Knology Taps Arris for Telephony Gear

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Knology Inc. is buying Arris Group Inc. “Cornerstone” voice gear for its Florida systems.

Knology bought the old Verizon Communications cable franchises in Pinellas County -- a system that was built by GTE Corp. and later purchased by Verizon. The operator passes 272,000 homes in the market.

Arris said Knology is "evaluating" a potential integrated voice solution of Arris “Cadant” cable-modem-termination-system gear and “Touchstone E-MTAs” (multimedia-terminal adapters), along with a PacketCable-based line-control-signaling Nuera Communications Inc. “RDT-8G” gateway.

Knology has used Arris Cornerstone host digital terminals and voice ports in previous telephony deployments.

"We selected the Arris solution because it affords us the ability to easily migrate to a PacketCable-based technology when the time comes to make that transition," Knology vice president of network operations Andy Sivell said in a prepared statement.