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IP Capsule - January 22, 2008

Mon, 01/21/2008 - 7:00pm
Brian Santo
 Janyary 22, 2008 
CED MAGAZINE   
IPso Facto...
 

Rather switch than fightRather switch than fight
The adoption of switched digital video (SDV) is accelerating. In November, BigBand Networks claimed to have SDV available to 11 million households (related story here).

Brian SantoToday, the company is claiming that its five U.S. customers have deployed, or are now in the process of deploying, the infrastructure to actually deliver video via switching to 20 million homes.

Those customers include Cablevision, Charter Communications, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable; the fifth has not been identified.

Two of the key concerns of the pay-TV industry have been making more high-definition (HD) channels available and providing more on-demand capability and content. Those two issues provide the framework for BigBand's discussions of its SDV system.

"We still think we're the only company switching HD," said Biren Sood, BigBand's VP and manager of cable video for the Americas. "And we're oversubscribing it."

Sood said the oversubscription rate – the number of channels coming in to the number of channels out – has been 3:1, "but we're beginning to see oversubscription rates of four-to-one."

BigBand NetworksMeanwhile, BigBand has been field testing the latest generation – the fifth – of its SDV platform. The new version will be commercially available at the end of the month.

Its new SDV server, the Switched Broadcast Session Server, doubles the capacity of previous generations. Integration with BigBand's Switched Video Analysis (SVA) application allows operators to alternate between switching and broadcasting content to further increase bandwidth savings.

Meanwhile, BigBand's fifth-generation SDV system can support open-protocol QAM sharing, which means edgeQAM resources can be shared across SDV and video on-demand (VOD) services. BigBand said it recently initiated its first commercial deployment to deliver SDV and VOD in the same cable system using its Universal edgeQAM, the BEQ6000 – a QAM capable of being shared in this manner.

 
Brian Santo, IP Capsule Editor & CED Magazine Editor
 
 
 

SCTE ET: TV expert says AT&T's video play has 12-18 months left
AT&T will be out of the video business within the course of the next 12 to 18 months, according to TVPredictions.com President Phillip "Swanni" Swann. continue 

Verizon's FiOS looking to enter NYC
Last week, Verizon and New York City officials had secret discussions about a new 15-year video franchise deal that would allow Verizon's FiOS TV service to compete with the likes of Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. continue 

 
 
 
 

Verizon sues Cox for infringing VoIP-related patents
Verizon is suing Cox Communications for allegedly infringing on eight of its VoIP-related patents. continue

AT&T finally ready to add VoIP to U-verse
AT&T has finished testing the voice component of the U-verse service, finally adding the third element of the video/data/voice triple-play that U-verse was designed to deliver. continue 

RCN launches VoIP service
RCN has launched a new phone service, based on deltathree's hosted consumer VoIP solution, to complement its circuit-switched service. continue  

Arris rolls out wideband VoIP modems 
Arris has announced the availability of its Touchstone TM702 embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTA), which provides converged voice and data service with data speeds of up to 160 Mbps. continue 

Clearwire chooses carrier VoIP from Nortel
Clearwire is preparing to provide residential VoIP service in the U.S. and has contracted with Nortel to integrate the multi-vendor system, as well as for technology and support services. continue 

 
 
 
 

TWC to test bandwidth-based pricing plan for Internet service
Time Warner Cable plans to test a new pricing structure for its high-speed Internet service later this year. continue 

Charter hooks up with Time Warner Cable for business services
Charter Business and Time Warner Cable Business Class announced that they will collaborate on the installation of high-speed, fiber optic connections to support the needs of businesses located in each company's service area. continue 

FCC seeks public comment on network neutrality
On Jan. 14, the FCC asked for public comment on whether its guidelines on network neutrality would prevent ISPs from discriminating against certain applications used over their networks. continue 

JDSU creates smallest tunable optical transmitter
JDSU announced what it claims is the world's smallest, widely tunable transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA) for the dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) transceiver market. continue 

Juniper's MPLS system certified as more effective
Juniper Networks submitted its MPLS Plug-and-Play solution to independent testing; the company said the test results have verified that the system represents a significant simplification in the provisioning of large-scale Ethernet networks and services, including the ease of managing and troubleshooting Metro Ethernet networks. continue 

Clearwire's customers getting Google apps
Clearwire is teaming up with Google to deliver the Internet giant's Google Apps communication suite to its customers. continue 

California Broadband Task Force releases report
In an effort to spur broadband penetration, the California Broadband Task Force has issued its report to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature. continue 

BridgeWave builds wireless net for Texas town
The city of Temple, Texas, has established its own wireless backhaul system for city services, a network based on seven wireless links from BridgeWave Communications. continue 

Number of Internet users in China set to pass U.S. total
China's Internet usage continues to increase, and the country is expected to pass the U.S. this year for the total number of Internet users. continue 

 
 

• Tracking the all-IP transformation: AT&T ahead of the pack, according to New Telephony.

• IPTV standards effort moves ahead, reported by Telephony.

 

Company: MRG Inc.
Headquarters: 
Southbury, Conn.
CEO: Robert DiStefano
URL: www.mrginc.net

Claim to fame: MRG is a consulting, engineering and technology firm delivering corporate reliability programs to clients that are giving strategic consideration or commitment to the benefits of such initiatives.

Recent news of note: MRG announced the availability of its new IPTV Test, Measurement & Monitoring (TM&M) report.

 

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