Broadband Briefs for 10/13/09
• Ooh la la: Ooyala scores $10M in funding
By Traci Patterson
Ooyala, a provider of end-to-end video platform applications and services, has closed a $10 million series C funding round. New investor Rembrandt Venture Partners led the funding, with current investors, including Sierra Ventures, participating in the round.
"Video is the fastest-growing technology segment, and is the next 'killer app.' Ooyala's intelligent video platform is accelerating the convergence of traditional media and the Web. Media and non-media companies alike are gaining a better understanding of their viewers and are better able to target both key messages and advertising – using the most advanced analytics processing engine in the industry," said Jay Fulcher, president and CEO of Ooyala. "With this round of funding, we will be focused on aggressively growing market share and continuing to build industry-leading products."
As part of the investment, In Sik Rhee, general partner at Rembrandt, will be joining the Ooyala board of directors. With this round, Ooyala has raised a total of $20 million.
• Clearfield scores win in Wis. with SVTEL
By Traci Patterson
Spring Valley Telephone (SVTEL), a telecom provider in west-central Wisconsin, has selected Clearfield’s FieldSmart fiber management platform for its new fiber-to-the-home deployment.
SVTEL plant manager Steve Marek said: “We want to address any and all bandwidth requirements our customers currently have and will have in the future. It’s important that we have a competitive advantage with our triple-play offering of Internet, video and telephone.” And Clearfield’s solution allows for increased landline business, Marek continued: “Our intention is to regain customers that have given up their landlines and opted for cell phones. The triple-play option will bring them back.”
Core to SVTEL’s decision to use Clearfield, the company said, was the ability to lower the operational costs of their deployment and life-long management of their network.
“We were drawn to Clearfield’s Clearview Cassette and its patch and splice design,” Marek said. “Because splicing is an integrated function within the Clearview Cassette, we were able to eliminate the use of fiber entrance cabinets in the central office. This saved us money – and space – which is huge. There’s a lot of efficiency and cost savings associated with this design.”
• Flash improves wireless bandwidth management
By Brian Santo
Mobile Internet specialist Flash Networks has upgraded its policy-based data optimization system to more efficiently manage video content.
The Harmony Video Optimization solution enables operators to optimize video traffic based on various parameters, including date and time, network congestion and subscriber information.
Flash Networks’ installed base of mobile carriers includes O2, Orange, SingTel Group, T-Mobile, Telefónica, Telenor, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Wind.
• Huawei, Aircom integrate management tools
By Brian Santo
Huawei and Aircom International said they are working together to make sure their networking products will be entirely interoperable from an OSS (operation support systems) point of view.
The two are integrating Aircom’s network planning tools – Optima and Datasafe – with Huawei’s iManager M2000 management system, which provides centralized management to Huawei’s wireless technologies, which include GSM, UMTS, CDMA, WiMAX and Long Term Evolution.