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Cable Technology Feature Article

March 24, 2010

Broadcom Aids Convergence of Voice, Video and Data Services in China

By Hans Lewis, TMCnet Contributor

With field-proven and high-performance cable modem and set-top box technologies, Broadcom (News - Alert) is playing a lead role in aiding the convergence of voice, video and data services in China.

Broadcom Corporation (News - Alert) introduced a customized DOCSIS VoIP product portfolio to support China's network convergence. According to Premier Wen Jiabao, as reported by the official Xinhua News Agency, China is ready for the convergence of telecom, broadcasting and Internet networks given its existing technology, network infrastructure and market potential.

“There is huge demand for network convergence around the world, not just in China,” said Cao Junbo, Chief Analyst of iResearch. “With this convergence, users will enjoy more types of services via diversified multifunctional equipment that combines video and telecom services, and new business opportunities will be offered to equipment manufacturers and content providers.”

Dan Marotta, Executive VP and GM at Broadcom’s Broadband Communications Group, added, “Our strong position in the global set-top box and cable modem segments uniquely positions us to offer advanced and high performing technologies to address China's network convergence.”

With the recent changes in China's legislation, Chinese cable operators can now upgrade their cable plants to handle two-way communications for high-speed Internet and VoIP communications. Network convergence will help Chinese consumers to only have to subscribe to one service provider for a wide variety of services including making phone calls, watching television and accessing the Internet.

Broadcom's field-proven DOCSIS VoIP technology will enable cable operators in China to quickly deploy voice over cable services, the company siad.

Broadcom's STB and cable modem solutions for China support DOCSIS 2.0/3.0 embedded multimedia terminal adapters (eMTAs), WiFi (News - Alert) gateways and cable STB platforms.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri