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June 30, 2005
For the first time in memory, and probably the first time ever, CableLabs has staged a certification wave for new products and received absolutely no takers. A CableLabs spokesman confirmed that no vendors submitted any DOCSIS or CableHome products for testing during Certification Wave #36 (CW #36), which concluded earlier this month. The almost nonexistent fourth certification wave of the year follows a slow third wave, bustling second wave and sluggish first wave. CableLabs officials chalked up the lack of submissions in CW #36 to the increased number and frequency of testing waves this year. They have said that they expect to see wave activity fluctuate wildly now that they are staging eight product testing rounds a year, twice as many as in years past. But officials expect a strong vendor response to CW #37, which started earlier this month. That's because it covers PacketCable products as well as DOCSIS and CableHome devices. With cable operators focusing on rolling out VoIP services now, vendors are scrambling to produce new voice-related gear.
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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