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Comcast Denies Analyst Report About eMTA Contract

Comcast denied a report by a Wall Street analyst firm that it awarded a contract for embedded multimedia terminal adapters (eMTAs) to Motorola.

In a note on Tuesday, Collins Stewart analyst John Vinh wrote that “checks indicate” Motorola had won a contract to supply eMTAs to Comcast for DOCSIS 2.0 eMTAs, stealing share away from incumbent Arris.

Comcast director of corporate communications Charlie Douglas said the Collins Stewart report was false. “There is no deal,” he said in an e-mail message. “This report is incorrect.” Douglas added that Comcast does not disclose details about its contractual agreements.

Vinh did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Vinh’s note also said Comcast had encountered technical issues previously with the rollout of Thomson’s eMTAs which “resulted in their recall” and in Comcast returning to Arris as a sole-source provider.

Charles Roederer, Thomson's general manager for North American cable sales, said in an interview that the report was incorrect on all counts.

“We are still very much, in every way, a supplier to Comcast,” he said.

Paris-based Thomson announced in July 2007 that it had signed a purchase agreement with Comcast for its DHG535 eMTA. Thomson now supplies the cable operator with the DHG536 eMTA.