KT deploys virtualized headend from Synamedia

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 
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KT Corporation leaps ahead with Asia Pacific’s first virtualized headend

LONDON — Synamedia, the world’s largest independent video software provider, today announced that KT Corporation, South Korea’s largest telecommunications service provider, will implement the first virtualized headend in Asia Pacific for its Olleh TV IPTV service.

This is the first win for Synamedia with KT’s IPTV business. Following a competitive tender, KT selected Synamedia’s Converged Headend to deliver a virtualized full stack solution for the delivery of end-to-end IPTV workflows. Synamedia’s expertise in applying containerization and orchestration techniques and technologies to video workflows will transform KT’s IPTV business, making it possible to deploy and launch new formats, channels and services cost effectively in minutes rather than weeks. Synamedia’s impressive video network roadmap was also a factor in the decision.

Deployed on premise in KT’s data center, Synamedia’s cloud-agnostic Converged Headend includes virtualized Digital Content Manager (vDCM) and Video Service Manager. The fully automated solution, which can also be deployed in the cloud or in a hybrid environment, features the industry’s broadest functionality in a single solution. It includes: acquisition and multiplexing, encoding, transcoding, ad insertion, packaging, content protection, origin services and reliable IP transport.

“KT has a reputation for innovation and market leadership and our Converged Headend provides the video infrastructure springboard it needs to stay ahead both now and in the longer term. With our fully virtualized IPTV infrastructure, KT can adapt and innovate at pace, and retain and grow its IPTV subscriber base with highly engaging services,” said Sue Couto, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific and Latin America at Synamedia.

Synamedia’s video network portfolio powers premium quality broadcast and broadband video for more than 1,000 operators worldwide and 100 million daily viewers. Its video distribution, processing and delivery services and solutions create compelling live multi-screen experiences, enable software-defined video processing and unify operations. The award-winning portfolio also touts a cloud-ready, converged broadcast and broadband end-to-end ATSC 3.0 offering and low latency solutions for live video. Its virtualized DCM features live transcoding to multiple bit rates and formats, scalable video functions and best-in-class video quality all aimed to deliver infinite entertainment.

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