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Cable Technology Feature Article

April 26, 2011

Collaboration Enables Cable Operators to Effectively Manage Networks

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

NETGEAR Inc., a global networking company, and ClearAccess, a supplier of managed broadband solutions, have entered into a partnership.

They have chosen to integrate NETGEAR's CG3000 family of DOCSIS 3.0 & EuroDOCSIS 3.0 cable gateways with ClearAccess' ClearVision Management and Applications Platform. A TR-069 and API integration was used for this purpose.

Both companies will demonstrate their network management integration at the ANGA Cable Show in Cologne, Germany, from May 3 to 5, in Hall 10.1, booth number R035.

"The collaboration with NETGEAR enables us to move forward together on key customer opportunities," said Ken Hood, Founder and Senior VP of Sales & Marketing at ClearAccess, in a statement.

Hood commented on the benefits that service providers would get by deploying ClearAccess software across multiple devices and added that it would pave the way for new broadband applications while maintaining a consistent support experience.

Company officials say that as a result of the integration, cable operators will be able to improve home networking and will also be able reduce OPEX (News - Alert) costs by being able to function effectively from their operations centers.

In addition, the companies state that operators will be well positioned to offer IP video, home security and monitoring, storage backup, parental control, DLNA and UPNP services and more. These services are expected to generate new revenue avenues for them.

In a press release, Michael Clegg, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Service Provider Products at NETGEAR, said, "We strive to lead in bringing technologies to market as soon as service providers are ready to deploy them.”

He further added that the partnership with ClearAccess came at a time when cable operators in Europe and elsewhere were demanding tools to more efficiently manage their networks and to more quickly deploy advanced services.

According to the companies, the integration appears to provide cable operators with just the kind of tools that they are looking for.

In another news story, TMCnet reported that NETGEAR, Inc. announced two new wireless access point platforms that meet exploding wireless demands in growing business networks. The NETGEAR ProSafe Wireless N Access Point (News - Alert) and the NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves