VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - Vecima Networks Inc. ("Vecima") (TSX:VCM), the Last Mile Solution(R) for broadband wired and wireless networks, today announced that its HyperQAM Universal Edge QAM has received a 3.5 Diamond rating in this years BGR Diamond Technology Review. Scores of 3 or above are considered outstanding and reflect a very positive opinion from the panel.
The HyperQAM features exceptional redundancy and modularity, is fully software upgradeable and is a reliable solution for any operator planning value-added video or data services. With 128 fully DRFI compliant QAM outputs in 2 rack units, the highly compact design allows operators to do more with less. The scaleable platform allows outputs to be added in increments of 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8, permitting a pay-as-you-grow philosophy - affordable even at lower densities. In the near future, a new RF module will be introduced that will substantially enhance flexibility for QAM allocation to downstream service groups. The HyperQAM excels at channel bonding with DTI based timing when operated with CableLabs(R) certified DOCSIS 3.0 and/or Wideband M-CMTS cores. The feature rich universal Edge QAM has also been successfully tested for SDV interoperability in a major US MSO's network.
"The HyperQAM continues to deliver unrivaled operational advantages to operators with a leading edge feature set at affordable per QAM costs," said Sumit Kumar, Vecima VP of Corporate Strategy. "As operators continue blazing the trail towards all digital networks by leveraging the power of switched digital video, utilizing the capacity gained as analog spectrum is liberated, and embracing the differentiating services enabled through DOCSIS 3.0 and High Definition content, the universal Edge QAM becomes the dominant downstream technology in the MSO network. HyperQAM combines best in class features and cost-effectiveness in a convergent environment where QAMs are proliferating rapidly."
The HyperQAM offers exceptional operational efficiency and features serving to reduce potential operational costs. These include minimizing service outages and service calls and ease of use and management. The QAM modules, power supplies, and fans are all redundant and hot swappable with automatic failover to the redundant in the event of a hardware failure. All failover conditions can be controlled and managed through the HyperQAM Element Manager management software and various levels of filters and conditions can be applied as deemed appropriate by the operator. Further, full-granularity redundancy is offered on the Gigabit Ethernet input side of the platform. With 10 x 1GbE input ports, the 128 QAMs offered in the HyperQAM can be sourced fully with 5 of the 1GbE inputs while the remaining 5 are dedicated to redundant backup. The redundancy can be specified at resolutions ranging from the full GbE, to the MPTS level, to the SPTS level, and finally to the program level wherein if a single program fails on the live GbE port, it will be sourced from the redundant GbE port while other content continues to be pulled from the original GbE port. In addition, the HyperQAM offers program buffers which filter jitter and correct PCR timestamps for up to +/-250 ms of network jitter in the event of packet congestion in the transport network upstream of the edge.
Vecima will demonstrate the HyperQAM June 25 to 27 in booth #629 at the 2008 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia.
About Vecima Networks
Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX:VCM) designs, manufactures and sells products that enable broadband access to cable, wireless and telephony networks. Vecima's hardware products incorporate original embedded software to meet the complex requirements of next-generation, high-speed digital networks. Service providers use Vecima's solutions to deliver services to a converging worldwide broadband market, including what are commonly known as "triple play" (voice, video and data) and "quadruple play" (voice, video, data and wireless) services. Vecima's solutions allow service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively bridge the final network segment that connects the system directly to end users, commonly referred to as "the last mile", by overcoming the bottleneck resulting from insufficient carrying capacity in legacy, last mile infrastructures. Vecima's products are directed at two principal markets: Converged Wired Solutions and Broadband Wireless. The Company has also developed, and continues to focus on developing, products to address emerging markets such as Voice over Internet Protocol, fibre to the home and IP video.
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