Altech UEC STB Underpins Successful TopTV Launch in South Africa

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 
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Altech UEC (UEC) [Johannesburg: ALT], the internationally acclaimed Durban (South Africa) based developer of digital Set-top Boxes (STBs) and interactive software solutions today confirmed that the Johannesburg based commercial satellite subscription service provider, TopTV, had successfully launched UEC’s purpose built STB in what has become one of the most successful PayTV launches in recent times. The UEC TopTV STB is designed to TopTV’s specific requirements and draws on the latest DVB-S2 and MPEG4 technology in order to deliver optimum levels of performance and reliability. The UEC TopTV STB also features enhanced security technology and is equipped with advanced interactive software in addition to a USB port that will support future bi-directional communications and portable media solutions.

Altech UEC CEO, Peter Balchin said “We are extremely proud to be associated with the TopTV launch and our success in securing this prestigious account is testimony to Altech UEC’s commitment to the South African market and to our competitiveness in global terms. UEC is a pioneer of the DVB STB industry having launched a world-first DVB STB in 1995 and has continued to invest in the appropriate skills and resources in order to maintain our international standing. We provide employment to over 1000 South Africans and continue to invest heavily in skills development to ensure that we remain equipped to continue to offer market leading solutions.”

Altech UEC has already delivered over 100,000 TopTV STBs through its outsourced manufacturing facility, but in future will be manufacturing the TopTV STB in its manufacturing facility in Mt Edgecombe, South Africa. In order to cope with the additional demand, UEC has recently committed over R50m in capital expenditure to increase the capacity of its Mt Edgecombe manufacturing facility including securing bigger premises and purchasing additional surface mount technology (SMT) production equipment. The new facility will have an anticipated capacity of over 3,000,000 STBs per year.