SES Completes C-Band Transition With Harmonic

Harmonic says it has completed technology upgrades associated with SES’s Phase 1 transition plan for C-band spectrum in just nine months.

“Tight-knit collaboration between partnering companies led to a successful world-first deployment of software solutions for the transformation of C-band spectrum, and we are proud of this momentous achievement,” said Jeremy Rosenberg, svp, business development, at Harmonic. “Deploying software on off-the-shelf appliances for both the uplink and at hundreds of affiliate locations enabled rapid completion of this project, exceeding the FCC’s stringent deadline. This project is a testament to the flexibility that Harmonic’s edge media processing provides and has opened the door to additional and ongoing opportunities with video programmers for new edge distribution strategies.”

Harmonic’s XOS Edge media processing solution, integrated with encryption from NAGRA, enables satellite delivery networks to seamlessly distribute video services with optimized bandwidth and improved quality utilizing the inherent flexibility of software.

“We are excited to lead this transformation for the communications industry and accelerate the path to 5G,” said Steve Corda, vp of technology at SES. “Freeing up 5G spectrum while maintaining the quality and resilience of critical video services was a significant challenge.”

The project ensures a transition for Comcast Technology Services (CTS) and its Managed Satellite Distribution affiliates.

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