Vancouver, CANADA, February 3rd, 2015 – Inca Networks announced today that triple-play telecommunications provider, MLGC, has implemented Inca’s IP video suite to bring superior digital TV services to rural North Dakota.
MLGC has deployed Inca’s ASI to IP convertors, 8VSB off-air receivers, satellite MPTS demuxers and IP transcoder products, which positions the company – currently a cable TV operator that also offers telephone and broadband services as the incumbent telephone operator – to be able to offer multiscreen services in the future.
Prior to 2011, MLGC’s video delivery service had been geographically restricted by outdated analog cable TV infrastructure, operating as independent systems in various towns. The forward-thinking telco used stimulus funding to deploy a modern 10 Gigabit fiber optic network in their rural service areas, connecting all the towns they serve.
To leverage this upgrade, MLGC sought out a cost-effective IP video processing and transcoding solution that would allow the independent telco to deliver digital cable TV services from one master facility to all of its customers in remote communities. The Inca solution enabled MLGC to provide premium digital TV and music offerings to its full service area, while expanding from 36 to 150 channels.
“With the Inca platform, we are seeing significant cost savings, reduced maintenance, and regularly receive feedback from satisfied customers who are impressed with the excellent picture quality of the HD channels we now offer,” says Tyler Kilde, General Manager of MLGC.
MLGC uses Inca MPEG-4 HD transcoders to affordably optimize the format, resolution, and bit rate of HD and SD satellite and off-air sources and deliver them to the five communities they serve. Inca video reception equipment also receives, demultiplexes, and processes the local HD and SD off-air broadcast channels. With a modern IP video centric headend now in place, the North Dakota CLEC is ideally positioned to add multiscreen services in the future. Video is a low margin business, so finding high quality, affordable and future proof solutions is key.
“We were very surprised how easy the Inca system was to install and deploy. While it was the elegance and power of the Inca VidiOS™ software tools that initially sold us, it has been the economics of the solution that has exceeded our expectations; we even save money on our electricity bills,” adds Kilde.
“Due to our unique and powerful VidiOS software, Inca equipment provides the flexibility and scalability needed for video providers to affordably and seamlessly upgrade their networks from legacy infrastructure to the latest IP video and multiscreen capabilities,” said Jeff Campbell, Inca Networks CEO.
“We are proud to be an integral part of MLGC’s successful video delivery strategy.”
Moore & Liberty Telephone Company and Griggs County Telephone were both established in 1906. Today, known as MLGC, the locally-owned family business provides reliable and affordable local telephone, long distance, cable TV, and internet services. Providing services for four generations, MLGC continues to be at the forefront of innovation and technology with an ever-expanding variety of products and services.
About Inca Networks Inca Networks, a WISI company, is reinventing the future of multiscreen video delivery. Inca offers industry-leading Intelligent Video Delivery™, a revolutionary software-centric solution for intelligent, real-time processing of linear and multiscreen television content. At its core is VidiOS™, an advanced software processing and monitoring engine that provides deep visibility and control of all video flows, combined with powerful, modular hardware. Inca’s IP video solutions address all aspects of next-generation video, including high-density MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 HD and SD transcoder modules for linear and multiscreen adaptive bit-rate (ABR) and HTTP live streaming (HLS) services; demultiplexing and remapping of MPTS video from satellite and off-air sources to SPTS streams in digital cable, DSL and fiber to the home (FTTH) IPTV networks; multi-viewer mosaic and status monitoring software, digital music service demuxing, and modular ASI to IP conversion. In July 2015, the Wilhelm Sihn jr. (WISI) company of Germany acquired Vancouver’s Inca Networks Inc. Founded in 1926, WISI is one of the world’s pioneers in broadband reception and distribution technology. Today, WISI’s field of business is the development, production and distribution of products and solutions in the following areas: automotive antenna and cabling, components for broadband networks, fiber optics for broadband, digital signal reception, processing and modulation for TV and radio, in-house multimedia. Inca Networks sells and distributes WISI’s Tangram and Chameleon platforms to the North American, Caribbean and Latin American markets. Video providers around the globe use Inca to easily and affordably deliver content to any screen on any network, all with a superior customer viewing experience and a second-to-none view of the network.
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