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Buckeye CableSystem Selects ARRIS Whole Home, VOD and Network Monitoring Solutions

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Buckeye CableSystem Selects ARRIS Whole Home, VOD and Network Monitoring Solutions08:00 EDT Wednesday, March 14, 2012Subscribers to enjoy new multiple screen features, MSO to realize cost benefits of integrating services across networksSUWANEE, Ga., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) today announced that Buckeye CableSystem has selected multiple ARRIS solutions for use in its customers' homes, network operations center, and throughout its network infrastructure. Buckeye's residential and business customers have long counted on reliable voice, video and high-speed data services, enabled in large part through the installation and use of a wide variety of ARRIS technology solutions.  Buckeye CableSystem  is deploying the ARRIS Whole Home Solution, next generation ConvergeMedia? video on demand (VOD) platform, and ServAssure? Advanced network monitoring solution.  The ARRIS solutions chosen by Buckeye decrease the costs of integrating and monitoring services, while providing subscribers with new multiple screen features to enjoy.    "We built out our IP network precisely so we could offer our customers the latest features and services available to deliver great entertainment and broadband throughput," said Brad Mefferd, President of Buckeye CableSystem.  "We've chosen a broad variety of ARRIS solutions to help us deliver the highest quality multimedia entertainment experience to our subscribers while enabling us to stay on top of costs."Buckeye will use the ARRIS Whole Home Solution to provide its customers with multi-room access to broadcast, unicast and multicast content, whether via cable, over the top, or the subscriber's personal media on their home network. The ARRIS Whole Home Solution consists of the Moxi® Gateway, Players, User Interface and Services Portal and offers end users a centralized gateway that provides simultaneous use of feature-rich video and telephony services, 6-tuner HD multi-room DVR, Wi-Fi®, DOCSIS® 3.0 data rates, and media-sharing capabilities.  Buckeye's new VOD platform consists of the ARRIS ConvergeMedia? XMS Server and the ConvergeMedia Management solution. The ConvergeMedia XMS is a highly stable and reliable video distribution solution designed to increase subscriber satisfaction while reducing operating costs for Buckeye. The combined platform offers the ideal managed- solution to rapidly deploy, cost-effectively scale, and monetize video services.  Buckeye has also implemented the ARRIS ServAssure Advanced platform to manage DOCSIS® devices across its entire network. The solution helps minimize the cost and complexity of managing DOCSIS networks by reducing the number of non-revenue generating truck rolls and enabling predictive capacity planning for plant maintenance and growth.  ServAssure Advanced is comprised of a suite of applications that collect, store and aggregate a comprehensive set of performance and utilization metrics to help solve network issues. Operators use the information to improve network reliability, reduce customer churn and decrease operational expenses. "High-end services are linked to subscriber loyalty and the Whole Home Solution and VOD capabilities take these services to multiple screens," said Dan Whalen, SVP Americas Sales for ARRIS. "Additionally, a lack of visibility into service quality and customer experience can eventually lead to subscriber dissatisfaction and churn. ARRIS ServeAssure Advanced is designed to help operators like Buckeye meet their rigorous customer service standards."About Buckeye CableSystem Buckeye Cable System, Inc. is the largest cable firm operating in the Toledo area. It was founded in 1965 and is the second oldest continuously-owned large-city cable system in the U.S. In December, 2011, Buckeye CableSystem was singled out by Communications Technology magazine as System of the Year for its accomplishments in technical advancement, customer service, and a number of other areas. In 2010, Buckeye CableSystem was named one of the top ten Best Employers in Ohio. Buckeye is a wholly owned subsidiary of Block Communications, Inc.  About ARRIS ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of communications and IP technologies that support broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver and monitor advanced video, data and voice subscriber services, including whole home video across multiple screens, ultra high-speed data, personalized advertising and carrier-grade telephony.  Headquartered near Atlanta, in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Beaverton, OR; Chicago, IL; Cork, Ireland; Kirkland, WA; Redwood City, CA; Shenzhen, China; State College, PA; Tel Aviv, Israel; Wallingford, CT and Waltham, MA, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about products and services can be found at www.arrisi.com.SOURCE ARRISFor further information: Alex Swan, ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-8327 office, +1-404-307-5485 mobile, alex.swan@arrisi.com