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Pace to support 3 cable ops in switching over to digital cable

MUMBAI: Pace, a leading technology developer for pay TV and broadband service provider, has said that its pre-integrated software, conditional access and set-top box (STB) solution has been selected by three Indian cable operators, Delhi Distribution Company (DDC), Faction Digital, New Delhi and Kozhikode Cablecommunicators Ltd.(KCL), Calicut, to support their move to digital cable.


Pace has designed its pre-integrated solution to provide a cost-effective alternative to operators who need a high quality pay-TV platform but don‘t have the time or infrastructure to manage multiple technology partners or complex systems integration work.


Pace‘s pre-integrated solution incorporates Pace‘s Tungsten device software and Titanium Conditional Access System (CAS) as standard on a Standard Definition (SD) or High Definition (HD) set-top box.


The Indian version of the solution includes a Pace India-developed user interface (UI) created specifically for local consumer browsing preferences in terms of colour and design, including a button on the box itself so that users can operate all functions if their remote control is missing or out of action.


DDC, Faction and KCL have selected the Pace solution to enable swift rollout of digital services to their customers as part of this process, which will see 80 million Indian households transitioned to digital services by the deadline. The solution‘s design allows the operators to quickly deploy digital services to customers via an SD set-top box, and then add PVR capabilities or additional services in the field over time, if and when their requirements change.


Pace International president Shane McCarthy said, "Pace aims to offer operators as many options as possible. The cost and time pressures for Indian operators are huge, and working with multiple partners to develop, integrate and deliver their service platform is not a realistic option.


"We have developed our pre-integrated solution to make operators‘ lives easier by giving them the option of a single source for their software, hardware and CAS. It provides DDC, Faction and KCL with a straightforward and cost-effective way of moving their subscribers to digital, while maintaining the high quality that customers have come to expect from Pace. This not only delivers up-front but also keeps customers‘ longer-term costs down."

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