IBC 2007 (Stand 1.221)
Starting out as a modem maker in the mid 80s Pace is not only celebrating its 25th birthday at IBC this year but also the launch of a new business unit, Pace Networks. The first product developed for Pace Networks is Pace MultiDweller, which the box maker has been demonstrating in various levels of completion for the past two years. According to Pace “MultiDweller enables operators to deliver a full suite of interactive digital services to customers in multi-dwelling units (MDUs), including digital video, broadband and telephony”.
It offers a way to convert existing coaxial distribution networks within MDUs into high-speed triple-play bi-directional networks, without the need for any modification or additional cabling. Where end-users can access all TV channels through real-time video switching techniques. Multidweller only distributes the programmes currently requested from users’ set-top boxes via the communal network. Bandwidth released can then be used for other services, such as broadband internet access and VoIP.
“Importantly for our customers, not only can Pace provide the CPE, but we will also licence the set-top box technology to enable third party set-top box manufacturers to communicate with MultiDweller(tm)”, says Neil Gaydon, Pace’s CEO. Adding, “This new business unit takes us further up the chain in the delivery of digital content”.