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April 05, 2013

Buckeye CableSystem Picks Motorola APEX3000 as EQAM Solution for SDV and VOD Services

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Buckeye CableSystem recently selected the Motorola (News - Alert) APEX3000 as a fully redundant edge Quadrature Amplitude Modulator (EQAM) solution for Switch Digital Video (SDV) and video on demand (VOD) services.

One of the largest cable firms operating in the Toledo area, Buckeye CableSystem, founded in 1965, is the second oldest continuously-owned large-city cable system in the U.S. “At Buckeye, we are committed to providing our users with a wide range of content -- from on demand to broadcast,” said Jim Brown, vice president of engineering at Buckeye CableSystem.

Motorola’s APEX3000 allows the company to do so reliably, quickly and cost-effectively, he said. “We are confident the Motorola APEX3000 will support our growing needs now and into the future.”

The APEX3000 is an ultra-dense, fully redundant, state-of-the-art chassis-based edge QAM platform with excellent RF performance that is ideal for narrowcast applications such as VOD, SDV, and network DVR, according to Motorola Mobility.

Company officials said that the Motorola APEX3000 supports 384 QAM channels per RU or a total of 1536 QAM channels per 4 RU chassis. The platform allows service providers to pick the number of channels and ports that to fit their requirements. This results in lower costs and increased energy savings, as well as more programming options - VOD, SDV, nDVR, and more - for customers of service providers.

Moreover, it reduces power per QAM by 72 percent - <1W per QAM at maximum density - and comes with 12 10GigE ports, eight primary ports and four back-up. If needed, operators can “ingest” enough content to fill every QAM channel with “unique narrowcast content,” according to company officials.

 “With APEX3000, we are bringing our customers one step closer to achieving a future-proof and robust CCAP architecture, while providing cost savings and ease of mind in the present,” said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager for network infrastructure solutions at Motorola Mobility.

The portfolio of Motorola Mobility, owned by Google (News - Alert), includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices.

Earlier this year, the company launched the Motorola Certified Passive Optical LAN (POL) Specialist (MCPS) Program to provide training and to certify distributors, integrators, value added resellers and end-customer technology professionals working with Motorola POL solutions.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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