Watson Nordic taps Agama for multiscreen OTT service assurance

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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Watson Nordic Taps Agama for End-to-End OTT Multiscreen Service Assurance

LINKÖPING — Agama Technologies, the video service quality assurance expert, today announced that it has been contracted by Watson Nordic, a Finnish OTT multiscreen video service provider, to provide its DTV Monitoring Solution for real-time monitoring, assurance and analytics of the service distribution from creation to consumption.

Watson Nordic, a joint venture between telecommunications company Anvia and video rental company Makuuni, produces and develops broadband delivered TV and entertainment services. Its multiscreen service, launched in 2013 and available for television sets, tablets, smart phones and computers, allows subscribers to watch TV, rent movies and subscribe to pay-TV channels according to their taste whenever and however they want. Aiming to become one of the most popular TV services in Finland, Watson Nordic will now implement a full-coverage solution from Agama to ensure optimal service quality, reach higher operational efficiency and get better customer understanding – ultimately to secure a rapid and cost-effective service growth.

Jari Laiho, CTO at Watson Nordic, says: “We offer premium pay-TV content to a wide range of devices and quality plays a central role in all our products – we want to be in control of our service distribution end-to-end and we need to be able to react quickly when there is a problem in the service. Aside from the obvious service assurance aspects, we turned to Agama to get a scalable solution that could truly support our help desk in reducing the time needed for a customer call and to swiftly solve the customer’s problem. In addition, the Agama solution will help to support our sales and marketing teams in creating better product offerings and campaigns for our customers.”

The solution selected by Watson Nordic is composed of the Agama Analyzer H-E and the Agama Analyzer OTT Edge for in-depth monitoring in the head-end and streaming platform; and, the Agama Embedded Monitoring, integrated with the set-top boxes and mobile devices for Android and iOS players, for continuous and stateful monitoring in the consumer end. The Agama Enterprise Server EX not only integrates all monitoring information and correlates, refines and presents it in top-level views that give an unprecedented understanding of the service distribution and usage, it also provides the foundation for sophisticated reporting and advanced analytics.

Mikael Dahlgren, CEO at Agama Technologies, comments: “Watson Nordic is an up-and-coming service provider with a very clear view of what is important when managing video delivery. We’re proud to have been selected as its video service management partner. Based on our long experience in this industry, we can support Watson Nordic in its strive to have a uniquely attractive TV service offering in the Finnish market by providing the actionable insights needed to capably manage service quality and customer satisfaction.”

Agama has the industry’s most comprehensive offering for assuring OTT and multiscreen deployments end-to-end, providing full transparency of the service distribution from the head-end to what is actually experienced by each individual viewer. This supports video service providers in efficiently managing service quality and customer satisfaction, whilst lowering OPEX and improving customer retention. Agama is showcasing its complete solution at IBC2014 in Amsterdam on September 12-16. For a live demonstration of cutting edge QA for IP, cable and OTT video services and to learn more about the Agama DTV Monitoring Solution, visit stand 4.A75.