Cisco has announced French and Belgian successes for its cBR-8 converged cable access platform (CCAP) and a new deal with Nordic media services group Teracom ahead of ANGA COM opening tomorrow.
Media and telecom group Altice has begun a field trial for its DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit broadband service with SFR in France, using the Cisco cBR-8 converged broadband router.
Altice has deployed the cBR-8 across its markets in France and is rapidly progressing with deployment of the cBR-8 across its U.S. entities and all Altice International companies.
In its recent Gigabit broadband service field trial in France using the Cisco cBR-8, Altice hit a record speed of more than 3Gbps per subscriber, as well as proving capabilities for more than 7Gbps of aggregate bandwidth in the same cable segment, according to Cisco.
According to Cisco, more bandwidth and flexibility in the network will help scale delivery of Altice’s recently launched SVoD service Zive’s 4K video content and further enhance customer broadband and video entertainment experiences throughout the Altice global footprint.
“The Gigabit field trial with SFR in France validates the significant transitions we are making with our cable networks to offer a host of unique entertainment experiences,” said Max Blumberg, CTO, Altice Group. “We are excited to accelerate our deployment of the cBR-8 DOCSIS 3.1 technology across our European and U.S. entities. With this technology, we are proving we will have the speed and efficiency it takes to support the uber-connected lives our customers lead.”
Separately, Belgian cable operator Voo is deploying the Cisco cBR-8 as part of its DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade. Dimension Data Belgium has been contracted to stage, configure, install and maintain the Cisco cBR-8 for VOO.
“With the advent of new technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1 and future technologies such as Full Duplex DOCSIS, cable can successfully compete against fiber-to-the-home deployments, and allow us to offer our consumer and business customers superior services at the speeds they require,” said Tamara Leemans, CTO, VOO. “Cisco is well-aligned with our vision for the future and is helping us lay the groundwork with the right technology that will take us there.”
Nordic media transmission provider Teracom has meanwhile tapped Cisco to provide a digital headend to simplify terrestrial distribution for national and regional TV broadcasters in Denmark.
Using the D9902 Digital Content Manager (DCM), Teracom will broadcast more high-definition content and services using the same applicable bandwidth, over the DTT network.
DCM functions include audio and video encoding for HD and SD programming. IP statistical multiplexing, multiplexing and processing prior to signal transmission, system redundancy/backup, encryption and Single Frequency Network (SFN) adaptation of the signal, according to Cisco.
The company says that the DCM can lower operating costs and energy savings by up to 40% and offers the potential to expand into a hybrid platform with the Cisco® Virtual Digital Content Manager (vDCM)
“Cisco is a trusted advisor we can rely on. Together, the local Cisco video team and our technical staff have created an encoding and IP statistical multiplexing solution for our broadcast customers that meets our critical business plan, and goals for features and timing,” said Martin Løbel, chief executive officer, Teracom A/S.
“With the DCM being a key element of the Cisco hybrid virtual solution, it can support a full range of video entertainment services,” said Yves Padrines, vice president, Global Service Provider, Cisco EMEAR. “We have enjoyed a long working relationship with Teracom over the years, and we continue to design and implement network technology solutions that will meet current and future challenges.”
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