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Vendors Post PacketCable 2.0 Firsts

NOON -- Thomson S.A. (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453) and Ubee Interactive (formerly Ambit Broadband) have become the first suppliers to win certification for PacketCable 2.0, an emerging suite of CableLabs specifications that cook in support for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). (See CableLabs Stamps First PacketCable 2.0 Gear.)

Following Certification Wave 65, both vendors won certification for their respective "embedded digital voice adapters," or E-DVAs, a new type of consumer-side device that embeds a Docsis cable modem, a residential SIP telephony (RST) client, and analog ports for telephone devices. E-DVAs may also include digital ports.

CableLabs granted PacketCable 2.0 certification to the Ubee DVM2210 and to the Thomson DHG546. Both products are believed to be based on silicon from Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM).

CableLabs first introduced the world to the E-DVA in June 2007, referencing it in a request for information (RFI) on PacketCable 2.0, an architecture that borrows heavily from IMS and promises to help cable operators deliver voice, video, and data services across both wired and wireless access technologies. (See CableLabs Sets PacketCable Deadline and PacketCable 2.0: Roadmap for Convergence?)

So, what does this all mean? Well, for starters, it appears that PacketCable 2.0 is finally out of hibernation, and operators may have found a revenue-driving service that justifies deployment. On the latter, our initial checks around the industry indicate that MSOs are flirting with PacketCable 2.0 again as they look for SIP to help them beef up and enhance their residential and business VoIP services.

We'll have more on this soon…

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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