Broadband Briefs for 10/09/06
* Catholic Church chooses Narrowstep for Broadband TV channel
ROMEreports TV has chosen Narrowstep's telvOS platform for distributing IPTV over the Internet to launch a broadcast service that focuses on the Catholic Church and the Vatican.
ROMEreports TV launched on October 4 through an agreement with Narrowstep distributor WBBS in Switzerland. The channel is also available with a full TV schedule, full-screen capability and many more features and provides short news reports, free of charge, 24/7. Each month, four 26-minute news magazine segments and one 52-minute program will be added in both English and Spanish as a video-on-demand service, available via subscription packages.
* Alcatel is now behind over 100M DSL lines worldwide
Alcatel said it has now surpassed 100 million DSL lines shipped, representing over a third of the DSL market. The company noted it has doubled its total shipments since October 2004. The company also boasted that its ISAM product family, designed to be a triple play IP access solution, has attracted more than 100 new customers in the past two years.
* JDSU adds multistream IPTV monitoring
JDSU has added new IPTV transport stream monitoring capability to its QT-600 Ethernet and triple-play probe. The QT-600 IPTV transport stream monitoring capability - which can track more than 500 streams - strengthens the ability of service providers to ensure accurate signaling and quality viewing.
JDSU said the ability to monitor several hundred transport streams simultaneously also enables the QT-600 to measure and calculate key IPTV quality indicators that enable service providers to proactively detect quality degradations before impacting the level of service to the customer.
* Actiontec broadband gateway shipments top 4M
Actiontec Electronics has shipped its four-millionth residential broadband connectivity product this month. The company said that in the last year it has doubled cumulative shipments of its broadband gateways, modems and routers. Actiontec's gateways are used for DSL and now fiber-based broadband connectivity; Verizon is a key customer, using Actiontec gateways for all FiOS installations.
* Nextlink opens broadband wireless network to resellers
Nextlink Wireless has launched a reseller program. Nextlink offers broadband wireless services, including DS-3 and OC-3 broadband wireless access, as well as metro Ethernet at speeds up to 100 Megabits per second. Under the Turnkey option, the reseller partner focuses on marketing, sales, and customer site acquisition. With the Self-Serve option, Nextlink manages equipment sourcing, spectrum coordination, and engineering, while the reseller partner is responsible for all other sales, installation, and service-related activities.