US telco SBC Communications has awarded a $195m contract to Scientific-Atlanta to provide IP-based video equipment for Project Lightspeed, SBC's internet protocol television (IPTV) service due to begin its roll-out later this year.
Scientific-Atlanta will supply IP video equipment for an IP video operations center (VOC), two national IP video super hub offices (SHO) and 41 IP video hub offices (VHO).
SBC companies will use the facilities and equipment to deliver IP-based video entertainment services to Lightspeed customers.
Scientific-Atlanta will provide encoders, satellite dishes, video routers, and professional services as part of the contract. Scientific-Atlanta will also provide professional services related to the initial design and builds of the VOC, SHOs and VHOs.
"This contract award is another important step in building a new, efficient, IP-based video network and we're very pleased to work with Scientific-Atlanta," said Lea Ann Champion, senior executive vice president, SBC IP Operations and Services.
"Our IP-based video services will allow us to offer unique programming, interactivity and functionality to enhance the entertainment experience."
Last October, SBC announced a five-year $1.7bn primary supplier agreement with Alcatel to provide network equipment and video system integration services for Project Lightspeed.
And in November, SBC announced a $400m, 10-year agreement with Microsoft to provide next-generation television services using the new Microsoft TV Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Edition software platform.
The $4bn project will connect 18m households across 13 US states by the end of 2007.
Through Project Lightspeed, SBC companies plan to deliver IP-based video, voice, and high-speed internet access services.
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