China's Tianjin Cable Television Selects Harmonic for Broadband Infrastructure Build
Harmonic (http://www.harmonicinc.com), a provider of broadband solutions, has announced that they won the bid to build the first phase of Tianjin Cable Television's hybrid fiber coax network in Tianjin, China. Once the build is completed, Tianjin CATV will be able to offer advanced interactive services to its customers throughout Tianjin, one of China's largest cities with a population of over 10 million.
According to Patrick Harshman, VP of Marketing for Broadband Access Networks Division, the Chinese market is one of the more exciting markets that Harmonic is working in these days. Harmonic maintains two offices in Mainland China, employing about 10 people. They also have a sales team in their California office that focuses exclusively on the Chinese market.
Tianjin CATV currently offers its customers broadcast analog television service; however, the first phase of construction, which will connect several hubs to a main headend, is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2000 and will be capable of serving approximately 2.7 million subscribers.
Harmonic and Tianjin CATV worked closely together to define the optimal architecture for this build. The challenge for Tianjin CATV is to build a network that can support the growing demands of millions of subscribers. The build will be constructed with Harmonic's MAXLink 1550 and PWRLink 1310 transmission platforms, combined with its return path receivers and transmitters.
According to Harshman, China is the third largest market for Harmonic's fiber optic solutions and broadband architecture, after the United States and the United Kingdom. Brazil is the fourth largest market for Harmonic.
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