Broadband briefs for 3/05/07
* SCTE's Chicago Chapter celebrates 20th anniversary
The Greater Chicago Chapter of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) celebrated its 20th anniversary last Thursday (March 1) in Willowbrook, Ill.
SCTE President and CEO John Clark served as keynote speaker at the commemorative seminar, entitled "Networks, Applications, and Regulations."
Other presentations delivered were "Cable and Government: Regulations on the Horizon," "CPE and Future Digital Applications," "The Future of Metro Optical Networks" and "Measuring Digital/DOCSIS Performance."
IxLoad - utilized by Europe's ECI Telecom - is an IPTV test system that assesses all aspects of IP Video and Triple Play networks and infrastructures. IxLoad works in conjunction with Ixia's hardware platform, Optixia, to deliver real-world test scenarios, the company said.
* Tandberg scores Russia deployment
Tandberg Television announced that COMSTAR-DIRECT, a Russian broadband service provider, will use the vendor's MPEG-2 encoders in support of a major network expansion.
COMSTAR-DIRECT is implementing a multimedia project that will provide multichannel and on-demand TV offerings. The company said it chose the MPEG-2 encoders because of their easy upgrade path to MPEG-4 AVC, which COMSTAR-DIRECT will use in support of HDTV in the future.
COMSTAR-DIRECT launched its ADSL-based broadband services in the fall of 2004 with Tandberg's IPTV headend solutions. The Russian operator will also use Tandberg's nCompass 5.0-a control and monitoring software.
* U-verse to add three channels from Ion
AT&T has added a set of channels from Ion Media Networks (formerly Paxson Communications), to its U-verse lineup. AT&T will carry ION Television, ION's flagship network, which features a mix of series, movies, sports and specials targeted to families. AT&T U-verse TV will also offer ION's recently launched channel called qubo, a bilingual, educational children's network, and ION Life, promoting active lifestyles, personal growth and wellness.