Bay Networks has bought the technology to send voice traffic over cable networks with its acquisition of Netserve.
Soon to be part of Nortel, Bay is proving coy on how much it paid for the German company but US sources suggest it was a seven figure deal.
Netserve sends voice as IP packets over cable and Bay wants to merge that technology with its modems, shipping the first new products by autumn, according to Karl May, vice president and general manager of broadband technology at Bay.
May explained that the key technology is a digital signal processing capability which converts analogue to digital signals so that they can be transported over cable. Netserve?s systems, installed at both the service provider and the client, act as interfaces between the telephone network and the cable modem, and between the cable network and phone.
Bay is expected to use the technology to build broadband local loops, enabling service providers to market a range of broadband products like video on demand and fast Internet access.
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