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Aliant allies with Pace

Wed, 03/14/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Canadian company Aliant Telecom has paired up with Pace Micro Technology to provide an initial 5,000 Pace DSL4000 digital home gateways for its VibeVision digital television service.

Aliant Telecom's VibeVision service uses asymmetrical digital subscriber line technology (ADSL). When it is combined with Pace's DSL4000, it provides customers digital color and sound, local radio stations, Galaxy music channels, PPV movies and an interactive on screen TV guide so customers can surf the program listings. As an extra benefit, customers can surf the 'Net and retrieve e-mail on their television.

Pace's fourth-generation version of the DSL4000 boxes are IP television home gateways and have been deployed by several network operators worldwide. Pace has recently re-engineered the DSL4000 to NTSC broadcast standards to enable North American telecommunications companies to deliver high-quality video and interactive services over IP networks and their existing copper wires.

The DSL4000 supports MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 decoding, has an Ethernet interface, and supports Javascript applications. The television services are delivered using Internet Protocol (IP) and are video-server neutral. The DSL 4000 also incorporates new consumer features such as an improved user interface, video scaling and arbitrary positioning. Pace says it will perform on any type of network, and is customizable to suit a range of different service needs.

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