· SaskTel implements Ericsson MediaFirst solution suite to power its new IPTV service
· Ericsson MediaFirst will offer SaskTel subscribers a raft of new features
· Solution suite includes Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform, which enables operators to deliver seamless and personalized TV experiences across devices, underpinned by an agile development and delivery model
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by SaskTel, the leading Information and Communications Technology provider in Saskatchewan, Canada, to power its next generation IPTV service.
SaskTel will start to implement the Ericsson MediaFirst solution suite this year, with plans to commercially launch its enhanced and expanded IPTV service in Saskatchewan in early 2018.
Ericsson MediaFirst will offer SaskTel subscribers a raft of new features over a new Pay TV in-home and TV everywhere product. Many of these new features - including a highly personalized interface across all screens and the ability to watch live TV and access content on demand on any device - will also be made available to existing maxTV subscribers.
Ron Styles, President and CEO at SaskTel, says: "The implementation of Ericsson MediaFirst will position SaskTel at the leading edge of TV innovation and will afford us the flexibility to evolve maxTV as our customer's preferences and habits change over time. In addition, by 2018/19 this platform will allow SaskTel to expand our maxTV service to approximately 100,000 new households spread across more than 300 communities throughout rural Saskatchewan."
Elisabetta Romano, Vice President and Head of Media Solutions at Ericsson, says: "Ericsson MediaFirst will enable SaskTel to deliver a cutting-edge Pay TV service. The ability to innovate at web speed and leverage the MediaFirst ecosystem will help SaskTel deliver breakthrough consumer experiences across all devices and in the home. This agreement is a further step forward in our strong partnership with SaskTel."
Ericsson's end-to-end MediaFirst solution suite includes Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform, Video Processing, Video Delivery and Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP).
Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform is a software-defined, media-optimized cloud-based TV platform. MediaFirst TV Platform provides a converged multiscreen experience including Pay TV in-home, TV Everywhere and OTT services. It embraces all content sources and delivery networks.
The platform provides advanced analytics tools which enable operators to target relevant content and promotions to viewers, increasing revenue opportunities and reducing churn. Underpinned by Ericsson's DevOps approach, MediaFirst TV Platform offers flexibility, scalability and agility to adapt to consumers' constantly evolving behaviors and needs.
MediaFirst Video Processing offers virtualization in content exchange, distribution and software-defined live UHD encoding. MediaFirst Video Delivery provides a comprehensive solution that addresses every stage of the media delivery chain - including Ericsson VSPP - which is ideal for time-shifted services including cloud DVR.
Ericsson is an award-winning, global leader in TV and media products and services, with a proven track record in planning and delivering TV and media business transformation for over 20 years. Working with customers around the globe, our design, technology and managed services help to create the most seamless, personal, intuitive and differentiated experiences for TV consumers. Ericsson's extensive TV and media portfolio covers media enrichment, processing, publishing, delivery and immersive experiences. Every year, Ericsson distributes more than 4 million hours of programming in more than 60 languages for more than 500 TV channels. Every day, people on all continents watch television programs prepared, managed and broadcast by Ericsson staff based in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the US.
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SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including 617,000 wireless accesses, 389,000 wireline network accesses, 273,000 Internet accesses and 111,000 maxTV(TM) subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
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