Interoperable Test Demo Set for Cable-Tec Expo


Exton, Pa.-The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers will conduct an interoperable-test demonstration for outside-plant-management equipment (also known as elements-management equipment in Europe), including the status-monitoring transponder, at booth 902-904 at Cable-Tec Expo 2000 in Las Vegas this week.

The SCTE Hybrid Management Sub-Layer (HMS) Subcommittee, a standards-development-consensus body, will sponsor the demonstration.

The HMS charter is to specify a robust protocol suite to support cost-effective interoperability of management systems for the evolving hybrid fiber-coaxial network. Featured topics may include alternative access methods to the transponders in an HMS network and an alarm-retrieval process.

Current HMS participants include operators AT & T Broadband, Time Warner Cable, Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc. and Cogeco Cable Canada Inc.

Suppliers involved include Antec Corp., Corp., Lucent Technologies, Motorola Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc., among others.

Several manufacturers are participating in the demonstration, under the direction of HMS chairman Esteban Sandino.

SCTE standards documents will be generated on the basis of test and improvement results from the interoperable evaluations.

For more information, contact standards administrator Kirk Siltzer at 800-542-5040 or (e-mail).