Netherlands-based cable op CAIW has deployed transport gear from Narad Networks to support a WiFi-based high-speed wireless service.
Using 802.11g, CAIW is using Narad’s overlay platform to offer two-way Ethernet traffic via various access points that link back to the company’s cable network.
Narad’s technology enables CAIW to link WiFi hot spots to the closest portion of its legacy HFC network, explained Narad COO Chuck Kaplan. He also noted that the use of Narad’s platform bypasses existing HFC amplifiers, and operates in a slice of bandwidth (above 860 MHz and below 1.1 GHz) not used by operators for traditional cable services.
CAIW is offering the wireless service free to its base of residential DOCSIS cable modem subscribers. The MSO is also using the system to offer a fee-based wireless Internet service to customers who are not signed up for CAIW’s landline broadband offering.
“Many cable operators in the Benelux region have completed their hybrid fiber/coax network upgrades, and they are now seeking additional economic value by growing their customer base,” said Erik van de Werken, CEO of Infraconcepts Netherlands N.V., Narad’s integration partner in Europe.
Separately, Narad expanded its executive ranks, naming Daniel Sullivan as chief financial officer, and Howard Hall as vice president of sales.
Sullivan most recently serviced as CFO at Sand Video, which was acquired by Broadcom Corp. earlier this year. Howard previously served in sales and management for companies such as OpenTV and Spyglass Integration.