Broadband Briefs for 10/28/09
• CommScope goes Nano
By Traci Patterson
With the growing demand for DOCSIS 3.0 high-speed data services, high-definition television programming and a requirement to reduce size and costs, many cable operators desire amplification in a Nano-compact housing. To help meet this demand, CommScope has introduced a new Nano amplifier to its Signal Vision line of subscriber drop products.
The Signal Vision Nano amplifier is the smallest of its kind in the industry, the company claims, allowing for ease of installation in the most constrained locations, as well as in compact network interface device (NID) boxes.
With 15 dB of gain in the forward path and a passive reverse path, the amplifier supports the technologies needed to drive today’s high-speed voice, video and data networks. Designed in a Nano-compact, aluminum-plated housing with brass F Ports, it meets all SCTE requirements, as well as the harsh demands of an outside plant environment.
“These advances to our Signal Vision product portfolio have made it possible for us to offer a reduced-size amplifier to improve ease of installation without sacrificing performance,” said Neil Phillips, vice president of Signal Vision.
• Drake intros SD encoding platform
By Traci Patterson
Drake has introduced the Drake Digital EH24 Encoder solution, a high-performance, real-time MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standard-definition encoding platform that enables content providers to deliver the best-possible SD-quality video services while conserving bandwidth.
The Drake Digital EH24 system can encode up to 12 analog video inputs when fully populated with six SDE24 encoder modules, each of which is capable of digitizing two analog video inputs in MPEG-2, or one in MPEG-4. Additionally, the platform contains a transport stream multiplexer capable of multiplexing from two to 12 digital programs into a multiple program transport stream, which is then directed to an integrated QAM modulator to output the streams over the network.
“Drake’s EH24 can be used to encode analog video in a variety of applications, from traditional cable systems and MDUs to schools, stadiums and other commercial environments – even naval vessels. Anywhere the network operator has video from a camera or other analog source, the EH24 cost-effectively enables digital transmission over their network,” said Jeff Huppertz, president and CEO of Drake.
The scalable system features six bays fitting any combination of SDE24 modules, all within in a two-rack unit (RU) chassis. Each SDE24 module incorporates a full-resolution, standard-definition, AVC-capable MPEG video encoder, which can be configured from a low encoding bit rate of 250 Kbps up to 8 Mbps.
• Sandvine handles consumption
By Traci Patterson
Sandvine has released Usage Management 2.5, a software solution that enables fixed-line network operators to implement consumption-based billing models, real-time subscriber communications and multiple service plan tiers.
Usage Management 2.5 features include: flexible, real-time policy control based on a targeted service plan definition; tools that empower subscribers to better understand and adjust their service plans or top-up their quota; QoE-sensitive policies that help differentiate service plans; configurable billing periods and subscriber advice-of-usage communications; and detailed network business intelligence reports that outline usage and application trends and help develop personalized service plans.
• BigBand ships 600,000th edge QAM
By CED staff
BigBand Networks has shipped more than 600,000 edge QAMs to more than 60 service providers worldwide.
BigBand is also expanding its universal edge QAM platform with the addition of its new double-density BEQ6200 8:1 QAM, which will be available in the next three months.
BigBand’s new BEQ6200 is designed to enable service providers to double capacity for advanced video and data services when rack space is at a premium. It features 96 QAMs in the same 1.5-rack unit form factor as the BEQ6000 QAM.