Terayon Communication Systems has secured a contract to supply Brutele, one of the largest cable operators in Belgium, with cable modem systems.
US based Terayon, set up in 1993, produces cable modem systems allowing cable television operators to operate cost effective broadband access services. The modem systems will also allow operators to cut down on expensive networks and reduce the time to market, Terayon claims.
Terayon's modems are well suited to the Belgian market, where cable has the highest penetration rate in Europe. Their control of bandwidth will allow cable operators to offer tiered services to their subscibers - from residential Internet access to business services for data and telephony.
The modems are based on Terayon's patented S-CDMA (Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) technology, which delivers strong broadband communication, even in the high noise environment of today's cable television plants.
Terayon has 60 per cent of its business in the US, but is planning to extend in Europe. It already has distributors in nine European countries, and deployments in six: the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland and France.
Its Terapro cable modem has been on the market for one year and offers high speed, two-way, 14Mbps transmission over 5MHz channels, compared to 1-2Mbps with other cable modems. The single Terapro modem supports multiple PCs, making possible cost effective workgroups and small office networks.
"Our competitors say we're destined to be a niche company, because our technology is proprietary and does not conform to a standard agreed upon by cable companies last year. We will wait and see how the market develops, but we are planning on distributing in Asia and increasing our deployment in Europe," said Brian Bentley, vice president of worldwide sales for Terayon.
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