Cable Technology Feature Article
Facing OTT Video Crunch, Portugal's NOS Makes Big Network Migration
By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor
Driven by an increase in streaming video usage, Portuguese service provider NOS is combining its video and broadband services over a single DOCSIS access infrastructure, aiming to optimize network usage and reduce operational expenses.
The company said that four months after the launch of higher-speed broadband tiers, a full 94 percent of NOS Iris subscribers were actively using additional cloud video services. This, in conjunction with growth in general Internet traffic, has created the need for a flexible network approach, the company said.
"We have seen consistent growth in our IP delivered video services since the launch of our Iris platform, which has in turn increased pressure on our broadband access network,” said Miguel Veiga Martins, CTO at NOS. “By converging the two, we are ensuring that we can invest the right capacity in the right places at the right time. Cisco (News - Alert)'s CCAP solution has proven to provide us with the operational efficiency that we need to ensure that we can continue to offer innovative experiences to our subscribers."
NOS has chosen Cisco’s Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP). The latter provides software orchestration that manages the capacity migration from video into DOCSIS on the Cisco CCAP platform. The result is that NOS will be able to move capacity between video and broadband services.
With support for multiple video security formats, the solution will also help enable NOS to deliver video on demand (VOD) content with security over IP, in line with DVB standards across the Cisco CCAP platform.
The deployment also includes the Cisco Universal Broadband Router uBR10K, 3G60, RF Gateway (News - Alert) 10 and DS384 line cards.
"NOS is a pioneer and innovator in the cable industry and has greatly demonstrated the benefits of service innovation to customer retention and maintaining or growing revenue in challenging markets,” Yves Padrines, vice president of service provider video for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia at Cisco. “This deployment is testament to the success of NOS existing services and will provide them even greater flexibility to innovate in the future."
Edited by Maurice Nagle