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Cox Signs Up Camiant for Broadband Speed Preview

Cox Communications has tapped service control vendor Camiant for help with its deployment of broadband-on-demand services for high-speed data subscribers.

Cox, the nation's third largest MSO, said it will use Camiant's PacketCable Multimedia (PCMM) policy server solution to deliver its new "Speed Preview" program to customers. Under the program, cable modem subscribers will be able to boost their data speeds temporarily for such high-bandwidth applications as online gaming or downloads of large media files.

The announcement is a big deal for Camiant, which has been pressing MSOs to deploy its software for on-demand data services. In January, the vendor snagged a deal with its first U.S. cable operator, Buckeye Cablevision, enabling the mid-sized Ohio MSO to use the policy server solution for its rollout of a new "turbo" on-demand product.

Although Comcast has acknowledged working with Camiant, and other large MSOs have reportedly conducted trials with the vendor, no other cable PCMM deployments have been announced so far. The PCMM specification, the most recent PacketCable standard crafted by industry R&D consortium CableLabs, spells out common interfaces for signaling, security, provisioning, and billing for multimedia services.

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