CableLabs® Certifies Another Modem
Louisville, Colorado, June 2, 2000—Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®) announced today that it has certified one more modem after further testing conducted as part of its most recent certification wave. This modem is from Future Networks, which had a separate model certified last month.
This brings the total number of models of certified products to 58.
Certified modems are identifiable by a "CableLabs® Certified™" seal. This seal informs consumers and cable operators that a modem complies with the CableLabs� cable modem specification. It also assures that it will communicate (interoperate) with qualified cable modem termination systems (CMTS), which are being deployed worldwide.
Currently, a number of different regional deployments are in use by cable operators on their broadband networks using cable modem products from the more than one dozen companies producing CableLabs® Certified™ cable modems. The cable industry has created a complete retail certification standard in its data modem program from a standing start four years ago.
A Certification Review Board, comprised of representatives of CableLabs member companies, grants certification status to DOCSIS-compliant modems, and qualified status to headend equipment, based on lab tests completed by CableLabs, as well as on field data. Certification to this point has focused solely on DOCSIS 1.0 products. It is hoped that certification of DOCSIS 1.1 modems, which enable multimedia services, including voice communications, will begin in August.
The effort has achieved widespread 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.
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