PhyR Impulse Noise Protection Technology Gains Support from Carriers and Equipment Providers to Enhance the Performance of IPTV Networks and Increase Service Coverage
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Sept 29, 2008 -- Broadband World Forum 2008 -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that its innovative PhyR(TM) (pronounced "Fire") impulse noise protection technology has gained wide support from carriers and equipment vendors as the technically preferred re-transmission technology. Broadcom's PhyR technology provides several benefits over other application layer schemes and has proven to be a robust and cost effective solution in "real-world" deployments to enhance the performance of IPTV networks. Broadcom will demonstrate its PhyR technology at this week's Broadband World Forum in Brussels, Belgium.
Broadcom(R) PhyR is an uncomplicated, easily provisioned, firmware upgrade to the company's xDSL chipsets and is based on physical layer re-transmission technology (or PMS-TC) that enables carriers and equipment providers to dramatically improve voice, data and video services to their customers, while delivering as much as a ten-fold improvement in noise resilience. As a result, service providers are able to offer higher quality, more advanced triple-play services for ADSL2+ and VDSL2 networks that equate to better revenue opportunities with lower support and infrastructure costs. Additionally, IPTV systems equipped with PhyR will enable end users to enjoy improved network performance, better service coverage, fewer errors and an overall heightened viewing experience. Several early trials and deployments of PhyR technology by carriers and telecommunications providers worldwide have already provided several million customers with a better IPTV experience, and offered additional revenue streams and lower support costs for operators.
To further the adoption of its PhyR technology, Broadcom is leading efforts to standardize it, which will enable operators to deploy a standards- based tool for their entire customer base that provides superior impulse noise protection technology and leverages all of its benefits.
Traditionally, video services provisioned over copper loops have been susceptible to noise sources in the ambient environment that limit the coverage area over which services can be made available, or may even reduce video quality by inducing "macro-blocking" or corrupted images. Quality IPTV deployments require carriers to provide a level of impulse noise protection and margin that dictates an achievable data rate and the loop length over which voice, video and data, or IPTV services, will be delivered. While traditional approaches for increasing noise protection have an improved effect on residual errors, they unfortunately have an adverse effect on the serviceable reach and data rate, thereby limiting the service coverage area.
"We are very pleased PhyR's ability to address real deployment issues with a greatly simplified provisioning model, better reach and significant improvement in residual BER under heavy impulsive noise conditions," said Greg Fischer, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Carrier Access line of business. "PhyR technology offers our customers greatly improved ADSL2+ and VDSL2-based video or data services, and provides new IP services in a way that vastly improves performance while reducing service provisioning complexities and scalability issues. We are pleased to receive very positive technical feedback from carriers and system vendors worldwide and through our standardization efforts; we hope that this technology can benefit the entire industry."
Broadcom's new and previously deployed central office (CO) and customer premises equipment (CPE) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions are all upgradeable to the innovative PhyR firmware. As a result, service providers will be able to offer IPTV and other ultra high bandwidth applications utilizing simplified provisioning with quality levels comparable to Ethernet, while leveraging their existing copper plant infrastructures.
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-- Delays in the adoption and acceptance of industry standards in those markets;
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