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Broadband Briefs for 10/27/08

Mon, 10/27/2008 - 8:00am

UTStarcom joins Open IPTV Forum
By Brian Santo

UTStarcom is now a member of the Open IPTV Forum, an industry organization that acts as a clearing house for standards-based IPTV specifications.

UTStarcom will work with other companies within the organization to accelerate the development and adoption of Forum specifications.

As of June 2008, UTStarcom's RollingStream end-to-end IPTV system supported more than 956,000 live IPTV subscribers globally, and it maintains a total system capacity of more than 2.5 million subscribers as a result of recent successful deployments in China with China Unicom (formerly China Netcom) and China Telecom; in India with Bharti Airtel, BSNL/Aksh, MTNL/Aksh and United Telecoms Limited; in Sri Lanka with SLT; in Japan with Softbank; in Latin America with Brasil Telecom; and in Taiwan with Markwell.

Cedar Point’s Safari in Brazil
By Brian Santo

Videomar (Net Fortaleza), a Brazilian provider of paid television, has deployed Cedar Point’s Safari C³ Multimedia Switching System to add VoIP to create a triple-play offer. The deployment with Videomar represents the shipment of Cedar Point’s 50th switch into the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) market.

Cedar Point also recently announced product certification on its Safari C³ from Anatel, also based in Brazil.

Videomar delivers video to 40,000 subscribers, and high-speed data to 24,000 subscribers, in Brazil. By adding VoIP, Cedar Point said, Videomar will be among the first triple-play providers in Brazil.

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• Broadband Briefs for 10/27/08

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