CableLabs® Issues CableHome™ 1.0 Specifications
With CableHome products, consumers will enjoy a convenient home networking solution, including hands off provisioning of the residential gateway device as well as tools that enable the cable operator to assist in diagnosing and resolving home networking issues. In addition, CableHome 1.0 provides secure configuration and on-going management of residential gateways such that cable operators can create the home networking experience that is optimal for their subscribers.
CableHome 1.0 also offers firewall management and upgrade functionality to help ensure a secure home networked environment. Finally, consumers will have a guarantee that service quality for their PacketCable™-based services, such as voice communications and interactive games, will be maintained through CableHome products.
As in the specification phase of all of its interoperability projects, CableLabs has received leadership from its cable operator members and excellent support from suppliers to write the CableHome 1.0 interface specifications that are freely available on the Internet for manufacturers to use as a guide to build equipment that would work with cable-delivered services.
"These interface specifications enable cable operators to assist consumers with management of their home networks and provide users with assistance ranging from installation to security," said Susan Marshall, Senior Vice President of Advanced Services Strategy at AT&T Broadband. "CableHome 1.0 helps set the foundation for a managed network. AT&T Broadband looks forward to the technology's certification and subsequent field evaluation."
"CableHome makes home networking easy and convenient for the customer by providing the framework for trained technicians to configure home networks and then to provide higher levels of security and flexible firewall protection," said Mark Coblitz, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Comcast Corporation. "We are strongly supportive of CableHome as a process that quickly gets us to certified product," Coblitz added.
"CableHome 1.0 sets the stage for broadband services and applications within the home. The tremendous momentum within the CableLabs open process enables suppliers that express an interest to participate in developing specifications that will bring CableHome product to the broadband home market quickly for the next generation of broadband business opportunities," said Rouzbeh Yassini who heads up the CableHome initiative and is CEO of YAS Broadband Ventures and executive consultant to CableLabs.
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