Cisco has firmed up its plans to move into the cable modem market by signing a deal with Sony to create networking products.
That follows an earlier deal Cisco made with Intel to work together on the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS).
Under the terms of the agreement, Sony will make cable modems using a Cisco reference design and Cisco networking software.
The move to develop the DOCSIS standard comes because there are different specifications used by cable networks and this standard is expected to be adopted by most operators.
Although the whole move towards the DOCSIS standard is masterminded by CableLabs and covers the majority of operators in both the US and Canada, it is unclear whether such a standard can be applied to cable networks in the UK and Europe.
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