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Eastlink Selects ARRIS ME-7000 Converged Compression Platform to Bring Advanced Services to Canadian Subscribers
ARRIS ME-7000 delivers the highest density and most energy-efficient video compression for next-generation services

SUWANEE, Ga., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) announced today that Eastlink selected the ARRIS ME-7000 Converged Compression Platform to offer more, higher-quality channels to its Canadian cable TV subscribers. The move positions Eastlink's network to deliver next-generation HEVC and UltraHD services.

ARRIS ME-7000 Converged Compression Platform

"We're building a network for the future, and our investment in the ME-7000 platform reflects our commitment to give consumers exceptional services and stunning high-quality content," said Jim Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Engineering and CTO, Eastlink. "As a result of its class-leading efficiency, density, and energy savings—we expect the ME-7000 to reduce our operating expenses over time, as it powers tomorrow's services."

Eastlink is the first Canadian operator to deploy the ME-7000. The platform delivers state-of-the-art video compression performance while providing highly reliable 24x7 operation. As a converged platform, it can simultaneously support multiple video formats—including MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 for IPTV, Cable Statmux, or Multiple Bit-rate profiles for Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) uses cases.

The ME-7000's modular and scalable design also supports future upgrades to HEVC and Ultra HD services—including 4K and HDR—at densities and performance levels unachievable through software encoding solutions.

"Our ME-7000 platform is the most advanced video compression system available. It gives Eastlink a significant competitive advantage by processing set-top, multiscreen device, and even 4K UltraHD video compression in a single flexible platform with much less power and higher density than what's available with conventional servers," said Kevin Wirick, Vice President, Product Management, ARRIS. "It's the obvious choice for video service providers for leveraging OTT IP streaming technologies."

About Eastlink 
As Canada's largest family owned and operated telecommunications company, Eastlink provides world-class television, video entertainment and communications services to residential, business and public sector customers across Canada. Powered by state-of-the-art fibre optic and wireless networks, Eastlink's advanced services include High Speed Internet, Wireless, Data, Security and Automation, competitive local and long distance Telephone and exclusive, locally-produced programming on Eastlink TV. One of Canada's Best Managed Companies for the past 9 years, Eastlink operates in Nova Scotia, PEI, NL, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia as well as Bermuda, and helps raise over $3.5M annually for charitable and community organizations across the country.

About ARRIS
ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) is a world leader in entertainment and communications technology. Our innovations combine hardware, software, and services across the cloud, network, and home to power TV and Internet for millions of people around the globe. The people of ARRIS collaborate with the world's top service providers, content providers, and retailers to advance the state of our industry and pioneer tomorrow's connected world. For more information, visit www.arris.com.

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