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COMPTEL: The ‘Grande’ Plan for IPTV?

What better way to learn in candor about Competitive IPTV than from a service provider that may be out of the business by the time the above-titled COMPTEL panel session gets under way today?

Thats the opportunity attendees likely will be afforded as one of three participants Grande Communications announced late last month that it has begun to explore all its strategic options to enhance shareholder value. Those typically include divestitures, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Nonetheless, Brady Adams, vice president of engineering for Grande, said he plans to briefly present the technical differences between analog/digital cable TV and IPTV and then address the pros and cons of each.

The approach should prove extra helpful as it includes a focus on TV services provided by cable operators, where many other conferences feature sessions focused exclusively on technologies and systems for telcos.

While there is no doubting the benefits of IPTV, operators must understand the landscape and how to exploit the technology to optimize return on investment, while ensuring a competitive presence, said Adams.

San Marcos, Texas-based Grande says it is building, from the ground up, a deep-fiber broadband network to homes and businesses, in addition to already delivering high-speed Internet, local and long-distance telephone and digital cable over its own advanced network to communities in Texas. It operates a 3,100-fiber-mile SONET network and provides certain services, such as voice, outside the state.

Also on the panel will be Tim Phillips, general manager of IPTV at Comverse, a maker of software and hardware infrastructure required by operators to fully provide individual and bundled network communications services.

Adams and Phillips are scheduled to be joined by moderator Al Brisard, vice president of marketing and business development for Vertek Corp., a professional services firm for the telecom industry. The com-pany provides business solutions, process outsourcing, process optimization and business consulting in the areas of engineering/order management, network migrations, financial assurance and contract manage-ment.

Comverse Inc. www.comverse.com
Grande Communications www.grandecom.com
Vertek Corp. www.vertek.com


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