Cable Bahamas taps WISI America for ABR video

Cable Bahamas, a triple play provider for the Bahamian population, has chosen WISI America, the Americas unit of the German tech company, to power its new on-premise Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) video service.

By launching this new multiscreen offering with WISI, Cable Bahamas was able to triple its DOCSIS speeds, increase video quality and reduce operating expenses according to WISI.

According to the tech provider, Cable Bahamas had previously faced video platform stability issues and experienced spectrum problems caused by a multiple-vendor solution.

WISI transcodes ABR streams via its Inca IP video platform.

“We chose a WISI ABR solution because it allows us to tailor our service to whatever needs our customers have, while creating a fine balance between DOCSIS speed and video quality. The return on investment has been pretty great. We’ve greatly reduced power usage and lowered cooling costs by over 8,000 watts or about $13,000 a year. In the summer alone, that right there sold itself. We’ve also consolidated our entire core video network from three and a half racks to just half a rack, which is a major savings in rack space,” said Andre Johnson, broadcast IP video engineer for Cable Bahamas.

“The results are increased stability of our IP video network, with better use and efficiency on our DOCSIS spectrum. We have more than tripled our speeds as they were before. Our troubleshooting time has greatly reduced. We can now keep our team focused and more efficient regarding solving issues and trying to increase profitability and reduce expenses. So, we’ve cut our operating expenses across the board.”


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