Docsis 3.0 Demand Catches Zoom Off Guard

Most residential cable high-speed customers still don't subscribe to a wideband service, but today's news roundup leads off with word that demand for Docsis 3.0 gear is on the rise.

  • Zoom Telephonics said it couldn't meet the demand for its Docsis 3.0 modems and 802.11n D3 wireless gateways during the third quarter, estimating that it missed out on US$500,000 in revenues as a result. That's quite a hit for a company that generated just $3 million in revenues in the quarter. It believes it's got a handle on things for the fourth quarter, and notes that its two main wideband products have been approved for Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s high-end 105Mbit/s speed tier. Comcast and Zoom recently settled a squabble about the MSO's modem certification process. (See Zoom, Comcast Settle Cable Modem Spat .)

  • While still short of a fully fledged à la carte offering, Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI)'s trial of a Digital Starter Pack offers 86 "core" TV channels, including government-mandated channels, for $20.29 per month. Customers also have the option to add any additional 15, 20 or 30 channels from more than 100 options, starting at $26.38 per month. Rogers is testing the service through the end of March. (See A la Carte Coming to Cable's Menu? )

  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has launched an app that lets FiOS TV subs check their voice mail on the small screen, boasting that it's "leap-frogged the cable companies, who like to trumpet their Caller ID on TV feature of its home services [sic]."

  • Cox Communications Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) are the latest MSOs to launch Starz's 3-D VoD service, joining Comcast, Verizon, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Blue Ridge Communications, reports Multichannel News.

  • Concurrent Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CCUR) posted a fiscal first-quarter loss of $2.6 million, or 31 cents per share, on revenues of $12.9 million. That compares with a loss of $1.2 million, or 14 cents per share, on revenues of $15.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The video-on-demand (VoD) gear and software company blamed the disappointing quarter on reduced spending from two "core North American MSO customers" and product acceptance delays with a "major new customer."

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • AESerm 12/5/2012 | 4:49:54 PM
    re: Docsis 3.0 Demand Catches Zoom Off Guard

    Not alot of rev, but the company has global distribution. Is it clear that demand for the D3 modems/gateways was North American?

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