Broadband Briefs for 03/24/10

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 8:00am

ADB nabs IPTV World Series Award
By Mike Robuck

Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) snagged an award at the IPTV World Series Award 2010. ADB won the Best Interactive TV Service/Application for its three-way hybrid digital TV platform, which was the basis of a new service launched last fall by Polish ITI Neovision-owned digital satellite operator “n.”

“The platform that ADB provided for ‘n’ sets a new benchmark in the provision of hybrid digital TV services – offering subscribers a new consumer TV experience that combines content from both traditional broadcast and broadband networks with advanced interactive services,” said François Pogodalla, CEO of Advanced Digital Broadcast.

ADB said the “n” offering combined Poland’s largest channel line-up, delivered by multiple networks, including terrestrial, satellite and IP, with advanced interactive services, intuitive navigation and program guide. By using ADB’s HD set-top boxes, subscribers can access over-the-top Internet videos, online games, and access to a variety of Internet portals. Subscribers can also share digital photos with fellow “n” subscribers, and remotely schedule recordings.

Verizon picks Camiant’s policy control for LTE network
By Mike Robuck

Camiant,, a provider of policy control technology, today announced that Verizon Wireless has picked its Multimedia Policy Engine (MPE) as the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) for Verizon Wireless' nationwide deployment of a 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Camiant said its MPE will perform policy control in the LTE network for Internet Data-, IMS- and non-IMS-based services.  In addition, Camiant's MPE will also be the PCRF for all IMS based services over the existing 3G network.    

Verizon Wireless has been conducting trials in Boston and Seattle since August 2009 that have indicated that the network is capable of peak download speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second (Mbps), peak upload speeds of 20 to 25 Mbps, and average data rates of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world environments.

The announcement was made at the CTIA Wireless trade show, which opened yesterday in Las Vegas.

Swisscom, Changzhi TV deploy gear from Harmonic
By Mike Robuck

At the IPTV World Forum, Harmonic announced today that Swisscom, Switzerland's leading telecom provider, has selected its ProStream 4000 real-time multi-screen transcoder to power Swisscom's new WebTV and MobileTV service.

Harmonic said Swisscom’s new service encompasses more than 30 channels delivered in multiple formats for viewing on a wide variety of devices.

The ProStream 4000 is a component of Harmonic's MediaPrism Convergence Suite for multi-screen video delivery, and makes it possible for Swisscom to transcode both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) broadcast video content to mobile and Internet formats.

Harmonic also said that Chinese cable operator Changzhi TV, a subsidiary of Changzhi Municipal Radio, Film & TV Bureau in China, has deployed a wide range of its video processing and on-demand offerings to power new digital TV and time-shifted video on demand (VOD) services.

Changzhi TV, located in Shanxi province, launched its new services in December, and is an existing customer of Harmonic's HFC access solutions.

"Harmonic's advanced digital video solutions for both real-time and on-demand services offered excellent performance and value," said Liang Zhengguo, Vice President of Changzhi TV. "With this reliable, high quality video delivery network now in place, we can offer additional interactive services to our subscribers, enhancing their TV viewing experience while generating incremental revenue."

Verizon landline unit to sell debt before spinoff
By The Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — New Communications Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Verizon Communications Inc. formed as part of a plan to sell its landline operations in 14 states, plans to sell two series of senior notes in a private placement.

Announcement of the notes sale was made Wednesday by Frontier Communications, which reached a deal to buy the landline business from Verizon last May. The companies expect New Communications Holdings to be spun off from Verizon and then immediately combined with Frontier. Frontier's purchase of the businesses is working its way through regulatory approvals.

The New Communications Holdings debt sale is intended to fund a portion of a special cash payment the unit will make to Verizon in connection with the complicated deal. The gross proceeds of the offering will be deposited into an escrow account until the spinoff and sale takes place.

New Communications will sell a series of senior notes due 2017 and a second series of notes due 2020.

In morning trading, Frontier shares fell 4 cents to $7.46. Verizon shares slipped 36 cents to $30.62.

More Broadband Direct 3/24/10:
•  Cablevision pairs up with RealD for 3D broadcast
•  FCC Chairman to make Cable Show appearance 
•  Comcast offers free look at Showtime in VOD
•  CTIA: Cell execs say more steps needed to meet demand
•  Broadband Briefs for 03/24/10



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