Cedar Point Taps Six-Pack


Cedar Point Communications Inc. hopes it has a half-dozen reasons for

The Derry, N.H.-based maker of packet-based voice soft-switch systems added
six companies to its ServiceClass Partners Program, which is aimed at developing
interoperable gear.

The new partners are IP Unity Corp., Lemur Networks Inc., Liberate
Technologies, Lucent Technologies, Tellabs Inc. and Toshiba America Information

They join other companies including Arris, Broadcom Corp., Motorola Inc. and
Terayon Communication Systems Inc.

The companies will now start interoperability testing with Cedar Point's
Internet-protocol packet-switch product.

While standards such as Cable Television Laboratories Inc.'s PacketCable
specification set the basic ground rules for data and multimedia systems,
access- and network-gear vendors must still do separate interoperability testing
to align their interfaces so that their gear works together. This is
particularly in the newer technologies such as voice-over-IP.

"Scalability and interoperability for telephony-over-IP are two key concerns
to MSOs not only in terms of production-level service implementation, but in
terms of service activation, provisioning and management," Lemur CEO Andrew J.
Audet said

"Partnering with an innovative developer like Cedar Point allows us the
opportunity to test and validate the overall service delivery and service
management of true telephony-over-IP in a production environment," he