Panasonic Enters Modem Fray

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Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Panasonic Video Communications Co.officially etered the cable modem fray last week, saying it will work with HarmonicLightwaves Inc., which is developing cable modem headend gear.

Despite showing a prototype cable modem in the CableNETarea of the Western Show last month, Panasonic has yet to publicly detail its strategic ortechnical plans.

Last week, Harmonic and Panasonic executives said theirequipment is designed to comply with industry specifications, and that Harmonic willcontinue to pursue cross-vendor interoperability from its perch as a data headendprovider.

Harmonic and Panasonic will also jointly market and developdigital video products, executives said.

Richard Strabel, vice president of Panasonic, said in astatement that Panasonic's goal is to 'offer cable operators and consumers inthe U.S. a turnkey system for the delivery of superfast Internet services.'

Daewoo Electronics is also a member of Harmonic's'cable modem partnership' program.

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