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Cable Technology Feature Article

July 23, 2010

Maldives Market Tapped by CableNET, Harmonic

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Harmonic (News - Alert) has announced that its digital video processing and delivery products have been deployed by CableNET, a cable TV provider in the Republic of Maldives, for the first high definition and near video-on-demand network in the Maldives.

CableNET serves 100,000 customers through its cable service in the capital city of Male and surrounding islands, and via a multichannel multipoint distribution service throughout the rest of the country.

Harmonic officials say they provide "the digital infrastructure to run simultaneous cable and MMDS services to the entire country with a single bandwidth-efficient MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) headend," making it possible, as they say, for CableNET to be "the first operator in the Maldives to provide MPEG-4 SD and HD, nVOD and digital channel mosaic services."

To power the end-to-end digital infrastructure for the new service, called Medianet, CableNET has deployed a range of Harmonic video and edge processing products, including ProView 7000 and 2900 integrated receiver/decoders to receive the channel feeds from the satellite.

There are also Ion AVC encoders and the ProStream 1000 stream processing platform compress and multiplex the video signals for distribution, as well as the ProStream 8000 digital mosaic product to create multi-channel mosaics.

And Harmonic's NMX Digital Service Manager controls the entire digital headend.

"The advanced digital processing technology and superior video quality provided by Harmonic were essential in building our new Medianet hybrid cable/terrestrial service," said Ahmed Shafeeu, managing director at CableNET. "We needed a bandwidth-efficient system that did not compromise on quality for long haul, inter-island transmissions.

"Harmonic's end-to-end digital stream processing and delivery solutions are ideal for CableNET, providing a high quality yet cost-effective platform that builds upon their existing delivery infrastructure," said Stalin Jekash Simson, director of Regional Sales, India, at Harmonic.

CableNet has also launched services in the Southern Atolls of Addu and FuahMullah, and is continually exploring other markets around the country.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi