The Cable Show 2013: No desktop phones, future CAT-iq support for Comcast, Biscotti gets a WebRTC boost


Washington D.C. – Residential handsets were in near zero quantities on the floor of The Cable Show, with the industry showing its embrace of smartphones and tablets as the primary interface to everything. 

The only handset was in Arris’ booth next to a functioning model of Comcast’s XG5, known within Arris as the […]

Enterprise Connect 2012 – Comcast officially rolls out Business VoiceEdge cloud-based HD voice service


Does the cable industry do anything fast?  Comcast officially launched/announced Business VoiceEdge this week, a cloud-based (i.e., hosted) voice and unified communications solution. It’s a service they were demonstrating in plain sight back at The Cable Show 2011.  The service includes HD voice, a “common user experience,” and a full suite of UC features, […]

Comcast enables SMS text messaging – CAT-iq and HD voice to follow soon?


Comcast has been busy this week with new voice services. The company has enabled unlimited free text messaging on its customers’ home phone numbers.   Currently supported via web portal, iThings app, and Android app, the new service may hint at the forthcoming arrival of CAT-iq 2.0 devices and HD voice. Or not.

When […]

TMCNet – Will Verizon Wireless/cable agreement lead to more HD voice?


HD Voice News Editor-in-Chief Doug Mohney looks at the implications of the Verizon Wireless agreement with Comcast (done everything but order consumer HD voice CPE), Time Warner Cable (talked about HD voice a lot) and Bright House Networks over at TMC.

Since Verizon Wireless is rolling out HD voice on its LTE network […]

Technicolor provides Comcast with Skype TV video “box”


Technicolor is the manufacturer of a “custom-developed” telepresence adaptor for Comcast’s Skype video conferencing solution through TV sets.Interestingly, Technicolor describes it as an adapter for delivering “High-definition videoconferencing (calling)” through TV sets, rather than simply calling it a Skype widget.

The specs of the adapter include an HDMI input and output, Gigabit Ethernet, […]

The Cable Show 2011/#cable11–SMC details analog/G.722 HD voice solution for cable boxes


Arris won’t be the only cable box manufacturer offering HD voice via a software upgrade to existing hardware.  SMC Networks offered more details on how the solution is built around the Intel Puma 5 family of chips.

SMC VP of Engineering Pete Quigley said Intel had recently sent out a software update for the […]

The Cable Show 2011/#cable11–Comcast demos business HD voice offering


While nobody at Comcast was ready to talk about HD voice on the consumer side, the company was demonstrating in plain sight the capability to support it and videoconferencing on the business side.


The “Managed Business Class Voice” demonstration featured Polycom’s poster-child VVX video phone to do point-to-point video calls in Comcast’s […]

The Cable Show 2011–“Talk About a Dream: New Directions in Cable Voice”


When The Cable Show ( arrives the week of June 13, will cable companies open up about HD voice?   Representatives from Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, and the FCC will “Talk About a Dream: New Directions in Cable Voice” on Tuesday. A session description is below–

Cable’s emergence as a mainstay provider of residential and business […]

HD voice surge in next three years: Verizon, cable companies to lead deployments


Alexandria, VA — (April 7, 2011) — HD voice is expected to grow significantly over the next three years as Tier 1 service providers such as Cincinnati Bell, Comcast, France Telecom, and Verizon offer the technology to business, residential, and wireless customers. Already, seventeen mobile carriers have either operational service or announced plans for […]

The Cable Show 2010 – Comcast CTO drops the “HD voice” phrase


Los Angeles – At a roundtable cable CTOs, Comcast’s representative dropped a phase this publication is always looking for – “as we move to HD voice…”

Comcast EVP and CTO Tony Werner mentioned HD voice as he addressed a question as to when and how soon the cable industry might move to directly […]