Charter hires Contec to test and repair set-tops

Contec said it struck a deal with Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) which will see it test and repair digital set-tops that Charter has deployed from multiple vendors.

Schenectady, N.Y.-based Contec also refurbishes set-tops for Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and other MSOs, which rely on the company to repair boxes after they are returned by subscribers. Contec said Wednesday that Charter will use its QuickTest automated testing stations, which it says can process more than 100 devices per hour.

"The integrated QuickTest system includes 24-slot test-stations that can simultaneously test any mix of STBs--regardless of manufacturer or model--as well as real-time access to full, historic test data across operator and STB footprints; live and automated support and preventive maintenance resources; and billing system updates," a Contec release said.

Contec filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August. The company said last month that a U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved its reorganization plan, which will allow it to reduce debt by about $250 million.

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