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ANGA COM 2019 In Short

By Julian Clover

An update on what can be found in the halls of Köln Messe during this year’s ANGA COM.

Xantaro Group (Hall 8. Stand N11) is inviting visitors to learn more about the SDNFV test solution, Cloud Peak & Cloudlens, and get to know its demo installation in the XCloud.

R&M (Hall 7. Stand G30) will teach you how to use and extend your fibre distribution hub units.

Xantaro Group (Hall 8. Stand N11) will showcase carrier grade Internet of Things across device management and Wi-Fi optimisation.

Hexatronic/Opternus (Hall 7. Stand E60) will show a complete set of solutions designed streamline the development of fiber network

Divitel (Hall 8 Stand MS17) is organising two invitation-only workshops in association with AirTies. More details can be found here.

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Will demonstrate the latest fibre solutions and show a FTTX Virtual Reality environment. (Hall 7. Stand G68)

News Analysis: Pelosi Pushes Go-Slow Strategy on Impeachment as She Goads Trump

By GLENN THRUSH

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using rhetorical volleys, like accusing President Trump of “a cover-up,” to ease the pressure on impeachment as she counsels a methodical strategy.

Justice Dept. Says It Will Share Some Mueller-Related Intelligence With House Committee

By NICHOLAS FANDOS

The decision to share information with the House Intelligence Committee could de-escalate tensions between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration.

WISI unveils innovative B2B solutions

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

German technology company WISI unveils new sophisticated video solutions for network operators and service providers at ANGA COM 2019.

Highlights are new features for the Inca ABR Transcoder 3840, the new HXC module for the Inca Modular Series 4400, HTTPs Streaming for Inca’s Multiscreen Launch Platform (MLP), SRT support for the FIREFLY Platform, the premiere of the Blueline Edge Series and GiaX HelEOS Ethernet Coax Overlay.

The Inca ABR Transcoder 3840 is a carrier-grade adaptive bitrate transcoder built for rapid deployment and reliable OTT video delivery. To ensure high availability, this product has been expanded to include N+1 chassis redundancy with support for multicast source IP masquerading for Source Specific Multicast (SSM) compatibility. Operators can enjoy peace of mind and maximize uptime with N+1 with SSM support and other redundancy features available in the 3840ABR including automatic source failover and redundant power supplies.

The Inca ABR Transcoder 3840 sets new performance standards in the international market, is optimized for multiscreen and OTT applications and can transcode up to 24 HD or 48 SD video services to frame-aligned, multi-bitrate profiles in a single rack unit.

The new HXC module, compatible with the existing Inca Modular Series 4400, supports transcoding of next-generation HEVC for future proofing and optimizing video distribution. The HEVC codec provides compression savings of up to 40% while maintaining picture quality. Signals received in HEVC can be converted by the Inca Modular Series 4400 back to MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 to ensure compatibility with legacy equipment. The HXC module helps operators support existing cable TV, IPTV, satellite delivery and processing infrastructure by transcoding linear SD and HD HEVC sources to MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 outputs for IP transport video stream distribution.

WISI has also extended the Inca Modular Series 4400 feature set by added N+1 Chassis Redundancy, compatible with Source Specific Multicast (SSM) infrastructure.

Operators using Inca’s Multiscreen Launch Platform (MLP) can now send secure, encrypted HLS streams to subscribers using HTTPs. The MLP is an all-in-one carrier-grade transcoder, live stream packager and origin server for streaming video services. It is an ideal solution for hospitality applications and contained networks such as hospitals, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories or MDUs. Using the MLP’s intuitive web-based management tools, video operators can easily create HLS playlists for secure HTTPs delivery to ABR-capable set-top boxes, TVs, smartphones and tablets.

WISI has extended its FIREFLY Platform with open source video transport protocol and technology stack SRT (Secure Reliable Transport). SRT optimizes streaming performance across unpredictable networks with secure streams and easy firewall traversal, bringing the best quality live video to users. The main advantages to using SRT are the secure AES encryption and the packet loss recovery through advanced low latency retransmission techniques.

The WISI GT BLE 23 is an optimized compact-headend for B2B applications. This new product allows telecommunications operators to receive and process IP transport streams, and modulate them to up to 12 QAM channels. The field-proven advanced multiplexer is integrated and seamlessly adapts the transport streams to the operator’s network requirements. Configuration is intuitive and quick, and this efficient compact-headend is easy to install in a 19” rack or on the wall.

