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News summary for 6/26/07

Tue, 06/26/2007 - 8:35am

Bresnan picks Terayon’s video apps
By Traci Patterson

Terayon Communication Systems Inc.’s video applications have been deployed by Bresnan Communications for its rollout of digital simulcast.

The apps - which run on Terayon’s DM 6400 Network CherryPicker - are being utilized for digital program insertion, zoned advertising insertion, and other solutions that leverage rate shaping and statistical remultiplexing capabilities.

Bresnan provides broadband services to more than 300,000 subs in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Now more than 95 percent of the MSO’s subs are offered digital TV, VoIP and high-speed Internet services, and two-thirds are offered DVR, HDTV and VOD services.

OpenTV launches Rapid Porting Program
By Brian Santo

Looking for a way to encourage adoption of its middleware, OpenTV Corp. has introduced what it’s calling a Rapid Porting Program (RPP).

The idea is to attract the participation of silicon vendors, STB manufacturers, conditional access suppliers and systems integrators to create full-featured STBs that can be brought to market quickly, and not coincidentally incorporate OpenTV’s middleware.

The charter partners for the program include BroadcomConexant and NXP Semiconductors, as well as Philips Consumer Electronics. OpenTV expects other partners to join as the program advances.

The ultimate benefit, OpenTV said, will be for network operators, who will be able to deploy STBs with drivers that have already been integrated and tested, ideally saving the time and effort of doing that work themselves.

"The OpenTV Rapid Porting Program will speed up the introduction of Philips’ new high-definition set-top boxes and HD DVRs into the market," said Philippe Alcaras, senior VP and general manager of Home Networks at Philips.

Conexant, NXP and Broadcom were similarly enthusiastic about the program, praising it for helping them to meet their customer demands for integrated solutions.

Internet TV market on the rise
By Traci Patterson

The Internet TV market will rise to $5.8 billion in 2011, up from $422.7 million last year, predicts iSuppli Corp.

“Internet video is dominated by news content currently, as that is easily consumed in a ‘snack’ format on PC screens,” said Frank Dickson, principal analyst with iSuppli. “However, as Internet connections find their way to the living room TV and the digital transition drives an installed base of new set-top boxes, sports and entertainment content will populate Internet Protocol streams. The longer-form content will drive bandwidth requirements and revenue, threatening the dominance of ‘walled gardens’.”

iSuppli expects the bandwidth required for Internet TV will expand by more than 44 times by 2011, to almost 7 million Tebibytes (TiBs). And the company said North America and Western Europe will be the regions with the most Internet TV penetration.

Occam adds SIP VoIP to Centennial’s business services 
By Brian Santo

Centennial de Puerto Rico, the second-largest telecommunications service provider in the commonwealth, is using equipment from Occam Networks to add Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) voice functionality to its lineup of fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) Ethernet services.

Centennial has purchased and deployed Occam’s Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC) system, including Occam’s BLC 6312 Optical Line Terminal Blades, BLC 6440-01 Optical Packet Transport Blades and 2342 Optical Network Terminals (ONTs).

The provider is Occam Networks’ first customer in the Caribbean region and its first business-only customer that is SIP-based. Centennial maintains more than 400,000 lines and provides wireline, wireless and broadband data services in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Centennial also offers wireless service in the U.S., in parts of the Midwest and the South.

Broadband Briefs for 6/26/07

* Juniper’s apps chosen by China Telecom subsidiary
Juniper Networks Inc. said that China Telecom Shanghai has deployed additional TX Matrix and T640 core routing platforms to optimize its IP network, which supports IPTV and other multiplay apps.

The service provider, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom, first deployed the multi-chassis TX Matrix with Juniper’s M-series multiservice routers and E-series edge routers in February 2006.

* Telus relies on Brix to monitor VoIP quality
Telus is using products from Brix Systems to conduct both active (on-demand) and passive (live) VoIP call monitoring in order to analyze the signaling and media across its backbone network. The Brix System is integrated into Telus’ operational support system (OSS) to provide a transitional roadmap from legacy back office support to IP-based service assurance solutions based on open standards, Telus said.

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