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May 08, 2007

VoIP Provider Cedar Point Deploys SAFARI C

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Cedar Point Communications (News - Alert) has announced the initial use of its SAFARI C (Cubed) Multimedia Switching System in a converged wireline and WiMax voice deployment.

Using the SAFARI C (Cubed) platform, Grupo TVCable, a cable system operator in Ecuador deployed SIP-based services to an initial base of approximately 300 subscribers in an industrial area adjacent to the city of Guayaquil.
VoIP services are being delivered to residential and business customers elsewhere in Guayaquil via the existing Grupo TVCable HFC infrastructure using the support of SAFARI C (Cubed) switch.
Leveraging the unique ability and versatility of SAFARI C(Cubed), the Grupo TVCable deployment serve as a point of convergence between wireline and wireless environments, and to simultaneously handle a wide array of services, including NCS and SIP-based voice, as well as WiMAX traffic.
“The high degree of flexibility engineered into SAFARI C (Cubed) has been invaluable in the Guayaquil industrial area where it is not practical to run HFC plant,” said Jorge Schwartz, CEO of Grupo TVCable in a statement to the press.
He added, “Because it can simultaneously handle PacketCable and SIP-based voiced services with no modification, we have been able to use a single SAFARI switch to simply and cost-effectively meet all of our voice needs in a highly-diverse system architecture.”
Chris Zanyk, managing director, Latin America for Cedar Point Communications believes that Grupo TVCable needs to use creative approaches to meet the needs of customers in specific geographic areas.
Zanyk said that by combining their own engineering innovation with the native capabilities of SAFARI C(Cubed), Grupo TVCable have been able to create a voice solution that is not limited to their HFC footprint.
Calls handled by SAFARI C (Cubed) are carried over 3.5 GHz spectrum between WiMax towers and the customer premises in the Grupo TVCable deployment. The deployment is expected to reach 2,000 customers or more over the next 12 to 18 months.
Cedar Point Communications' totally integrated voice and multimedia switches provide service providers and private network managers with cost-efficient, less complex Voice-over-IP alternatives to distributed soft-switching options.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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