Kasenna Lands Charter, PrarieWave Deals


Kasenna Inc. has landed its first big-name cable operator, signing a deal to deploy its video-on-demand servers in Charter Communications Inc.’s Malibu, Calif., system. The deal was one of many vendor-operator announcements emanating from last week’s Society of Cable & Telecommunications Engineers Cable-Tec Expo here.

The rollout includes nCUBE Corp.’s nABLE back-office management software and nODA on-demand application, running on Kasenna’s MediaBase XMP software.

“By using an open architecture, we were able to mitigate risk and keep our capital and operating costs to a minimum while growing our on-demand offering,” Charter senior vice president of engineering and technical operations Wayne Davis said in a statement.

“Charter is the first MSO to put a stake behind our open systems platform,” said Terri Richardson, vice president of product and market management at nCUBE. “MSOs want to be able to plug and play on the hardware side.”

Kasenna has also inked a deal with PrairieWave Communications, which operates 36 cable systems in the Midwest. PrairieWave will use the vendor’s servers and ViewTrak software and N2 Broadband’s OpenStream platform to deliver VOD to its subscribers. The launch on PrairieWave’s first 20,000-subscriber system is slated for this fall.

N2 Broadband also said Tandberg Television will market its OpenStream platform worldwide.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. said Bright House Networks is rolling out its new Flashwave 7500 dense wave-division multiplexer product in central Florida and Tampa. Jeff Chen, vice president of advanced engineering at MSO owner Advance/Newhouse Communications Inc., said the platform is in the premier class of DWDM systems with its optical switched fabric. Fujitsu can be used to build point to point or ring networks of up to 16 wavelengths, and sports an Ethernet optical line card ratio of 8-to-1.

Arris Corp. trumpeted a three-year global purchase agreement with Liberty Media Corp., whose international cable systems pass 25 million homes. Products covered in the wide ranging agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, include Arris’ Cadant C3 and C4 cable-modem termination systems; Cornerstone and Touchstone embedded multimedia terminal adapters; voice ports; cable modems; digital multimedia termination system; TeleWire Supply HFC products; and partner solutions from Alopa Networks Inc., Ellacoya Networks Inc. and Nuera Communications Inc.

For its part, Arris’s Telewire has scored a sales, marketing and support agreement with Colubris Networks, which makes wireless LAN access products. Time Warner Cable is using Colubris wireless antennas to offer broadband wireless-fidelity (Wi-Fi) access to its Road Runner plant in Houston.

Nagravision said Iowa Network Services, a privately owned firm comprising 127 rural Iowa telephone and cable companies that serve 280,000 residential and business customers through a 2,000-mile fiber optic network, will use its conditional access system to deploy digital cable across the state.