du to provide Akamai CDN services to Saudi Arabia's Selevision

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 
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Selevision teams with ‘du’ and Akamai to enhance the delivery of digital content in the MENA region

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — du, the region’s fastest-growing telecommunications company and Akamai Technologies have announced that Selevision, the leading Saudi Arabian on demand service provider, has selected the companies’ content delivery services to support over-the-top delivery of its channels throughout the MENA region.

As part of the agreement, du’s broadcasting services division will provide first class Content Delivery Network (CDN) services from Akamai to Selevision, thereby ensuring consistent quality of experience for their subscribers in the region. In addition, du will also offer IP transit service to Selevision, hosted at datamena.

Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Commercial Officer, du, said: “Our strength lies in offering an end-to-end service portfolio, from hosting content in our world-class data centres to delivering it. In partnership with Akamai, which offers a full suite of industry-leading media delivery solutions, we are delighted to provide Selevision with a best of class CDN and IP transit services and so enable them to meet the growing demand of digital content in the MENA and beyond.”

Earlier in September, through datamena’s head-end system in Dubai, and in partnership with du, Selevision had established its own platform capable of delivering up to 400 channels, both HD and SD.

Dr. Raed Khusheim, Chief Executive Officer of Selevision said: “Our aim is to provide utmost quality of service throughout the market, thus, we decided to work with Akamai and du, whose solution is considered to be amongst the best worldwide. This will ensure seamless experience for the end-user on services such as restart TV, Catch-up TV and On Demand services.”

Soeren Lindkvist, Vice President Scandinavia, Benelux & MENA, Akamai said: “In collaboration with du, we are excited to be able to extend our services to broadcasters in the MENA region. We are looking forward to helping Selevision provide high quality online experiences and ensure its viewers can enjoy their favorite content wherever and whenever they want.”