Broadband Briefs for 03/22/10

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 8:00am

Aurora focuses on China
By Brian Santo

Aurora Networks will be at the China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) convention starting tomorrow in Beijing, demonstrating its solutions for China’s cable operators, including its Fiber Deep, RFoG/RFPON, Vhub technology for headend consolidation and digital return, among other products.

In conjunction with its work at CCBN, Aurora Networks is launching a new Web site for customers in China, at:

The Web site will support Aurora Networks’ growing efforts in China.  Last year, the company opened an office in Shanghai.  In addition, Aurora Networks partnered with Faithpower, Ltd., a distributor that is supporting the company with product line deployments, field service and other support capabilities.

MPEG Forum plans NAB class on 3D, QoS
By Brian Santo

The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) will present its latest Master Class at NAB 2010.
The class will be focused around two areas, 3DTV and quality of experience.

“It is absolutely crystal clear that 3D is having a major impact on our industry, and it will be very interesting to see how, in this context, content consumption will evolve over the next few years.” said Sebastian Moeritz, president of MPEGIF and CEO at dicas. “One thing is for sure – international open standards such as MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, with its Multiview Coding (MVC) amendment and its Stereo High Profile, will ensure an extraordinary and amazing viewing experience.”

“3D seems to be following in the footsteps of HD and Surround Sound in transitioning from the big screen to smaller screens at home”, said David Price, vice president of MPEGIF and Vice President at Harmonic. “At the same time as new viewing experiences are becoming possible measurement of both visual and audio quality is becoming increasingly important. The Master Class at NAB is going to thoroughly address both these topics and provide insights from executives at service providers, content owners and leading technologists”.

The class, “New Dimensions for Digital Television”, will be held April 14th in the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

Speakers and panellists include:

  • Bob Clyne  – vice president engineering and technology, Cablevision Systems
  • Clyde Smith – senior vice president global broadcast technology and standards, Turner Broadcasting System
  • Ted Szypulski – senior director, technology research and standards, ESPN / Chair, SMPTE Working Group on 3D Home Master
  • Sebastian Moeritz - president, MPEGIF / CEO, dicas
  • David Price – vice president, MPEGIF/ vice president, Harmonic
  • Sean McCarthy – fellow of the technical staff, Motorola / MPEGIF Board Member
  • Roderick Snell – president, Snell Group
  • Yuval Fisher – CTO, RGB Networks
  • Dr. William Cooper – founder and CEO Informitv
  • Juan Reyes – CTO, BluFocus
  • Robin Wilson - VP business development, Nagravision
  • Myra Moore – president, Digital Tech Consulting Inc.

Backhaul provider using Exfo T&M gear
By Brian Santo

Exfo said its Brix solution was selected by one of the top-tier service providers in the Americas to ensure the quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) of its mobile backhaul services.

The company declined to identify the service provider. This carrier is using the BrixNGN carrier Ethernet test suite, along with the carrier Ethernet operation report package and numerous Brix 3000 Verifiers.

These leading-edge service assurance tools ensure that all service-level agreements (SLAs)/key performance indicators (KPIs) are met and that all potential service degradations are proactively detected and fixed before customer QoS is affected.

More Broadband Direct 3/22/10:
•  CED Blog: This ain’t competition
•  AT&T launches U-verse in Mediacom's turf
•  Hillcrest Labs launches new Web browser for TVs; Hulu not playing?
•  Comcast spent $3.5 million lobbying in 4th quarter 
•  ADB, Mariner integrate on monitoring 
•  Set-top market set to proceed at healthy clip
•  SureWest picks Entiera for targeting advertising database
•  IneoQuest supports new SCTE availability standard 
•  Broadband Briefs for 03/22/10




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