Leading Scandinavian Telecoms Operator Telenor selects Thomson's IPTV Systems

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 
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PARIS (France) — Leading Scandinavian telecoms operator Telenor (Oslo: TEL) has selected IPTV solutions from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), the worldwide leader in video solutions, for deployment of IPTV services in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The Thomson end to end solution includes the SmartVision service management platform, video on demand servers and a choice of set-top boxes including one incorporating PVR functionality with local hard disk recording.

Thomson is providing Telenor with its SmartVision video services platform, which incorporates middleware, video on demand (VoD) servers and two ranges of IP set top boxes*. In addition, Thomson is supplying full system design, engineering and integration services including training and maintenance, as well as integrating the conditional access solution of Conax for content security.

“IPTV is an essential service in Telenor’s future offering to our customers, and therefore we selected a market leader with strong expertise in both video and telecoms engineering,” said Witold Sitek, CTO for Telenor’s Nordic region. “Our choice of Thomson was largely based on their proven experience in IPTV system deployments internationally and their capability to offer a competitive integrated technical solution with a promising future roadmap in this rapidly evolving area. To achieve the required benefits of scale in this area, the deployment of IPTV services across all three countries is key — and Thomson’s ability to manage projects in different geographies is equally important.”

As well as being the leading Scandinavian telecom operator, Telenor is the largest distributor of traditional DTH and cable-TV services in the Nordic region and one of the fastest growing providers of mobile communications services worldwide covering 12 countries with 150 million subscribers. As a long-term supplier of gateways to Telenor, the agreement strengthens Thomson’s relationship with this leading Nordic operator.

“Telenor is one of the major telecom operators in Europe and we are delighted they have chosen Thomson to accompany them in this multi-country IPTV deployment,” said Jacques DunoguĂ© Thomson’s Senior Executive Vice President, Head of the Systems division. “Thomson is unique in offering complete IPTV and triple-play end-to-end solutions from video headends to consumer premises equipment, and this project further demonstrates our ability to build world-class IPTV infrastructures for tier-one operators, as well as our ability to help customers such as Telenor innovate and differentiate their offering.”

*The DBI2210 and the DBI8500 with integrated hard drive for personal video recording.