Harmonic running video on Telekom Austria DTH

December 11, 2013 10.58 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Telekom Austria Group is running its new direct2home platform on Harmonic ProStream 9100 with ACE high-density stream processors and transcoders, SMD 9200 DVBS-S2 modulators, and NMX Digital Service Manager, the technology company has confirmed.

The solution, designed to support multiple digital processing applications, will help Telekom Austria’s plans for a white label DTH platform in the CEE region.

“The Telekom Austria Group has a long tradition as a provider of satellite services, and we are active as a TV provider for both IPTV and cable services,” said Stefan Amon, head of wholesale at Telekom Austria Group. “By leveraging our existing infrastructure and expertise, along with best-of-breed processing technology from Harmonic, we are bringing convergence to a new level. Working with proven and reliable equipment that meets our high standards, we assure a high level of signal quality for our own satellite-delivered services, as well as those we enable for other broadcasters, IPTV, cable TV, and network operators.”

Telekom Austria is using the Eutelsat neighbourhood at 16 degrees East. Some 75 million households are being targeted.

The SMD 9200 professional modulator improves operators bandwidth efficiency and reduces costs. Multi-stream support with Variable Coding and Modulation (VCM) ensures the SMD 9200 will be ready for future advances in S2 modulation. The NMX Digital Service Manager supplies a powerful set of tools for monitoring and managing Telekom Austria Group’s new DTH workflow.

“In addition to supporting the Telekom Austria Group’s own expanding operations, the company’s DTH platform enables its clients to extend their own service footprints in CEE simply and cost-effectively,” said Stefan Meier, regional sales director at Harmonic. “The quality and reliability of signal processing and delivery are critical to the success of this platform. The Harmonic solution delivers excellent performance and helps to maximize uptime as Telekom Austria Group and its clients move to take advantage of new opportunities in the CEE market.”

Installation of the system was performed by Normann Engineering GmbH, a leading systems integrator and Harmonic reseller based in Austria.