04.05.2004 12:00 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
BNS teams with equipment and service providers for first mVPN network in Asia

Broadband Network Systems (BNS) has collaborated with Cisco Systems, Millennium Information Technologies (Millennium IT, Colombo) TANDBERG Television, BitBand and Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) to create a demonstration of the world's first successful mVPN network deployment for multicast video on VPN and video-on-demand solutions. The result of the collaboration was a reliable, secure, private and easily managed network that is, for the first time according to BNS, capable of delivering multicast video on IP-VPN networks.

In the week-long trial, BNS provided turnkey IP video solutions for the tests that featured multicast live TV channels and on-demand movies, successfully transmitted from a cable headend via SLT’s mMPLS core and mVPN link products. The system also incorporated a Cisco platform (consisting of multiple Cisco 12000 series and 7200 and 7500 series routers on the edge) using IP video servers from BitBand Technologies, MPEG encoders and IP streamers from TANDBERG Television, and P200 IP set-top boxes from BNS.

The multicast and VOD streams were then transported to several edge locations in the network, including the client side. All video streams were tested at 4Mb/s on DSL network. This tests also showed how mVPN can be targeted to multi-ISP users.

Siri Hewa, solutions and business development manager, broadcast and digital video, Cisco Systems, said the trial showcases a solution that enables service providers to offer a lower cost entry to TV production houses and TV operators via DSL and mVPN.

For more information visit www.bnsltd.com and www.tandbergtv.com.

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