Knology Taps Arris for Telephony Gear

Knology Inc. is buying Arris Group Inc. “Cornerstone” voice gear for its Florida systems.

Knology bought the old Verizon Communications cable franchises in Pinellas County -- a system that was built by GTE Corp. and later purchased by Verizon. The operator passes 272,000 homes in the market.

Arris said Knology is "evaluating" a potential integrated voice solution of Arris “Cadant” cable-modem-termination-system gear and “Touchstone E-MTAs” (multimedia-terminal adapters), along with a PacketCable-based line-control-signaling Nuera Communications Inc. “RDT-8G” gateway.

Knology has used Arris Cornerstone host digital terminals and voice ports in previous telephony deployments.

"We selected the Arris solution because it affords us the ability to easily migrate to a PacketCable-based technology when the time comes to make that transition," Knology vice president of network operations Andy Sivell said in a prepared statement.