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IBM will help you implement an IPTV network infrastructure solution that can: Enable increased customer loyalty and satisfaction— through the delivery of new and enhanced IPTV and video-based customer services. Facilitate enhanced market competitiveness and increased revenue generation— by providing open, flexible IPTV network architectures. Deploy a solution that meets your business needs— by leverage IBM testing experience and IPTV expertise.
Telecommunication and broadband Internet service providers are currently facing the competitive threat of cable operators, satellite operators and alternative broadband providers, resulting in high customer churn and reduced revenue. Moreover, the increasingly young and tech-savvy generation of consumers and the rise of new technologies mean that service providers are expected to provide the latest and best customer services possible--or risk losing subscribers to competitors. This includes services like self-programming options (as opposed to central-programming options), portable content and time-based schedules (instead of platform-based schedules).
With a highly competitive market and evolving customer preferences, telecommunication or broadband Internet service providers need to support an expanding portfolio of innovative services to retain—and attract—customers. Without the ability to offer TV, video-on-demand and other video-based services, you face potential high customer turnover rates and declining revenues as your subscriber base compares your services to those offered by growing numbers of alternative service providers. You need a flexible and robust IPTV and triple play infrastructure so you can deliver new and exciting services that can increase customer satisfaction and enable you to compete in today’s highly competitive landscape.
Internet Protocol television—or IPTV—is a system capable of receiving and displaying a video stream encoded as a series of Internet Protocol packets. There are multiple ways of doing this, one of which is traditional television channels, from which consumers demand a smooth, high-resolution, lag-free picture. Core IPTV services consist of advertising services, core TV services and subscriber user interface (SUI) services. Core TV services comprise two categories: Unicast – Consumer personal video recorder, network personal video recorder, subscription video-on-demand and video-on-demand Multicast – Near video-on-demand, time-shifted TV, pay per view, subscription TV Subscriber user interface services are composed of interactive electronic program guide (EPG), advanced search, favorite channels list, program rating and blocking, personalized view, asset management and content metadata, account status and billing, personalized program packages and support for iTV applications. iTV: Internet Television
Consumer acceptance of new products and content from the IPTV platform can lead to subscribers adopting a wider range of premium and on demand options as carriers begin to offer them. TV-related services—including video on demand, subscription TV, pay-per-view and personalization services—can generate more than US$100 a month of incremental revenue per subscriber. More importantly, by adding video to your service portfolio, you can prevent subscribers from migrating to competing providers that can offer triple-play services.
To enable us to offer you a wide range of network infrastructure architecture options, IBM has strategic relationships with industry-leading technology vendors. Cisco- or Optibase-based IPTV video headend - Designs and deploys video headend for service provider IPTV infrastructure. Highly reliable service provider grade video headend infrastructure. IBM can provide integrated service for video and network from Cisco and Optibase as well as to aggregate the entire IPTV ecosystem across IT and network technology domains. Cisco Content Delivery System (CDS)- or Kasenna-based video-on-demand subsystem - IPTV video on demand subsystem, providing video content streaming over converged Internet Protocol (IP) network. IBM implements and supports entire ecosystem of hardware and software for Cisco CDS and Kasenna video-on-demand systems. Minerva, Cisco or Orca based IPTV middleware - Designs and deploys IPTV middleware for service provider IPTV infrastructure. Highly reliable service provider grade user relation to content and content provisioning software and IT infrastructure. IBM can provide Orca or Minerva middleware based solution utilizing IBM approved reference architecture. Widevine- or Verimatrix- based conditional access subsystem - IPTV video protection system, governing access condition, based on set-top-box authentication in service provider network. IBM implements and supports entire ecosystem of hardware and software for Verimatrix conditional access system. Cisco-based triple play core and metro network - IP network upgrade or deployment to enable triple play service provisioning over the IP network. Juniper-based triple play core and metro/access network - IBM has a global alliance with Juniper Networks, opening service provider specialization as Juniper partner. IBM has own triple play network design reference architecture. Allied Telesis-based triple play access network - IP distribution and access network upgrade or deployment to enable triple play services provisioning over converged IP network. IBM has a global alliance with Allied Telesis – leading access technology provider. Cisco-based triple play access network - IP distribution and access network upgrade or deployment to enable triple play services provisioning over converged IP network Moreover, IBM is Cisco’s largest global partner, with CISCO Gold partnership status for most world markets.
