Thursday, December 8, 2005

AT&T Selects 2Wire Residential Gateway for U-verse

AT&T awarded a $43 million, one-year contract to 2Wire to supply its new IP-based residential gateways for the forthcoming AT&T U-verse suite of services.

AT&T said the residential gateway device will create a home network that delivers IP-based services throughout the home - IP-based video, high-speed Internet access and, eventually, VoIP.

Specifically, AT&T plans to use the 2Wire HomePortal 3000 series, which supports fiber-to-the-premises and VDSL. The residential gateways support multimedia coaxial networking within the home for distribution of bandwidth-intensive applications, such as high-definition video, over existing home wiring. The gateways come equipped with an integrated wireless access point, remote management capabilities, and advanced security features such as a professional grade firewall and automatic wireless security.

"The residential gateway plays a significant role in ensuring customers have access to IP-enabled services throughout the home and on various IP-enabled devices," said Lea Ann Champion, senior executive vice president, in charge of operations for AT&T Project Lightspeed.

In September 2005, the AT&T companies, formerly the SBC Communications Inc. family of companies, announced an agreement with Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta to provide set-top boxes for AT&T U-verse TV. These set tops will connect to the residential gateway to deliver the IP video to TVs.

  • Earlier this month, Alcatel agreed to acquire a 25% percent stake in 2Wire, a developer of home broadband network equipment. In addition, AT&T and Telmex have also agreed to acquire minority interests in 2Wire from 2Wire's existing shareholders. Alcatel said the strategic partnership broadens and extends its end-to-end, fully integrated triple play solution.