Nortel, Camiant powering multimedia services for Kabel BW
Nortel – a partner of Camiant – has been chosen by Kabel BW, a cable operator in Germany with more than 2.3 million subscribers, for the upgrade of its cable network to support next-gen VoIP and multimedia services.
Camiant’s PacketCable multimedia policy server and Nortel’s CS 2000 IP multimedia softswitch enable Kabel BW to offer its subscribers high-quality multimedia offerings. And the Nortel consumer voice and multimedia solution will enable Kabel BW to supplement traditional voice services with video telephony, interactive gaming and multimedia messaging applications, the company said.
"More and more consumers are using multimedia applications," said Helmut Oehl, chief architect for EMEA at Nortel. "This means that network operators such as Kabel BW need an infrastructure that can support these bandwidth-intensive services. The consumer voice and multimedia solution that we offer, in conjunction with partner Camiant, helps Kabel BW optimize its existing network so it can launch new multimedia services and build market share."
Kabel BW is upgrading its network to conform to the Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) and PacketCable Multimedia (PCMM) standard.
"The Session Initiated Protocol, which has replaced the NCS protocol at Kabel BW, is the basis for voice and multimedia communication without time or location constraints," said Randy Fuller, vice president of business development for Camiant. “Forward-looking network operators such as Kabel BW are using this technology today so that they can proactively safeguard and grow their multimedia business in the future."
PCMM, which replaces the Network Call Signalling (NCS) protocol in cable networks, is based on IP technology and makes high-quality bandwidth management for multimedia services possible. The standard facilitates multimedia services such as IP telephony, multimedia conferences and interactive gaming.
Combined with the Adaptive Application Engine SIP software, the Nortel CS 2000 enables consumers to add phone lines in the house or enhance their phone line with multimedia applications, such as video telephony, multi-party conferencing, collaboration and media-sharing features.
In other Kabel BW news, gear and technology from Harmonic and eventIS will be used by the operator for its video-on-demand commercial trial, which will be launched later this year (story here). And the op will use NDS’ MediaHighway middleware, XTV integrated DVR technology and VOD solution for the introduction of new entertainment services (story here).