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Canadian cableco Eastlink and Mexico’s izzi Telecom have selected the ARRIS ME-7000 Converged Compression Platform.

ultrahdEastlink will position its network to deliver next-generation HEVC and Ultra HD services. izzi deployed the platform in its cable TV operation to deliver new HDTV programming to its subscribers and increase bandwidth efficiency, making spectrum available for additional services.

“We’re building a network for the future, and our investment in the ME-7000 platform reflects our commitment to give consumers exceptional services and stunning high-quality content,” said Jim Fitzgerald, SVP, Engineering, and CTO, Eastlink. “As a result of its class-leading efficiency, density and energy savings — we expect the ME-7000 to reduce our operating expenses over time, as it powers tomorrow’s services.”

Eastlink is the first Canadian operator to deploy the ME-7000. The platform delivers video compression performance while simultaneously supporting multiple video formats — including MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 for IPTV, Cable Statmux, or Multiple Bit-rate profiles for Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) uses cases.

izzi meanwhile will benefit from the lowest total cost of ownership available from a single compression platform, coupled with the ability to deliver more, higher quality channels to more subscribers, across multiple devices. The ME-7000’s modular and scalable design also supports future upgrades to HEVC and Ultra HD services.

“Our ME-7000 platform is the most advanced video compression system available. It gives Eastlink a significant competitive advantage by processing set-top, multiscreen device, and even 4K Ultra HD video compression in a single flexible platform with much less power and higher density than what’s available with conventional servers,” said Kevin Wirick, vice president, product management, ARRIS. “It’s the obvious choice for video service providers for leveraging OTT IP streaming technologies.”