* Falcon selects Latens for IPTV conditional access
Falcon Communications has decided to not only get its IPTV conditional access technology from Latens, but to also become a reseller of Latens’ FCAS conditional access solution.
Falcon said it using Latens’ FCAS in combination with Minerva’s iTV Manager.
* Ngo joins Focus
Focus Enhancements announced Michael Ngo has joined the company as vice president of engineering for its Semiconductor Group in its Hillsboro, Ore. Ngo reports to Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and general manager of Focus Enhancements Semiconductor Group.
Ngo most recently was a co-founder and vice president of engineering for a wireless start-up, developing system-on-chip solutions for 802.16d/e base-station and customer premise equipment (CPE). Prior to that, Michael was vice president of engineering at Sapphire Communications.
* RNKVoIP to unveil VoIP for all
RNKVoIP announced the imminent launch of its VoIP2Go, a service that will make VoIP available to all callers, even those without broadband. VoIP2Go will let consumers make VoIP calls virtually anywhere around the world from virtually any phone. The VoIP2Go service will work with all popular cell phone services as well as all wireline telephone services and will require no additional equipment.
The company said VoIP2Go customers will be able to change, “on the fly,” to any phone they wish to use via a proprietary, easy-to-use online application that RNK developed.
* Grass Valley gets large order from China
Henan Cable TV Network Group in Zhengzhou, China has placed an order for a variety of multi-format signal management and processing products and systems with Thomson’s Grass Valley operation. A portion of the deal includes a new digital DVB-based headend system for Henan Cable.
The Grass Valley HD/SD products and systems to be installed include several ViBE encoders and decoders, a Gecko signal processing system, as well as Trinix Concerto Series and Triton multi-format routing switchers. A series of DBX 4300 multiplexers, ViBE network adapters, and XMS 3500 network management software will also be deployed.
* Integra5 and MetaSwitch systems are interoperable
Integra5 Communications and MetaSwitch said the former’s i5 Service Delivery Platform (SDP) is certified interoperable with the latter’s multimedia-enhanced telephony solutions. Both vendors’ solutions support a migration towards the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture across cable and telecom environments.
Together, MetaSwitch and Integra5 allow service providers to deliver a wide range of VoIP, legacy TDM and next-generation multimedia-enhanced IP services to subscribers, without upgrades to their networks, the companies said.
The combined solution provides a standards-based, scalable infrastructure equipped to deliver converged consumer applications such as TV & PC caller ID, personalized content alerts, and voicemail message waiting.