Verimatrix Secures Türk Telekom's IPTV Service

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 
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Europe’s Fifth Largest Telco Deploys Carrier-Grade VCAS for IPTV Based on Solid Product Roadmap and Partner Ecosystem

AMSTERDAM — IBC 2009 — Verimatrix, setting the standard in content security technologies that enhance the value of pay-TV networks, today announced that Türk Telekom has deployed the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for IPTV for its highly anticipated IPTV rollout. Türk Telekom, one of the world’s largest tier one telecommunications operators serving more than 30 million customers, has integrated VCAS for IPTV to secure the delivery of its extensive line-up of live broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD) content for its new IPTV service.

Türk Telekom has envisaged a wide-range of services that may be available through its IPTV platform, such as online voting, personalized ad insertions, parental controls and catch-up TV. The initial platform will have a capacity to serve one million customers with the ability to expand as required. VCAS for IPTV is integrated with system components from SeaChange and Envivio.

“We are extremely pleased to add Türk Telekom to our growing list of tier one operators, which strengthens our leadership position in Europe and reconfirms the scalability of our solution,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer, Verimatrix. “Our proven partner ecosystem has greatly streamlined the integration as Türk Telekom prepares for the rollout.”

Software-based VCAS for IPTV has been independently ranked at the global number one IPTV content protection solution based on active subscribers. Telecommunications operators have come to rely on VCAS for IPTV because it eliminates the vulnerabilities related to smart card-based architectures by leveraging mature, proven two-way Internet security protocols, a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) public/private key pair system and X.509 digital certificates. A downloadable security system for IPTV clients is not only more secure, it enables less expensive set-top box or client device hardware. Renewable security software can also be updated as required to combat piracy attacks.

Birtel Network Technologies, partner of Verimatrix in Ankara, Turkey, is overseeing the IPTV deployment for Türk Telekom. “Verimatrix offered a proven content protection solution that matched the customer’s current and future network goals,” said Metin Olgun, general manager of Birtel. “The scalability of VCAS for IPTV ensures confidence of meeting growth plans.”