Motorola Mobility Powers ABN's New Digital Cable Network in Malaysia

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 
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Motorola triple-play technologies will enable ABN to offer 200 TV channels, broadband and interactivity to six million households

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) will provide Malaysia’s Asian Broadcasting Network (ABN) the equipment and services to launch the country’s most advanced digital cable TV network in the second quarter of 2012. Within the next five years, the new network will give six million households access to more than 200 channels of news, education, entertainment, movies, sports and local programming. Motorola’s technology will enable ABN to also support future services such as video-on-demand, social TV and interactive gaming, alongside high-speed Internet and voice services, establishing ABN as a true triple-play provider.

ABN’s chief executive officer and director, Sreedhar Subramaniam, said: “Motorola Mobility’s impressive track record of supporting cable customers globally and their ability to cover the whole network from head-end to set-top make them a great partner. We want to bring Malaysians an unparalleled experience that brings together television, broadband, interactivity and more. With this partnership, we will have both the infrastructure and content management capabilities to make good on our commitment to deliver triple-play services nationwide. ABN expects to capture a significant share of the market and sign on three million new subscribers within these five years to deliver on our vision of providing ‘Access for All’.”

Commenting on the significance of this partnership, Kevin Keefe, vice president and general manager of the Home business for Motorola Mobility in Asia Pacific, said, “ABN’s digital cable TV network will significantly change the dynamics of TV viewing in Malaysia by offering access to a much greater range of viewing choices and interactive services, opening up new video and broadband experiences for Malaysians.”

As the main technology provider, Motorola Mobility will provide ABN the digital headend, the set-top boxes and broadband access equipment and design services necessary to build the advanced Hybrid Fibre-Coax (HFC) network for triple-play services in Malaysia. The digital headend includes the complete chain of satellite receivers, MPEG-4 encoders and storage systems. HFC combines optical fibre and coaxial cabling as the vehicle for content to be delivered to households. Its ability to deliver high performance broadband services translates to a richer TV viewing experience, combined with faster and more reliable Internet access. ABN subscribers will also get the latest high-definition cable set-top boxes from Motorola Mobility for a more enjoyable home entertainment experience.

Links: Motorola; Asian Broadcasting Network