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ORIGINAL: CASCADE in Europe and Africa
CASCADE is working on exciting IPTV projects in Eastern Europe and North Africa, as part of a successful collaboration with China’s Huawei telecoms equipment vendor. The strength of the partnership lies in CASCADE’s leadership in IPTV technology and Huawei’s worldwide sales network, while the challenge is to manage several projects running in parallel in different parts of the world.
In the Serbian capital of Belgrade, CASCADE is providing IPTV middleware for an ISP using MPEG2 technology to deliver video services to 5,000 users, possibly to be followed by a video-on-demand capability. A similar project is under way in the Ukraine in the Confederation of Independent States (former Soviet Union) to provide IPTV services to some 10,000 subscribers.
Meanwhile in Morocco, CASCADE is involved in what is believed to be Africa’s first IPTV rollout in a project to provide video services to 50,000 subscribers, using a solution based on MPEG4 H.264 technology.
TRANSLATION: Confusing policy of OFTA (Apple Daily)
Conventional fixed-line telephone services must make use of a fixed-line network for transmission. Therefore, whoever first installed and owned a fixed network will be regarded as having the potential to dominate the market. The government has to impose regulation.
The justification for regulation is rather simple. Officials believe that fixed network operators entering the market must rent the existing network of an incumbent operator to provide services. If the incumbent sets the leasing fee too high, it will kill competition. In order to prevent existing fixed network operators from taking such an anti-competition behaviour, the government has to force existing operators to open their networks to new entrants. In Hong Kong, such a policy is known as Type II interconnection.
The Type II interconnection policy has been in operation for a number of years. Instead of having only one fixed telecommunications network operator, the market now has several operators. As competition already exists in the market, perhaps the Office of the Telecommunications Authority should fully withdraw its policy for Type II interconnection. But this is just wishful thinking.