GET Norway Selects TANDBERG Television for Cable VOD Network Upgrade

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 
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Next-generation OpenStream and Edge QAM solutions to provide market leading density, increased functionality and offer greater choice and flexibility

SOUTHAMPTON, UK — TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson Group (NASDAQ:ERIC), today announced that its OpenStream® Digital Services Platform and market-leading EQ8096 Edge QAM solutions have been selected by Get Norway for a next-generation network upgrade. Get, Norway’s leading digital television, broadband and telephony operator is integrating the Emmy award-winning OpenStream to help create its video-on-demand (VOD) services which it will launch this autumn. TANDBERG Television is providing prime integration of a complete on-demand system to enable Get Norway to deploy a proven and flexible platform on which it can grow its market-leadership.

“Our ultimate objective is to provide our customers with a breadth of advanced services that will keep them entertained both now and in the future. On-demand is a key feature of this as it provides the interactive, personalized, time shifted television consumers increasingly want,” says Christophe Brod, Broadcast Networks Manager, Get Norway. “TANDBERG Television’s unrivalled technical offering combined with its deep market expertise enable us to smoothly upgrade our infrastructure and provide next-generation on-demand and digital TV services.”

“Through our excellent relationship with Get Norway we are helping to provide its customers with an exciting, interactive entertainment experience,” says Edward Allfrey, Business Development Director for TANDBERG Television. “VOD is a key progression of Get’s offering and our OpenStream Digital Services Platform provides unrivalled back office features for increased flexibility and choice. Moreover, our Edge QAM modulators are enabling Get to achieve increased operational efficiency and return on investment through industry leading density and functionality.”

This deal builds on TANDBERG Television’s leadership position in the on-demand market. With several OpenStream systems already deployed in Europe, including UPC Netherlands and Multimedia Polska, TANDBERG Television has rapidly become the European market leader in on-demand back office solutions. In addition, OpenStream is the leading open digital services platform in North America and has multiple deployments in Asia, including Tianjin TEDA Cable, Star Communication and Oriental Cable Network (OCN) in Shanghai. The industry’s leading open standards based solution, OpenStream offers operators the flexibility of using servers, applications, billing systems, and other system components of their choice.

Next-Generation Edge QAM

The next-generation EQ8096 offers unprecedented density, high reliability, low power consumption, and designed-in redundancy features. It enables a clear migration to IP through its support of the CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 and the M-CMTS standards. As an industry leader in the cable industry, TANDBERG Television has a wealth of experience in developing advanced video delivery solutions for cable architectures. Featuring 96 QAM channels in an integrated two rack-unit chassis for superior density, the EQ8096 provides cable operators with the flexibility to launch a combination of switched digital video (SDV), video-on-demand (VOD), broadcast television or high-speed data services simultaneously in shared frequencies.