* Amedia gateway/router for GPON-based networks
Amedia Networks has announced a GPON (gigabit passive optical network) gateway with built-in home networking capabilities and a personal media library. The HG-G1000 combines the functions of an in-home router (BHR) and an outdoor optical network terminal (ONT), complete with battery backup. The company said the unit reduces costs by avoiding the necessity for outdoor-hardened optical or electrical components. Amedia said it plans to begin beta testing of the HG-G1000 with carrier customers by mid-2007. The company did not identify its customers, but it is known that Verizon plans a shift to GPON technology.
* Cedar Point snags first CLEC account
VoIP reseller TransNational Communications (TNCI) will become a facilities-based company with the deployment of Cedar Point’s Safari C³ Multimedia Switching System. Cedar Point said the deal marks its entry into the competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) market. The multi-million dollar pact calls for TNCI to install Safari C³ switches to provide voice services to several hundred thousand lines over the next 24 to 36 months. TNCI will also subscribe to Cedar Point’s support services.
* TI chip another step toward multimedia fixed/mobile convergence
Texas Instruments now has available a new DSP-based carrier infrastructure processor that combines voice and video processing capabilities. The chip is suitable for media gateways or for transcoding equipment that would be used to support converged multimedia services in both fixed line and mobile networks. The company claims the IC delivers more than 3 GHz processing performance, supporting over 504 channels of G.711 or 204 channels of AMR. The TNETV3020 is now sampling; full production is expected in the latter half of the year.
* InGrid deals for user interface
InGrid selected Laszlo Systems to supply a user interface and consumer Web application. Laszlo Systems is the developer of OpenLaszlo, an open source Internet development platform. InGrid provides digital home protection services, which can be controlled through a portable handset that can manipulate monitoring options through the Web portal.