Skystream Bags China

SkyStream Networks Monday announced that China
Education Television (CETV) has selected its networking equipment as the
primary broadcast networking technology for a nationwide infrastructure that
will deliver multimedia-rich Internet content and video to students and teachers throughout the People’s Republic of
China.

Using SkyStream’s DBN-26 Source Media Routers (SMRs) integrated with Lucent
Technologies’ WaveStar DVS MPEG-2 Digital Video System, IBM’s storage and
media management system, and France Telecom’s ViAccess conditional access
system, CETV will offer integrated Internet and television programming to
improve training for teachers and ensure that students from primary schools
to universities — in even the most remote regions of the country — access
high-quality education.

The content encoded includes university courses, business training and skills
training for teachers. Within the next three years, students will be able to
access CETV content at one of the 800,000 schools that will be equipped with
a satellite receiving system. In addition, the Chinese Ministry of Education
plans to use SkyStream equipment to provide CETV content to local cable
systems in major cities through digital cable services.

As a result of the deal, CETV is positioned to expand its offerings in the
future to offer an interactive approach to learning for populations in
metropolitan cities or rural areas. The broadcast network will offer
educational content ranging from streaming video of educational lectures to
agriculture and environment protection training.

“SkyStream’s technology enables the government’s distance-learning
infrastructure to transmit multimedia-rich educational content by
multicasting it to millions of students around the country,” said Zhang Tian
Lin, vice president and chief engineer of CETV. “SkyStream’s SMRs make it
possible for us to create an efficient broadcast network infrastructure for
delivering educational streaming video, audio and Internet Web pages to
remote classrooms across China.”

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