Taiwanese Cable Operator Goes With Ericsson Head-end Solution for HD Upgrade

Ericsson has provided Hsin Yeong An (HYA) Cable, the Taiwanese cable operator, with a fully redundant head-end solution that enables it to offer subscribers increased channel choices and HD programming.

“Consumers are demanding a more advanced television service that offers greater quality and increased choice with the content they watch,” says said Chun-Lung Wu, President of HYA Cable. “We are committed to delivering a TV service that exceeds the expectations of our customers, so it is important to select a solution that enables us to do this effectively. We are pleased to draw upon the experience of the Ericsson team and the company’s track-record in delivering next-generation, advanced systems that greatly enhance the viewing experience for consumers.”

HYA Cable has deployed a range of Ericsson cable head-end solutions, including video encoders, MX8400 multiplexers, and EdgeQAM modulators. The Ericsson head-end has been integrated by the company’s Taiwan business partner, Hitron Tech. HYA Cable is encoding HD and SD channels in MPEG-4 AVC, taking advantage of the high bitrate efficiencies provided by this compression technology.

The resultant bandwidth savings enable HYA Cable to roll out more advanced services for more than 180,000 subscribers. The company uses an IP head-end configuration, which makes it easier to connect devices onsite and reduces the cost of cabling and video transport.

“We are pleased to be working with Hsin Yeong An Cable to provide an industry leading head-end solution to help drive the transition of its cable subscribers to advanced digital TV services,” says Mats H Olsson, President of Ericsson China & North East Asia. “We are committed to helping TV operators across Asia to deploy state-of-the-art technology that delivers digital services such as increased channel choice and HDTV to subscribers on efficient and flexible distribution platforms.”