Ericsson and Cisco establish agreement with Aster in Dominican Republic

  • Ericsson-Cisco establish agreement with cable operator Aster in Dominican Republic
  • Aster to deploy Ericsson Mediaroom TV Platform and video compression solutions to transform subscribers’ TV experience
  • Cisco’s cBR-8, the industry’s first Evolved Converged Cable Access Platform and Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial solutions, to be integrated by Ericsson’s services professionals

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) will transform Aster’s TV proposition and cable network in the Dominican Republic through the deployment of the Ericsson Mediaroom TV Platform and video compression solutions, as well as the Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) cBR-8, the industry’s first Evolved Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).

Aster is a challenger in the Dominican Republic’s cable TV market, focused on delivering innovative TV and internet services to its subscribers.

Ericsson will act as prime integrator to bring together its suite of media solutions, including the Mediaroom TV platform and the AVP4000 video processing encoder, with broadband access provided by the cBR-8 and Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial (HFC) solutions from Cisco.

Cisco’s offerings bring full Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.1 capabilities and 10 times the speed and capacity of any existing product; the cBR-8 cost-effectively scales from today’s 1Gbps speeds to 10Gbps by eliminating the need for multiple system rewiring.

The overall solution from Ericsson significantly enhances the next phase of TV experiences and supports seamless delivery of video, while making it easy to migrate to IP-cable video experiences for time-shifting and other services.

Juan Ramón Gomez Diaz, owner of Aster and Telemicro group, says: “Having the world’s best technology is a key element of our group success. As we revamp our Aster cable TV offerings we wanted the best partners with end-to-end solutions, including technology and services expertise. The Ericsson-Cisco partnership came right on time, as we set Aster to be the leading cable operator in our market.”

Clayton Cruz, Vice President Region Latin America and Caribbean, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson’s media expertise and services strength is unparalleled in the industry. The addition of our recently announced partnership with Cisco, which includes its converged cable access platform, is one example of how our partnership is producing tangible benefits for our customers.”

Gustavo Sorgente, Managing Director of Sales, Central America, North South America and the Caribbean, Cisco, says: “With the pace the service provider market is moving, the most successful companies will be those who build the right strategic partnerships to accelerate innovation, growth and customer value. Today’s announcement demonstrates the impact the Cisco-Ericsson partnership can have on service providers seeking to add value to their customers while increasing revenue streams and maintaining costs.”

Ericsson and Cisco – two industry leaders in the development and delivery of networking, mobility, and cloud – formed a global business and technology partnership in November 2015 to create the networks of the future. The partnership offers customers the best of both companies: routing, data center, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities. The next-generation strategic partnership will drive growth, accelerate innovation, and speed digital transformation demanded by customers across industries. Please note that the partnership is not yet effective in Brazil, where it is subject to regulatory review and approval.