Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) announced today that Saskatchewan-based cable operator Access Communications Co-operative has selected Vecima’s Entra Remote PHY portfolio to bring faster, ultra-reliable broadband to customers in Saskatchewan. In the upcoming months, Access Communications will upgrade several of its communities to enable new high bandwidth data services.
Built on CableLabs standards to ensure maximum interoperability and independence, the Vecima Entra platform enables operators like Access Communications to deploy next generation, R-PHY enabled access nodes with existing third-party CCAP cores and in parallel to third-party access node products. This flexibility avoids vendor lock-in and allows operators to select best-in-breed components.
“Coupling Vecima’s R-PHY node with our existing Harmonic core infrastructure gives us the flexibility to rapidly upgrade our network to enable advanced services,” said Jeffrey De Sarno, Chief Technology Officer at Access Communications. “As a not-for-profit co-operative, we strive to offer the latest technology while maximizing return on investment. Our partnership with Vecima allows us to achieve this goal.”
Vecima’s Entra Remote PHY node is an ultra-high density, four port Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) node capable of supporting up to two downstreams and four upstreams. Full spectrum DOCSIS 3.1 data channels and support for legacy video services are standard. Operators can segment their network into smaller service groups, either upon initial installation or at a later date, thus increasing subscriber data rates to Gigabit service or better. This flexibility allows for sustainable capacity planning and upgrades to alleviate bandwidth constraints.
Additionally, Access Communications will leverage Vecima’s Entra Remote PHY Monitor (RPM) application to collect, store, and present operational data in a simplified, clear, and consistent way to ensure rapid deployment and ongoing support of the network, inclusive of both Vecima and third-party components.
“Vecima’s Entra portfolio enables a multi-vendor, next generation access strategy for forward looking operators like Access,” said Ryan Nicometo, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video and Broadband Solutions at Vecima. “The network Access is building is leading the way in terms of both innovation and providing maximum value to subscribers.”
Further information about Vecima’s Entra solution is available at https://vecima.com/solutions/distributed-access/.
About Access Communications Co-operative
Access Communications Co-operative is one of Saskatchewan’s largest telecommunications companies, but we do so much more than provide reliable, affordable internet, television, telephone, and security services. What makes Access unique is our involvement in the communities we serve, especially through our AccessNow TV community channels.
Access Communications began serving customers in 1978. Since then, we have grown into a province-wide co-operative serving over 235 communities and 160,000 sq. km of rural areas in Saskatchewan. As a not-for-profit co-operative, we invest 100% of our earnings right back into the communities and rural areas where we live and do business. To learn more about our Co-operative, visit myaccess.ca.
About Vecima Networks
Vecima Networks Inc. is a global leader focused on developing integrated hardware and scalable software solutions for broadband access, content delivery, and telematics. We enable the world’s leading innovators to advance, connect, entertain, and analyze. We build technologies that transform content delivery and storage, enable high‑capacity broadband network access, and streamline data analytics. For more information, please visit our website at www.vecima.com.
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