* ARRIS dials up Trinidad and Tobago
Columbus Communications Trinidad Ltd. is fueling a rollout of VoIP with ARRIS’ flagship cable modem termination system (CMTS), the Cadant C4, and the vendor’s Touchstone TMG502G embedded multimedia terminal adapter. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Customers in St. Augustine and Valsayn will be among the first to receive the operator’s new triple play service package.
* Goodbye Newfound Tech, Hello Artel Video Systems
Newfound Technology has changed its corporate moniker to Artel Video Systems Corp.
The name change follows Newfound’s acquisition of video transport specialist Artel Video Systems in 2004. Earlier this year, Boxborough, Mass.-based Newfound picked up the DV6000 digital video transport business from C-COR Inc.
“The recent acquisition of the DV6000 and continued expansion of our engineering and operational staff with experienced video, fiber optics and networking professionals transformed Newfound to a supplier of video transport systems. With that in mind, it was a natural transition to change our corporate identity to Artel Video Systems,” said company President Richard Dellacanonica, in a statement.
* ASU enrolls Qwest for tech strategy
Arizona State University has enlisted the help of Qwest Communications to supply video, voice and data services for the school’s downtown Phoenix campus.
Initially, the agreement calls for Qwest to supply 3,000 connections for those IP-based services. Qwest and ASU will also collaborate on a “Strategic Technology Alliance,” whereby Qwest is the “strategic ally” for telecom services management. Qwest will also participate in other school research projects.
* Virginia telecom co-op corners XO dark fiber
XO is providing MBC with 800 miles of dark fiber between Atlanta, Richmond and Washington, D.C. MBC intends to incorporate the dark fiber into its advanced, open-access fiber optic network that will provide high-capacity optical transport services on a wholesale basis to the region.
* Acquisition specialist joins American Broadband
American Broadband Communications has named William H. Bradford vice president of corporate development. Bradford joins ABB from FairPoint Communications, where he held the same title and was responsible for negotiating mergers and acquisitions of local exchange carriers and related businesses.
ABB claims more than 20,000 access lines and 10,000 cable customers in Georgia, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania.