Austria’s Kabelsignal Deploys Harmonic’s IP-based Digital Video and Edge Processing Solutions

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kabelsignal Increases Capacity and Improves Reliability with Re-Encoding, Forward Error Correction and Universal EdgeQAMs

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Kabelsignal has deployed Harmonic’s market-leading IP-based video processing solutions for its kabelDigitalTV service in Austria. Part of the EVN group, Kabelsignal is one of Austria’s leading and most innovative cable operators, covering the region of Lower Austria and Burgenland. Kabelsignal was able to launch the new service quickly thanks to an integrated, easy-to-install solution and support services provided by Harmonic and its longstanding partner and regional reseller Normann Engineering GmbH.

Harmonic’s real-time IP distribution solution cost-effectively increases capacity between headends and guarantees highly reliable service through redundant forward links and forward error correction (FEC) transmission, enabled by Harmonic’s ProStream™ 1000 stream processing platform. Kabelsignal is also utilizing the Mentor™ re-encoding technology available on the ProStream 1000, as well as the market-leading NSG™ 9000 universal edgeQAM and NMX Digital Service Manager™ for its broadcast digital service.

“The combination of Harmonic’s technical expertise and reliable, high quality solutions made this installation for our kabelDigitalTV service a success,” said Herbert Vögl, CTO at Kabelsignal. “The forward error correction capabilities available with the ProStream 1000 provide IP headend redundancy, giving us more flexibility, scalability and reliability, while lowering capital and operational expenses.”

“Harmonic leads the industry in providing the technologies that enable innovative and high quality services for cable operators, and Kabelsignal was pleased to work with Harmonic on this project,” added Robert Bammer, CEO at Kabelsignal.

Harmonic’s IP-based ProStream 1000 stream processing platform is used by Kabelsignal for multiplexing, scrambling and advanced processing of MPEG streams, including redundant forward error correction transmission. The NSG 9000 platform, engineered for scalability and performance, provides Kabelsignal with an integrated digital video gateway that multiplexes broadcast content streamed over the IP network. Harmonic’s NMX Digital Service Manager provides a powerful set of tools for configuring, monitoring and managing the full lineup of compressed digital video and audio services.

“Harmonic is the world leader in edgeQAM deployments, currently powering more than 7 million VOD streams worldwide, and supporting broadcast, switched digital, modular CMTS and cable IPTV services with the NSG 9000. The ProStream 1000 is the industry’s most flexible solution for a range of stream processing needs, including transcoding, multiplexing, scrambling, FEC and more,” said Ian Graham, Vice President of Europe and Middle East Sales for Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic’s full range of cable headend, edge and access solutions will be on display May 4-6 at the ANGA Cable exhibition in Cologne, Germany, stand #H39.

About Kabelsignal 
Part of the EVN group, Kabelsignal is one of Austria’s leading and most innovative cable operators, covering the region of Lower Austria and Burgenland. Kabelsignal’s high performance cable network has been supplying households in that region for over 30 years with cable television in the highest quality. Deploying the most modern fibre optic technology Kabelsignal has been a pioneer in providing Internet and Telephony services. Cable operator Burgenland Telekom GmbH was acquired in February 2009 as part of a consistent growth strategy and to strengthen market competitiveness.

Kabelsignal stands for high performance networks that guarantee its customers an extensive choice of TV and radio programs, fastest broadband Internet and reliable telephony combined with courteous customer support. 

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. is redefining video delivery with the industry’s most powerful solutions for delivering live and on-demand video to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Harmonic’s technical innovation and market leadership enable the company to offer a unique and comprehensive solution portfolio—including encoding, transcoding, content preparation, stream processing, asset management, edge processing, and delivery. Broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom service providers around the world choose Harmonic’s IP-based digital video, software, and broadband edge and access solutions. Using these award-winning and industry-leading solutions, operators can reduce costs and differentiate their services by offering consumers a higher quality, personalized multi-screen experience.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The Company’s customers, including many of the world’s largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country. Visit for more information.

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This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(A) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to increasing capacity and improving reliability.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic’s IP-based video processing solutions and the anticipated benefits for Kabelsignal may not materialize, and actual results could differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent Reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Harmonic does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.