The new SIP-equipped voice modems will let cable operators support such much-anticipated applications as dual-mode mobile phones.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

October 3, 2006

1 Min Read
Motorola Unveils New SIP-Based E-MTAs

Motorola Inc. is introducing a family of voice-enabled cable modems that will use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), a critical element of CableLabs' new PacketCable 2.0 standard, to support advanced multimedia services for cable VOIP users.

Motorola said the new SIP-equipped voice modems, known as the SBV5100 series, will let cable operators support such much-anticipated applications as dual-mode mobile phones that can switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The integration of SIP into the voice modems will also enable cable operators to offer other new new services, such as instant messaging, multimedia streaming, interactive video, and more goodies.

Plus, the giant tech vendor said the new voice modems will provide cable operators with an easier "migration path" to the industry's still-evolving PacketCable 2.0 standard. The draft spec, released earlier this year by CableLabs, is designed to support wireless telephony and a wide range of other advanced, voice-related services.

Motorola said the SBV5100 series will support primary, multi-function VoIP service on up to two phone lines through links to RJ-11 connectors. The company aims to make the new product available by the end of the year.

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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