WISI and technology partner GiaX have developed solutions for virtual node split, mobile backhauling and business customer access with symmetrical Ethernet. GiaX HelEOS Ethernet Coax Overlay is a new and cost-effective solution that can be implemented quickly and flexibly to adapt the network to future requirements. The bridge technology allows operators to extend their infrastructures without intense investments in earthwork. This 10G Ethernet over coax solution saves up to 70 percent of costs of regular fibre net upgrades and significant operational efforts. The point-to-point transmission of symmetrical Ethernet signals allows a bandwidth of up to 10 Gbps in both directions on the coax line in the HFC network. The transmission takes place in the frequency range between 1 GHz and 3.5 GHz.

Hall 8, stand R11

Kazakhstan: New political realities

By Georgi Gotev

Kazakhstan’s first president Nursultan Nazarbayev surprisingly resigned on 19 March and announced that the Speaker of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will serve as interim leader before the next presidential election, which will take place on 9 June.

Ocilion and Broadband TV News to host seventh IPTV/OTT Industry Breakfast

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

IPTV provider Ocilion together with Broadband TV News will host the annual market-leading IPTV/OTT Industry Breakfast at ANGA COM 2019 on June 5 from 9 to 11am, helping TV operators attract new viewers of all ages in a fast-faced, ever-changing sector.

It’s the seventh edition of the unique and globally-renowned independent gathering, which sees industry chiefs and the eco-system converge under one roof to collaboratively troubleshoot challenges and brainstorm the next big opportunities in the operator arena.

Ocilion is a leading B2B provider of complete IPTV solutions for network operators. The IPTV specialist is delivering individual multi-screen IPTV platforms combining pioneering features and a wide array of content offerings on converged networks. Ocilion is also providing pre-integrated set-top boxes (both IP and hybrid IP/DVB-C) serving the specific requirements of all different network topologies: HFC, VDSL, FTTX and OTT.

Alongside its partner hosts Verimatrix, LIWEST and the Discovery network, Ocilion will provide expertise in attracting new subscribers, maintaining and up-selling existing. The right IPTV approach helps operators to satisfy the changing demands of consumers and hold their own against larger competitors. In addition, especially FTTH providers benefit from IPTV as differentiator to satellite’s live-only TV, thus driving the fiber-optic expansion.

Ocilion CEO Hans Kühberger said: “We’re delighted to be the official host of the 2019 IPTV/OTT Industry Breakfast at ANGA COM.

Ocilion’s tailored IPTV solutions help operators grow their customer base by appealing to all age groups – from streamers only to classic live TV users starting to appreciate time-shifted TV gaining more flexibility in their daily routine. It’s crucial operators choose the right TV offer to keep their existing customers happy and attract new subscribers in this increasingly competitive industry. This is a market of exponential growth and Ocilion, alongside its esteemed partners, is eager to help operators achieve their ambitions by implementing the correct progressive solutions.”

The event will kick off with breakfast served at 9am, followed by a panel discussion at 9.30am and an open Q&A at 10.45am, moderated by Julian Clover from Broadband TV News.

The expert panel will comprise Ocilion CEO Hans Kühberger, Verimatrix COO Steve Oetegenn, Thomas Bichlmeir – Director of Distribution & Com Strategy at Discovery, and Philipp-Thomas Müller – Team Leader of Product Management & Corporate Communication at LIWEST.

egistration for the 7. IPTV/OTT Industry Breakfast: www.ib2019.com

Pete Buttigieg 'the most impressive candidate,' maybe since Obama, Brit Hume says

By Charles Creitz

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the "most impressive... candidate" in terms of political talent in the current 2020 Democratic presidential field, Brit Hume said, comparing the South Bend, Ind. mayor's rise in popularity to the "emergence of Barack Obama."

Pete Buttigieg 'the most impressive candidate,' maybe since Obama, Brit Hume says

By Charles Creitz

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the "most impressive... candidate" in terms of political talent in the current 2020 Democratic presidential field, Brit Hume said, comparing the South Bend, Ind. mayor's rise in popularity to the "emergence of Barack Obama."

Trump’s Demands for Investigations of Opponents Draw Intensifying Criticism

By MAGGIE HABERMAN, ANNIE KARNI, KENNETH P. VOGEL and KATIE BENNER

A call by the president to investigate business deals by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son in China is the latest to raise questions about possible abuse of power.

Navy SEAL Pleads Guilty in Case of Strangled Green Beret

By KATE ANDREWS

The Navy SEAL said he had restrained Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar with duct tape as Sergeant Melgar was being strangled by another commando in Mali in 2017.

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