Verimatrix to secure Wananchi OTT services

Monday, May 19th, 2014 
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Wananchi deploys Verimatrix to extend multi-network reach and enhance revenue security

  • Africa’s Most Ambitious Entertainment Provider Secures Multi-screen Video Services across Sub-Saharan Africa with VCAS

COLOGNE, Germany — ANGA COM 2014 — Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, has extended its partnership with the Wananchi Group, Africa’s pioneering provider of triple-play services (broadband, multichannel television and voice telephony), to secure the revenues of Zuku TV across direct-to-home (DTH) satellite, digital cable and IP-over-GPON networks, and later this year via over-the-top (OTT) video services.

Initially chosen in 2010 for its award-winning cardless Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for DVB solution to secure Zuku’s direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV services, Verimatrix has since extended the VCAS reach to also protect the revenues of the Zuku digital cable services. Playing an important role in securing the future of the Zuku brand with its planned OTT services, Verimatrix is supplying Wananchi with an innovative, multi-network content security platform. Moreover, the company has proactively executed integration activities with other ecosystem partners, including Harmonic Inc., Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS), Technicolor and Castlenet.

“The best-of-breed VCAS security solution provides robust revenue protection for Zuku TV at all points of the value chain, helping us achieve our multi-network ambitions while also providing our customers with access to the content of their choice,” said Richard Alden, CEO, Wananchi Group. “Verimatrix has proven to be a valuable and strategic partner as we evolve and enhance our video services.”

VCAS is a fully-integrated, cardless security solution that secures premium video content to various types of networks – whether managed or unmanaged – using satellite DTH, cable, DTT and OTT delivery to a multitude of devices, all from a single and unified security authority. This proactive revenue protection and enhancement approach enables Wananchi to cast a much wider net with its service offerings. As a consequence, the company’s central value proposition has shifted beyond that of traditional, single network content protection alone, towards the broader perspective of multi-network revenue security.

“Wananchi is one of Africa’s most savvy pay-TV operators, seizing the opportunities being made available through the proliferation of the mobile Internet and connected devices with the switch to digital networks. We look forward to our continued collaboration and to delivering Zuku TV to as many people as possible, across the networks and devices of their choice,” said Steve Oetegenn, president, Verimatrix.