Transverse supporting Spectrum Five’s nationwide DBS launch

Thu, 10/02/2008 - 8:15am
Traci Patterson

Transverse has been selected by Spectrum Five to support the company’s launch of nationwide Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) services, including direct-to-home TV, rear-seat video and backhaul to cell tower services. 

The FCC has authorized Spectrum Five to operate 500 MHz of spectrum in the “Ku” DBS band from a new orbital position over the center of the U.S. And Transverse will deploy its “blee” Operational Support System (OSS) solution to power the retail and wholesale operations of Spectrum Five, the company said.

Spectrum Five's first satellite will provide a national broadcast beam and will concentrate additional bandwidth to more than 50 percent of the population by placing spot beams on the top-20 U.S. cities.

According to Washington, D.C.-based Spectrum Five, its DBS satellite slot at 114.5 WL is the first true, full CONUS (U.S. footprint) DBS satellite network authorized by the U.S. in more than a decade.

“Consumers are demanding greater high-definition broadcast content, both in and outside of the home,” said David Wilson, CEO of Spectrum Five. “Spectrum Five’s first slot in operation at 114.5° West Longitude provides 100 Mbps to the vehicle and 400 Mbps to the home. The Transverse team was selected because of their expertise in back office solutions, as well as the flexibility of blee, their open source platform. We believe they are the right partner to maximize the capabilities of our network.” 

Transverse is an Austin, Texas-based provider of business solutions that allow companies operating in saturated markets to find and support new business models and revenue streams. The company said that its blee OSS product suite uses an open source business model and Java, SOA and Web service technologies to create greater business agility, break down legacy cost paradigms and end vendor lock-in.

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