SCTE Switches Phone Service From Verizon To Comcast


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is now supporting the home team's voice services -- switching from Verizon Communications to Comcast for phone trunking -- while also upgrading its Internet connection to a dedicated Ethernet line from the MSO.

Exton, Pa.-based SCTE recently switched its voice services from a T1 line from Verizon to Comcast's Business Class Trunks. With the new service from the MSO, the association can scale its voice service in increments as needed and benefit from Comcast's business voice continuity features, according to SCTE.

In addition, SCTE upgraded to an Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) line from Comcast, whereas it was using the cable company's Business Class Internet previously. The EDI link will provide significantly more bandwidth for internal traffic as well as for SCTE's virtual private network, which connects satellite offices in Atlanta and Denver as well as all staff working remotely.

"The features and capabilities of Comcast Business Class services have significantly increased our ability to stay on the front edge of innovation," Derek DiGiacomo, SCTE's senior director of information systems and energy management programs, said in a statement. "Our members and our employees need to be able to count on 24/7 access to our training, development, industry and internal resources."

In recent years, SCTE has deployed solar power and fuel-cell technology to create a sustainable backup powering system, DiGiacomo noted. "By combining that with our Comcast Business Services package, we've created a hardened communications network that ensures the optimal levels of quality, availability and performance that are needed in a cloud-computing environment," he said.

Founded in 1969, SCTE is a nonprofit professional association for the cable telecommunications industry. Its flagship conference, Cable-Tec Expo, will take place this year in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 17-19. The 2012 Expo will feature a keynote interview with Segway inventor Dean Kamen.