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Motorola licenses encryption technology to Korea

Posted: 21 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:motorola? cable tv? internet? cablecard? opencable?

Motorola Inc. is licensing its cable scrambling technology for use in the fast-growing South Korean market for cable TV and Internet access.

The license for its dynamic feedback arrangement scrambling technology (DFAST) has been agreed through the Korean standardization body, the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA).

Since DFAST is also part of CableLabs' OpenCable specification used in the U.S., the deal will enable vendors to design equipment that can be used internationally.

The Korean government adopted the OpenCable standard for the roll out of digital cable TV to 10 million households over the next four to five years.

Motorola said the agreement would also open new retail distribution channels by allowing consumers to purchase digital cable-ready TVs that can receive basic digital service with the insertion of CableCARD devices from various conditional access systems, including its own MediaCipher system.

"We expect OpenCable to drive digital cable in the South Korean market," In-Sup Cho, managing director of TTA said in a statement. "The move to this U.S.-based global standard will create competition among vendors, which will ultimately prove beneficial to Korean consumers as well as Korean cable operators."

- John Walko

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