Citizens, Optibase Turn Triple Play


Virginia cable operator Citizens Cablevision Inc. will use Optibase Ltd.’s “MGW 5100” carrier-grade streaming platform to deliver broadband data, video and voice services to its subscribers, the companies announced Tuesday.

Citizens -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Citizens Telephone Cooperative, which serves more than 7,500 subscribers in the Floyd, Va., area -- was formed to offer the “triple-play” services.

“We wanted a platform that would easily enable us to expand our range of services without complex integration needs," Citizens network manager Danny Vaughn said in a prepared statement.

“Optibase's MGW 5100 integrated platform met this requirement and offered unmatched video quality at competitive pricing,” he added. “A migration path for future use of Windows Media 9 and MPEG-4 [Moving Picture Expert Group] video formats was an attractive bonus."