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Ericsson, Cisco for Dominican Republic’s Aster

Ericsson will transform Aster’s TV proposition and cable network in the Dominican Republic through the deployment of the Ericsson Mediaroom TV Platform and video compression solutions, as well as the Cisco cBR-8, an Evolved Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).

Aster is a challenger in the Dominican Republic’s cable TV market, focused on delivering innovative TV and internet services to its subscribers.

Ericsson will act as prime integrator to bring together its suite of media solutions, including the Mediaroom TV platform and the AVP4000 video processing encoder, with broadband access provided by the cBR-8 and Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial (HFC) solutions from Cisco.

Cisco’s offerings bring full Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.1 capabilities and 10 times the speed and capacity of any existing product; the cBR-8 cost-effectively scales from today’s 1Gbps speeds to 10Gbps by eliminating the need for multiple system rewiring.

The overall solution from Ericsson significantly enhances the next phase of TV experiences and supports seamless delivery of video, while making it easy to migrate to IP-cable video experiences for time-shifting and other services.

Juan Ramón Gomez Diaz, owner of Aster and Telemicro group, says: “Having the world’s best technology is a key element of our group success. As we revamp our Aster cable TV offerings we wanted the best partners with end-to-end solutions, including technology and services expertise. The Ericsson-Cisco partnership came right on time, as we set Aster to be the leading cable operator in our market.”

Clayton Cruz, Vice President Region Latin America and Caribbean, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson’s media expertise and services strength is unparalleled in the industry. The addition of our recently announced partnership with Cisco, which includes its converged cable access platform, is one example of how our partnership is producing tangible benefits for our customers.”

Gustavo Sorgente, Managing Director of Sales, Central America, North South America and the Caribbean, Cisco, says: “With the pace the service provider market is moving, the most successful companies will be those who build the right strategic partnerships to accelerate innovation, growth and customer value. Today’s announcement demonstrates the impact the Cisco-Ericsson partnership can have on service providers seeking to add value to their customers while increasing revenue streams and maintaining costs.”

“Our partnership with Cisco to enable Aster to revamp its TV services in the Dominican Republic is a clear demonstration of Ericsson’s leading position in transforming the cable industry in the internet era of television. Cable operators are adopting CCAP fast broadband fixed technologies as well as exploring several wireless strategies to ensure their networks can cope with the ever-increasing surge in video traffic and deliver the seamless experiences that consumers expect. I am delighted that Aster recognises the powerful combination of Ericsson’s broad media portfolio and its services capability, integrated with Cisco’s leadership in fixed cable-IP infrastructure. Together Ericsson and Cisco offer unrivalled expertise in evolving the cable market and opening up possibilities for growth,” added Elisabetta Romano, Vice President and Head of TV and Media at Ericsson

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