Motorola Broadband Communications Sector announced the national retail
availability of its "SBG1000" wireless cable modem, which sports a Data Over
Cable Service Interface Specification 2.0-certified "SB5100" cable modem.
The modem includes a wireless-networking access point; Ethernet router and
switch; print server; and advanced firewall protection.
The inclusion of the DOCSIS 2.0-certified modem allows cable operators to
offer tiered bandwidth services to consumers who might buy the modem for SOHO
(small office/home office) use.
Motorola said the modem would be available from Circuit City Stores Inc.,
Best Buy Co. Inc. and Office Depot Inc., among other retailers.
Elsewhere, Broadband Services Inc. is offering cable operators a new
asset-management system that can help MSOs to optimize inventory.
BSI said its asset-management system can replace traditional budget-driven,
capital-project-materials management with integrated, demand-driven
supply-chain-management methodology using its "MapVantage" intelligent mapping
In people news, OpVista Inc. an optical-transport company, has hired Ron
Foster as vice president, sales and marketing.