Cable Tech

Vendor Visions

A recent interop at CableLabs offers us a glimpse of the vendors that hope to make some hay when cable operators eventually begin to test and deploy PacketCable 2.0, a new fixed/mobile convergence architecture that borrows heavily from IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).

Louisville, Colo.-based CableLabs said it polished off the first in a series of PacketCable 2.0 interop events at its new PacketCable Application Lab (PAL). The first round covered "pre" PC 2.0 IMS core networks, voice application servers, and voice clients. (See CableLabs Hosts PC 2.0.)

Although a recent Cable Industry Insider report suggests that PacketCable 2.0 deployments are still as far as two years away, here, based on participation at the interop, is a look at some of the companies that will by vying to become part of the supplier crowd when MSOs start to move forward:

IMS Core

Voice Application Servers

Embedded Digital Voice Adapters (E-DVAs)

E-DVAs are a new class of cable CPE that combines a Docsis cable modem with an embedded PacketCable 2.0 sip client.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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