Nokia Siemens Networks and KPN extend service contract for iTV
Continue strategic partnership to provide advanced TV and entertainment services to a majority of its broadband customers
KPN is broadening and extending its iTV services contract with Nokia Siemens Networks to bring new TV viewing experiences to its customers. The agreement is at the heart of the operator’s plans to grow its current iTV subscriber base.
“Having used the Nokia Siemens Networks IPTV solution since 2006, we are very satisfied with its advanced functionalities and reliable performance, which all add up to a superior TV experience for our customers,” said KPN. “During that time, Nokia Siemens Networks has repeatedly demonstrated its world-class expertise and support, and proven its long-term commitment to our business objectives and vision.”
“We will expand the iTV system at KPN to bring an improved, interactive TV experience to many more of KPN’s customers,” said Giuseppe Donagemma, head of West South Europe region at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Nokia Siemens Networks will continue to develop IPTV because it is vital to many of our customers’ businesses. Our vision – based on our open architecture approach – is to empower service providers to create compelling user experiences across their networks and devices.”
Nokia Siemens Networks is providing KPN with a complete next-generation iTV solution that will enable it to offer high-quality TV service with advanced capabilities, including high-definition TV, video-on-demand, and “timeshift” TV viewing (pausing, recording or rewinding of live TV programs). Nokia Siemens Networks will have sole responsibility for the customization and integration of the iTV solution into KPN’s current network.
The new iTV solution will also comprise Nokia Siemens Networks’ new Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform client which will enable faster development of new TV streaming based applications and brings greater flexibility for customizing the user interface.
The current agreement, which extends cooperation between KPN and Nokia Siemens Networks until 2012, includes middleware, encoders, video on demand, encryption, set-top boxes and PC clients. As the sole iTV supplier to KPN, Nokia Siemens Networks will maintain and develop the solution and help to drive enhancements to subscribers’ TV experience as a crucial part of KPN’s market strategy.
KPN is the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the Netherlands, offering wireline and wireless telephony, internet and TV to consumers and end-to-end telecom and ICT services to business customers. KPN’s subsidiary Getronics operates a global ICT services company with a market leading position in the Benelux, offering end-to-end solutions in infrastructure and network-related IT. In Germany and Belgium, KPN pursues a Challenger strategy in its wireless operations and holds number three market positions through E-Plus and KPN Group Belgium. In Spain and France, KPN offers wireless services as an MVNO through its own brands and through partner brands. KPN provides wholesale network services to third parties and operates an efficient IP-based infrastructure with global scale in international wholesale through iBasis. -At June 30, 2010, KPN served 42 million customers, of which 33.8 million were in wireless services, 4.6 million in wireline voice, 2.6 million in broadband Internet and 1 million in TV. With 31,121 FTEs for the whole group, KPN reported half year revenues of EUR 6.6bn and an EBITDA of EUR 2.7bn. KPN was incorporated in 1989 and is listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com
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