Think Beyond 4K: Net Insight Enables 8K Media Transport Too

As high-bandwidth media services evolve to higher definition standards (4K and 8K), broadcasters and media operators face greater challenges in transporting more video content and higher resolution formats in a more efficient way.

To address these challenges, Net Insight at IBC 2014, launched its new Nimbra OT 100 solution. This, in combination with the company’s Nimbra 600 series of media switch routers (MSRs), provides 100G transport capacity over a single fiber or wavelength to support distributed live 4K and 8K UHDTV productions.

The new solution allows broadcasters and media operators to seamlessly improve network capacity without the need for expensive upgrades. The Nimbra OT 100 ensures networks are scalable and able to handle both current and future media transport requirements.

Integrated into Net Insight’s centralized Nimbra management platform, the Nimbra OT 100:

  • Delivers cost-effective, flexible and highly efficient end-to-end media transport
  • Provides the industry’s lowest operating expenditure (OPEX) for transporting UHD content
  • Offers the only fully integrated 100G solution that enables customers to transport uncompressed HD/UHD content with the highest possible quality of service (QoS) and efficiency

Are you at IBC and haven’t seen the Nimbra OT 100 yet? You still have a day to stop by Net Insight’s booth (#1.B40) to learn more!

IBC 2014: Consolidating Video Delivery Networks

Keeping up with subscribers’ expectations for live and on-demand video to any screen is no small feat for service providers. In order to do so, they have been duplicating their infrastructures to deliver content to legacy and new multiscreen devices, in addition to duplicating equipment in the headend.

The result of these duplicated efforts is high infrastructure costs and a sacrifice on quality.

Edgeware’s new Video Consolidation Platform (VCP) overcomes these barriers.

The VCP provides a single, highly consolidated solution for all device types and services. It consists of:

  • The VCP Edge – based on Edgware’s D-VDN solution for best-in-class caching and streaming to any device type
  • The VCP Origin – origin servers that collapse Edgeware’s recording, caching and delivery technology into the headend to overcome strain from increased channels, content and traffic in the CDN

Are you attending IBC 2014? Stop by Edgeware’s booth (#14.B20) t0 catch a glimpse of its VCP and learn more about how it reduces origin complexity, saves initial network investment costs and offers unrivaled scalability.

Super Mobility Week News: Mosaik Solutions Acquires TowerSource, Enters Test & Measurement Market

To keep up with the fast-paced industry, telecom decision makers need the most accurate network intelligence in order to make the best decisions. But, without the right tools, this is easier said than done. Enter Mosaik Solutions who made two big moves at Super Mobility Week:

  • Mosaik announced the acquisition of TowerSource, a vertical asset database containing North American tower site location information. This acquisition significantly enhances Mosaik’s offerings for site planning strategies.
  • Mosaik entered the wireless test & measurement market with its exclusive licensing deal for XenSurvey, a leading cloud network analytics platform. With this deal, Mosaik will offer the XenSurvey app that enables telecom professionals to measure and compare the performance of mobile and wireless networks at any given location, without the need for expensive equipment.

Be sure to click on the links above to learn more or visit Mosaik Solutions at Super Mobility Week, booth 464.

What’s Happening at Super Mobility Week 2014?

Super Mobility Week 2014, North America’s largest event for mobile innovation put on by CTIA, is in just a few days. More than 1,100 exhibitors, as well as more than 1,000 media and analysts from around the world, will call Las Vegas home for this week-long technology event. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and solutions within the mobile ecosystem.

While some speculate opening day of Super Mobility Week will be impacted by Apple’s announcement about its new iPhone, CTIA’s VP Rob Mesirow isn’t worried. He says, “When you think about it, the forty thousand people in the industry who will be affected most by this announcement will not be in Silicon Valley, they’re going to be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo.”

As for at-show, it looks like we’re in store for some interesting events. Here are some things to check out:

  • 4G World – Focusing on important issues, obstacles, and opportunities to efficiently deploy and operate 4G networks, develop competitive mobile broadband services and generate return on their 4G infrastructure investments.
  • The Money Event – Covering how open platforms, mobile technologies, cloud infrastructure and big data science are changing the way the mobile generation conducts commerce.
  • LA Auto Show – Bringing together the world’s top auto makers in car connectivity.

Are you attending Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas? If so, what are you looking forward to the most? Comment below or let us know in Twitter.

Infographic: 99% of the US Population Gets LTE

Acquisitions, global network and LTE expansion, spectrum auction planning and Wi-Fi growth –  2014 was an eventful one for the telecom industry. Without easy access to the latest data, making strategic business decisions in this environment can be tough.

To help industry players make better decisions (and give us as the end users a glimpse of the state of LTE), Mosaik Solutions recently released its annual Wireless Competitive Landscape infographic. The 2014 version includes new elements, such as cable Wi-Fi deployments, LTE network expansion and 600 MHz auction boundaries.

