Arris to provide 4K set-tops for Bell Canada’s MediaFirst deployment

Ericsson's MediaFirst video platform (Ericsson)

Arris said it will provide the 4K HDR set-tops for Bell Canada’s deployment of Ericsson’s MediaFirst video platform. 

Bell Canada said last month that it had signed a deal to deploy Ericsson’s cloud- and IP-based MediaFirst video platform, bringing personalized and converged multiscreen service to 1.5 million Fibe TV and Alt TV subscribers across the Great White North. 

The Arris set-tops being deployed as the heart of the solution will include not only 4K and High Dynamic Range capabilities, but also 802.11ac and 4x4 Wi-Fi.

"Fibe TV became Canada’s No. 1 TV service by offering an outstanding viewing experience that's both personalized and on-demand. Together with Arris, we look forward to taking Fibe TV to the next level as we deliver the latest 4K experience to our customers,” said Rizwan Jamal, president of Bell Residential Services and Small Business, in a statement. 

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"This deployment further demonstrates that Arris is the leading technology provider when it comes to enabling groundbreaking television services,” added Larry Robinson, president of Arris’ CPE division.

Bell is a bit of a maverick in the Canadian telco arena, with the country’s other major cable operators—Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications and Videotron—each licensing Comcast’s X1 platform to deliver video to customers.