Brazil Calls on Motorola

by Colin C. Haley

The country's largest cable operator will deliver VoIP through Motorola.

Brazil's largest cable company will use networking equipment from Motorola to introduce Voice over IP services.

Net Servicos de Comunicacao will install 11 Motorola BSR 64000 CMTS/edge routers as part of an infrastructure upgrade, the companies announced today at the National Cable & Telecommunications trade show in San Francisco.

The cable operator will also offer two pieces of Motorola customer premise equipment (CPE): the SBV5120 modem, which provides access to VoIP and high-speed data from a single device; and the Motorola SBG900, which integrates an 802.11g hotspot with a cable modem.

The improvements follow a period of growth for Net Servicos de Comunicacao, which now has 1.4 million cable customers and 180,000 broadband subscribers in 44 cities.

High-speed Internet access is a prerequisite for VoIP and other advanced services that can boost service providers' average revenue per customer.

"Having next-generation infrastructure and CPE will allow us to offer a multitude of services beyond broadband data," Ciro Kawamura, the cable company's product and marketing director, said in a statement.

Financial terms of the agreement between the Sao Paulo cable company and Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola were not disclosed. A Motorola spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

In other Motorola news from the cable trade show, the company has inked a partnership with VoIP specialist Net2Phone .

The pact makes Motorola's VT1000 voice gateway the preferred choice for its Net2Phone's VoiceLine broadband telephony offering for cable operators.

The combined offering provides customers with a SIP-based VoIP platform that supports improved security and quality of service, the companies said.

This article was originally published on Tuesday Apr 5th 2005