Broadband Briefs for 7/21/08
• AT&T to roll U-verse into South Florida
By Mike Robuck
AT&T said today that it would debut its U-verse broadband and video services in parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida later this month.
The AT&T U-verse services will be launched in Palm Beach County on July 28, with the services becoming available to more customers in South Florida “on an ongoing basis.”
AT&T has already launched its IPTV-based U-verse services in some parts of Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
• Dish adds HD locals in 2 Texas cities
By Traci Patterson
Dish Network has added high-definition (HD) local channels in Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. Dish now offers local channels in 66 markets, reaching more than 69 percent of U.S. TV households.
Earlier this year, the satellite provider announced plans to enhance its HD programming lineup and said that it expected to surpass 100 national HD channels before year’s end. But in mid-July, Dish surpassed its stated goal with the addition of 17 national channels (story here). Most of the new channels are variants on HBO and Starz, but Dish said the 17 channels allow it to surpass its goal of reaching 100 HD channels five months ahead of schedule.
In order to view HD programming, Dish customers can upgrade to a dishHD receiver, such as the ViP722 – a dual-tuner HD digital video recorder (DVR) that operates two TVs in separate rooms, one in HD and one in standard-definition (SD). The ViP722 can record up to 55 hours of HD content and up to 350 hours of SD content, and it allows customers to pause, rewind and fast-forward live TV programming.
• Incognito’s platform chosen by Brazilian op
By Traci Patterson
Incognito Software’s Broadband Command Center has been deployed by Brazil’s Net Serviços, Latin America’s largest cable operator, to automate the provisioning of its data services.
Net Serviços was looking for a flexible provisioning solution that communicates with operational and business systems, Incognito said, so the Broadband Command Center’s reliability and strong LDAP communication, as well as the ability for ongoing customization, made it an ideal solution.
“Incognito tailored the Broadband Command Center software to read from our LDAP database in real time,” said Marcelo Parraga, infrastructure director for Net Serviços. “Incognito delivered on time and on budget. The migration went smoothly and without any service disruptions to our customers.”
• UTStarcom does IPTV ads for China Telecom unit
By Brian Santo
China Telecom subsidiary Guangxi Telecom has chosen UTStarcom's RollingStream IPTV platform to deploy a new interactive advertising system that will serve business customers in 14 cities.
UTStarcom will provide Guangxi Telecom with 3,600 concurrent IPTV streams for the initial deployment. In the first phase, set-top boxes will be deployed in supermarkets, department stores, office buildings and in Guangxi Telecom's facilities in Nanning, Liuzhou, Guiling, Qinzhou, Guigang, Wuzhou, Beihai and Baise.
UTStarcom claims its RollingStream IPTV system currently supports more than 850,000 live IPTV subscribers globally, serving China Netcom and China Telecom in China; Bharti Airtel, MTNL/Aksh and United Telecoms in India; SLT in Sri Lanka; Softbank in Japan; Brasil Telecom in Brazil; and Markwell in Taiwan.
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