Broadband Briefs for 08/20/09
• Moto, NEC to supply KDDI’s LTE network
By Brian Santo
KDDI is going to use LTE (Long Term Evolution) equipment from both Motorola and NEC to build its 4G network in Japan. KDDI intends to offer commercial LTE services by December 2012, following a series of trials scheduled to begin in coming months.
Motorola will supply base stations and radio access network (RAN) equipment. NEC will also provide base stations.
"We are honored to be selected by our long-time customer KDDI to team with them in developing an innovative solution for their networking needs," said Bruce Brda, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola Wireless Networks. "Motorola is committed to bringing LTE to the market and delivering flexible solutions that help customers like KDDI accelerate the delivery of next-generation wireless access services in the most cost-effective manner possible."
• Mont.: Qwest asked to reconsider Internet grant
By The Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Public Service Commission leaders are asking Qwest to take another look at a federal grant aimed at bringing broadband Internet to underserved areas like rural Montana.
PSC Vice Chairman Ken Toole says a new $4 billion federal grant could help bring high-speed Internet to small towns. He said it's a missed opportunity for Qwest.
Chairman Greg Jergeson says the phone giant should reconsider a decision to pass on the grant. He says broadband is needed in rural homes, schools and businesses.
The PSC regulates utilities in the state.
• Envivio adds new HD codec to Encoder
By Mike Robuck
Envivio will be showing its new 4Caster C4 HD Encoder/Transcoder at the IBC show in Amsterdam next month.
By increasing measurable video quality by as much as 35 percent over previous generations and substantially reducing HD bit rate requirements below 6 Mbps, Envivio said the 4Caster C4 HD offers significant practical advantages to telcos, IPTV service providers and broadcasters.
Telco and IPTV service providers can use the increased quality at very low bit rates to deliver HD service across greater distances on DSL networks, thereby reducing the cost to upgrade their networks while delivering service to more subscribers.
Broadcasters can use the 4Caster C4 HD to optimize the usage of their fixed bandwidth capacity, taking advantage of the lower bit rate requirements to add more channels to their offering or to increase the apparent quality of their existing channels. The push to lower bit rates is also the precursor for enabling true HD resolution Internet TV services.