Vodafone Portugal takes modular approach to video head-end

Norwegian firm Appear TV has deployed an innovative modular video head-end chassis architecture for Vodafone Portugal which combines analogue RF and COFDM modulation modules, and which is capable of providing the telco’s TV subscribers with access to both analogue SD and digital HD services.

The Appear TV solution is now live, after being deployed at Vodafone’s media centres in Lisbon and Porto, and provides a total of 70 SD and HD TV channels over the existing Vodafone IP FTTH network.

This unique deployment was designed and deployed by Appear TV’s business partner Satcab, a leading system integrator of professional broadcast solutions and services, working closely with Vodafone Portugal’s engineering team.

The solution provides SD services such as analogue RF and uses the DVB-T tuner of today’s flat panel HD TVs to decode the COFDM modulated HD services, improving access to new services by improved utilisation of the existing network.

“The modular approach of the Appear TV HE architecture and the features of its advanced RF and COFDM modulation functionality enabled us to build a solution that uses the capacity of the Vodafone FTTH network to reduce the number of set-top boxes deployed, a great benefit to both us and our customers,” said Jorge Bento, Director of Products and Services, Vodafone.

”Not only do we increase efficiency by  supporting analogue and digital services from one IP head-end, but we also simplify providing SD and HD to multiple TVs in the home, a useful advantage in Portugal, where the average number of TV sets is three per household.”

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