Sigma Systems Presents its Cable OSS Vision at Industry Conference

Pioneer in automated provisioning of high-speed Internet access,

interactive TV and cable telephony sponsors Converged World Cable

Conference



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sigma Systems Group

    TORONTO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ - Sigma Systems, the cable industry's
 leading provider of service management OSS (operations support systems), today
 announced its sponsorship of the Converged World Cable Conference, a gathering
 of cable industry executives representing North America's largest MSOs. Andy
 Jasuja, Chairman and CEO of Sigma Systems will serve as the conference's chair-
 person and deliver the opening remarks on the first day of the conference.
 Organized by marcus evans, this three day conference will be held at the Hotel
 Adolphus in Dallas Texas, beginning Tuesday April 10, 2001. The conference
 will address the challenges and opportunities facing cable operators as they
 deliver high-speed Internet access, open access, interactive TV, cable
 telephony and video-on-demand.
     "We are truly proud to play such an integral role in this event," said
 Andy Jasuja, Chairman and CEO, Sigma Systems. "This undoubtedly will be the
 year of Cable OSS, as service providers nationwide escalate deployments of
 advanced cable broadband services. Our flagship product, Cable Broadband in a
 Box (tm), a key enabler of this industry transformation, already provisions
 approximately sixty-five percent of cable Internet activations among tier-one
 players in North America. Looking ahead, we expect to repeat this success with
 other emerging cable broadband services such as interactive TV and cable
 telephony, as we move aggressively forward, further solidifying our leadership
 position in this very vibrant industry space."
     Robert Bratulic, Sigma's director of marketing and strategy, will deliver
 the luncheon address, "Milestones in Cable Broadband" at 12:45 p.m., Tuesday
 April 10. The discussion will focus on the industry's seminal deployments of
 new cable broadband services, and Sigma's contribution to these key
 achievements, stressing the value of cable OSS and its critical importance for
 cable broadband operators. Sigma will also present its vision for OSS as a
 cornerstone of efficient cable broadband operations.
     Tim Spencer, Sigma's vice president of product engineering and chief
 technology officer, will speak on, "Operations essentials for deploying Cable
 Internet and Cable Telephony Services" at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday April 10. His
 presentation will focus on service provisioning and activation of cable
 broadband services, self-activation, network topology, service diagnostics and
 issues related to open access.
     Tim Spencer will speak again at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday April 11 concerning
 interactive television and video-on-demand opportunities. Mr. Spencer's
 discussion will focus on the complexities of delivering enhanced data and
 video applications over cable networks, and the scalability and reliability
 issues in operating support systems. Mr. Spencer will be joined by executives
 from Cablevision Magazine, Source Media and WorldGate Communications.
 
     Sigma Milestones in Cable OSS
     Sigma's cable OSS vision has been a blueprint for its repeated successes
 in the cable broadband market. Using superior product offerings, world-class
 professional services and aggressive sales, Sigma has attained significant
 milestones in a nascent area:
     -  Approximately two-thirds of all new cable Internet activations by
        tier-one cable MSOs and ISPs in North America are provisioned using
        Sigma's solutions.
     -  Seven of North America's ten largest cable MSOs and ISP's have
        selected Sigma's Cable Broadband in a Box (tm) solutions to provision
        a wide variety of cable services.
     -  In 1996, Sigma became the cable industry's first OSS provider to
        automate provisioning of high-speed cable Internet services.
     -  In 2000, Sigma became the cable industry's first OSS provider to
        automate provisioning of interactive TV services.
     -  In 2000, Sigma became become the cable industry's first OSS provider
        to automate provisioning of cable telephony services. The National
        Cable Television Association reports there were 568,000 U.S. cable
        telephony customers in Q3, 2000, a 290% increase from 1999, making
        cable telephony one of the fastest growing digital cable services.
 
     The modular approach of Cable Broadband in a Box(tm)
     Sigma's Cable Broadband in a Box(tm) is a suite of cable OSS products,
 consisting of four modular, pre-integrated applications. Because of their
 underlying robust and flexible architecture, cable operators are able to
 deploy the solution quickly and efficiently, bringing significant cost
 reductions and productivity gains to their operations and bottom line.
     The Service Management module facilitates end-to-end service fulfillment,
 from customer care, through order management, to provisioning and activation
 of cable broadband services. The module handles high-speed Internet access,
 open access, ITV, cable telephony and VOD services.
     The Self-Care module allows cable broadband clients to self-activate
 their Internet access, applications, and cable modem, for instant service,
 reducing truck rolls and CSR dependency.
     The Network Topology Management module handles the correlation and impact
 analysis between the various network domains in a cable service provider's
 network that affect the configuration and deployment of subscriber service,
 including hybrid fiber coax (HFC), node combining and segmentation, IP, and
 telephony network components.
     The Service Diagnostics module streamlines a CSR's response to customer
 trouble calls by automating a sequence of tests for diagnosing service
 problems.
     In an industry where tens of thousands of orders can be received weekly,
 Cable Broadband in a Box(tm) automatically and reliably activates service to a
 market increasingly dependent on broadband access to the home. The product
 also allows cable companies to rapidly define new service offerings and manage
 the topology of their networks to compete with other cable, satellite, DSL and
 fixed wireless service providers. Sigma's integrated solution is not only a
 milestone achievement among operations support systems providers, but notably
 a first in the burgeoning global cable OSS industry as well.
     Other recent announcements by Sigma include its partnership with
 broadband networking systems vendor, Terayon, and completion of its second
 round of financing, including a minority equity stake from Cisco Systems.
 
