Britt: Cable Platform Solid

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San Antonio -- Despite the onslaught of competition, the cable industry has enormous opportunity due to its strong underlying platform, Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said Wednesday at the opening session of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Cable-Tec Expo here.

“The platform is enormously capable,” he said. “I feel very good about our competitive prospects.”

Cisco Systems Inc. chairman and CEO John Chambers said the Internet-protocol infrastructure cable is building offers a lot of flexibility.

“You will have a convergence of lot of devices,” he added. The question “is how we lay services on top of them."

One example, he said, is having cellular-phone calls switched to your broadband connection inside the home. Britt said the cable industry was looking at that option for its broadband plant. He added that the industry continues to look at how it might enter the broadband-wireless business -- through joint ventures or through buying spectrum on its own and developing services.

Britt said he didn’t fear telco competition, adding, “You can’t be fearful. The world is full of opportunities. If we keep innovating, the opportunities are limitless.”

He said Time Warner Cable wasn’t inclined to match price reductions by digital-subscriber-line providers, but to add services and features to make its Road Runner high-speed-data service more valuable.

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