Broadband Briefs for 4/14/08

Mon, 04/14/2008 - 8:36am
CED staff

* DirecTV uses Moto MPEG-4 encoders for local content
By Brian Santo

DirecTV will use multiplexing and MPEG-4 video compression technology from Motorola to pick up and distribute local TV channels in several U.S. markets.

Motorola encoders pull terrestrial signals from local TV stations in seven cities and convert them to MPEG-4 before sending them on to a Motorola multiplexer in DirecTV's Broadcast Center. There, signals from various encoders are packaged and broadcast via satellite to DirecTV customers.

“We chose the Motorola MPEG-4 encoder for its flexible inputs and muxing capability,” said Hanno Basse, DirecTV’s VP of broadcast systems engineering.

* Exfo tester handles 10 Gbps Fibre Channel
By Brian Santo

Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering’s Power Blazer multiservice test modules are now able to test Fibre Channel.

The FTB-8120NGE and FTB-8130NGE modules now offer optional support for 1x, 2x, 4x and 10x Fibre Channel rates, covering Fibre Channel rates of up to 10 Gbps.

The two test modules also cover SONET/SDH/OTN, next-generation SONET/SDH and Ethernet testing capabilities of up to 10/10.7 Gbit/s.

* Adtran adds voice quality monitoring capability to AOS
By Traci Patterson

Adtran has announced the availability of Voice Quality Monitoring (VQM) as part of the Adtran Operating System (AOS).

Products that will support VQM include NetVanta Routers, NetVanta IP Business Gateways and Total Access 900 Series IP Business Gateways.

The VQM suite allows network administrators or carriers to examine the data stream and identify problems via a graphic interface. It also allows network administrators to view both active and historical VoIP call statistics and to examine areas with less than optimal call quality with the click of a mouse.

VQM is currently available as part of the AOS at no additional charge.

More Broadband Direct:

• Verizon cleared of violating privacy – for now 

• RGB Networks snags $20M in funding 

• SES Americom certifies Harmonic’s compression encoders 

• MobiTV unveils upgraded Optimized Delivery Server 

• Signiant aggregating online video for Hulu 

• Blockbuster offers $1B+ to takeover Circuit City 

• Broadband Briefs for 4/14/08


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