This graphic provides an overview of the IPTV and triple play infrastructure solution that uses IBM and Cisco components. The hardware section of the solution consists of the Super Headend, video-on-demand (Cisco Content Delivery System [CDS]), Content access system (Widevine), core network and metro network (both Cisco), visual quality of experience (Cisco), Access network DSL or fiber to the X (FTTX), which is the connection to the end user’s home domain (provided by Cisco or Allied Telesis) and the end user’s receiving equipment. Middleware is provided by either Cisco ISDP or Minerva Networks. The back end, consisting of the BSS/OSS Integration Hub and includes authentication, inventory management, service auto provisioning, billing and network auto provisioning is entirely managed and operated by IBM while network management service level agreements (SLAs) and service assurance is provided by Micromuse Netcool Solutions. In addition, IBM provides an IPTV consulting service. SLA – Service Level Agreement DSL – Digital Subscriber Line FTTX – Fiber to the x
This graphic provides an overview of the IPTV and triple play infrastructure solution that uses IBM, Juniper Networks and other independent software vendor (ISV) components. The hardware section of the solution consists of the Super Headend (by Optibase), video-on-demand (Kasenna), Content access system (Verimatrix), Core network and Metro network (both Juniper), Access network DSL or fiber to the X, which is the connection to the end user’s home domain (provided by Juniper or Allied Telesis) and the end user’s receiving equipment. Middleware is provided by Orca Interactive. The back end, the BSS/OSS Integration Hub and includes authentication, inventory management, service auto provisioning, billing and network auto provisioning is entirely managed and operated by IBM while network management service level agreements (SLAs) and service assurance is provided by Micromuse Netcool Solutions. In addition, IBM provides an IPTV consulting service. SLA – Service Level Agreement DSL – Digital Subscriber Line FTTX – Fiber to the x ISV – Independent Software Vendor
IBM has a global community of highly skilled business technology consultants engaged in the full lifecycle of converged communications solutions, including strategic management consulting and business process transformation experts. By aligning our IPTV services with your business objectives, these experienced professionals can assist in identifying, recommending and translating key business strategies and objectives into efficient, cost-effective IPTV infrastructure initiatives. Assessments and strategy Network consulting for IPTV infrastructure solutions helps you to create a solution that meets your business requirements. IBM network consultants work with you to collect and document the business and security requirements and help you understand the various IPTV network infrastructure solution options we offer. By thoroughly assessing your needs and assisting you in identifying the available alternatives, IBM network consultants will create an IPTV infrastructure solution architecture and design it. > Assessment of service provider’s existing network for compliance to technical requirements for a scalable triple play and video-based IPTV network > Identification of viable alternatives followed by designing of the selected IPTV network architecture for implementation. Integration and implementation After the network architecture design has been approved, the solution is built and a controlled pilot deployment is carried out before the full implementation of the service. This approach helps reduce risk and ensures the solution meets your business needs. IBM IPTV infrastructure solutions and services are built on open Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) standards, consolidated broadcasting capable Internet Protocol (IP) network, IT servers, storage, digital content management, best-of-breed processes and service provisioning solutions. Our IPTV infrastructure solutions and services enable rapid new service implementation, provisioning and distribution of television (TV), video and games content in addition to providing the traditional Internet and e-mail services through a familiar end user interface - TVs and set-top-boxes. Integration and deployment of IPTV infrastructure across network and IT domains based on IBM and partner technologies Use of open standards architecture, proven processes and industry-recognized vendor technologies and components Rapid deployment, provisioning and distribution of TV, video, games, Internet and email content through TVs and set-top boxes Support Services IBM supports Level 1 (L1), Level 2 (L2) and Level 3 (L3) IPTV infrastructure in collaboration with its global vendors. The support services for IPTV solution includes a suite of support services based on service-level objectives to monitor the IPTV infrastructure end to end. This approach provides fault discovery, configuration, asset tracking, performance and security services on a monthly fee basis, based on the number of devices under management. Also included are monthly network consulting services to provide recommendations on network maintenance. IBM is best-suited to support your IPTV network since managing, operating and troubleshooting an IPTV infrastructure requires a lot of specific vendor technology knowledge and end-to-end architecture knowledge. Our network monitoring services include fault tracking, configuration, asset management, performance and security services. Moreover, IBM functions as a single point of contact to ensure reduced risk and lower support costs.
