Broadband Briefs for 03/25/09
• Comcast seated on WiMAX Forum board
By Brian Santo
The board of the WiMAX Forum added four new members, representing Comcast, Clearwire, Huawei and Taiwan’s ITRI.
The individuals are Ali Tabassi, senior vice president of global ecosystem and standards for Clearwire; Dave Williams, senior vice president of wireless technology at Comcast Cable; Thomas Lee, vice director of industry standards department for Huawei Technologies; and Bao-Shuh Paul Lin, vice president and general director of the Information and Communications Research Laboratories at Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
Other members of the WiMAX Forum board include representatives of Airspan Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, British Telecom, Fujitsu, Intel, KDDI, KT, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Samsung, Sprint and ZTE.
• Dzuban, Werner added to SCTE Foundation’s board
By Traci Patterson
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation has added Mark Dzuban, the new president and CEO of the SCTE, and Tony Werner, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast Cable, to the Foundation’s board of directors.
The SCTE’s board of directors designated Dzuban as a member of the SCTE Foundation’s board, which also elected Dzuban to the office of Foundation vice president. The Foundation’s board now comprises 11 members. In addition to Dzuban, Werner and Keith Hayes, who is president of the board, the other members are Greg Allshouse, Mike Phebus, Chris Bowick, Bob Gold, Tom Gorman, Jim Hughes, Mike LaJoie and Ken Wright.
The SCTE Foundation also announced that it has received a $50,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation.
• SecureMedia, GoBackTV ink customer win
By Mike Robuck
SecureMedia and GoBackTV announced yesterday that they have chalked up a customer win with H & B Communications. H & B, a triple-play provider in Kansas, is using the two companies’ “Secure IPTV over Cable” platform. The platform couples SecureMedia's Encryptonite One system conditional access/digital rights management (CA/DRM) technology with GoBackTV's RetroVue system to enable cable operators to provide subscribers with their own personal television channels.
With the platform, H & B Communications can offer its subscribers an expanded digital channel lineup, as well as IP stream-based personal TV applications, including services that are similar to Time Warner Cable’s Start Over and Look Back services, time shifting, video-on-demand and network PVR.
GoBackTV’s RetroVue system comprises a high-density edgeQAM, a high-ingestion-rate video server, an ASI-to-Gigabit Ethernet IP streamer, HTML-based middleware and a CMTS bypass solution for IPTV over cable.
• ADB tops 1.5 million mark for shipped IPTV STBs
By Mike Robuck
Geneva, Switzerland-based Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) said today that it has shipped more than 1.5 million of its IPTV set-top boxes.
ADB said the number of boxes shipped made it one of the top IPTV suppliers in the world.
ADB is demonstrating its line of IPTV set-top boxes at this week’s IPTV World Forum 2009 in London.