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Evolution Digital has launched an Android TV-based all-IP box for MVPDs. The eSTREAM 4K device, which can be branded by the operator, aims to deliver an MVPD’s own pay TV offering alongside OTT apps and services, including those available from the Google Play store.

Colorado-based Evolution said the device is certified with Android TV’s Oreo 8.0 software, has Bluetooth pairing capabilities, and comes with a remote with voice command capabilities. It also features 802.11ac WiFi with a 4x4 antenna configuration.  

“Evolution Digital continues to provide operators with the tools to capture new revenue growth by pushing the boundaries on technological innovation,” Brent Smith, president and CTO of Evolution, said in a statement. “Our eSTREAM 4K solution is designed to be the last set-top box a consumer will need, as our box beats out the competition by aggregating content through one, stunning user interface. With eSTREAM 4K, operators can move beyond legacy cable technology and benefit from the innovation available through the Android TV platform.”

CenturyLink EVP and CTO Aamir Hussain, has joined the MEF Board of Directors.

Hussain, who has been CenturyLink’s CTO since 2014, is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience implementing global technology operations. At CenturyLink he oversees the company’s global network, technology transformation, architecture and innovation strategy.

“We are delighted to have Aamir Hussain join the MEF Board and appreciate the depth of insight he brings as the CTO of one of the world’s largest and most innovative service providers,” Nan Chen, president of MEF, said in a statement. “We have an extraordinary Board team with the talent and experience to help us accelerate the rollout of MEF 3.0 services and technologies on a worldwide basis. We look forward to making exciting progress in coming quarters.”

The industry association has more than 200 member companies and recently introduced MEF 3.0, a global services framework for defining, delivering and certifying orchestrated services over a global ecosystem of automated networks.

Hussain joins 10 other MEF board members, including executives from AT&T Labs, Comcast Business, Ericsson, Verizon and Zayo.  

Fluke Networks announced a partnership with CommScope to incorporate the latter’s Systimax link loss calculator into its optical loss test set to simplify certification of high performance data center networks.

The company said project managers and technicians will have the ability to accurately calculate and predict the total link loss performance and certify ultra-low-loss singlemode and high bandwidth multimode fiber optic network projects.

“Our research has shown that eliminating errors in the certification process leads to significant savings for cabling contractors,” Eric Conley, VP and general manager of Fluke Networks, said in a statement. “By building the calculator into Versiv and LinkWare Live, customers can reduce complexity and ensure that certification is done right the first time.”

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