Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 18-08-2011

Regional Alaskan telco Matanuska Telephone (MTA) has deployed more than 1,000 HD video extenders for wireless distribution of HD IPTV in subscriber homes.

MTA was looking to meet the challenge of traditional home networking where telcos needed to pull CAT5 wiring throughout the house. Comtrend’s HD Video Extenders, installers can completely bypass hardwiring and plug in wireless adapters for no-distortion IPTV service.

"Comtrend’s HD Video Extender has literally changed the way we deploy IPTV," said Bryan Nelson, OSP field services manager for MTA. "What used to take an installer four hours can now be done in 1.5 hours. The ROI speaks for itself, and the quality of transmission is rock-solid and dependable."

The box is a Wi-Fi-based HD Access Point designed to distribute multiple HD IPTV streams within the home using the 5GHz band.

MTA, a locally owned telecommunications cooperative, was formed in 1953 to serve residents in Palmer, Alaska. Today, MTA's service area extends across nearly 10,000 square miles - south to Eagle River, north to Anderson, east to Glacier View, and west to Skwentna.