FASTtelco Deploys Kuwait's First IPTV Service

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
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Verimatrix, BeeSmart and INC Emirates Technology Partner to Secure Kuwait’s First IPTV Service; FASTtelco Deploys Integrated Middleware Solution Featuring VCAS for Internet TV

OLYMPIA — IP&TV World Forum — Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, BeeSmart, an acknowledged interactive TV solution provider for service operators, and INC Emirates Technology, one of the top IT solution providers in Middle East, today announced that Kuwait’s FASTtelco has deployed BeeSmart Middleware, integrated with the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for Internet TV platform, to fuel its new interactive TV service.

The integrated solution has been deployed as part of FASTtelco’s new IP network, which enables its premium video-on-demand (VoD) service. The IP network leverages Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) as the streaming format of choice for its over-the-top (OTT) interactive TV video services. INC Emirates, the system integration partner for this project, contributed the experience and excellent knowledge to deliver a customized end-to-end solution to FASTtelco.

BeeSmart Middleware features a dynamic service management platform and client software, integrated with the robust VCAS for Internet TV solution. A key option powered by the VCAS 3 platform, VCAS for Internet TV offers a complete digital TV security solution for OTT services over networks implementing the HLS protocol, such as FASTtelco’s newly launched network. Featuring multi-format support, VCAS for Internet TV secures OTT services to multiple screens and across multiple transports, including both broadcast (linear) and VoD delivery modes.

“We are delighted to have partnered with BeeSmart on Kuwait’s first IPTV service as it will undoubtedly significantly contribute to the proliferation of interactive TV in the Middle East,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer, Verimatrix. “Throughout the last several years, we have collaborated with some of the leading infrastructure and technology vendors in the Middle East, further delivering on our goal of expanding the reach of multi-lingual pay-service content to a global audience.”

“We have already collaborated with Verimatrix on 10 IPTV customer projects over the past five years. This marks our first joint OTT project and extending our cooperation with Verimatrix was an easy decision. We chose to integrate VCAS for Internet TV into our BeeSmart middleware in part because of its innovative HLS security extensions that improve the capability to support subscription and transaction based pay-TV services,” said Jože Pirečnik, business development director, BeeSmart.

“By deploying this solution in combination with our best-in-class vendors’ components, we have created a powerful and robust solution that will allow FASTtelco to easily scale its new service as it adds subscribers,” said Hisham Arafat, general manager at INC Emirates Technology.

Verimatrix will be highlighting the Verimatrix Video Content Authority Solution (VCAS™) 3 at the IP&TV World Forum in London, booth #173. Beesmart will be exhibiting at the same show in booth #3.