.
- Panamsat will exhibit a satellite alternative to Internet access.
- Phasecom Inc. intends to demonstrate interoperable internal and external DOCSIS cable modems.
- Philips will demonstrate its Streamcutter product, which is being developed to conform to the expected SMPTE specification for splicing MPEG-2 bit streams in digital ad and local program insertion applications.
- Pioneer Electronic Corporation expects to display its Voyager digital set-top box and an interactive program guide. It also plans to demonstrate an IEEE 1394 interface between its digital set top and a plasma display television.
- Samsung will demonstrate high-speed Internet access and real-time audio video content delivery using its DOCSIS cable modem, InfoRanger™.
- Scientific-Atlanta plans to demonstrate multiple applications running over its Explorer� 2000 digital set-top box, including a high-definition television demonstration running over an IEEE 1394 interface.
- SeaChange International intends to demonstrate a video-on-demand system that includes a digital set-top application, video server, and software that offers VCR-like functions for the home as well as for hotels.
- ShareWave, Inc., will demonstrate high-bandwidth distribution of multimedia content delivered to the home via cable modem, and wirelessly shared with other digital appliances within the home.
- Source Media/Interactive Channel plans to demonstrate its interactive television system including Internet access and a server-based interactive EPG using General Instrument's DCT 1000 set-top terminal.
- Spyglass, Inc., will display a streaming video web browser that has been integrated into a Motorola digital set-top box.
- TeraLogic Inc. will demonstrate its Puma software development platform for deploying video and graphics-rich interactive applications on enhanced analog or digital TV platforms.
- Thomson Consumer Electronics will provide an interactive entertainment demonstration involving high-speed data delivery and a normal television viewing experience.
- Torrent Networking Technologies will demonstrate the quality-of-service (QoS) capabilities of its gigabit router.
- Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., intends to demonstrate DOCSIS modems and headend equipment providing high-speed Internet connectivity and voice-over-IP.
- VideoServer will demonstrate audio conferencing and telephone calls made using cable modems over the Internet.
- Vienna Systems Corporation intends to demonstrate IP telephony over a cable system.
- VocalTec Communications Ltd. will demonstrate the VocalTec Ensemble Architecture (VEA), a complete scalable, reliable end-to-end solution for global IP telephony services for cable networks.
- Wipro Limited plans to exhibit a Web-based cable network management system that will manage DOCSIS-compliant headends and cable modems.
- Zenith Electronics Corporation will demonstrate its interoperable DOCSIS cable modem system, which is designed to offer cable operators flexibility, scalability, and functionality. It also will demonstrate a cable industry solution for delivering high definition television.
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