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Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of November 14

Motorola Mobility made a huge splash at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlantathis week. Motorola CEO, Sanjay Jha, kicked off the first day with insightful opening remarks about the direction the cable industry is heading, claiming the industry must “change its interaction model with the consumer.” Also at the show, Jha and Motorola President, Dan Moloney, were featured in two video interviews conducted with Light Reading’s Jeff Baumgartner discussing the future of connectivity and the potential combination of Android and the set-top box. Jha noted that consumers are viewing content on more screens and that these devices represent a huge revenue-generating opportunity for cable operators. Moloney adds that consumers are looking for ubiquitous connectivity, wanting to connect whenever and wherever and that wireless connected to the traditional cable industry is a must to satisfy consumer needs.

At the conference, Motorola also announced the upcoming launch of the QAM platform and a software upgrade that will expand the downstream capacity of its existing platform. This increase in density will help the company better align itself with the cable industry’s migration to the Converged Cable Access platform (CCAP). Be sure to also check out Rick Yuzzi’s video interview with Jerry Kurtze, Motorola’s Sr. Marketing and Business Development Manager. Kurtze discusses exciting ways that connectivity infiltrates the home beyond media and entertainment.
1. Moto Mobility CEO: 4G Can’t Do It Alone (Nov. 15) By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading: 4G technologies like LTE may be screaming fast compared to 3G, but they aren’t necessarily suitable to handle all of a consumer’s broadband needs, Motorola Mobility Inc. CEO Sanjay Jha said here this morning.

2. Motorola Mobility CEO: Cable operators must offer mobile video to consumers in order to grow (Nov. 15) – By Steve Donohue, Fierce Cable: Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said the industry needs to “change its interaction model with the consumer.”

3. Jha & Moloney Discuss Moto’s Set-Top Plans (Nov. 16) and Moto’s Jha & Moloney: The Xoom Boom (Nov. 17) – By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading: (First video) Sanjay Jha and Dan Moloney discuss the Google-Moto combo and what it means for set-tops, consumer devices and what a mobile ecosystem could mean for the cable industry. (Second video) Sanjay Jha and Dan Moloney discuss the cable industry opportunity for tablet and consumer devices, giving a nod to Televation and advanced content delivery services in the home.

4. Cable-Tec Expo: Motorola Chases CCAP (Nov. 15) By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: Motorola Mobility is launching a high-density edge QAM platform and releasing a software upgrade that doubles the downstream capacity of its existing CMTS platform.

5. What’s new with Motorola at SCTE Expo ’11? (Nov. 17) – By Rick Yuzzi, Business of Broadband blog: I had a chance to chat with Jerry Kurtze from Motorola about their new offerings in the connected home.

Motorola APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM Video

Yesterday we announced the Motorola APEX3000 high density Universal Edge QAM. The APEX3000 delivers industry-leading density to meet operators’ needs to cost effectively address increasing demands for narrowcast services such as VOD and nDVR. We were able to capture Chris Brown, Director of Product Management, Motorola Mobility, on the SCTE show floor discussing the benefits of the APEX3000 and how it helps cable operators. Take a look below.


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!

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.

Motorola’s Nextgen Digital Return System

Motorola will introduce tomorrow, the new next-generation 85MHz digital return system which provides the most flexible and highest performance 85MHz capable digital return available today. Operators can deploy Motorola’s digital return cost effectively today at any split, while allowing capacity to go up as high as 85MHz in the future with no reconfiguration. The end result is a better customer experience. The next gen transmitters are the SG4-DRT-2X-85, MBN-DRT-2X-85 and GX2-DRR-2X-85 which supersedes the existing 65 MHz system. Key features include double density, pluggable optics, and module monitoring. 

More to come on this topic, as we get photos and capture video of our products experts @ the SCTE show. Visit us @ Booth #1268.