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November 27, 2007

Smart Telecom Selects Verimatrix to Secure Advanced IPTV Offering


By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributing Editor


Irish telecom provider Smart Telecom has selected Verimatrix (News - Alert) to secure its advanced interactive and Video-on-Demand (VoD) service in Ireland, called Smart Vision.

 
The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) enables Smart Telecom to deliver secure, premium content throughout its digital video network.
 
VCAS uses advanced cryptographic and e-commerce technologies proven on the Internet, including PKI and X.509 certificates, enabling a substantially higher level of content security than traditional smart card based systems.
 
Smart Telecom has built a next generation Carrier Ethernet network to offer triple play services – digital television, broadband and telephone. The company has an estimated 200 corporate clients including The Guinness Enterprise Centre, McCormick Macnaughton, Fehily Timoney & Co. and SAP (News - Alert) IT.
 
The recent €2.5 million investment in IPTV will enable Smart Telecom to offer Smart Vision with more than 100 television and radio channels to 550,000 homes in Ireland.
Based on figures from analyst firm Screen Digest, the European IPTV (News - Alert) market is set to double in subscriptions from 2.9 million in 2006 to 5.6 million during 2007.
 
“The race for IPTV subscribers is on. So we must offer compelling services to attract and build consumer loyalty from the start,” John Riordan, CEO, Smart Telecom said in a statement. “Verimatrix’s vision for content security enables us to provide premium content today, and develop future business models that will continue to offer content when, where and how subscribers want it. We are thrilled to be working with the global leader for IPTV content security.”
 
Tom Munro, CEO Verimatrix, commented: “IPTV is and continues to be a highly competitive market and operators are under immense pressure to be able to differentiate themselves against competitors. Being able to provide a unique user experience has become a necessity and we our proud to be working with a leading operator that is dedicated to offer an enhanced entertainment experience for consumers.”
 

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.






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