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South African pay TV provider MultiChoice has deployed its new DStv Explora 2 decoder from Arris to customers in South Africa and sub-saharan Africa. The decoder is the fourth generation of HD PVR devices that Arris and MultiChoice have launched together and reportedly makes it easier for customers to access MultiChoice's growing on-demand services. An Arris press release reports that in the future, its HEVC technology will reduce the bandwidth needed to stream or download shows, helping to lower the data charges that customers incur when streaming or downloading content from one of the DStv services.

The device features a streamlined hard drive and ships with a new remote control that features motion-sensor backlit buttons and a dedicated ShowMax button.

"We invest in technology that enables us to offer our customers the leap in entertainment at the best value," Gerdus van Eeden, group CTO Naspers: Video Entertainment Segment, says. "We've collaborated with Arris on our HD PVR decoders for nearly a decade, and we're confident in their ability to deliver advanced technology to make tomorrow's entertainment more accessible today. The DStv Explora 2 will help us to offer our customers a wider range of entertainment which they can stream or download to watch when they are ready."

Netcracker Technology announced that Lightower Fiber Networks has used Netcracker's infrastructure optimization solution as the platform to consolidate its business processes and network infrastructure following its latest major merger. Lightower offerrs all-fiber connectivity solutions to enterprises, educational institutions, and government agencies via a network that is more than 30,000 miles wide, spanning 17 states across the Midwestern, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. The company’s network reportedly connects more than 22,000 service locations, including 275+ data centers, major cloud providers, 40+ financial exchanges and more than 500 carrier hotels and central offices.

Netcracker's solution is said to be based on its resource inventory and associated services, and the company says that Lightower can establish a common source for network inventory and consolidate a number of processes that would have become more overlapping and complicated following its merger with Fibertech.

“Seamlessly integrating networks after a merger enables us to deliver cutting-edge network quality and offerings to a wider range of customers. Netcracker has helped us more quickly blend these networks and deliver innovative services and support by providing a single, consolidated solution to manage our infrastructure,” Jason Campbell, COO at Lightower, says.

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