Harmonic Powers End-to-End HD Digital Network in the Republic of Maldives

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Provides Integrated Digital Video Processing, Compression, On-Demand, Network Management and Edge Infrastructure for Hybrid Cable/Terrestrial Network

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that its industry-leading digital video processing and delivery solutions have been deployed by CableNET, the premiere cable TV provider in the Republic of Maldives, for the first high definition (HD) and near video-on-demand (nVOD) network in the Maldives. CableNET serves 100,000 customers through its cable service in the capital city of Male and surrounding islands, and via a multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS) throughout the rest of the country. Harmonic provides the powerful digital infrastructure to run simultaneous cable and MMDS services to the entire country with a single bandwidth-efficient MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) headend, making it possible for CableNET to be the first operator in the Maldives to provide MPEG-4 SD and HD, nVOD and digital channel mosaic services.

To power the end-to-end digital infrastructure for the new service, called Medianet, CableNET has deployed a comprehensive range of Harmonic video and edge processing solutions:

  • ProView™ 7000 and 2900 integrated receiver/decoders (IRDs) receive the channel feeds from satellite.
  • Ion™ AVC encoders and the ProStream™ 1000 stream processing platform compress and multiplex the video signals for distribution.
  • The ProStream™ 8000 digital mosaic solution creates multi-channel mosaics. 
  • The market-leading NSG™ 9000 universal edgeQAM is used in the distribution of the programming over CableNET’s cable and MMDS networks.
  • Harmonic’s NMX Digital Service Manager™ controls the entire digital headend.

“The advanced digital processing technology and superior video quality provided by Harmonic were essential in building our new Medianet hybrid cable/terrestrial service,” said Ahmed Shafeeu, Managing Director at CableNET. “We needed a bandwidth-efficient system that did not compromise on quality for long haul, inter-island transmissions. Harmonic delivered the expertise that allows us to provide quality MPEG-4 SD and HD viewing and interactive services to our customers throughout the Republic of Maldives.”

“Harmonic’s end-to-end digital stream processing and delivery solutions are ideal for CableNET, providing a high quality yet cost-effective platform that builds upon their existing delivery infrastructure,” said Stalin Jekash Simson, Director of Regional Sales, India, at Harmonic Inc. “The implementation of the Medianet hybrid MMDS and cable service puts CableNET in an excellent position to expand their service in the future to more islands throughout the Maldives, as well as to expand their interactive offerings.”

About CableNET 
Established in 2001, CableNet is one of the fastest growing companies in the Maldives, and is now available to thousands of home in the capital island of Male and its nearby islands. In addition, CableNet has launched services in the Southern Atolls of Addu and FuahMullah, and is continually exploring other markets around the country. CableNet’s secret to success is the care it takes in providing customers with an unparalleled entertainment experience. In an industry that has been characterized by so much quantity, CableNet’s biggest task and greatest achievement is to deliver an experience that is focused on quality. 

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 www.harmonicinc.com 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: a high quality yet cost-effective platform that builds upon the existing delivery infrastructure, and putting CableNET into an excellent position to expand their service and interactive offerings in the future.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic’s digital video processing and delivery solutions and the anticipated benefits for CableNET 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.