     About Sigma Systems Group
     Sigma Systems Group is the cable industry leader and pioneer in
 developing and deploying service management OSS solutions. Sigma has been a
 global provider of OSS (operations support systems) for cable and
 telecommunications service providers since 1990. Sigma products provision two-
 thirds of all high-speed Internet access across North American tier-one cable
 operators. Seven of the top tier-one north American cable MSOs and ISPs are
 Sigma clients. Sigma is also the first OSS provider to have delivered
 automated service provisioning solutions for interactive TV and cable
 telephony. Investors in Sigma include Cisco Systems, Kleiner Perkins Caufield
 and Byers, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Redwood Ventures. Sigma's Cable
 Broadband in a Box(tm), a service management OSS suite for cable operators,
 supports high-speed Internet access, open access, interactive TV, cable
 telephony, and video-on-demand service management, as well as self-care,
 network topology and service diagnostics management. Using its pre-integrated
 CLEC in a Box(tm) suite, next-generation CLECs, DLECs, and ICPs can manage
 their operations using a modular suite of tools automating the service cycle
 from customer care, through provisioning, to billing. Sigma's superOSS suites
 are based on its industry leading ServiceBroker(tm) workflow and service
 management platform. Additional information about Sigma Systems can be found
 at www.sigma-systems.com.
 
     About marcus evans
     marcus evans one of the world's leading business information companies is
 dedicated to the provision of global business intelligence and information to
 assist in strategic and effective decision making. The group creates major
 sector-focused events for business learning and networking opportunities
 across a variety of industries and professions. In addition professional
 training products, Market analysis reports and business-to-business Internet
 marketplaces provide a portfolio of products for an entire company's needs.
 With over 2,000 employees operating in 41 offices around the world, the group
 has revenues in excess of $350m, generated from clients including most of the
 world's top 1000 companies. Premium products and services are delivered
 through a variety of media enabling customers to improve their strategic
 decision-making process. Visit them at http://www.marcusevans.com/.
 
 

SOURCE Sigma Systems Group
    TORONTO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ - Sigma Systems, the cable industry's
 leading provider of service management OSS (operations support systems), today
 announced its sponsorship of the Converged World Cable Conference, a gathering
 of cable industry executives representing North America's largest MSOs. Andy
 Jasuja, Chairman and CEO of Sigma Systems will serve as the conference's chair-
 person and deliver the opening remarks on the first day of the conference.
 Organized by marcus evans, this three day conference will be held at the Hotel
 Adolphus in Dallas Texas, beginning Tuesday April 10, 2001. The conference
 will address the challenges and opportunities facing cable operators as they
 deliver high-speed Internet access, open access, interactive TV, cable
 telephony and video-on-demand.
     "We are truly proud to play such an integral role in this event," said
 Andy Jasuja, Chairman and CEO, Sigma Systems. "This undoubtedly will be the
 year of Cable OSS, as service providers nationwide escalate deployments of
 advanced cable broadband services. Our flagship product, Cable Broadband in a
 Box (tm), a key enabler of this industry transformation, already provisions
 approximately sixty-five percent of cable Internet activations among tier-one
 players in North America. Looking ahead, we expect to repeat this success with
 other emerging cable broadband services such as interactive TV and cable
 telephony, as we move aggressively forward, further solidifying our leadership
 position in this very vibrant industry space."
     Robert Bratulic, Sigma's director of marketing and strategy, will deliver
 the luncheon address, "Milestones in Cable Broadband" at 12:45 p.m., Tuesday
 April 10. The discussion will focus on the industry's seminal deployments of
 new cable broadband services, and Sigma's contribution to these key
 achievements, stressing the value of cable OSS and its critical importance for
 cable broadband operators. Sigma will also present its vision for OSS as a
 cornerstone of efficient cable broadband operations.
     Tim Spencer, Sigma's vice president of product engineering and chief
 technology officer, will speak on, "Operations essentials for deploying Cable
 Internet and Cable Telephony Services" at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday April 10. His
 presentation will focus on service provisioning and activation of cable
 broadband services, self-activation, network topology, service diagnostics and
 issues related to open access.
     Tim Spencer will speak again at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday April 11 concerning
 interactive television and video-on-demand opportunities. Mr. Spencer's
 discussion will focus on the complexities of delivering enhanced data and
 video applications over cable networks, and the scalability and reliability
 issues in operating support systems. Mr. Spencer will be joined by executives
 from Cablevision Magazine, Source Media and WorldGate Communications.
 
