Looking for independent affirmation of the technical merits and capabilities of its over-the-top Skitter.TV platform, Skitter, Inc. has joined the Occam Packet Access Network alliance, the companies announced today.

Occam Networks’ interoperability certification process entails analyzing video stream bandwidth in constant bit rate and variable bit rate modes, testing head-end video equipment for network compatibility and performance, and documenting network configuration recommendations. By joining Occam’s alliance, Skitter’s platform will be better tested and evaluated for compatibility and performance over Occam’s broadband access gear.

“Service providers are facing a near-universal need to add value to their broadband offerings in light of increasing competition,” said Robert Saunders, Skitter.TV co-founder and president. “Joining the OPAN partner program is a major step in assuring that Skitter.TV and Occam Networks solutions can help accelerate successful deployment of OTT video while helping telco’s improve customer loyalty and add new revenue via TV services.”

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Skitter.TV is a “hybrid IPTV/over-the-top platform enabling telecom service providers to encode, configure, deliver and monetize converged entertainment services” according to the company. More than 3 million of Occam Networks’ BLC 6000 ports  are being used by more than 350 service providers worldwide to deliver broadband media services over copper and fiber optic cable.

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