Cable One Selects Nortel for VoIP

The cable operator will use the gear to launch VoIP in up to 45 U.S. markets.

 By internetnews.com Staff
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Cable One, a rural market cable operator owned by the Washington Post Co. , hsa selected Nortel as its primary Voice over IP (VoIP) technology and professional services provider.

Phoenix-based Cable One operates 52 cable systems serving 715,000 subscribers in 19 states. It plans to launch VoIP telephony services in up to 45 markets throughout the midwestern, southern and western United States.

Nortel's VoIP architecture will allow Cable One to consolidate switching resources to minimize the capital, operating and engineering costs commonly associated with rural market network expansion.

In addition to VoIP services, Cable One will use Nortel Global Services for planning, program management, multi-vendor integration and deployment.

"Nortel has generated significant momentum in the global cable market by helping cable providers offer new voice, video and data services," Dan Mondor, general manager of Nortel's MSO Solutions, said in a statement.

Mondor said one of Nortel's key strategies is to integrate products from companies such as IP Unity and Sigma Systems into the Nortel offering.

Nortel will provide Cable One with IP Unity's PacketCable-qualified Mereon 6000 Media Server and Mereon Unified Messaging application including voicemail. The company will also use Sigma's Service Management Platform and VoIP service package for end-to-end integration of billing solutions, softswitch operations, voice mail and Cable One's competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) partners.

"Adding VoIP to the Cable One network is a major initiative," Steve Fox, vice president for Cable One's digital services and technology, said in a statement.

According to Fox, Cable One plans to roll out the cable telephony solution by January.

Both the IP Unity and Sigma products have gone through systems integration with Nortel's Cable VoIP solution to reduce deployment costs.

"IP telephony is a key component of our corporate network strategy, and implementing these solutions from Nortel allows us to capitalize on prior investments as we move forward into IP telephony technology," Fox said.

This article was originally published on Aug 11, 2005
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