Speedcast and Blue Arcus to Power 4G LTE Infrastructure for Australia’s Norfolk Island Telecom

Using Speedcast’s 4G LTE Network Infrastructure and Backhaul Solutions, the Operator Can Deliver Faster Broadband Speeds and Advanced Mobile Services

Speedcast, the world’s most trusted provider of remote communication and IT solutions (ASX: SDA), announced today that it has been awarded a U.S. $3 million project to modernize the network infrastructure of Norfolk Island Telecom in Australia. Speedcast has partnered with Blue Arcus Technologies, a leading supplier of turnkey network solutions, to provide Norfolk Island Telecom with a cutting-edge 4G LTE mobile network, associated support systems and PSTN soft-switch with fibre backhaul and multi-service access nodes. Using Speedcast’s 4G LTE network infrastructure and satellite backhaul solutions, the operator is empowered to deliver faster broadband speeds and enhanced mobile services.

“Our customers’ data requirements are growing significantly, and to ensure business continuity, it is critical that we deliver faster, reliable internet connections and advanced mobile services at a competitive price,” said Alistair Innes-Walker, Manager Commercial Services at Norfolk Island Regional Council. “Speedcast and Blue Arcus Technologies were the Council’s unanimous choice to provide us with an end-to-end turnkey, carrier-grade solution complying with all international standards. Leveraging this modernized infrastructure, the people who live on and travel to Norfolk Island can rest assured that they have access to a high-speed 4G LTE network.”

As a provider of cloud-based 2G, 3G and 4G LTE mobile services and solutions, Speedcast plays a critical role in helping operators around the globe address the need for increased connectivity.

“Partnering with Speedcast, the world’s largest remote communications and IT services provider, we’re helping Norfolk Island Telecom deliver world-class internet connectivity and mobile service to the entire island, including remote and lowly populated areas,” said Naren Yanamadala, President and CEO at Blue Arcus Technologies. “We’re proud to offer a full turnkey solution, making the switch from 2G to 3G+4G LTE affordable and seamless for our customers.”

Blue Arcus Technologies is a world leader in 4G LTE deployments and has developed an Evolved Packed Core (EPC) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), with services and features that are second to none globally.

“The number of global mobile devices is accelerating rapidly, and Norfolk Island Telecom is smart to stay ahead of this trend by offering leading-edge broadband and mobile services,” said Erwan Emilian, EVP, Enterprise and Emerging Markets at Speedcast. “Thanks to the partnership between Blue Arcus Technologies and Speedcast, two companies with extensive 4G LTE network deployment experience, we are confident we will complete this project in record time and deliver an industry-leading service to Norfolk Island Telecom customers.”

Sinclair Broadcast Group Incorporates Triveni Digital’s NextGen TV Service Quality Assurance Solutions

Triveni Digital today announced that Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the U.S., is optimizing its service quality assurance operations with Triveni Digital solutions. Sinclair has purchased 30 of Triveni Digital’s StreamScope® XM MT ATSC 1.0 Analyzer and ATSC 3.0 combo units, and 10 StreamScope XM Verifier software applications to simplify its transition to NextGen TV. Based on Triveni Digital’s unified, software-based solutions that support both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0, Sinclair will be able maintain quality of service for its viewers across both delivery platforms, which will be in use for many years to come.

“Part of our success as a leading provider of local sports and news stems from a deep commitment to delivering high-quality television experiences, and that will be even more imperative in the NextGen TV era,” said Harvey Arnold, vice president of engineering at Sinclair Broadcast Group. “Triveni Digital continues to be our longstanding technology provider, answering our requirements for flexible, reliable, and user-friendly service quality assurance tools that support both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 transmissions. We’ve been working with the Triveni Digital team for many years and are happy to extend that relationship to NextGen TV.”

