Hanaro Telecom, Cisco team on 100 Mbps service
By Mike Robuck
The wideband deployment, which is now reaching more than 200,000 customers, is using Cisco’s technology that is based on the downstream channel-bonding specification that is defined in DOCSIS 3.0.
Hanaro, which leads the Korean market in the deployment of high-speed HFC Internet services, started the deployment in April, which gave it a leg up on its competitors for delivering a 100 Mbps wideband service.
“We were looking for a technology solution to enable a timely launch of our 100 Mbps broadband services over HFC while increasing density and reducing cost,” said Chan Woong Park, senior vice president of Hanaro Telecom’s Network Technology Unit, in a statement. “Cisco has worked with us to deploy an industry leading cable modem termination system for broadband services and its engineering excellence has enabled a smooth and rapid service rollout.”
Cisco’s IP NGN infrastructure uses the company’s uBR10012 cable modem termination system (CMTS), which Hanaro deployed to provide bandwidth for its VOD IPTV service.
Verimatrix gains funding for move into cable market
By Traci Patterson
Verimatrix has garnered an additional $5 million in a new round of funding to support its move into hybrid, cable and mobile applications.
The company’s existing investors – Mission Ventures, Crescendo Ventures and Cipio Partners – participated in the round.
This year, the company launched its video content authority system (VCAS) for IPTV and VCAS for Cable IPTV, and it demonstrated its mobile offering. Also this year, Verimatrix surpassed three million set-top box licenses sold.
The company has also been named the global market leader in content security and will maintain that leadership until at least 2012, according to a new study by TelecomView. The study (“Opportunities in TelcoTV: Forecast & Market Shares”) is based on the subscriber base and growth plans of the top 50 global service providers.
“Our vision for protecting the ‘three screen’ world of pay-TV will help enable new and exciting revenue streams for enhanced entertainment,” said Tom Munro, CEO of Verimatrix.
Vecima feeds Canadian WiMAX deployment
By Traci Patterson
Vecima Networks Inc.’s VistaMax portfolio of base stations and customer premises equipment (CPE) has been selected by Cybersurf Corp., Canada’s largest independent Internet service provider (ISP), for deployment.
The first phase of commercial deployment will hit Edmonton, Alberta. And in addition to utilizing Vecima’s hardware, Cybersurf will also lease Vecima-owned licensed spectrum. Vecima and its subsidiary, YourLink, own spectrum in the 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz bands across Canada.
As part of the agreement, Cybersurf will have an option to acquire a portion of Vecima’s 3.5 GHz spectrum.
“The option would ensure that Cybersurf is able to control the ‘last-mile’,” said Marcel Mercia, COO of Cybersurf.
Vecima recently announced its fully deployable commercial WiMAX solutions and has shipped WiMAX-compliant gear for trial deployments worldwide. The company is now delivering WiMAX systems for mass market adoption.
New Ikanos technology stops some IPTV service interruptions
By Brian Santo
Ikanos Communications introduced a new technology designed to fight a specific type of noise on DSL-based lines that can prove disastrous, especially to video transmissions.
Sudden, large noise changes on the DSL line lead to service interruptions; these can include the complete severance of a DSL connection that may last for tens of seconds. DSL systems automatically compensate for this particular type of noise by dropping data rates – to the point where the connection might be dropped entirely. If so, a DSL system would simply re-establish the connection, Ikanos explained.
Video, however, has little tolerance for even momentary interruptions of connectivity. Current technology to address the issue, called SRA, has proved inadequate to address this specific type of noise.
Operators who deliver IPTV via DSL have not characterized the extent of the problem, said Ikanos marketing director Piyush Sevalia, but it’s a problem they definitely want solved. Several companies are developing improved technology, and international standards bodies are evaluating the proposals.
Ikanos calls its approach Rapid Rate Adaptation. RRA technology minimizes such link drops by monitoring the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and dynamically adapting data rates to accommodate the additional noise without dropping the connection.
“Ikanos’ RRA technology provides us with a significant competitive differentiator,” said Hiromitsu Awai, general manager of technical marketing at Sumitomo Electric Networks Inc. “When sudden, large noise profiles appear on the DSL line, most DSL links are broken, thus interrupting service. RRA ensures that premium services such as triple play and interactive broadband over VDSL2 are not interrupted in such noisy conditions, which results in a significantly improved user experience. RRA is therefore enormously beneficial for carriers that are planning to offer triple play services and compete with cable providers.”
RRA is software based, so if standards bodies decide on a variant technology, Ikanos will be able to update it. RRA can only be downloaded to Ikanos’ current generation of ICs.
Ikanos said RRA technology is available in demonstration mode today. Production releases are expected to be available early next year.
Broadband Briefs for 10/04/07
* Ascent Media offers worldwide video distribution
By Brian Santo
Ascent Media and The Chicago Switch have completed a high-capacity, bi-directional fiber link between the latter’s switch and the former’s Minneapolis uplink facility, enabling them to offer the ability to distribute video throughout the world. Ascent Media said it has already begun services via the new link with unnamed network programmers and local affiliates.
* Synacor names Mallett to board of directors
By Mike Robuck
Synacor announced today that Jeffrey Mallett was elected to its board of directors. Mallet, a former president and chief operating officer for Yahoo!, currently serves as a director and chairman of the board for Snocap Inc.
“Jeff’s experience and expertise will be of great value to Synacor management,” said Synacor President and CEO Ron Frankel, in a statement. “I am thrilled to have him join our board of directors.”
* JDSU launches marketing campaign
By CED staff
JDSU is kicking off a market awareness campaign with the theme ‘Know the Network.’ The aim is to raise awareness of its single-task test tools. This category of tools enables technicians to know the network is ready to support the latest consumer and business communications services and applications, and allows them to complete installation and troubleshooting jobs quickly and efficiently.