Broadband Briefs for 05/11/10

Tue, 05/11/2010 - 8:00am

Zodiac connects STBs, mobile Internet devices
By Mike Robuck

Zodiac Interactive has unveiled its PowerUp Advanced Messaging Solution (AMS), which was designed to connect set-top boxes with mobile Internet devices.

Zodiac said PowerUp AMS is the first server-based offering to deliver multi-screen, bi-directional connectivity between set-top boxes and mobile Internet devices.

PowerUp AMS provides a non-intrusive and non-disruptive means through which cable operators and service providers can unify Web and mobile-based messaging services with legacy and next-generation STB technologies.

OpenTV debuts beta version of VOD campaign management
By Mike Robuck

OpenTV announced the beta availability of its new campaign management platform that enables addressable advertising in on-demand viewing.

Scheduled for beta release in June, EclipsePlus/xG OnDemand supports the back office requirements to monetize dynamic VOD inventory such as short-form (pre-, mid- and post-roll) and long-form (showcase) advertising.

In addition, OpenTV said the SCTE 130-based platform allows for the sophisticated management of copy versions and audience segmentation to provide more relevant, audience-specific advertising to viewers.

Sunrise analyzes QAMs remotely
By Brian Santo

Sunrise Telecom has enhanced its AT2500 Spectrum/QAM Analyzer with an embedded remote access feature, enabling cable operators to check system conditions at remote headends and hubs using any Web-enabled access device.

The new AT2500 WebRemote allows a single technician to diagnose return path issues such as group delay, distortion and amplifier alignment. This same option also enables an operator to remotely identify and troubleshoot the causes of both upstream and downstream issues in remote areas or during off hours, eliminating the need to dispatch technicians on-site to access the test set.

"The AT2500 Spectrum/QAM Analyzer, a precision analyzer with an industry-best 65dBmV of sensitivity, detects and captures extremely low-level RF impairment, which are invisible to most field spectrum analyzers,” said Bahaa Moukadam, CEO of Sunrise Telecom.

IBBS delivers Google Apps to cable ops
By Mike Robuck

Integrated Broadband Services (IBBS) today announced that it’s offering privately branded, customized Google Apps to its customer base of ISPs and cable operators.

The Google Apps include Gmail service, Google Docs, Google Calendar service and mobile sync.

Through its ISP Service portfolio, IBBS provides various products to hundreds of broadband providers and leverages its scale to cost-effectively provide these offerings to their subscribers.

Anda, TVC partner for carrier Ethernet, biz services
By CED staff

Anda Networks has entered into a distribution partnership with TVC Communications. TVC will deploy Anda’s carrier Ethernet solutions for business services and backhaul capabilities, providing cable operators with end-to-end network visibility.

With Anda’s solutions, operators can monitor and troubleshoot traffic flows within typical VLAN-defined classes of service based on source/destination or IP addresses. The new partnership increases Anda’s presence and expands its footprint in the cable market worldwide.

Anda’s EtherReach network termination equipment and EtherEdge aggregation solutions are now available via TVC to help cable ops offer business services and mobile backhaul transport over their networks with service-level agreements (SLAs), allowing operators to generate new revenue by delivering Ethernet private lines, transparent LAN services, managed VPNs, and bundled voice, video and data transport services.

Edgeware, MediaMelon combo on content delivery
By CED staff

MediaMelon, which provides a cloud-based service for managing media delivery across multiple servers and networks, and Edgeware have integrated the latter’s Web TV servers with the former’s SaaS solution, enabling service providers to offer next-generation, multi-source content delivery solutions and analytics to their customers.

The joint solution allows telcos, cable operators and data centers to offer a step-change in the quality of experience provided by their own video delivery network, the companies said, making true HD over the Internet a reality. In addition, service providers will have the ability to federate with other video content delivery networks to instantly broaden their reach.

Edgeware provides high-performance video delivery appliances that help carriers deploy content closer to the edge. MediaMelon offers a hosted service to manage delivery across various servers and networks.

CommScope tallies 100th Aim customer
By Brian Santo

CommScope said it has set up its 100th customer location with its Advantage Inventory Management (AIM) 2.0, an automated inventory management program. 

AIM 2.0 helps broadband customers run efficient distribution centers and other warehouse facilities.

“We estimate that the AIM program has resulted in approximately $10 million in combined cash flow savings for our customers at their participating locations,” said Ric Johnsen, senior vice president of CommScope Broadband Solutions.

More Broadband Direct 5/11/10:
•  CED Blog: Esser’s Cox is leaving a legacy
•  itaas ports EBIF user agent to Comcast's Cisco boxes
•  Cox, NDS lengthen deal to 2012
•  Comcast bumps up VOD choices by 450%
•  A cable career in full for Charter's Fawaz
•  Insight ups revenue, RGUs in Q1
•  CMC adds Mediacom, 10 other ops to VOD distribution platform
•  Dish Network faces DVR shutdown
•  Drifting satellite threatens U.S. cable programming
•  Cox gets down to logistics with Transplace
•  Switch is on: Knology picks Metaswitch for upgrade
•  SeaChange charts course toward consolidated ad system
•  Motorola intros DVR for all-digital migration
•  BigBand teams up with new partners for IP video convergence
•  Maxxian can now ID unauthorized modems, too
•  Openet bows new subscriber data management offering
•  Cable Center honors Bresnan's memory with award
•  Motorola investor Icahn ups stake to 8.75%
•  Broadband Briefs for 05/11/10



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