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May 22, 2012

Active Broadband Networks: Providers Embracing IP Video Delivery

By Nick Ruble, TMCnet Contributing Writer

The Cable Show 2012 kicked off Sunday, May 20, demonstrating some of the best in the cable and broadband industry. Supplier of operations support systems for broadband providers, Active Broadband Networks, explained how it, like many other cable providers, is embracing monetized IP video delivery services. 

CEO at Active Broadband Networks Adam Dunstan noted that providers are widely adopting the idea of IP-based premium subscription services due to the ubiquity of said services. Virtually any device – from smartphones to full desktop PC setups and home entertainment systems can stream content from the Web. It’s essentially a more practical form of video on demand.

Dunstan also announced that providers are presented with two different challenges, the first being monetization challenges, the second being that of quality management.

“The Active Content Manager satisfies critical subscriber service management requirements for the profitable delivery of premium video content over managed private IP networks,” he added.

The Active Content Manager (ACM) is a system that, based on content delivery requirements as well as subscriber entitlements with networks, dynamically maps video streams to separately managed, private broadband connections. Through tracking usage and monitoring content, the ACM allows providers to accurately and effectively monetize IP-based content.

What’s more, the service will monitor broadband capacity and video streaming rates, dynamically adjusting bandwidth accordingly.

Combined with a few other network services, the ACM is a part of Active Broadband’s Dynamic Broadband Service Manager (DBSM) – an operations support system that can be implemented to monitor services over all major network types, from WiFi to LTE and WiMAX (News - Alert).

Users can check up on their account by visiting the self-service Web portal platform, which includes usage monitoring and merchant processing of on-demand service transactions.

Active Broadband Networks will be set up at booth 1447 at The Cable Show 2012 through Thursday, May 24. For more information on the event, please visit TheCableShow.com.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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