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Broadband Briefs for 3/27/08

Thu, 03/27/2008 - 8:25am
CED Staff

Dish offers local HD networks to 4 more markets
By Traci Patterson

Dish Network will begin broadcasting local networks in high-definition (HD) in four new markets: Austin, Texas; Flint, Mich.; and Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dish Network now offers local HD programming in 39 markets, reaching more than 54 percent of U.S. TV households with local HD channels.

"We announced earlier this year that we would reach our goal of 100 local HD markets and 100 national HD channels by the end of 2008, and over the next two months we will continue toward this goal by increasing our local HD offerings by more than 60 percent," said Eric Sahl, SVP of programming for Dish Network. "We understand that our customers watch some of their favorite TV programming through their local networks, and by adding these markets we are again demonstrating our continued commitment to enhance how our customers watch TV."

YouTube adds tools to help advertisers track viewership
By Mike Robuck

Google-owned YouTube said in a blog posting yesterday that it is offering free tools that are designed to help contributors of videos and potential advertisers learn more about the viewers who are watching YouTube videos.

The tools, which were launched today, are called YouTube Insight, and they provide additional viewer data - such as the time of day when the videos were viewed and from what country or state - than previous YouTube tracking statistics.

In the blog posting, YouTube said: "Whether a YouTube video has 10 views or 10 million, people always want to know the same thing: Who's watching this? Where do viewers come from? How did they find my video?"

Alcatel-Lucent enhances IP/MPLS service routing platform
By Traci Patterson

Alcatel-Lucent has added the 7750 Service Router (SR) and the 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS) to its IP/MPLS service routing portfolio.

The new additions - which will be available in Q3 - deliver Terabit performance, providing the bandwidth, scale and service awareness required to support offerings such as IPTV, WebTV, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and 3G/4G mobile.

The enhancements make use of Alcatel-Lucent's new FP2 chipset (for network processing and traffic management) and address three fundamental service provider requirements for IP network transformation: more speed, more services and more availability.

Motorola unveils new IP-BSC-DO
By Traci Patterson

Motorola has announced the availability of its new IP-BSC-DO, a scalable EV-DO Base Site Controller (BSC) platform that enables CDMA operators to upgrade the DO broadband data capacity.

The IP-BSC-DO provides 12 times the site capacity and IP data session capacity, compared with the first-generation DO BSC, while using less floorspace, Motorola said. It offers a higher-bandwidth platform that supports existing operators' high-speed data applications, as well as advanced data applications such as VoIP, video telephony and multimedia push-to-X services.

The product is expected to be available for commercial shipment in Q2.

Ceragon unveils FibeAir IP-10 line of wireless Ethernet platforms
By Traci Patterson

Ceragon Networks has launched its FibeAir IP-10 family of carrier-grade wireless Ethernet platforms, which combine advanced IP and TDM networking to enable risk-free migration with high capacity.

The new line features an integrated Ethernet switch, optional stackable radios with TDM cross-connect for nodal site applications, advanced service management and Operation Administration and Maintenance (OAM) tools.

FibeAir IP-10 offers a capacity range of 10Mbps to 500Mbps over one radio carrier, using a single RF unit, across the entire licensed frequency spectrum - from 6GHz to 38GHz, the company said. The solution helps to reduce CAPEX and OPEX and improve overall network availability and reliability in order to support advanced services with stringent Service Level Agreement (SLA).

More Broadband Direct:

• Comcast, BitTorrent join hands on P2P 

• NCTA's Dietz comments on Verizon's FCC petition 

• NCTA announces keynote speakers, sessions for Cable Show '08 

• Cox launches music service to Va. broadband subs 

• Verizon Business using Juniper's J-series services router

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