Using Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM MT Analyzers, Sinclair can perform critical RF measurements, such as modulation performance analysis, error vector magnitude, pre- and post-FEC bit error detection, frequency shift, and sample rate offset. StreamScope XM Verifier is designed for receiving, verifying, and recording ATSC 3.0 broadcast streams via ROUTE, MMTP, or SLTP protocols. Easy to install on any Windows-compatible device, the StreamScope XM Verifier app eliminates the need to carry around additional analyzer equipment, which will reduce Sinclair’s opex.

“As the operator of 191 television stations, Sinclair has a critical need for service quality assurance equipment that is efficient, simple to use, and cost-effective,” said Mark Simpson, president and CEO at Triveni Digital. “Our ATSC 3.0 broadcast analysis and verification tools provide Sinclair with improved service visibility and portability, enabling its stations to quickly detect, isolate, and resolve issues with the complex new broadcast technology. Just as important, our combo systems help maintain quality across both generations of the ATSC standard. Sinclair has one of the best station engineering teams in the industry, and we are especially thrilled that they have elected to work with us on NextGen TV.”

More information about Triveni Digital products is available at www.TriveniDigital.com.

Harmonic’s CableOS Solution Powers Broadband Expansion for Westman Communications

Deployed in a Distributed Access Architecture, Harmonic’s vCMTS and Remote PHY Solution Increase Scalability and Flexibility for Canadian Cable Operator

SAN JOSE, Calif. Dec. 17, 2019 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) announced that Westman Communications Group (Westman Communications), a leading communications provider in Canada, has expanded its broadband capacity using Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution in a distributed access architecture (DAA) with Harmonic’s Remote PHY (R-PHY) nodes. Overcoming the space, power and operational constraints of legacy hardware products, the CableOS solution enables Westman Communications to deliver DOCSIS 3.1 internet services to customers today and be ready for multi-gigabit broadband speeds in the future.

“We want to deliver enhanced next-generation services to our customers over the best network in the most cost-effective way possible,” said Graham Johnston, chief technology officer at Westman Communications. “Harmonic’s flexible software-based CMTS with simplified licensing and R-PHY support, along with their extensive DAA deployment expertise, enabled us to launch the CableOS solution in under two months, a considerable feat for such a significant technology transformation. We’re now fully prepared to meet the consumer demand for increased broadband speeds.”

Westman Communications provides services across 35 Manitoba communities. With this deployment, Westman Communications joins the fast-growing group of communications providers, realizing the advantages of virtualization with Harmonic’s CableOS solution. The CableOS offering serves more than 1 million cable modems globally and has been awarded numerous patents for ground-breaking innovations that are now enabling more flexible and efficient broadband service delivery expansion.  

“Cable networks and the services they provide are transforming to address new market opportunities,” said Gil Katz, senior vice president, Cable Access Business Operations at Harmonic. “When you’re making a mission-critical shift to next-generation technology, choosing a partner that is proficient and experienced is imperative. This is where Harmonic is leading the charge, with a highly skilled professional services team and the industry’s first and only field-proven software-based CMTS and R-PHY system. Our CableOS solution offers the best TCO, enabling operators like Westman Communications Group to confidently deploy higher speed internet services quickly and efficiently.”  

Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

WORK Microwave Transforms Maritime Satellite Communications With Intellian and Telesat

Companies Demo High-Throughput Data Transmission Via a Single Wideband Carrier Designed to Work at Sea in Any Type of Weather Conditions

HOLZKIRCHEN, Germany — Dec. 11, 2019 — WORK Microwave, a leading European manufacturer of advanced satellite communications equipment, today announced the results of its technology demonstration with Intellian and Telesat to increase the reliability, performance, and throughput of broadband for maritime applications. Recently, the companies successfully tested a high-throughput data link from Mount Jackson, Virginia to Pompano Beach, Florida using WORK Microwave’s AX-80 wideband modem, the Intellian v150NX 1.5m Ka-band wideband antenna, and the Telesat T19 VANTAGE High Throughput Satellite (HTS). During the demo, a wideband 215 Msps single carrier with 225 MHz total bandwidth was used and data rates of 400 to 600 Mbps were achieved under ACM at any type of weather conditions.

