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August 06, 2014

kbro Selects Qwilt Caching for OTT and Twitch Support in Taiwan

By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor

kbro, the largest cable operator in Taiwan, has selected Qwilt’s (News - Alert) online video delivery and transparent caching solutions to support its over-the-top (OTT) video on demand (VOD) and live video traffic, including Twitch, the largest live video site in Taiwan.

Qwilt's Video Fabric Controllers can offload nearly half of all online video traffic, and the company said that in trials with kbro, it was able to improve Quality of Experience (QoE) for viewers by more than 200 percent across all sites, on average, and up to 385 percent in some cases.

Qwilt's QB-Series Video Fabric Controller monitors video traffic across operator networks in real-time to identify trending and popular titles, and then stores and delivers them locally at the subscriber edge, in close proximity to end users. The open architecture solution has a plug-and-play, out of band insertion model, so Qwilt's video fabric controller can begin analyzing and caching video content without lead time.

kbro serves over 400,000 customers, and Qwilt's solution will also support kbro’s serving of other video sites in Asia including Youku, FC2.com and QQ.com.

"The time has come where binge-watching is now one of the most popular ways to consume TV and more live streaming content is being made available online than ever before," said AlonMaor, CEO and co-founder of Qwilt. "Qwilt's transparent caching solution ensures the quality of this content is at the highest level, which enhances the viewing experience, by storing the most popular content at the neighborhood level and allowing it to reach subscribers faster.”

He added, “We are pleased to work with kbro to ensure their subscribers have the best viewing experience possible, whether it be watching the latest viral YouTube (News - Alert) sensation or live streaming a Titanfall game from Twitch."

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