Cox Communications taps Internet Photonics for VOD rollout in Omaha

March 11, 2004 Shrewsbury, MA, and Marlborough, MA -- Cox Communications has selected Internet Photonics' LightStack MX, LightStack NCS and LightHandler for their Omaha, NE, video-on-demand (VOD) rollout.

March 11, 2004 Shrewsbury, MA, and Marlborough, MA -- Cox Communications has selected Internet Photonics' LightStack MX, LightStack NCS and LightHandler for their Omaha, NE, video-on-demand (VOD) rollout.

The LightStack MX, a DWDM multiplexing transport platform, now features state-of-the-art components and precision engineering to reduce its size and overall costs so that Cox can cut their VOD transport costs per stream in half, claims Internet Photonics. The LightHandler, an optical add/drop multiplexing and amplification system, now supports 40 DWDM wavelengths over a single fiber strand, an increase of 150% over the previous version. Additionally, Cox is deploying the LightStack NCS service management system.

"Cox Communications is pleased to provide our customers with new on-demand services enabling subscribers to order hundreds of movie titles quickly and reliably," says Michael Pasquinilli, director of iTV at Cox Communications. "The LightStack and LightHandler products from Internet Photonics are simple to deploy and were key to a rapid and cost-effective rollout in Omaha."

Internet Photonics has seven leading multi-system operator (MSO) customers, including Cablevision, Cox, Adelphia, and Buckeye CableSystem, and has more than 12 million VOD homes passed. The company claims it has shipped and deployed more than 1,000 10-Gigabit DWDM ports and more than 8,000 1 Gigabit-Ethernet ports.

On February 19, 2004, CIENA Corp. announced its intent to acquire Internet Photonics. The merger is expected to close sometime before the end of CIENA's fiscal third quarter.

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