Cisco powers next-gen IPTV network for NOS

Michelle Clancy | 05 June 2014

Faced with escalating online video traffic, Portuguese service provider NOS has turned to Cisco to combine its video and broadband services over a single DOCSIS access infrastructure.

Cisco's Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP) are supporting the migration, with ESP providing software orchestration that manages the capacity migration from video into DOCSIS on the Cisco CCAP platform. The result is that NOS will be able to move capacity between video and broadband services as needed to support traffic spikes.

About 94% of NOS Iris subscribers are actively using additional cloud video services, necessitating the move, it said.

"We have seen consistent growth in our IP-delivered video services since the launch of our Iris platform, which has in turn increased pressure on our broadband access network," said Miguel Veiga Martins, CTO at NOS. "By converging the two, we are ensuring that we can invest the right capacity in the right places at the right time. Cisco's CCAP solution has proven to provide us with the operational efficiency that we need to ensure that we can continue to offer innovative experiences to our subscribers."

With support for multiple video security formats, the solution will also help enable NOS to deliver video-on-demand (VOD) content with security over IP, in line with DVB standards across the Cisco CCAP platform. The deployment also includes the Cisco Universal Broadband Router uBR10K, 3G60, RF Gateway 10 and DS384 line cards.

"NOS is a pioneer and innovator in the cable industry and has greatly demonstrated the benefits of service innovation to customer retention and maintaining or growing revenue in challenging markets," said Yves Padrines, vice president of service provider video for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia at Cisco. "This deployment is testament to the success of NOS existing services and will provide them even greater flexibility to innovate in the future."