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News summary for 7/09/07

Mon, 07/09/2007 - 9:39am

Juniper adds router for IPTV service expansion, complete with ad metrics 
By Brian Santo

Juniper Networks has introduced a scaled down model in its E-series products aimed at routing applications in networks carrying multiple services, including data, voice, and IPTV. The E-series family of Broadband Services Routers (BSRs) provides service awareness, allowing providers to develop additional sources of income through addressable and measurable advertising.

Juniper designed the E120 BSR to be used by service providers to quickly and cost-effectively extend multiplay services to new markets served by smaller points of presence. The router can support up to 64,000 individual subscribers, Juniper calculates.

The E120 delivers 120 Gbps of capacity, which it claims is 50 percent greater capacity than currently shipping in competitive platforms (Juniper’s obligatory anonymous dig at rival Cisco).

The E120 shares the same JUNOSe operating system, line cards and interface modules as the widely-deployed E320, which ensures service consistency and can reduce operational complexity and expenses, the company said.

As for the addressability, the service and subscriber-aware E-series enables multiplay providers to determine on a second-by-second basis which IPTV or video-on-demand channels viewers watched. By translating Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) traffic into detailed program data, providers can gather real-time viewing statistics that can be used by national, regional and local advertisers, according to Juniper.

The addressable capabilities inherent in the E series are being proven out by Aliant, an operator serving multiple communities in eastern Canada.

Juniper said it has completed interoperability and joint solutions testing with HP, Packet Vision, NebuAd, and SeaChange International.

Scripps, TNS partner for digital audience measurement
By Traci Patterson

Scripps Networks and TNS Media Research are partnering up to provide a new digital audience measurement service, which will utilize aggregated and anonymous set-top data from 300,000 Charter Communications digital subs in Los Angeles.

TNS’ second-by-second data will give Scripps the information it desires related to viewer habits. And according to Scripps, TNS’ data map closely resembles Nielsen’s National People Meter data, allowing for further data application.

TNS processes Charter’s set-top data with InfoSys, a media analysis and planning system.

With InfoSys, end users can analyze data by day-part and program studies, target group studies, lean in/lead out studies, duplication analyses, minute-by-minute flow studies and competitive reports.

Sprint, Cisco reveal WAN solution
By Traci Patterson

Sprint’s business sales channels are now offering a WAN solution, jointly developed by Sprint and Cisco, featuring Cisco’s 3G Wireless WAN high-speed WAN Interface Card (HWIC).

Sprint said it is the only carrier giving customers the choice to leverage wireless connectivity (with security) directly to a multiple protocol label switching (MPLS) VPN-based network, via Sprint’s Data Link network or a wireless solution.

The Cisco 3G Wireless WAN HWIC solution, which is for use with applicable Cisco integrated service routers (ISRs), is part of the Cisco IP NGN architecture. For customers without compatible Cisco ISRs, Sprint already supports the AirLink Raven X EV-DO Rev. A modem with wireless WAN, Sprint said.

The joint solution provides high-speed wireless data entry via Sprint’s mobile broadband network for primary access to an IP/MPLS network solution, or to provide true redundancy for high-availability corporate networking solutions, Sprint said.

For the launch, Sprint is offering the solution as an extension of its managed network services and customer equipment support portfolio.

By the end of the year, Sprint expects to upgrade the vast majority of its mobile broadband network to the EV-DO Rev. A technology, which will allow for increased data speeds and enhanced security connection to Sprint’s IP or MPLS VPN networks.

Growth in telephony keys Cogeco’s third quarter
By Brian Santo

Cogeco Cable’s revenue was up 56.3 percent to $240.6 million in its third quarter, results driven by improved penetration of its Digital Telephony service in Canada and improved penetration of all services in Portugal (the company’s Cabovisão unit). Net income was $20 million, up 53 percent from the similar quarter last year.

The company now claims a total of 2.4 million revenue-generating units, an addition of 35,000. A year ago, the company added 48,000 RGUs.

Cogeco lost 2,900 basic customers in the most recently completed quarter, compared to a loss of 3,300 last year.

It added 11,000 data customers in Q3 ’07, down from 12,300 last year, added 8,000 digital TV subs, down from 23,000 last year, and added over 19,000 digital telephony customers, up from 15,400 last year.

Broadband Briefs for 7/09/07

* Ikano to resell Covad ADSL+, T1 services 
Ikano Communications, a provider of private-label, wholesale, and retail Internet services, is partnering with Covad Communications Group, so that Ikano can market Covad T1 and ADSL 2+ service, in addition to ADSL service, to its more than 250 partners. As Ikano rolls out Covad ADSL 2+ and T1 services, its partners will be able to choose data speeds of up to 15.0 Mbps.

* Cedar Point enters R&D deal with U of Mass.
Cedar Point Communications Inc. and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have entered into a five-year research and deployment agreement for the delivery of advanced VoIP applications on the campus.

Cedar Point’s Safari C³ Multimedia Switching System will be utilized for the delivery of IP-based telephony services over the existing UMass network infrastructure. The university and Cedar Point will also work together to develop new features and apps for voice and multimedia services.

* AT&T launches first metro Wi-Fi service
AT&T Inc. has completed its first Metro Wi-Fi deployment in Riverside, Calif. The service provides citywide Wi-Fi access across a three-square-mile portion of the city.

The mesh, wireless broadband Internet access network includes consumer and business solutions and a municipal public safety network for use by city agencies. Once fully built out, AT&T claims that the Metro Wi-Fi in Riverside will be the nation’s largest Wi-Fi deployment for both municipal and public use.

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