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SBC Taps Scientific-Atlanta for Fiber Optics Initiative

Scientific-Atlanta has won a $195 million contract to provide SBC Communications with IP-based video gear for Project Lightspeed, SBC's IP-based voice, video and data service.

Scientific-Atlanta--based in Lawrenceville, Ga.--will provide video equipment for an IP video operations center (VOC), two national IP video super hub offices (SHO) and 41 IP video hub offices (VHO). As part of the contract, the company will also supply encoders, satellite dishes, video routers and professional services.

The VOC "command center" will monitor the availability of content traveling through the SBC network. The SHOs accept, process and encode video and TV programming from satellite feeds into IP packets.

Alcatel will provide network equipment and video system integration for Project Lightspeed and Microsoft will provide next-generation TV services via the new Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform.