CableLabs Issues RFP for New Residential Gateway

CableLabs Issues RFP for New Residential Gateway

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

November 30, 2004

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CableLabs Issues RFP for New Residential Gateway

Getting off to a fast start after the long Thanksgiving weekend, CableLabs and several key MSOs issued a joint request-for-proposals (RFP) Monday for a new type of residential gateway. The RFP spells out a common set of product requirements for an integrated cable modem and router/wireless access device based on CableHome 1.1 specifications. The idea is to enable the delivery of value-added services for home networking and high-speed data subscribers, including services that need quality-of-service (QoS) guarantees. Among other things, the RFP lists requirements for residential gateways to incorporate discovery, prioritized QoS and Network Address Translation configuration features as defined by the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Forum Steering Committee's UPnP specs. Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications are working on the RFP along with CableLabs. The deadline for vendor responses is Jan. 31.

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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