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October 17, 2007

BeWAN, Centillium Power Triple Play Services in French Broadband Market

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Systems integrator BeWAN Systems of France has selected Centillium’s (News - Alert) Palladia 402 system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution to furnish broadband voice, data and video services for its newest integrated access device (IAD). SFR, a mobile telephony provider forayed into the French broadband market last month and will deploy home gateways from BeWAN for its new triple-play residential service offering.
Earlier this year, SFR introduced its new service offering, branded “Happy Zone,” and projected more than two million customers within one year for the service. Under the agreement, BeWAN will also market the Centillium-powered IAD technology to other service providers.
Eric Teissandier, chief executive officer, BeWAN said that Centillium offered them a complete solution with high performance, advanced features, conservative bill-of-materials costs and tightly integrated engineering support. With Centillium, BeWAN was able to bring a uniquely capable, highly marketable product from inception to market in well under a year's time.
“We are pleased to collaborate with BeWAN in enabling the technology backbone of SFR's demonstrated leadership in triple play,” said Didier Boivin, vice president of marketing, Centillium in a statement.
Boivin continued: “We strive continuously to develop solutions that compromise nothing in terms of manufacturability, performance and quality of experience. Our success with BeWAN and SFR reflects our commitment to addressing the needs of OEMs and service providers as well as the consumers who drive the market.”
Palladia 402 has the ability to manage ADSL2/2+, Voice-over-Internet Protocol and switching and routing functions that enable Internet Protocol television services in the SFR IAD. According to Centillium, the Palladia solution enables triple play services by combining a digital ADSL VoIP gateway processor with analog front-end circuitry, on-board flash and synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM), multi-channel Foreign eXchange Station (FXS) and Foreign eXchange Office (FXO) voice codecs and a direct PCI interface to wireless networks.
Centillium Communications, Inc. is an innovator of high performance, cost-effective semiconductor solutions that give consumers, enterprises and service providers the winning edge in broadband access.
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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