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Ray Le Maistre
LR Cable News Analysis
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief
5/27/2009

Europe's annual ANGACable show opened its doors in Cologne on Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of announcements from operators and vendors alike.

At the top of the news agenda were the acquisition of Avinity Systems BV by ActiveVideo and the announcement by Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT) that South Korea's SK Broadband is using the vendor's cable modem termination system (CMTS) "bypass" technology to deliver IPTV services to cable subs. (See ActiveVideo Buys Into European iTV and SK Broadband Goes for IPTV .)

And it's clear from the rest of the show's news that enabling more sophisticated video services, faster broadband, and packetized voice are the primary concerns of Europe's cable sector as the battle against the region's telecom operators for double- and triple-play customers intensifies. (See Euro MSO Hits Back at IPTV.)

Here's the pick of the rest.

  • Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland GmbH , has deployed packet voice switches from Cedar Point Communications Inc. to provision VoIP services to its residential customers and to support its migration to PacketCable 2.0. (See PacketCable 2.0: Back on the Front Burner and Kabel Deutschland Rings Up Cedar Point.)

    The operator, which has just announced fiscal year revenues of €1.37 billion (US$1.9 billion) and struck a mobile service resale agreement with Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG , has more than 9 million customers, of which 8.1 million are analog TV users, 849,000 are digital Pay TV users, 708,000 are broadband customers, and 710,000 use its voice service. (See Kabel Deutschland Teams With O2 and Kabel Deutschland Closes Year.)

  • Another German operator, Kabel BW GmbH & Co. , is to use Nortel Networks Ltd. 's CS 2000 IP Multimedia Softswitch and policy control server technology from Camiant Inc. to provision services such as video telephony, interactive gaming, and multimedia messaging as well as VoIP. (See Kabel BW Deploys Camiant, Nortel.)

    The operator, which has 2.3 million subscribers, has also deployed video server technology, DVR capabilities, and MediaHighway set-top box middleware from NDS Ltd. , as well as a range of VoD technology from Harmonic, to help launch a host of new video services. (See Kabel BW Picks Harmonic and Kable BW Deploys NDS Tech.)

  • Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced that Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) has chosen its BSR 64000 Integrated-CMTS (I-CMTS) to support the British operator's ever-faster Docsis 3.0 broadband services. (See Virgin Picks Moto CMTS for Wideband and Virgin Bonds With 200 Mbit/s Trial .)

    The vendor also unveiled a new video headend developed specifically for the delivery of high-definition (HD) services, and landed a deal to supply EuroDocsis 3.0 cable modems to Telia Stofa, the Danish cable operations of Scandinavian carrier Telia Company . (See Moto Unveils New Headend and Telia Stofa, Moto Roll With Docsis 3.0.)

    Other announcements of note include:

    — Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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