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News summary for 5/24/07

Thu, 05/24/2007 - 8:21am

SeaChange’s on-demand services going Canadian
By Brian Santo, CED

The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) has signed a purchase agreement for SeaChange’s on-demand offerings.

The group of independent cable TV companies, which serve nearly one million subscribers, will receive SeaChange’s Axiom on-demand management software, video servers and service, as well as its time-shifted TV solutions and on-demand advertising and set-top applications.

Mountain Cablevision, with service in Ontario, and Westman Communications Group, which operates in western Manitoba, have already implemented the Axiom software and video servers. Later this summer, Nova Scotia-based Seaside Communications will rollout VOD services with SeaChange’s products.

According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, last year saw Canada’s highest pay-TV revenues in the past five years. Total revenues were up 12.4 percent from the previous year, to $2.5 billion, of which $482 million was from pay, PPV and on-demand services.

WildBlue arranges to buy more terminals
By Brian Santo, CED

Invigorated by partnerships with AT&TDirecTV, and EchoStarWildBlue Communications has placed an order for as many as half a million more satellite terminals with ViaSat.

The two have signed a requirements contract to supply the next 500,000 Ka-band satellite terminals to be deployed by WildBlue on its WildBlue-1 and Anik F2 satellites. Together with units already delivered, the number of terminals supplied by ViaSat is expected to exceed 750,000.

The contract provides for the possibility of yet another extension, should WildBlue gain access to more capacity on other Ka-band satellites. The contract, which also includes network infrastructure upgrades and software support services, could exceed a value of $200 million over the next three to five years, ViaSat said.

WildBlue now claims more than 160,000 customers of its DOCSIS-based data service. The company’s WildBlue-1 Ka-band satellite, launched in March, increased its capacity to handle up to 750,000 more subscribers.

Taqua declares its independence
By Brian Santo, CED

Spinning off completely from former parent GenBandTaqua has completed a management buy-out and has renewed its focus on next-generation end-office switching solutions for wireline, cable and wireless service providers.

Taqua was established in 1998, was acquired by Tekelec in 2004, and purchased shortly thereafter by GenBand.

The Taqua T7000 Switching System (T7000) is based on a patented “switch-on-a-card” design, in which all the function of a Class 5 switch or IP gateway are performed on a single circuit pack.

Taqua said its market will once again be carriers needing to migrate from legacy circuit-switched exchanges, especially those needing to establish new services such as triple play, cable telephony, enhanced VoIP and others.

The company said its T7000 can also be configured as an intelligent gateway within the carrier’s network for solutions that require both the low cost and feature performance of a packet gateway coupled with up to full call processing intelligence.

Broadband Briefs for 5/24/07

* Nextlink chooses Ceragon’s wireless Ethernet solution
Nextlink Wireless Inc. has selected Ceragon Network’s FibeAir wireless Ethernet solution for its broadband wireless services, including high-speed Ethernet and private line access.

The solutions allow Nextlink to deliver carrier-grade Ethernet and TDM solutions at speeds from 45 Mbps to 622 Mbps (OC-12). The carrier is deploying the FibeAir product family in the 28-31 GHz licensed band.

* Concurrent names Everstream prez
Concurrent has appointed S. Ronald Foster president of Everstream, a wholly-owned subsidiary providing interactive data collection and reporting technology.

Foster most recently served as VP of corporate development for Raptor Networks. He has also held executive positions at OpVista, GTECH and Scientific Atlanta. 

* Cablevision adds HD sports channels
Cablevision Systems has added the high-def versions of Versus and the Golf Channel to its HD line-up, at no additional cost to subscribers. The additions mean customers will get to see the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, as well as PGA Tour coverage.

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