Having a high-throughput satellite solution at sea is critical for the cruise industries,” said Joerg Rockstroh, director, digital products at WORK Microwave. “Working together with Intellian and Telesat, we are excited to offer a highly secure, resilient, and bandwidth-efficient solution for maritime satellite communications applications. During the test, we delivered 400 to 600 Mbps from a single carrier in partially harsh weather conditions, which is unprecedented in the satcom market.”

The maritime market is handling a growing amount of data, creating a requirement for reliable, cost-effective satellite communications systems. Seamless integration between WORK Microwave’s AX-80 wideband modem, Telesat’s T19 VANTAGE HTS, and Intellian’s v150NX Ka-band antenna ensures that maritime users are well equipped to address these challenges.

WORK Microwave’s AX-80 wideband modem supports 500 Msps bidirectional throughput, enabling exceptional spectrum output and high-quality signal transmission. Featuring a flexible, scalable design, the modem offers full throughput with 256APSK and 3 Gbps per direction without any compromises or tradeoffs. Using the AX-80 wideband modem on Telesat’s Ka-band HTS, maritime users can optimize the use of high-speed, IP-based broadband access.

Telesat’s T19 VANTAGE satellite operates from a prime orbital location of 63 degrees west, delivering unparalleled capacity, performance, and value for satellite broadband requirements at sea across the Americas and Atlantic. Intellian’s v150NX is the world’s first and only 1.5m Ku-to-Ka convertible VSAT for reliable, high-throughput broadband at sea.

Broadpeak Joins ETSI, Strengthens the Company’s Involvement in 3GPP Standards Development

Actively Involved in 5G Trials, Broadpeak Offers Content Delivery Technologies to Optimize Video Quality and Efficiency Over Fixed and Mobile Networks

CESSON-SEVIGNE, France — Nov. 21, 2019 — Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that it is now a member of ETSI, a leading standardization organization for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards fulfilling European and global market needs. By joining ETSI, Broadpeak will play an important role in helping to create mobile standards, including 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for the next generations of mobile telecommunications, starting with the evolutions of 5G.

“ETSI and 3GPP are shaping the 5G mobile network future, and we’re excited to be a part of the tremendous work that they do,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Technology is evolving, and the team at Broadpeak looks forward to sharing its experience and vision about how technologies such as Multi-Access Edge Computing and Network Function Virtualization, along with other 3GPP contributions, can enhance video streaming over mobile networks.” 

As one of the newest members of ETSI, Broadpeak will concentrate its efforts on examining the advantages of developing a video cache infrastructure in the mobile edge in order to improve scalability, resiliency, and quality of service. Broadpeak’s video delivery over 5G solutions are designed to optimize video quality and efficiency over fixed and mobile networks and have been successfully deployed in 5G trials. 

More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

WORK Microwave Teams Up With SAIT on High-Performance Downlink Solution for CubeSats and SmallSats

Companies to Demonstrate Advanced Demodulator and Transceiver at Space Tech Expo Europe 2019

HOLZKIRCHEN, Germany — Nov. 15, 2019 — WORK Microwave, a leading European manufacturer of advanced satellite communications equipment, today announced a new partnership with SAIT, a leader in the high-throughput data handling and transmission systems for small satellites and manned space systems, to provide downlinks for CubeSat and SmallSat applications. Recently, the companies completed a successful communication transmission test between WORK Microwave’s industry-leading AR-80 wideband demodulator and SAIT’s space qualified transceiver, proving that their combined solution is ready to power space, commercial, government, and science missions.

“Performance is an important metric of satellite communications equipment, especially for space missions,” said Andrew Kuzmenko, CTO at SAIT. “Teaming up with WORK Microwave, we are able to provide an extremely powerful and reliable solution for space-born missions and satellite earth observation.”

SAIT’s transmitter portfolio supports everything from CubeSats to large satellites and deep space spacecraft, offering up to 10 years’ design life. The company’s downlink transmitters feature the industry’s highest throughput, state-of-the-art adaptive error correction coding and modulation, flexible interface options, and small size, weight, and power.

