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Comcast Opening 'Advanced' Gateway in Q3

10:10 AM -- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) will begin deploying in the third quarter an "Advanced Cable Gateway" (ACG) from Thomson S.A. (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453) that ties together the MSO's digital voice service with an "enhanced" DECT-based cordless phone that's capable of viewing and managing email, voice mail, and piping in news and sports info.

It also features a "click-to-call" app powered by Plaxo Inc. , which is now part of Comcast. (See Comcast to Deploy Thomson Gateways and Comcast Connects With Plaxo.)

At its core, the Thomson gateway is an embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTA, or voice modem), but it supports additional software and features that link into Comcast's "SmartZone" messaging system, turning it into a communications hub.

Comcast has previously discussed plans for the ACG offering, suggesting that it may offer it for an incremental cost of about $5 per month. However, Comcast has yet to reveal any official pricing on it or where it intends to market it first. (See Comcast Enhancing the Home Phone .)

Thomson is also supplying Comcast with more traditional EMTAs as well as Digital Terminal Adapter (DTA)s, which are helping to fuel the MSO's analog reclamation initiative. (See Comcast's $1B Bandwidth Plan .)

Thomson noted that it's working on a second-generation DTA that will be "smaller than a PDA."

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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