Bell Canada selects Ericsson's MediaFirst TV platform

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
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Ericsson and Bell Canada Sign landmark TV Deal

  • Multi-year agreement with Canada’s largest television provider includes Ericsson’s award-winning MediaFirst TV Platform
  • Enhanced services will deliver an even more personalized and seamless TV experience to Bell’s Fibe TV and Fibe Alt TV subscribers across multiple screens
  • Agreement extends long-term relationship between Ericsson and Bell

WASHINGTON — Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Bell Canada, the number one television provider in Canada, to power its next generation multiscreen TV services.

Ericsson’s MediaFirst TV Platform solution will enable Bell to offer an enhanced, personalized and converged multiscreen TV experience to its more than 1.5 million Fibe TV and Alt TV subscribers in Canada.

The multi-year deal expands on the companies’ long-term relationship, which dates back to the 2010 launch of Bell’s Fibe TV service and deployment of Mediaroom, the world’s leading IPTV platform. When integrated with Mediaroom, MediaFirst will deliver an agile, next generation TV platform with the necessary flexibility to easily incorporate third party apps.

Rizwan Jamal, Bell’s President of Residential and Small Business, says: “Our longstanding and successful relationship with Ericsson helped us deliver the innovative and exclusive new Fibe TV services that propelled Bell to the #1 in position in Canadian TV. We look forward to taking the game-changing Fibe TV and Alt TV even further, enabling next generation services across a wider range of devices by leveraging the innovative IPTV technologies of Ericsson MediaFirst.”

Angel Ruiz, Head of Media Solutions, Ericsson, says: “Demand for high quality, seamless and personalized TV services is at an all-time high. With this increased consumer demand, service providers need to find ways to drive agile transformation within their business and ensure they have access to the technology and solutions that will help reduce operational costs and increase new revenue opportunities.

“The implementation of our award-winning MediaFirst TV Platform will enable Bell to further enhance its innovative services and deliver additional benefits both within its business and to its subscribers, offering a superior user experience across all devices.”

Ericsson’s MediaFirst TV Platform is a software-defined, media-optimized cloud-based TV platform. It provides a converged multiscreen experience including Pay TV in-home, TV Everywhere and OTT services and embraces all content sources and delivery networks. Read more about how Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform is delivering cost efficiencies, agility and innovation of virtualized web services for managed and over-the-top content.