4K-Ready Boxes From Arris Part of Bell Canada’s MediaFirst Move

Operator upgrading video product using Ericsson’s new cloud-powered platform 2/13/2018 4:16 PM Eastern

Arris will get a piece of the action as Bell Canada upgrades its Fibe TV service to a personalized, multiscreen offering that will be powered by Ericsson’s MediaFirst platform.

Arris said it will be aiding that deployment with new boxes that support both 4K and High Dynamic Range, as well as 802.11ac WiFi using a 4x4 architecture. Arris’s  global services team will also provide integration services and customization for the user experience as Bell Canada moves to a MediaFirst-based offering.

Heading into the upgrade cycle, Bell Canada has been using Mediaroom, the IPTV platform Ericsson acquired from Microsoft in the fall of 2013. Arris has also been a key supplier of set-tops for Mediaroom.

Bell Canada’s IP-delivered Fibe TV service has about 1.5 million customers.

Arris reports Q4 2017 results on Wednesday afternoon.

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