Here are some of the most interesting facts:

  • 99% of the U.S. population is covered by at least one LTE network
  • Since March 2013, LTE networks in the U.S. covered 7.8 million additional people
  • 23.5% of the U.S. population can choose from at least five network operators – down 59% from last year

You can download the infographic here. For more details about the infographic, read Mosaik’s release, available here.

VMworld 2014: VDI Printing Made Possible

Today’s VDI environments change almost as quickly as the seasons. With each change, even the most basic desktop functions can be impacted. One of which is printing.

Printing has become an afterthought for VDI. Even VMware’s Horizon 6 lacked printing capabilities. To overcome this, VMware turned to enterprise mobility management leader Cortado. Earlier this week, Cortado and VMware officially announced the integration of Cortado’s ThinPrint Engine 10 into Horizon 6 for flawless, easy-to-use VDI printing.

In addition, Cortado and VMware have extended their already seven-year OEM partnership until 2022. This agreement showcases how Cortado’s ThinPrint is THE solution for everything print related.

With Cortado in the mix, users truly have the ONE solution they need to meet all of their VDI needs.

This is just one of the few announcements made at VMworld this week. Which announcement caught your eye at the show?

What’s to Come from VMworld 2014?

VMworld 2014, the conference for virtualization and cloud computing, is just around the corner. With more than 22,000 attendees expected this year, 350 breakout sessions from VMware and its community of partners and customers have been set. We’re looking forward to hearing the latest and greatest on tools, software, technologies and practices, and how they will enrich IT.

VMworld organizers have packed the conference’s agenda with unique sessions, including hands-on labs, workshops and group discussions. The hottest topics included in this year’s agenda are:

  • Software-defined enterprise
  • Public and hybrid cloud
  • End user computing
  • Partner track

Robin Matlock, CMO for VMware, says more than 250 sponsors will support this year’s conference. There will also be additional expert-led workshop opportunities to “accommodate high demand exhibited last year.” The five-day conference will also have the presence of Black Keys at the VMworld Party.

Are you attending VMworld 2014 conference? If so, what are you looking forward to the most? Comment below or let us know in Twitter.

Future Cars with Smart Tech to Prevent Collisions

We’ve written a bit about the connected car in the past. As we continue to follow the trend, the new technologies that are popping up are incredible.

On Monday, the Obama administration said future cars and light trucks may be required to be equipped with wireless technology that would allow cars to warn each other of potential dangers. The smart tech would enable them to avoid collisions.

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this new technology could prevent as many as 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving more than a 1,000 lives.

NHTSA has specified that this new wireless technology will use a radio signal to continually transmit a vehicle’s position, direction, speed and other information to other cars equipped with the same technology. Alerting drivers when another car or truck is about to run a red light, or when a car in front makes a sudden stop are some of the instances in which this technology will come in handy.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says this vehicle-to-vehicle technology is “the next great advance in saving lives.”

The Obama administration said a proposal to make a requirement of this new wireless technology system is being drafted. It is estimated that consumers will have to pay about $329 per vehicle in 2020 to own a car or truck equipped with this wireless technology.

How do you feel about requiring advanced technology for automobile and road safety? Comment below or let us know in Twitter.

When it comes to Streaming Services, Which Device is Most Popular?

The adoption of streaming media players in the U.S. doubled between 2011 and 2013, reaching 14 percent in 2013. With the rise in use of streaming devices, it seems everyone has their preferred streaming service. According to the numbers, most people are choosing Roku to stream video.

This is surprising to Apple lovers, who might assume Apple TV would be the winner. However, while half of U.S. homes have an Apple TV device, Apple’s media streaming market share lags behind Roku.

Parks Associates expects streaming video media devices to grow by 25 percent in the next year. As we look forward to seeing how the market share might change, it will be interesting to watch which brand will gain the upper hand with U.S. consumers.

What’s your preferred method to stream your favorite TV shows and movies? Comment below or share with us on Twitter.

What to Hear at ABTA 2014: Soccer Goes Multiscreen

The 2014 FIFA World Cup attracted record audience numbers across the globe, including a whopping 26.5 million U.S. viewers for the final match between Germany and Argentina. In addition, an impressive number of online streaming and social media interactions were noted during the competition.

Sports and TV go hand in hand, and the 2014 World Cup showed us this in full force. Where many people only saw a 31-day soccer tournament, broadcasters and industry players saw it as a means to attract viewers, subscribers and advertisers.

This will be a hot topic at the 2014 ABTA Conference & Expo, taking place in Sao Paulo today through Thursday. For example, Russell Wolf, EVP of ESPN, will speak on a panel on Wednesday about the delivery of content to any screen at any time, including the challenges of reaching new consumers and devices while monetizing content.

How many screens did you need to watch and keep up with the World Cup?