Expand video-on-demand catalogues with joint offering from Alcatel-Lucent and Concurrent
INDUSTRY| Sept. 5, 2012, 7:22 a.m.
Alcatel-Lucent and Concurrent are introducing a joint offering that enables cable TV companies to significantly expand the number and variety of on-demand videos they can offer, quickly and cost-effectively.
Cable operators can then deliver these expanded video offerings to whatever device their customer prefers – from traditional TV set-top boxes to tablets, PCs or smartphones – using Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN technology and Concurrent’s MediaHawk Unified Origin and TV-VOD Edge Servers. In this way the new offering supports cable multiple service operators (MSOs) in providing their customers with the programming-rich ‘TV Everywhere’ experience they are seeking. The two companies have already completed a successful trial of this joint architecture with a large tier 1 cable MSO.
James Brickmeier, SVP, Strategic Marketing at Concurrent said: “Cable MSOs are challenged with increasing the breadth of their video-on-demand catalogs as a way to improve their competitiveness in the marketplace. With Alcatel-Lucent we have developed an architecture which allows cable operators to cost-effectively expand their catalogs to hundreds of thousands of content hours. Our joint offering enables cable operators to make this content available to customers with traditional set-top boxes, while avoiding additional investments in localized content storage arrays. Instead, they can leverage the multiscreen CDN infrastructure they are building already to access regionalized or national content storage archives.”
Paul Larbey, Vice President and General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN activities said: “Using CDN technology, cable operators can capture a bigger piece of the market by delivering IP video services to any connected device. Thanks to the combined Alcatel-Lucent and Concurrent offering, they can now also leverage their CDNs to expand and scale their video-on-demand offering. This collaboration reflects the commitment on the part of both our companies to provide multiscreen video solutions tailored to the unique business needs of each operator.”
The offering integrates Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN solution and Concurrent’s MediaHawk™ VX origin and edge streaming solution using standardized interfaces. Alcatel-Lucent and Concurrent have been jointly promoting adoption of an open standards approach to cross-service interconnection by implementing the ‘C2’ interface which is part of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions IPTV Interoperability Forum (ATIS IIF).
MORE INDUSTRY NEWS
Telco Systems Rolls Out New 10GE High Capacity Carrier Ethernet Network for KENET in KenyaTelco Systems, the leading provider of innovative CE 2.0, MPLS, IP and SDN & NFV solutions, has announced that the company has successfully deployed a new 10GE high capacity carrier Ethernet network for the Kenya Education Network (KENET) in Kenya. Read More
GeoPoll, Kantar Media, Cuende announce first Pan-African Out of Home measurement productGlobal leaders in audience research use satellite imagery and mobile survey data to measure OOH reach in Africa. Read More
BICS blocks over 10m fraudulent call attempts with FraudGuard in 2016BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services says its crowdsourcing fraud prevention platform, FraudGuard, detected and blocked more than 10 million fraudulent call attempts on its customers’ networks during the first quarter of 2016. Read More
Samsung elevates Mobile Phone picture quality with new image sensorSamsung Electronics South Africa, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced its newest 12 megapixel (Mp) image sensor for smartphones, which will elevate the quality of mobile phone pictures. Read More
R&M and FNT Collaborate to Launch Comprehensive Solution for Data Centre Cable Management in MEAReichle & De-Massari (R&M) and FNT Software have unveiled their joint solution for data centre cable management. Read More
Airtel Ghana educated media on data bundles and notificationsAirtel has held a sensitization workshop for representatives from leading media houses to educate them on Airtel’s data bundles and notification systems in place to alert customers when their data bundles are getting exhausted. Read More
Riverbed helps Engen centralize remote and branch office ITRiverbed Technology, the application performance company, has announced that global energy company Engen is using Riverbed solutions to centralize Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) IT, and improve productivity, back-up and data security across its multi-national organization. Read More
Carlson Wireless announces first chipset-based White Space RadioCarlson Wireless Technologies, Inc., a global leader in TV White Space (TVWS) technology, is introducing its third generation TVWS chip module, the Picasso Gen3, to the global market. Read More
Ingenico Group deploys cashless revenue collection solution in KenyaIngenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, in partnership with Kenyan firm Tracom, has deployed a Revenue Collection solution in the County of Nyeri in Kenya. Read More
Eaton Launches Mobile Tech Day to Drive Growth in South AfricaPower Management Company Eaton today launched its first ever South Africa Mobile Tech Day, a month long exhibition to showcase the company’s solutions in commercial construction. Read More
FEATURED STORYGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early
Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.