CableLabs, Cisco Open IPTV Testing Lab4 Mar, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey
IT company Cisco Systems is partnering with nonprofit research and development consortium CableLabs to launch an IPTV Innovations Lab in Louisville, Colo., dedicated to giving cable system operators a one-stop shop for Internet Protocol (IP) video testing.
Cisco is providing CableLabs with core infrastructure and Videoscape (Cisco’s TV service delivery platform) components for the center.
“CableLabs has committed to cultivate an innovation pipeline with a three-year planning horizon,” said Tom Lookabough, chief research and development officer for CableLabs. “This new IPTV Innovations Lab delivers on that commitment while helping our service provider members and technology suppliers refine their focus, improve overall time to market of new products and services, and share best practices.”
CableLabs estimates that global IP traffic — both fixed and mobile — will grow three-fold from 2012 to 2017, with consumer mobile connected devices increasing to 7.7 billion in 2017, up from 5.8 billion in 2012. The lab will help service providers develop new IP video services, and experiment with technologies for multiscreen and cloud-enabled user experiences.
“IP is fast extending to all services, all devices,” said Joe Cozzolino, SVP and GM of service provider video infrastructure for Cisco. “Convergence onto a common IP platform for all services drives operational savings, flexibility, and improves service velocity. Our collaboration with CableLabs on the new IPTV Innovations Lab is a significant milestone, unveiling a one-of-a-kind facility with all the latest technology in one place for cable operators to explore new opportunities for IP video and cloud-enabled experiences.”