ANGA CABLE 2009 – COLOGNE. Accelerating the delivery of personal media experiences to the consumer via optimized broadband networks is what Motorola promises to show at this year’s ANGA Cable.
Like other major cable infrastructure vendors, Motorola is looking at ways to upgrade, moving towards all-fibre networks if the need arises and capex allows.
Its CablePON portfolio of hybrid and all-fibre access network solutions is being extended to include RFoG (RF over Glass), which it says will allow operators “to build a low-cost, low-maintenance all-fibre network in new serving areas or where the business case reveals that fibre systems are needed today, upgrading cableplants by extending fibre deployment”.
Now cable operators are less shielded at the EU level with regards to third party access, the time has come not to stop at hybrid fibre coax deployments but rather move towards fibre into the home.
As an executive at what was then Holland’s largest cable company told me at a conference a few years ago, this was the primary reason for the operator not wanting to “blow a bit harder”, referring to an announcement where it boasted how deep it was blasting fibre in a particular greenfield deployment.
Vendors are coming to ANGA this year packed with fibre extension and migration technology.
Motorola adds that it plans to extend cable’s reach, both outside and inside the home, through WiMAX and LTE technologies.
New software for its BSR 64000 CMTS doubles the downstream capacity to users’ cable modems, as well as adding redundancy, and channel bonding capabilities to service business and higher tier subscribers with higher internet access speeds.
The vendor is convinced its Cable Modem Termination Systems is the easiest CMTS platform to migrate from DOCSIS 2.0 to DOCSIS 3.0.
Designed for small to medium sized streaming sites, the new B-3 video server compliments Motorola’s B-1 solid state video server. It enables smaller operators to enter the on-demand world.
Motorola claims it has achieved a remarkable feat, which will be on show in Cologne, in the field of MPEG-4 to MPEG-2 transcoding in its 6300 professional IRD (Integrated Receiver Decoder).
“The new DSR 6300 is the industry’s first commercial receiver/decoder (IRD) to deliver three-channel MPEG-4 to MPEG-2 HD transcoding”.
According to Motorola, this unit allows a 50% increase in throughput on HD channels.
“The DSR-6300 enables cable operators to increase HD throughput by up to 50%”, Motorola announced in advance of the show.
The vendor, in addition to the transcoding ird, will bring its extensive range of video compression, transcoding and processing equipment to the show.
Also on show will be Motorola’s extensive line of set-top-boxes and other customer premises equipment, such as its DOCSIS 3.0 certified modems. And the associated management platforms.