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upc cablecom selects Transmode’s Switched Video Transport solution


Stockholm, Sweden and Comptel Plus, Orlando, Florida - Transmode, a global supplier of packet optical networking solutions, today announced the first deployment for its new Switched Video Transport solution, which will be installed in the new national network of leading Swiss cable TV operator upc cablecom.

upc cablecom, the largest broadband cable operator in Switzerland and part of Liberty Global Europe’s UPC Broadband division, chose Transmode’s recently-launched Switched Video Transport because of its ability to optimize multicast traffic to cope with explosion in traffic generated by the migration to High Definition TV.

Karl Thedéen Transmode’s CEO, commented, “We are very pleased to provide upc cablecom with this flexible solution to their diverse broadcast needs which specifically supports their rapid migration to High Definition TV services. This installation emphasizes that Transmode’s Switched Video Transport solution is a preferable alternative to traditional routers for multicast distribution of high volume TV traffic and opens up new business opportunities for Transmode.”

The new network, due for completion in Q4 2011, will be based on four interlocking rings, covering all regions of Switzerland. It serves at least 2.1 million households, as well as approximately 240 smaller broadband cable operators.

The network is based on a sophisticated underlying ROADM-based optical layer, which supports a wide range of capabilities such as: broadcast services, broadband services and additional services such as mobile backhaul and business Ethernet.

Alexander Lorenz, upc cablecom’s Vice President Network Services, said, “Before choosing Transmode’s solution, we considered an alternative network model based on distributed IP routers. However, we realized this would mean higher costs and complexity as well as higher latency and jitter, which would be undesirable for TV transmissions. Transmode’s Switched Video Transport solution not only meets our current plans but allows us great flexibility as our business continues to grow.”

Switched Video Transport demonstrates the benefits of the applications-focused approach Transmode is taking with the Native Packet Optical solution to Layer 1 and 2 consolidation. This architecture enables Transmode to focus on providing a range of high-end solutions for Transport Ethernet in applications such as Business Ethernet Services, Mobile Backhaul and now Switched Video Transport.

About Transmode
Transmode is a global provider of packet-optical networking solutions that enable fixed line and mobile network operators to cost effectively address the capacity needs created by the rapid growth in video and data traffic. These solutions are important building blocks in next-generation high-speed optical networks that support services such as broadband backhaul, mobile data backhaul, video delivery services and cloud computing. Transmode’s solutions are based on Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and packet optical transport technologies, which are designed to increase the capacity, flexibility and functionality of optical metro core and metro access networks. Transmode’s Intelligent WDM (iWDM™) approach gives key advantages to customers, such as ultra-low latency, low power consumption and innovative network design.

Transmode is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm Exchange (TRMO). Since 2000 the company has installed more than 20,000 systems for over 300 fixed and mobile network operators, service providers, large enterprises and public institutions in over 40 countries across the globe.

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About upc cablecom
upc cablecom – a member of Liberty Global – is Switzerland’s largest cable network company and provides its customers with offerings in the television, Internet and telephony sectors. As of 30 June 2011 the company recorded over 1.5 million cable connections with television and radio reception. 509,600 customers additionally use upc cablecom Digital TV and Radio. Another 525,200 Internet and 339,000 telephony customers have invested their trust in the products of Switzerland’s largest cable network operator. The company also provides voice, data and value-added services for business customers. upc cablecom supplies cable network companies with system building, application and transmission services. Its own network serves over 2 million households and covers all major Swiss cities. In 2010 upc cablecom generated revenue of more than 1.1 billion Swiss francs with 1400 employees.


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