ANGA COM 2015: Harmonic, WISI partner on cable access

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 10 June 2015

Harmonic and WISI Communications have announced a partnership that provides cable operators with next-generation cable access solutions.

Under the joint collaboration, Harmonic and WISI will develop products for the service provider, hospitality, enterprise and MDU markets.

"This collaboration is a win-win situation for Harmonic, WISI and the cable industry," said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager for the cable edge business at Harmonic. "WISI has a powerful presence in the EMEA region that will help Harmonic penetrate new markets; and Harmonic has years of cable edge expertise and strong brand recognition in edgeQAM technologies, enabling WISI to expand internationally. Not only will this partnership lead to significant growth for both companies, it enables us to provide the industry with a new class of cable access solutions at a low total cost of ownership, bringing a wide range of benefits to cable operators."

The platform includes WISI's optical high-density platform OPTOPUS for HFC-, RFOG networks and CCAP-ready 1,2GHZ full spectrum DWDM technology and the WISI TANGRAM video platform. TANGRAM is a high-density digital TV headend for contribution of digital TV via IP networks and end-to-end IPTV solutions such as video-on-demand (VOD), connected TV and over-the-top (OTT) or Web TV. WISI's solutions complement Harmonic's NSG Pro CCAP system and NSG Exo distributed CCAP.

"The cable world has changed rapidly over the last decade, with operators delivering high speed Internet as well as fixed and mobile telephony offerings alongside video, including on-demand and time-shift services. In order to address fluctuations in traffic growth, operators need cable access solutions that provide maximum scalability and flexibility," said Axel Sihn, CEO at WISI. "Partnering with Harmonic, a market leader in cable edge technologies, we are able to offer operators a complete cable access solution and the easiest path to addressing the cable industry's evolving needs, such as CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1. This enables them to launch services faster and cheaper, resulting in increased revenue growth."