CableLabs & Cisco to run IPTV innovations lab

March 4, 2014 10.27 Europe/London By Julian Clover

CableLabsA new IPTV innovations lab is being established in Louisville, Colorado by CableLabs, using equipment and software supplied by Cisco. The announcement was made at the CableLabs Winter Conference, currently being held in Atlanta.

Cisco is providing both core infrastructure and Videoscaoe components with a view to providing CableLab members – which include key European operators – with a state-of-the-art location for Internet Protocol (IP) video testing.

Tom Lookabough, chief R&D officer, CableLabs commented: “CableLabs has committed to cultivate an innovation pipeline with a three year planning horizon. This new IPTV Innovations Lab delivers on that commitment while helping our service provider members and technology suppliers refine their focus, improve overall time to market of new products and services, and share best practices.”

Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Video Infrastructure, Cisco added: “IP is fast extending to all services, all devices. Convergence onto a common IP platform for all services drives operational savings, flexibility, and improves service velocity. Our collaboration with CableLabs on the new IPTV Innovations Lab is a significant milestone, unveiling a one-of-a-kind facility with all the latest technology in one place for cable operators to explore new opportunities for IP video and cloud-enabled experiences.”

Cisco will provide CableLabs with the core IP infrastructure for the all-IP solutions testing at the facility, including routing equipment, switching, cable modem termination systems (CMTS), RF Gateway-10 (RFGW-10) universal edge quadrature amplitude modulator (U-EQAM), Unified Computing Systems (UCS), storage networks, and a variety of Videoscape components.