Light Reading

Huawei Packs On Cable Muscle

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
11/15/2011
50%
50%
Repost This

Here's a look at what's shaking in the cable world amid this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011 in Atlanta.

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. continues to add to its cable firepower as it tries to make its mark with MSOs in North America. The Chinese giant has hired 20-year cable veteran Ron Pitcock as VP and GM of its MSO business organization. Among recent moves, Pitcock was chairman and CEO of IPtimize Inc. and was founder and president of High Speed Access Corp., a broadband ISP backed by Paul Allen that, like @Home Corp., signed on MSOs as affiliates. Its assets were sold to Allen's Charter Communications Inc. for US$81.1 million in 2002. Huawei also confirmed the hiring of Frank Miller as chief technology officer – MSO. Miller most recently was CTO of BendBroadband . (See Meet Huawei's New Cable Guy.)

  • The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is tapping deeper into cable's technology leadership base by naming Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) EVP and CTO Mike LaJoie as chairman of the Society's board for the 2011-2012 term. He'll be joined by Vice Chairman Terry Cordova, Suddenlink Communications 's EVP and CTO; Secretary Alan Tschirner, who is VP, technology at the National Cable Television Cooperative Inc. (NCTC) ; and Treasurer Steve Taber, who is VP, engineering and operations at Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK).

  • In another SCTE-related move, the Society has appointed TW Cable Executive Vice President of Network National Operations Jim Ludington as program committee chairman for next year's Cable-Tec Expo, set for Oct. 17-19 in Orlando. He succeeds Cordova.

  • Motorola Mobility LLC has introduced a hosted app for Televation, a CableCARD device that transcodes QAM MPEG-2 video to the IP MPEG-4 format for display on tablets and smartphones hanging off a home network. While Comcast is developing its own app for Televation, Moto's hosted version will help Tier 2/3 cable operators gain a presence on home-bound connected devices rapidly without having to develop the app on their own using Moto's software development kit tools, says Nate Williams, Moto's senior director of product marketing, converged experiences. Moto's initial hosted app will support the iOS and Android markets. (See Comcast AnyPlay to Stream Live TV to Tablets and Moto, Comcast Team on In-Home TV Streamer .)

  • Buckeye CableSystem of Ohio is the latest MSO to sign on to launch TotalGuide, Rovi Corp. 's cloud-based interface for set-tops, tablets and smartphones. Buckeye, along with Blue Ridge Communications, is also on board to deploy TotalGuide xD, a white-label app that lets customers schedule DVR recordings, start video-on-demand sessions and watch authenticated shows and movies on IP-connected devices.

  • Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has wrapped up its acquisition of video backoffice startup BNI Video , which now becomes part of Cisco's Service Provider Technology Group. (See Cisco to Buy BNI Video for $99M and BNI Video Seeks Scale With Cisco.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Custom TV
    Wind River Demonstrates Carrier-Grade Software for NFV

    4|22|14   |   5:00   |   (0) comments


    Wind River VP of Product Management, Glenn Seiler, takes a look the industry's first and only complete NFV software platform designed specifically for the unique carrier-grade and high-performance needs of telecom networks.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Cable Eyes Big Technology Shifts

    4|16|14   |   03:02   |   (4) comments


    US cable engineers are facing a lot of heavy lifting in the coming years, notes Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Maximizing Customer Experience & Assuring Service Delivery in an IP World

    4|15|14   |   4:57   |   (0) comments


    Steven Shalita, VP of Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc., discusses the challenges cable/MSO operators face in assuring the delivery of new IP-based services. Key points include the value of proactively managing performance, and using rich analytics and operational intelligence to better understand service and usage trends, make smarter business decisions and ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    Bye-Bye DVD: Consumers Embrace Digital Video

    4|10|14   |   04:17   |   (7) comments


    Veteran video analyst Colin Dixon, founder and principal analyst of nScreenMedia, says research shows 56% are using digital video already.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Video: TW Cable Puts Multicast Gateways to the Test

    4|8|14   |   04:13   |   (1) comment


    Tom Gonder, a chief architect at Time Warner Cable, explains how its trial of multicast gateways is impacting IP-based video plans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Managing & Monetizing Big Data in Operator Environments

    4|7|14   |     |   (1) comment


    At Mobile World Congress, Gigamon's Director of Service Provider Solutions, Andy Huckridge, and Heavy Reading Analyst Sarah Wallace discuss the 'big data' issues facing carriers and operators today.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Data Center Energy – Build Your Data Center in a Modular Way

    4|7|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


    Dr. Fang Liangzhou, VP Network Energy Product Line, shared his thoughts about the challenges for data centers during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Agile Network Solution – An Overview of Huawei's Agile Network Solution

    4|7|14   |   2:31   |   (0) comments


    Ajay Gupta, Director of Product Marketing, Networking Product Line, gives an overview of the Agile Network Solutions during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei’s eLTE Voice Trunking, Video and Data Applied for Railways

    4|7|14   |   1:38   |   (0) comments


    Gottfried Winter is the Sales Director at Funkwerk, a German specialist in GSM-r terminals and a long-time partner of Huawei. At CeBIT 2014, Winter talks to Light Reading about this partnership and the integration of enhanced voice trunking, video and data functions.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    LeaseWeb Speaks Highly of Huawei's Datacenter Products

    4|7|14   |   1:37   |   (0) comments


    Rene Olde Olthof, Operations Director LeaseWeb, talks about the next data center transformation during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Comcast: Reshaping the Cable Network Architecture

    4|3|14   |   07:11   |   (8) comments


    Shamim Akhtar, Comcast's architect and senior director of network strategy, explains why the cable company is moving to a more distributed network architecture.
    LRTV Custom TV
    VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at Mobile World Congress

    4|1|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


    VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger speaks to Heavy Reading about the value of virtualization spanning from the data center to service provider networks to mobile devices.
    Hot Topics
    WhatsApp Threatens Carrier VoLTE
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/18/2014
    The Hungry, Hungry Cloud
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/22/2014
    Who's Ready to Play Broadband?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/21/2014
    Volvo: AT&T HSPA+ Can Drive My Car
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/16/2014
    Report: NFV/SDN Standards 'Myopic' on Service Management
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/16/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed