FOXTEL Selects FASTCOM iQ3 Set-Top-Box for Security

FASTCOM Technology SA recently announced that FOXTEL has selected FASTCOM’s MCAS solution for ensuring the licensing authority services of its iQ3 set-top-box, which is manufactured by ARRIS and which integrates a Broadcom chipset.

Leveraging the MCAS solution, FOXTEL is able to operate the iQ3 in a multi-vendor security strategy with three different CAS solutions installed, namely CISCO/NDS, NAGRA and IRDETO. The MCAS allows keeping control over the deployed iQ3 in terms of applications, middleware and CAS security solution. This allows for faster market response and for efficient resource planning.

“Thanks to FASTCOM’s MCAS solution and its independence towards the security providers, FOXTEL is able to achieve its goal of total control of our fleet of iQ3 set top boxes while leveraging two proprietary CAS solutions running in parallel on the devices,”
said Stephen Joyce, Senior Platform Security Architect, FOXTEL

FASTCOM’s MCAS solution provides integrated management of the keys and credentials needed for the STB. The MCAS preserves the security level of traditional CAS implementations, while giving the payTV operator the opportunity to retain the direct control on the STBs in the field. Also, the MCAS enables the payTV operator to implement dynamically a multi-vendor approach. Updates and changes are possible at any time for a minimum cost. The MCAS uses the ETSI standard TS 103 162 (K-LAD 2010) and does not use any proprietary technology. As a company, FASTCOM is fully independent from any vendor. Furthermore, all keys and credentials managed by MCAS are subject to the Swiss laws, which provide an additional protection for our clients.

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