Arris has revealed new contracts with Liberty Global, Sky Italia and Stofa. However, the most significant IBC announcement is for the UK, where Arris will be entering the retail market with a new generation box for Freesat.
Arris has been selected to develop the free-to-air satellite platform’s first subscription-free, 4K UHD/HDR video devices. In addition to satellite reception, there is also the ability to stream OTT services. It’s the first KreaTV device for DVB-S2.
After launch in the UK in 2019 there are also plans to take the range into Europe.
“We’re gaining steady momentum in the international market by responding quickly to the evolving needs of our service provider customers and consumers around the world,” said Steve McCaffery, President and Managing Director, International Business Operations Group, Arris. “Our customers appreciate the diversity of solutions that we offer, and our latest design wins attest to our leadership and expertise in helping them deliver tomorrow’s entertainment and broadband experiences.”
In Germany, Liberty Global has deployed the ARRIS E6000 Gen 2 platform to power its DOCSIS 3.1 launch. The Gen 2 platform offers up to a 70 percent increase in headend service group density without consuming more rack space, enabling cost savings and capacity upgrades for HFC access networks.
In Italy, Sky Italia will upgrade its consumer set-tops to hybrid models from Arris to comply with new European Commission energy efficiency regulations. The devices also add HEVC encoding and 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities to the consumer premises, allowing higher quality video for video on demand.
In Denmark, Stofa chose ARRIS vManager to accelerate its deployment of Gigabit services across the county. vManager automates the provisioning of new nodes on its network— securing, managing, and configuring the devices accurately and faster.