Arris Reaches Deal Up North


Cable-gear provider Arris has landed a $24 million contract to provide voice
and high-speed-data systems to Canadian MSO EastLink Communications.

Under the three-year contract, Nova Scotia-based EastLink will deploy Arris
"Cornerstone" access devices able to deliver constant-bit-rate telephony and
data services. EastLink has also given Arris exclusivity on the
cable-modem-termination-system side, opting to deploy its "Cadent C4"

While the system does provide older constant-bit-rate voice links, down the
road, EastLink plans to switch to next-generation Internet-protocol telephony.
At that point, it will deploy Arris' "Touchstone" telephony-access devices.

"As EastLink continues to grow and serve more communities with video, voice
and data, we need to plan for future technology needs with confidence in our
partners," said Jim Fitzgerald, EastLink's senior director of operations and
engineering, in a release.