Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Redback and ZTE Supply Triple Play in India

Redback Networks announced that its SmartEdge Service Gateway systems have been selected by Atlas Interactive for an initial rollout of triple play services in Delhi, later expanding nationwide. Redback is working with ZTE, which is the lead integrator in the project.

On a state visit by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to India in April, China's ZTE inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pledging US$1 billion to support an advanced IP network rollout by Atlas Interactive, an Indian telecom group. The deal includes a sales contract valued at US$208 million for the supply of 500,000 lines of ADSL equipment and other gear by ZTE.

Atlas Interactive's forthcoming "netTV" will deliver video on demand, broadcast TV, music, video conferencing, SMS, email web, and high speed broadband over DSL. In 2004, ZTE delivered to Atlas Interactive an initial 50,000 ports ADSL system. This will be expanded by 500,000 lines. ZTE may also supply WiMax equipment.

Atlas also intends to acquire unified access licenses for GSM and CDMA & fixed line deployment in Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Madhya Pradesh, UP (East), UP (West), West Bengal, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

  • Atlas Interactive has an alliance with Indian telco BSNL covering IPTV.

  • TANDBERG Television has delivered IPTV video head-end to Atlas Interactive for its multimedia broadband deployment over the Indian telephone network. The Atlas netTV project will launch services to an initial 50,000 subscribers in the National Capital Region of Delhi in 2005. TANDBERG Television is supplying a range of equipment for the project, including its TT1260 professional receivers that feed the video streams to the TANDBERG IP Streamer. Each IP Streamer in the system includes TANDBERG Television encoders to allow for bit-rate reduction of the streams to meet the low bandwidth capacity of the ADSL network. All parts of the system have full redundancy and are controlled by the nCompass management system, with monitoring based on the TANDBERG TT1260 with integrated IP input and the TANDBERG TT4010 transport stream analyser. The video head-end is being installed and integrated by TANDBERG Television's long-standing Indian business partner, Horizon Broadcast Electronics Pvt. Ltd.

  • Atlas has also selected BitBand's Maestro content distribution and server management suite and BitBand Vision server for its IPTV network.

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