Broadband Briefs for 09/03/09
• Clearwire to adopt WiChorus platform
By Brian Santo
Clearwire is going to deploy WiChorus’ SmartCore in its network. The WiChorus Smart 4G Packet Core solution enables operators to offer a uniform and comprehensive layer of services on access networks.
SmartCore provides a key interface to millions of constantly moving mobile devices with their multiple service flows to the IP world, managing security, dynamic services, seamless mobility, paging, location tracking and dynamic charging, the company said.
Rehan Jalil, president and CEO of WiChorus, said, "The business model of mobile broadband is faced with the exponential growth of off-portal Internet traffic, and SmartCore provides the unmatched performance and smarts needed to optimize the network and monetize content, improving the mobile broadband business model."
• Ciena posts Q3 loss as sales slide
By The Associated Press
LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) – Ciena Corp. posted a third-quarter loss Thursday as sales slid, but the results still beat Wall Street forecasts.
In the three months ended July 31, the telecommunications and network equipment company lost $26.5 million, or 29 cents per share, versus a profit of $11.7 million, or 12 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding unusual items, Ciena said its loss came to $4.8 million, or 5 cents per share. On that basis, analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected a loss of 13 cents per share.
Sales fell 35 percent to $164.8 million from $253.2 million a year ago. On average, analysts were looking for sales of $152.6 million.
Looking ahead, the company said it expects about the same in sales during the fourth quarter. Analysts were expecting slightly less at $163.8 million.
• JDSU tools support Mediaroom IPTV
By Brian Santo
JDSU has expanded its suite of tests optimized to support IPTV systems based on Microsoft’s Mediaroom platform. The JDSU solution now also includes the NetComplete Home Performance Monitoring (PM), which gives operators full performance management visibility from a central location into the actual experience of broadband, voice, video/IPTV and VOD services in a home environment, the company said.
Service providers can use the JDSU tools to pinpoint, isolate and resolve issues that might impact service quality of experience (QoE) for consumers.
"JDSU test solutions are a natural fit for the Microsoft Mediaroom platform," said Dan McCrary, director of partners and business development for Microsoft. "JDSU's ability to give an in-depth, end-to-end view of service performance all the way into the home will help ensure the quality of Mediaroom's multi-featured IPTV functions and services."
• LG steps toward souped-up HDTVs
By Brian Santo
Broadcom said LG Electronics will be using its BCM3556 DTV system-on-a-chip (SoC) for its new line of DVB-based HDTVs (the chip also supports the PAL and SECAM standards). The chip includes a distinctive feature set that enables interesting new capabilities for navigation guides that would aggregate for viewers content from different sources.
The BCM3556 includes an integrated Ethernet media access controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) device that enables the chip to connect with multiple home networking devices, such as media servers, PCs, MP3 and portable media players. As a result, users can share and stream music, photos and movie content to and from connected TVs, Broadcom said.
The Broadcom SoC also integrates both an MIPS dual core processor and a 3-D graphics core. The former provides viewers with a user interface to content from either traditional broadcast sources, as well as from personal or Internet content, while the latter can serve as the basis for a graphical user interface (GUI) that would enable viewers to flip, rotate, move or manipulate images. That same 3-D capability gives manufacturers the opportunity to create specialized user interfaces, Broadcom said.
The BCM3556 includes multi-format picture decoding to support high-definition AVC, H.264, VC-1, AVS and MPEG streams. By supporting H.264, the BCM3556 solution enables users to view multimedia and HD content with improved picture quality at lower bandwidth when accessing content from other consumer devices in the home network. Support of H.264 provides access to H.264 broadcast content without the need for an additional decoder within the digital TV.
• Level 3 bows advanced reporting service for CDN customers
By Mike Robuck
Level 3 Communications today announced the launch of its Level 3 Content Analytics service, which is a new reporting platform for content delivery network (CDN) customers.
Level 3 said the new service provides insight into traffic delivery patterns and Web site audiences. Content Analytics, a component of the Level 3 Media Portal, reports on the assets a Web site’s audience is using, how they found the site and their geographic location. The service protects the privacy of the online audience, with no personally identifiable information being reported.
Level 3’s Content Analytics service tracks up to 100,000 URLs per CDN caching property. It can be configured to work with customers’ own content library structure and content publication workflow, giving access to data that would otherwise be difficult to capture.