Access Communications Co-operative, a Canadian triple-play cable operator based in Regina with more than 125,000 homes passed in 230 communities throughout Saskatchewan, has selected Adara Technologies' Switched IP Video (SIPV) solution to free up bandwidth and enable the expansion of its DOCSIS Internet services.
"We currently operate both DAC and HITS-QT platforms with Motorola set-tops for video, and like most other operators, our RF spectrum is full, leaving limited room to expand our DOCSIS Internet services," said Craig Van Ham, VP technology at Access. "We're looking forward to providing our customers with faster broadband speeds by taking advantage of the newly freed-up bandwidth."
Adara's SIPV solution "switches" programs into network service groups only when they are requested, rather than broadcasting all channels to all set-tops all the time. The solution is intended to free up to 80% or more of an operator's video bandwidth so that it can be repurposed for Internet services.
"The important core building blocks of SIPV are widely deployed, proven and extremely reliable, which also means that SIPV works with legacy QAM set-tops and gateways," said Stan Koukarine, Adara's CTO and co-founder. "In fact, with switched, the overall customer experience is not only better and more reliable than broadcasting, but the super-efficient delivery mechanism enables an unlimited channel lineup offering and a low-cost, success-based introduction of UltraHD/4K, as well."
SIPV is also intended to save bandwidth in the IP core or leased IP lines.
"Adara's SIPV solution will allow us to connect many of our current HITS-QT+ communities directly to our DAC network and video sources in Regina, enabling us to deliver more state-of-the-art video services to these towns. This will allow us to eliminate dozens of headends," said Van Ham.