Comcast Settles Suit, Licenses Fiber Patents

Comcast Corp. cleared up a legal snarl left over by AT&T Broadband, settling a lawsuit filed by a small private company over passive fiber-coax transmission technology.

Under the agreement, C-cation Inc. will extend a patent license to Comcast for its passive hybrid-fiber coax architecture technology.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, nor would Comcast provide any information on how it plans to use the technology in its existing cable plant architecture.

A private company based in Rye, N.Y., C-cation filed suit against the former AT&T Broadband last July, charging the MSO's LightWire passive optical transmission technology had infringed on its patents.

The LightWire architecture, which was trialed in Salt Lake City in 1999, created mini-nodes to push fiber closer to customers, boosting bandwidth for voice, video and data service delivery.

"We are excited that we now have an ongoing business relationship with Comcast," C-cation president Alexander Cheng said in a release. "We look forward to deploying our other patented technological solutions to the cable industry."

C-cation is also working on a server software communication-control module to oversee product offerings, Cheng said.