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Most advanced digital cable network in Malaysia: Asian Broadcasting Network

AvantiKumar | Jan. 19, 2012
Motorola Mobility signing with ABN will offer more than 200 TV channels, broadband and interactivity services to six million Malaysian households within five years.


PHOTO - YBhg Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, (third from right) taken for a demo of Motorola Mobility's triple-play technologies.

Mobile communications provider Motorola Mobility will provide Malaysia's Asian Broadcasting Network (ABN) with the equipment and services to launch the country's most advanced digital cable network in the second quarter of 2012, said the companies.

Within the next five years, the new network will use Motorola's triple-play solutions to offer more than 200 TV channels, broadband and interactivity services to six million homes in Malaysia, according to ABN chief executive officer, Sreedhar Subramaniam, speaking on 18 January 2012.

Subramaniam said that in addition to news, education, entertainment, movies, sports and local programming, ABN will support future services such as video-on-demand, social TV and interactive gaming, alongside high-speed Internet and voice services.

"Motorola Mobility's impressive track record of supporting cable customers globally and their ability to cover the whole network from head-end to set-top make them a great partner," he said. "We want to bring Malaysians an unparalleled experience that brings together television, broadband, interactivity and more. With this partnership, we will have both the infrastructure and content management capabilities to make good on our commitment to deliver triple-play services nationwide. ABN expects to capture a significant share of the market and sign on three million new subscribers within these five years to deliver on our vision of providing 'Access for All'."

"ABN's digital cable TV network will significantly change the dynamics of TV viewing in Malaysia by offering access to a much greater range of viewing choices and interactive services, opening up new video and broadband experiences for Malaysians," said Motorola Mobility vice president and general manager of the home business, Kevin Keefe.

Keefe said Motorola Mobility would provide ABN with the digital headend, the set-top boxes and broadband access equipment and design services necessary to build the advanced Hybrid Fibre-Coax (HFC) network for triple-play services in Malaysia.

"The digital headend includes the complete chain of satellite receivers, MPEG-4 encoders and storage systems." he said. "HFC combines optical fibre and coaxial cabling as the vehicle for content to be delivered to households. Its ability to deliver high performance broadband services translates to a richer TV viewing experience, combined with faster and more reliable Internet access. ABN subscribers will also get the latest high-definition cable set-top boxes from Motorola Mobility for a more enjoyable home entertainment experience."


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