Video platform in demand in 2012: Telefonica picks Ericsson; KPN selects Accenture

Telecom Lead Europe: Mobile service providers in Europe are in the process of using advanced technologies for their video platform.

On Tuesday, Telefonica Digital has selected Ericsson to integrate and implement its video platform.

New technologies allow players to combine their different components such as IPTV middleware, OTT back-office, Digital Rights Management Systems and Content Management Systems to provide the best video experience to Telefonica’s subscribers.

KPN, a service provider in the Netherlands, has chosen Accenture to develop and maintain television services based on the Accenture Video Solution.

Telefonica’s Global Video Platform (GVP) will allow its subscribers to access video services such as live TV, video on demand and premium services, simultaneously over any network for any device. Telefonica’s R&D is developing and launching the user experience interface for GVP.

“We want people to be able to get their content whether they are on IPTV or OTT networks, on mobile or fixed. We chose Ericsson as the primary integrator because of their TV expertise as well as their knowledge in the IT domain,” said Vivek Dev, director of Digital Services at Telefonica Digital.

Telefonica will leverage Ericsson’s portfolio of OSS and BSS software solutions to gain operational efficiencies and modernize their end-to-end environment.

“Our role as prime system integrator is to make the service seamless across the multi-vendor environment, and with our managed services we ensure the global video platform runs with the high level of quality expected every day by Telefonica and their customers,” said Paolo Colella, head of Consulting and Systems Integration at Ericsson.

Operating in 25 countries, Telefonica has 314 million customers.

Meanwhile, Accenture will improve service performance and deliver KPN’s interactive TV service to multiple devices (TV, tablets and smartphones). Using Accenture’s software-based open architecture, KPN is able to offer a unique viewing experience. This new integrated solution will add features to the market leading iTV and iTV Online services that KPN offers to the Dutch retail and wholesale markets.

“We will provide KPN a complete portfolio of innovative digital services that will enable subscribers to watch TV on more devices,” said Marco Vernocchi, managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment industry group.

KPN’s iTV Online Services leverage KPN’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) for content streaming. The CDN provides various business-to-business and consumer services using the latest technology and is built to stringent network standards that translate into improved picture stability and a best-in-class adaptive streaming services for KPN’s clients.

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