Seamless integration between SAIT’s space transceiver and WORK Microwave’s AR-80 wideband demodulator ensures that satellite downlink operations run smoothly. WORK Microwave’s AR-80 demodulator offers an unparalleled high performance at one of the industry’s lowest price points for specialized satellite downlink receivers.

“From a technology perspective, SAIT and WORK Microwave are very compatible, each bringing distinct expertise to the satellite communications domain,” said Joerg Rockstroh, director of digital products, WORK Microwave. “Our AR-80 demodulator supports SAIT with efficient downlinks from their CubeSat transmitters, featuring 1+Gbps throughput to address the needs of mission customers.” 

A live demo of the combined solution will be shown at Space Tech Expo Europe 2019 in Bremen, Germany, Nov. 19-22, at the SAIT booth #1014, Hall 4.

Partner Communications Selects Broadpeak’s Server-Side Ad Insertion Solution

Broadpeak’s SSAI Solution Simplifies the Personalization of OTT Ads, Without Any Rebuffering or Ad Blockers, Boosting Monetization for Operators

CESSON-SEVIGNE, France — Nov. 13, 2019 — Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that Partner Communications Company (NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR), a leading provider of telecommunications services in Israel, will deploy its server-side ad insertion (SSAI) solution. Integrating Broadpeak’s SSAI solution with other Broadpeak technologies already deployed, including origin server, CDN, and cloud PVR, will enable Partner Communications to deliver personalized ads within VOD content, helping it to better monetize its cutting-edge OTT television service.

“We chose Broadpeak’s server-side ad insertion solution because it is flexible and simple to integrate with other ecosystem equipment, eliminating the need to perform complex ad insertion at the video level,” said Ronen Gutmanovitz, head of TV technologies at Partner Communications.


The operator will use Google Ad Manager, iFeelSmart for the client application, and Broadpeak’s solutions for manifest manipulation. Broadpeak’s ad insertion solution allows Partner Communications to personalize ads. Broadpeak’s SSAI solution avoids rebuffering during ads and defeats ad blockers, ensuring a superior television experience for end users. In addition, iFeelSmart has integrated Broadpeak SmartLib, which enables avoiding ad skipping and provides client-side analytics information. Broadpeak’s BkA100 video delivery analytics system then displays this information, combining it with server feedback, in order to provide decision makers with a comprehensive view of the entire system.

“Operators across the world are always looking for new ways to improve OTT monetization, and our SSAI solution is a first-class option that is flexible, scalable, and completely open, enabling operators to work with several ad decision servers,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Our SSAI solution is gaining momentum with this latest deployment in Israel. Relying on the solution’s manifest manipulation techniques combined with the use of ABR formats will significantly boost Partner Communications’ monetization potential and improve video streaming experiences for their customers.”

More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

DVB Approves DVB-I Specification, an Internet-Centric Solution for Linear Television Services

GENEVA 13 Nov. 2019 — DVB, an industry consortium that develops open, interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, today announced the approval of its DVB-I specification by the DVB Steering Board in Geneva. It has been published as DVB BlueBook A177.

The DVB-I specification aims to ensure that linear television delivered over the internet is as user-friendly and robust as a traditional broadcast television experience. It offers the possibility for linear television services to be delivered to any device with a suitable internet connection and media player, including TV sets, smartphones, tablets and media streaming devices.

“In developing an internet-centric solution for linear television services, we are providing the industry with a crucial missing piece that raises internet-based delivery to the same level in the DVB ecosystem as RF-based content delivery,” said DVB Chair Peter MacAvock. “With these building blocks, addressing the discovery of DVB-I services and the delivery of programme metadata, DVB offers broadcasters and operators an exciting new deployment option.”

The DVB-I specification defines DVB-I Service Lists, a means for internet-connected devices to find curated sets of linear television services that may be delivered through broadband or broadcast mechanisms. It also defines the methods to retrieve electronic programme data for those services, which can be integrated into a single coherent offering that is accessed through a consistent user interface.

