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TANDBERG Stages Live TV Over IP System at IBC

Cisco, Kreatel, Latens and TANDBERG to show IPTV video delivery platform (September 07, 2004)

TANDBERG Television's stand (Hall 1:461) is set to be the IBC IPTV hub as the company stages a fully operational, live TV over IP system, based on its market-leading video head-end and IP streaming technology. Visitors to TANDBERG Television's stand will be able to see the live-on-demand IP system in action with specialized IP content protection from Latens (Hall 5:330) and set top boxes from Kreatel working in tandem with TANDBERG Television's award winning iTTV delivery platform and integrated portal.

A live fiber feed from TANDBERG Television's stand will deliver real-time TV over IP to Cisco System's stand (Hall 1:471) using Cisco's network infrastructure, and simulating the broadband experience from video head-end to the home. A live, streamed video feed is also being provided to Kreatel (Hall 1:440) to power its IPTV demonstrations, in addition to TANDBERG Television's support of other partner demos.

At the heart of the showcase will be TANDBERG Television's carrier-class iTTV delivery platform, an open, integrated, revenue-generating broadband IP delivery platform available in a scalable package. Demonstrations will include streaming live video and VoD services over MPEG-2, as well as showing the dramatic bit-rate improvements realized when deploying broadband IP delivery over advanced compression systems for MPEG-4 part 10 and Windows Media 9 Series.

"Telephone companies entering the TV and VoD market need to be able to deploy leading technologies and solutions from a number of different vendors. As a leading provider of such systems we wanted to enable telcos and other interested visitors to IBC to get a true feel for how these systems work together and for what they can expect as they enter the TV market. The system we are showcasing at IBC is principally based on the Metro Ethernet real-world Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network that we have built for Lyse in Norway, pulling together best of breed solutions from Cisco, Kreatel, Latens and ourselves," says Noel Matthews, Director of Broadband at TANDBERG Television.

The key systems components of this unique IBC demo will include solutions from the following partners:

* Cisco Systems
The challenges of delivering commercially viable triple-play services to consumers over a range of broadband services highlight the relevancy of intelligent networking features made available through Cisco technology. From Cisco Catalyst 3750 and 6500 series switches to Cisco 12000 series carrier-class routers, the Intelligent Information Network helps service providers to maintain their competitive edge, improve customer loyalty and sustain profitability through the ability to deploy and manage added-value services rapidly and efficiently.

* Kreatel
Kreatel provides the IP set top box system with hardware for IP, DVB-T/IP hybrid, and low bit rate decoding, as well as a single software platform to control them all. Its reliable operation and open interfaces for integration with other system components are directly beneficial to operators targeting low total cost, efficient maintenance and high customer loyalty.

* Latens
Latens' sole focus is to provide next generation Conditional Access Systems (CAS) to secure the delivery of content & services over digital cable and broadband networks. Latens' secure software module approach not only provides increased security strength, but due to its architecture, flexibility of operation and speed of recovery, Latens' Content & Revenue Protection minimizes the likelihood of attack. Latens' business benefits include lower implementation and running costs, increased business flexibility and major cash-flow benefits. Latens' open system approach is scalable and for the first time removes vendor lock-in from the content protection equation.

* TANDBERG Television
A typical DSL or FTTH video head-end deployment features a complement of TANDBERG Television encoders, IP streamers, transport stream descramblers, and integrated receiver/decoders to achieve industry leading video quality at low bit-rates. In addition, the TANDBERG iTTV Portal is a flexible middleware software package for broadband IP systems enabling the creation, delivery and management of IP-based television services. The iTTV Portal is ideally suited for service providers starting to offer interactive television services over IP-based broadband networks and provides the operator with all the tools needed to create, deliver and manage broadband television services.

TANDBERG Television's vast experience of broadcast television video compression and its prime contractor systems integration skills support all network management and video processing from content aggregation to feeding the broadband backbone network.

About TANDBERG Television
TANDBERG Television (Oslo: TAT.OL) creates products and systems for the delivery of high quality live video and on demand content across cable, DSL, fiber, IP, satellite and terrestrial networks. Recognized as a market leader, the company provides systems integration and global support capabilities through its sales and 24-hour support operations in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. TANDBERG Television's customers include many of the major broadcasters, network operators and content owners around the world.

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