SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- TollBridge Technologies Inc. today signed a multilevel partnership with Broadcom Corp. to drive what the companies say will be the large-scale deployment of voice-over-cable services.
TollBridge develops IP-based voice-over-broadband solutions for next-generation carriers and is taking on the Baby Bells in an effort to replace traditional telephony-based voice service with a cable-based alternative. The company yesterday received a vote of confidence from LSI Logic Corp., Milpitas, Calif., which made anunspecified corporate investment in the company as part of its ongoing push into the communications-IC market (see March 13 story ).
According to the agreement, TollBridge and Broadcom will
co-develop and co-market products for the large-scale deployment of voice-over-cable services using standard Data Over Cable Service
Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 1.1-compliant cable equipment.
"Our partnership with TollBridge will enable us to stimulate demand for commercially deployable telephony-over-cable solutions," said Ross Mitchell, vice president of packet telephony at Broadcom in Irvine, Calif. "This will give our systems partners and their cable-operator customers greater flexibility in delivering broadband telephony with improved time-to-market."
In particular, TollBridge is targeting Competitive Local Exchange Carriers and other service providers with Class 5 switches, by enabling them to offer voice service over a GR-303 or NCS/MGCP call agent, depending on the needs of the subscribers in a particular geographical region.
"[The] alliance with Broadcom is gratifying, given their pivotal position of delivering core silicon and VoIP technology to most of the DOCSIS-compliant cable-equipment vendors," said Agnes Imregh, vice president of marketing at TollBridge Technologies. "The two companies will jointly promote the technology with our service-provider customers, telecom-equipment partners, and standards organizations. Additionally, the two companies will extend their cooperation into Broadcom's DSL products and initiatives."