Butler-Bremer Communications launches cable IPTV service via Harmonic and Falcon IP/Complete gear

NOVEMBER 10, 2009 -- Harmonic Inc. and Falcon IP/Complete say that Butler-Bremer Communications, a cable and telecommunications service provider based in Iowa, has selected the IP/Complete “bird to box” video offering and Harmonic’s Direct-2 Edge (D2E) product for Butler-Bremer’s new cable IPTV service.

NOVEMBER 10, 2009 -- Harmonic Inc. and Falcon IP/Complete say that Butler-Bremer Communications, a cable and telecommunications service provider based in Iowa, has selected the IP/Complete “bird to box” video offering and Harmonic’s Direct-2 Edge (D2E) product for Butler-Bremer’s new cable IPTV service.

Butler-Bremer Communications provides telephone and advanced data services to customers in an area of 175 square miles in Northeast Iowa, and have been a CATV service provider since 1984. Butler-Bremer also operates an IPTV service over its existing telephone network infrastructure and a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. Their telephone service runs over a fiber-optic network.

“Our overall goal is to provide a unique IPTV service via multiple distribution networks -- cable TV, twisted-pair copper, and FTTH. The Falcon IP/Complete total IPTV system and Harmonic’s Direct-2-Edge solution provide the best option in terms of value, quality, and reliability, as well as ease of implementation and operation,” stated Richard McBurney, CEO/general manager of Butler-Bremer.

The Falcon IP/Complete IPTV delivery system encompasses content aggregation from satellites and routers, integration with middleware, and delivery over copper, fiber, and coax to the set-top box. The Falcon offering will enable Butler-Bremer to deliver video service to a newly acquired exchange at Shell Rock, using FTTH and copper networks. In addition, the system enables video service delivery to their cable-TV exchanges over the coaxial plant from one system.

Harmonic's D2E cable IPTV products, incorporating the NSG 9000 universal edgeQAM and D2E management software, is designed to enable cable operators to leverage their existing DOCSIS and digital video investments to deliver broadband video to multiple screens, including traditional TV and the PC.

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