You have the option of financing your IPTV services from IBM through IBM Global Financing—a strategic resource for managing all aspects of your IT investments. Unlike banks and finance companies, which tend to focus on loans, IBM Global Financing understands IT and offers fresh ideas for financial solutions. When you choose IBM Global Financing, you’re getting a strategic resource for managing all aspects of your IT environment. Our comprehensive portfolio of offerings has made us a leading single-source provider for multivendor IT financing solutions, with operations in more than 40 countries and a client list that includes more than 90 percent of Fortune 100 companies.
To help add value and security to your IPTV and triple play infrastructure solution, IBM also offers a range of other services. For more information, please visit the Integrated Communications Services website at http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/itservice/gn/a1000412?cm_re=masthead-_-itservices-_-communications or IBM Converged Communications Services website: http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/offerfamily/gn/a1000397
As a leader in converged communications services, IBM offers you open, flexible and validated IPTV and triple play infrastructure solutions resulting in successful deployments around the world. Our experienced implementation team delivers solutions with the highest possible reliability and fastest return on investment. Moreover, through our relationships with industry-leading technology firms such as Cisco Systems, Orca Interactive, Minerva Networks, Kasenna, Verimatrix, Juniper Networks and Allied Telesis, we can deliver a virtually unmatched portfolio of services and solutions. This combination of experience, capabilities and partnerships, supported by our center of excellence for IPTV and triple play infrastructure, helps us provide you with open and flexible solutions that can support constantly changing subscriber and business needs.
Our IPTV and triple play infrastructure architectures are validated by unmatched testing at the IBM Telecom Solutions Labs center of excellence in La Gaude, France. In addition to providing proof-of-concept testing across a wide range of IP network and IPTV subsystem vendor solutions, the center also provides IPTV solution demonstrations, integration and compatibility testing of IPTV subsystem components from various vendors and consultancy services.
IBM CoE (Center of Excellence) in La Gaude provides fully live end-to-end (E2E) IPTV and triple play installation and can be used for presales workshops, demos and even to proof-of-concepts. Living room and sitting room with central presentation area with 4 big screens 4 TV sets connected via different access modes: Two 46-inch full high definition (HD) TV and 13 TV channels 37-inch full HD TV and set-top box (STB), 20 TV channels 32-inch HD--ready, standard definition STB, 8 TV channels Set-top boxes connected via Ethernet To The Home (ETTH) Residential Gateways (RG) connected via ADSL2+ QinQ ( The IEEE 802.1ad specification, commonly known as QinQ or provider bridging, extends the IEEE 802.1Q standard by providing for a second tier of VLANs in a bridged network. The general purpose of QinQ is to allow frames from multiple customers to be forwarded (or tunneled) through another topology (provider network) using service VLANs or S-VLANs ) IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
This slide contains a graphic that illustrates the architectures of the two demo IPTV infrastructure solutions – Cisco and Juniper – provided by IBM at the La Gaude center of excellence. It shows seven phases – DVB–S source, Acquisition, Portal and VoD server, Core and Internet access (MPLS cloud), Ethernet metro, Distribution, End user. The content is transmitted from satellite transmitters (DVB – S source phase) and received by commercial receivers in the Acquisition phase. The content is then streamed to Portal and video-on-demand (VoD) servers and passes through the Core and Internet access (MPLS cloud) and Ethernet metro phases before being distributed through DSLAMs to end users, who receive it on their set-top box televisions, personal computers (PCs) or cell phones. DVB-S – Digital Video Broadcasting - Satellite VoD – Video-on-demand MPLS – Multiprotocol Label Switching DSLAM – Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer
Business challenge: As a broadband service provider, a Nordic company experienced rapid growth that resulted in the need to automate customer management workloads and processes. Solution: IBM provided the consulting services, software, network architecture and Cisco-based products needed to implement an IPTV solution that supported a full range of triple-play services, including automated customer service options. Benefits The new portal system provides a more effective infrastructure that is helping the company accommodate growth of more than 400 percent. By implementing the IPTV solution from IBM, the company expects to grow its customer base from 20,000 to 80,000 in just two years.
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