     Sigma Milestones in Cable OSS
     Sigma's cable OSS vision has been a blueprint for its repeated successes
 in the cable broadband market. Using superior product offerings, world-class
 professional services and aggressive sales, Sigma has attained significant
 milestones in a nascent area:
     -  Approximately two-thirds of all new cable Internet activations by
        tier-one cable MSOs and ISPs in North America are provisioned using
        Sigma's solutions.
     -  Seven of North America's ten largest cable MSOs and ISP's have
        selected Sigma's Cable Broadband in a Box (tm) solutions to provision
        a wide variety of cable services.
     -  In 1996, Sigma became the cable industry's first OSS provider to
        automate provisioning of high-speed cable Internet services.
     -  In 2000, Sigma became the cable industry's first OSS provider to
        automate provisioning of interactive TV services.
     -  In 2000, Sigma became become the cable industry's first OSS provider
        to automate provisioning of cable telephony services. The National
        Cable Television Association reports there were 568,000 U.S. cable
        telephony customers in Q3, 2000, a 290% increase from 1999, making
        cable telephony one of the fastest growing digital cable services.
 
     The modular approach of Cable Broadband in a Box(tm)
     Sigma's Cable Broadband in a Box(tm) is a suite of cable OSS products,
 consisting of four modular, pre-integrated applications. Because of their
 underlying robust and flexible architecture, cable operators are able to
 deploy the solution quickly and efficiently, bringing significant cost
 reductions and productivity gains to their operations and bottom line.
     The Service Management module facilitates end-to-end service fulfillment,
 from customer care, through order management, to provisioning and activation
 of cable broadband services. The module handles high-speed Internet access,
 open access, ITV, cable telephony and VOD services.
     The Self-Care module allows cable broadband clients to self-activate
 their Internet access, applications, and cable modem, for instant service,
 reducing truck rolls and CSR dependency.
     The Network Topology Management module handles the correlation and impact
 analysis between the various network domains in a cable service provider's
 network that affect the configuration and deployment of subscriber service,
 including hybrid fiber coax (HFC), node combining and segmentation, IP, and
 telephony network components.
     The Service Diagnostics module streamlines a CSR's response to customer
 trouble calls by automating a sequence of tests for diagnosing service
 problems.
     In an industry where tens of thousands of orders can be received weekly,
 Cable Broadband in a Box(tm) automatically and reliably activates service to a
 market increasingly dependent on broadband access to the home. The product
 also allows cable companies to rapidly define new service offerings and manage
 the topology of their networks to compete with other cable, satellite, DSL and
 fixed wireless service providers. Sigma's integrated solution is not only a
 milestone achievement among operations support systems providers, but notably
 a first in the burgeoning global cable OSS industry as well.
     Other recent announcements by Sigma include its partnership with
 broadband networking systems vendor, Terayon, and completion of its second
 round of financing, including a minority equity stake from Cisco Systems.
 
     About Sigma Systems Group
     Sigma Systems Group is the cable industry leader and pioneer in
 developing and deploying service management OSS solutions. Sigma has been a
 global provider of OSS (operations support systems) for cable and
 telecommunications service providers since 1990. Sigma products provision two-
 thirds of all high-speed Internet access across North American tier-one cable
 operators. Seven of the top tier-one north American cable MSOs and ISPs are
 Sigma clients. Sigma is also the first OSS provider to have delivered
 automated service provisioning solutions for interactive TV and cable
 telephony. Investors in Sigma include Cisco Systems, Kleiner Perkins Caufield
 and Byers, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Redwood Ventures. Sigma's Cable
 Broadband in a Box(tm), a service management OSS suite for cable operators,
 supports high-speed Internet access, open access, interactive TV, cable
 telephony, and video-on-demand service management, as well as self-care,
 network topology and service diagnostics management. Using its pre-integrated
 CLEC in a Box(tm) suite, next-generation CLECs, DLECs, and ICPs can manage
 their operations using a modular suite of tools automating the service cycle
 from customer care, through provisioning, to billing. Sigma's superOSS suites
 are based on its industry leading ServiceBroker(tm) workflow and service
 management platform. Additional information about Sigma Systems can be found
 at www.sigma-systems.com.
 
     About marcus evans
     marcus evans one of the world's leading business information companies is
 dedicated to the provision of global business intelligence and information to
 assist in strategic and effective decision making. The group creates major
 sector-focused events for business learning and networking opportunities
 across a variety of industries and professions. In addition professional
 training products, Market analysis reports and business-to-business Internet
 marketplaces provide a portfolio of products for an entire company's needs.
 With over 2,000 employees operating in 41 offices around the world, the group
 has revenues in excess of $350m, generated from clients including most of the
 world's top 1000 companies. Premium products and services are delivered
 through a variety of media enabling customers to improve their strategic
 decision-making process. Visit them at http://www.marcusevans.com/.
 
 SOURCE Sigma Systems Group