With the publication of the DVB BlueBook, implementers can now proceed with the development of DVB-I-enabled clients, while broadcasters and other content providers can take the necessary steps to make their services available via DVB-I.

To accelerate the implementation of DVB-I in the marketplace, DVB launched an RFP to build a reference application. DVB expects to select a supplier and complete negotiations before the end of 2019 in time to demonstrate the initial results at DVB World 2020, taking place in Valencia, Spain, 9-11 March. The resulting DVB-I client will be made freely available under an open source license.

While DVB-I refers, in particular, to the newly approved specification for service discovery and programme information, the related ecosystem extends to other DVB specifications. The DVB-DASH streaming specification (DVB BlueBook A168) was recently updated to include a low-latency mode.

Also related to DVB-I is the forthcoming DVB specification for multicast adaptive bit rate streaming (DVB-mABR), targeting situations where the same linear content is simultaneously delivered over managed broadband networks to multiple receivers. Supporting the mass market scalability of internet-delivered linear television, DVB-mABR will reduce the overall network load.

Thomson Broadcast, Supported by Viaccess-Orca, to Secure Malian Public Broadcaster DTT Deployment

Backed by Strong Security Assets, Viaccess-Orca’s CAS Will Enable Société Malienne de Transmission et de Diffusion to Deliver Premium Digital TV Content

PARIS — Nov. 12, 2019 Viaccess-Orca (VO), an Orange Group company and a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that the Malian Transmission and Broadcasting Corporation (SMTD) in West Africa has chosen VO’s cardless Conditional Access System (CAS) to secure its free-to-view and pay-TV platforms as part of a nationwide government initiative to roll out digital terrestrial television (DTT). Thomson Broadcast has been tasked with handling the deployment for SMTD’s new infrastructure, while also supplying the video headend, contribution and distribution network, and TV transmitters.

“We are excited about offering digital terrestrial television in Mali, as it will significantly improve our viewers’ quality of experience while offering a broader range of content choices,” said Ismaila Togola, CEO of SMTD. “Working with Thomson Broadcast and Viaccess-Orca, both leaders in their respective industries, will help us get this new DTT service securely deployed to market.”

“Transitioning to digital television can be a complex undertaking that requires extensive technology vendor and system integration experience,” said Amine Oubid, CEO of Thomson Broadcast. “Both Viaccess-Orca and Thomson Broadcast have a proven track record for simplifying DTT deployments, making this the perfect collaboration.”

“We’re thrilled to be selected by the Malian Transmission and Broadcasting Corporation for the deployment of digital terrestrial television and we look forward to ushering in a new era of entertainment for consumers in the region,” said Arnaud Alvarez, Executive Vice President of Global Sales at Viaccess-Orca. “Our CAS offering provides the highest level of flexibility on the market, ensuring a very short time to market for digital television services.”

Viaccess-Orca will showcase its TV platform and security solutions at AfricaCom 2019, Nov. 12-14, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the Orange booth, D2 meeting room. Set a meeting with us: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/africacom-2019.

Triveni Digital Optimizes ATSC 3.0 Stream Analysis With New StreamScope XM Verifier Features

StreamScope XM Verifier Software Now Supports Multiple PLPs, Numerous RF Enhancements, and a SaaS Business Model

Triveni Digital today announced new enhancements to its StreamScope® XM Verifier software application for receiving, verifying, and recording ATSC 3.0 broadcast streams via ROUTE, MMTP, or SLTP protocols. The software application now provides support for multiple PLPs within a broadcast transmission, allowing broadcasters to deliver more than one signal to viewers with optimized robustness. Additionally, the StreamScope XM Verifier now offers a wide range of RF advancements, providing broadcasters with improved analysis and visibility into ATSC 3.0 quality of service.

