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Motorola Mobility Kicks-Off SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

Today, Motorola Mobility’s chairman and CEO Sanjay Jha took the stage with Cox Communication’s president Pat Esser to kick off SCTE’s annual conference, Cable-TEC Expo in Atlanta, Ga.

Sanjay’s opening remarks focused on the converged experience and how Motorola Mobility is not just a set-top box company, but one that provides a customized user experience via software and services. He goes on to say that converging wireless and home services are a “bucking bronco” and that it changes every three months, creating new opportunities for cable providers.

Sanjay also mentioned five times more people are watching content on mobile devices than a year ago. He continues stating that looking forward, personal devices will become increasingly important to consumers, and consumers will expect more computing power.

 According to SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban, overall registration for the show is higher than last year and operators are now sending more of their decision makers to attend.  More updates from the show to come soon!

Introducing the APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM: 1,536 QAM Channels and a Bridge to CCAP

Author: Chris Brown, Director of Product Management

The SCTE show opens today and news from Motorola Mobility is just rolling in.  Today we’ve launched the APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM. It’s a super-dense chassis with 32 ports and 48 channels per port, supporting 1,536 QAM channels. The APEX3000 is designed not only to meet growing demand for narrowcast video, but also to serve as a bridge product for future rollouts of a Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).

In an earlier post discussing the concept of a distributed CCAP model, my colleague Jeff Walker wrote about the ability to install a high-density Edge QAM in a cable network today with channels left over for future DOCSIS® data use. The APEX3000 was built with this capacity in mind. Many of our cable operator customers are facing overwhelming demand for more narrowcast channels to support growing VOD libraries and network DVR trials. However, since few are ready to make the jump to CCAP today, there is clear need for a product that can provide more channels now, yet still transition easily to a CCAP architecture later. The APEX3000 does both by offering unprecedented channel density in a 4RU unit, and leaving excess capacity available for a distributed CCAP architecture where DOCSIS channels are transmitted to the APEX chassis and then placed by the APEX into the same RF port along with video QAMs.

The goal with this new Universal Edge QAM is to link legacy architectures with a new converged platform. By doing this, we can help reduce upgrade expenses and support the scale of narrowcast video capacity that cable providers need. It’s a “pay-as-you-grow” QAM model, offering investment protection even as the industry migrates to CCAP for converged video and data delivery.

Motorola will be demonstrating the APEX3000 at SCTE in Atlanta, Booth # 1268. Stop by and visit us.

Motorola’s New Suite of Multi-Wavelength Transmitters

Today at the SCTE show, Motorola will introduce a new suite of multi-wavelength transmitters- the GX2-GS1000, GX2-EA1000, and the GX2-DM2000. These products allow operators to further minimize segmentation costs by conserving fiber while providing best in class performance at every price point, for all digital and analog systems. The solutions maximize existing network capacity while also driving advancements for tomorrow’s bandwidth needs.

The GX2-GS1000 transmitters can accommodate up to 16 wavelengths on a single fiber with over 100 kilometers of reach per stream with full QAM loading from 52 to 1003 MHz.  It can handle up to 79 analog channels, full QAM loading and narrowcast QAM loading. The GX2-EA1000 high performance transmitter handles up to 79 Analog channels plus QAM loading as point to point transmitter as well as multi-wavelength transmitter.

The sister product- GX2-DM2000 has enhanced features to allow this product line to scale for the needs of the cable operators.  It manages narrowcast overlay payload with an added capability to broadcast full QAM loading from 52 – 1003 MHz and operates up to 30 analog channels plus QAM loading.

The GX2-DM2000 will be available next month and the others earlier next year. Visit us @ SCTE Booth# 1268

Motorola Televation App Available to All Service Providers Now

Motorola Mobility introduced a new Televation hosted client app today at SCTE. By supporting a hosted client app for Televation, Motorola has eliminated the need for service providers to invest both time and resources in expensive, custom applications and set-up costs. This makes Televation a cost effective way for almost any service provider to deliver subscribed TV services to consumers’ tablets.

Televation, is a broadband device that enables consumers to watch live TV on their tablets anywhere in and around the home. Introduced back at the 2011 Cable Show, Televation is similar to a traditional set-top in that it features a single QAM tuner and CableCARD decryption. It connects through coax input and Ethernet to a Wi-Fi router enabling secure wireless streaming of linear programming to a tablet. The unit acts as an independent content access point efficiently tuning all subscribed services and transcoding to the proper format without disrupting household viewing. It receives the QAM signal via coax, decodes and decrypts it using a QAM tuner and CableCARD, then transcodes and transrates from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4. Utilizing IPRM, the content is encrypted and then streamed out the Ethernet port to the Wi-Fi router via HTTP Live Streaming (HLS).

Motorola anticipated consumer demands for this device and developed a product for our service provider partners to deliver technology solutions their customers want.

Check out the app at our SCTE Booth# 1268

Motorola TXPlus

MSO’s struggle to keep up with the growth in the demand for downstream bandwidth due to the explosion of IP video.  Motorola has the solution–the TXPlus. Introduced this week, the TXPlus software upgrade for Motorola’s TX32 decoupled downstream module will enable MSO’s to dramatically increase downstream bandwidth cost effectively.

With its 2008 launch, the TX32 dramatically (500%) increased downstream bandwidth capacity of the BSR 64000 , enabling operators to add capacity while protecting their original CMTS investment. The TXPlus upgrade offers operators the ability to double (100%) the downstream capacity of their existing BSR 64000 CMTS: DOCSIS 3.0 cards (64 channels), achieving 384 DS channels per chassis, and it increases EuroDOCSIS 2.0 downstream cards by 50 percent (48 channels), reaching 288 DS channels per chassis – all without having to replace CMTS cards. The software upgrade can be applied to deployed TX32’s to enable operators to increase downstream density without hardware changes or recombining.  These upgrades for the TX32 card will result in Motorola having the highest density integrated or modular CMTS with a fully redundant system of 384 DOCSIS 3.0 downstream and 288 upstream channels per CMTS and 768 downstream and 576 upstream channels in a standard rack.

Stop by our SCTE booth #1268 to learn more or if you need a TX32 refresher, we found this demo video from a past tradeshow.