Columbus Communications Launches Aggressive Digital IP Video Technology Platform Through Partnerships with Evolution Digital, Conax and Cubiware
One of Caribbean's Largest MSOs Enhance Offering by Providing IP VOD and TV Everywhere.

18 October 2012

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, ORLANDO, 10/17/2012: Columbus Communications, a leader in video and data networks throughout 25 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central America and Andean region, today announced that they are deploying a Pre-Integrated Hybrid IP Video Platform by Evolution Digital, Conax and Cubiware among other partners.

Columbus Communications, which has a fully protected, ringed submarine fiber optic network spanning more than 18,000 kms’ has taken an aggressive approach to next generation IP Technology.  Columbus Communications new Digital IP Video Platform supports HD Hybrid IP STBs with support for Adaptive Bit Rate Technology delivering IP VOD content. The Platform will support delivery of VOD content across IP Hybrid STBs and multiscreen devices and provide features like “Follow me” and “Pause live TV”. Many new features and services will be announced in the coming months.

Darren Richer, Chief Technology Officer, Columbus Communications explains, “In order to expand our reach across the region and offer new enhanced services in cost-effective ways, we chose to work with vendors who bring their respective strengths in products and knowledge to deliver future-proof Adaptive Bit Rate technology to provide IP VOD and TV Everywhere.”

This elegant pre-integrated hybrid IP ecosystem includes hybrid IP Set-top boxes from Evolution Digital, security across all screens and DRM through Conax Xtend MultiscreenTM content security and Middleware from Cubiware, ensuring a consistent high-impact UI customer experience and residing on HE and STB. UXP Systems provides the Connected Experience Platform giving Columbus Communications customers a unified User Interface experience for their Voice, Video and Data services on multiscreen devices. MPS Broadband has provided the content management system, Elemental Technologies the Encoding Platform and Seawell Networks the Content Delivery Network.

“This collaborative approach of pre-integrating best-in-class components, enabling each to be tested together prior to deploying, has proven scalable and customizable per market,” States Brent Smith, President, Evolution Digital. “This effective, proven architecture has allowed Columbus for a quick time to market.”
“The solution is being built in phases and Columbus Communication’s approach towards adopting open standards solution show a clear indication that the advantages of DVB Open Standards has found their way to the Pay TV platforms this side of the Atlantic,” comments Rohit Mehra, VP of Americas, Conax AS.
“Adopting of the pre-integrated eco-system strengthens Columbus Communication’s position as the market leader in the region. Flexibility and feature-richness given by the platform enables providing advanced TV services today and tomorrow,” adds Jakub Górski, CEO, Cubiware.
The core solution offering is built around Conax Xtend Multiscreen™ platform, which was launched recently at IBC in Amsterdam and will be on display at Evolution Digital’s booth #2503 at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

Press contact at Columbus Communications
Solange Bethart, Communications Specialist
Email:  solange@columbuscommunications.com
Phone: 786.274.7639 (x4639)

Press contact at Evolution Digital LLC
Katie Beth Kauffman, Director of Marketing
Email: kkauffman@evolutionbb.com
Phone: +1 512.201.3341

Conax press contact
Leslie Johnsen, Head of Public Relations
Email: leslie.johnsen@conax.com
Phone: +47 41 45 80 43

About Columbus Communications (www.columbuscommunications.com)
Columbus is a privately held, Barbados-based international business corporation. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Columbus holds investments in retail triple play broadband providers in Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada and Curacao all of which operate under the brand name, FLOW and corporate data solutions, capacity & IP services and data center hosting throughout 25 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Through its fully protected, ringed submarine fiber optic network spanning more than 18,000 km’s and its 23,600 km’s terrestrial fibre and coaxial network, Columbus provides advanced telecom services to a diverse residential and corporate client base of well over 450,000 customers.  Don’t predict the future, enable it. Watch, Talk, Click.  (www.columbuscommunications.com)

About Evolution Digital (www.evolutionbb.com)
Evolution Digital, LLC was formed to provide cost-effective solutions for small-to-medium size cable operators to stem the loss of subscribers to DBS and Telco competition. By using Evolution Digital’s low-cost DTA converter, operators can reclaim analog bandwidth and use that additional bandwidth to enhance their HD and high-speed data offerings. Once momentum is regained, Evolution Digital provides products to win back lost market share and prepare the market for next generation, “over-the-top” content with ever increasing ARPU as TV and high speed data merge. Evolution Digital is committed to open standards for both set-top boxes and content security, providing operators with choice previously unavailable. www.evolutionbb.com.

About Conax (www.conax.com)
Conax provides the future-oriented security solutions and expertise that empower multi-screen digital TV content providers around the globe to deliver premium content over the combined Over-The-Top scenario of broadcast, broadband and connected devices securely and eliminate potential revenue threats. Bundling 25 years of experience, Conax Contego™ portfolio of solutions furnish content providers, cable, satellite, IP, mobile and terrestrial operators with solutions that offer a competitive advantage – reduced hardware costs, easy deployment and upgrade. Through its benchmark policy for security-evaluated client devices and strategic partner network, Conax technology secures content for operators representing 125 million pay TV consumers in over 80 countries around the globe. Follow Conax on Twitter.

About Cubiware (www.cubiware.com)
Cubiware is an innovative provider of software for Digital TV devices and systems. Cubiware products include market-proven DVB/IPTV/OTT hybrid Middleware and Software Development Kit for developing client device applications. Cubiware is privately held company with headquarters in Warsaw, Poland. In cooperation with its partner network around the globe, Cubiware supplies to pay TV operators in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. For more information please visit www.cubiware.com or email <info@cubiware.com>

UXP Systems (www.UXPSystems.com)

MPS Broadband (www.mpsbroadband.com)

Elemental Technologies (www.elementaltechnologies.com)

Seawell Networks (www.seawellnetworks.com)

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