“As ATSC 3.0 field trials and deployments progress, our StreamScope XM Verifier is gaining significant momentum,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “The new features for StreamScope XM Verifier assure a smooth transition to next-gen TV 3.0, enabling broadcasters to have a complete view of the health of ATSC 3.0 streams with cost-effective SaaS business-model options to fit any budget.”

Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM Verifier can be installed as a software application on any Windows-compatible device, providing broadcast engineers with a highly portable solution for IP stream verification that eliminates the need for additional analyzer equipment and on-site manpower, thereby reducing operational expenses. Using a web browser, station engineers can view more than 40 real-time graphs and charts of bit rates, signaling tables, RF parameters, packet errors, subframe and PLP data, LDPC iterations, and more to ensure smooth operations.

The latest version of the StreamScope XM Verifier provides stations with a substantial amount of information about their RF signal, including LP bars, bootstrap data, L1 basic data, L1 detailed data, L1 PLP data, quick status, and subframe data. This allows broadcasters to dig deeper into the overall state of their ATSC 3.0 service.

Available as full, unlimited software; a one-month trial; or as an annual SaaS business model, the StreamScope XM Verifier provides broadcasters with cost-saving and flexible options for video analysis. All versions can now be purchased online at https://atsc3verifier.com.

Triveni Digital will demonstrate the StreamScope XM Verifier as part of its end-to-end ATSC 3.0 service quality assurance solutions portfolio at the NAB Show New York, Oct. 16-17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Booth N1064. More information about Triveni Digital products is available at www.TriveniDigital.com.

Triveni Digital Partners With ATBiS on New ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway

Triveni Digital today announced a technology and product partnership with ATBiS, a South Korea-based provider of broadcast television solutions. Under the collaboration, ATBiS serves as the manufacturer of Triveni Digital’s new ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway, enabling television stations to make a smooth transition to the next-generation broadcast television standard.

“This partnership takes place at the perfect time, right as broadcasters are moving from ATSC 3.0 trials to commercial deployments and are in need of proven, real-world solutions,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “ATBiS is well-known in the Korean broadcast industry for its leading technology and reliable products. By working with ATBiS to integrate its broadcast gateway with Triveni Digital’s ATSC 3.0 broadcast chain, we can provide our customers with a solidly engineered solution backed by Triveni Digital’s expert development and support team. We’re excited to provide a one-stop shop for ATSC 3.0 solutions here in the USA.”

The ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway developed by ATBiS and offered by Triveni Digital is compatible with Triveni Digital’s entire range of ATSC 3.0 solutions, including its market-leading StreamScope® XM Verifier, StreamScope XM MT Analyzer, and GuideBuilder® XM ATSC 3.0 Transport Encoder.

“Broadcast gateways are an essential component of the ATSC 3.0 workflow,” said Sam Eom, president and CEO at ATBiS. “By partnering with Triveni Digital, we can bring this important piece of the puzzle to broadcasters in the U.S. as they adopt ATSC 3.0 and the exciting range of services it provides. We are happy to be collaborating with Triveni Digital, a company that has been serving the U.S. broadcast industry for over 20 years and established a leading position in the ATSC 3.0 ecosystem.”

“We are thrilled to be working with ATBiS to extend our ATSC 3.0 broadcast platform,” said Mark Simpson, president and CEO at Triveni Digital. “South Korean companies and research institutions have aggressively developed ATSC 3.0 solutions but find it challenging to meet the U.S. broadcast market expectations for customer support and ongoing engineering. This collaboration exemplifies our strategy to adapt solutions from leading technology companies to the U.S. broadcast environment, while providing our first-class customer support for the unified platform. We found that ATBiS has both great technology and people, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Triveni Digital offers award-winning solutions and services fueled by decades of forward-thinking technological innovation, deployment expertise, and market leadership. As the only technology provider with unified, software-based solutions that support both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0, Triveni Digital offers the simplest transition path to the future, enabling broadcasters to deliver better TV and minimize their investments. All Triveni Digital solutions are backed by first-class, U.S.-based service and support.

More information about Triveni Digital products is available at www.TriveniDigital.com.