Broadband Briefs


C-COR Gets VOD Win in St. Louis

St. LouisC-COR Inc. said Charter Communications Inc. will rollout its nCUBE division’s VOD server and nABLE back office management system for its hometown St. Louis system.

Charter said this would be a complete switch-out of Concurrent Computer Corp. servers and software in St. Louis, which will be redeployed elsewhere by the No. 4 U.S. cable company.

“We now the success of our Charter On Demand offering requires the marriage of scalable hardware, interoperable software and professional services expertise with a flexibility that allows us to integrate with exciting new platforms,” Wayne Davis, executive vice president of engineering and chief technical officer, said in a statement.

C-COR said its on demand technology and software have been deployed in 17 markets.

Millennium Launches Synacor-Aided Portal

St. LouisSynacor said Millennium Digital Media is using its technology and content, launching Millennium’s MyCableSpeed portal to its customers in Washington, Oregon, Michigan and Maryland.

The portal is being offered to Millennium’s 35,000 data subscribers, and includes, B-Secure, Clever Island, CNN NewsPass, CNN QuickCast, Encyclopedia Britannica Online,, and

Milleninum is using Synacor’s Portelus platform to offer that content within premium packages.

In other content news, TV over Internet provider Akimbo Systems signed a deal with BBC Worldwide Americas for programming, including Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisp, Porridge, Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, and Secrets of World War II.

Video streaming continues to grow in volume as broadband penetration increases. AccuStream iMedia Research reported last week that 14.2 billion video streams were served last year in the U.S., up 80% over 2003. The company said 80% of those 14 billion streams were viewed at broadband rates. Broadband streams per unique user per month rose from 10.2 in 2003 to 13.9 in 2004.

Cox Using Fujitsu For N.O. Schools

New OrleansCox Communications Inc. is using Fujitsu Ltd.’s FASST optical carrier-grade Ethernet platform to connect 140 schools in the New Orleans school district.

Cox deployed Fujitsu’s platform, which includes Atrica’s switches, to provide 40-Gigabit backbone service to the district. The platform will allow for high-speed Internet access, voice-over-Internet protocol, video on demand and videoconferencing services.

In building the platform, Fujitsu integrated some legacy time-division multiplexing with newer wave-division multiplexing. The FASST platform also provides for guaranteed service-level agreements, quality of service and sub-50 millisecond restoration capabilities.

CommScope Adds New Fiber Lines

Hickory, N.C.CommScope Inc. will debut a new line of indoor and outdoor plenum fiber distribution cable for its Uniprise and Systimax product lines that will contain up to 144 fibers.

“This new product helps end users to achieve better network performance while minimizing the number of cables in their system,” said CommScope vice president of global marketing Sandra Young in a statement.

The single-unit cable is available in configurations of two to 24 fibers. The multiunit cables are available from 36 to 144 fibers.