RIP NextLevel: Motorola sells FTTN unit to CTDI - Top Telecom M&As for 2009

If you covered the Telco TV market in the late 1990s, chances are you probably knew about NextLevel Communications. The pioneering vendor created a suite of mainly proprietary VDSL over ATM products to deliver video and data services in a Fiber to the Node/Fiber to the Curb scenario.

Adopted by many independent ILECs that had few choices for next-gen DLC platforms beyond the legacy AFC, NextLevel got its big day in the sun when it was invited to be part of Qwest's VDSL-based ChoiceTV service, which has been pretty much shut down in favor of delivering satellite TV and possibly OTT video over its ongoing FTTN rollout. In July, the last nail in NextLevel's coffin was driven in when Motorola, which bought out the remainder of the company in 2005, sold the division to CTDI for an undisclosed sum. 

Motorola's sale of its Fiber to the Node division--one it bought into when it acquired its remaining stake in the legacy NextLevel Communications--was done so it could focus on Fiber to the Premises. Often joked as the telecom bone yard, CTDI, which provides legacy telecom logistics and network maintenance, appears to be committed to the product line with plans to target the product set at its 11 country footprint where there is an interest in Fiber to the Node.

RIP NextLevel: Motorola sells FTTN unit to CTDI - Top Telecom M&As for 2009
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