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Thomson, Comcast to introduce broadband internet services

Advanced Cable Gateways devices to provide digital voice and data services

By CBR Staff Writer

Thomson has signed an agreement with Comcast to introduce an enhanced broadband internet and digital communications services with Advanced Cable Gateways devices.

Thomson said that the new platform allows Comcast to provide digital voice and data services to its customers – including using enhanced cordless telephone handsets to view email, manage voice mail, read news, weather, and sports, and to click-to-call from a universal address book powered by Plaxo, business directory, or call logs.

Reportedly, Thomson also provides Comcast with a range of residential broadband products including data and VoIP cable modems.

Frederic Rose, chairman and CEO of Thomson, said: We are looking forward to the introduction of the Advanced Cable Gateway, a device at the centre of the digital connected home which will allow users to connect to and control multiple devices over their Comcast wireless home network.

Tony Werner, chief technology officer and executive vice president, Comcast, said: The new device will enable Comcast to offer a whole new level of services to our subscribers. We will thus not only be improving the phone services within the home, but expanding the visual experience beyond the TV and PC.

Earlier in 2008, Thomson has entered the US cable video market by developing Digital Transport Adaptors (DTA) for Comcast. These DTAs are one-way devices that enable cable operators to move all-digital infrastructures by offering digital-quality video and audio service to existing analogue cable customers.

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