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Maltacom Group Taps Tandberg Television as Video Technology Provider
[June 09, 2007]

Maltacom Group Taps Tandberg Television as Video Technology Provider

(Wireless News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
Tandberg Television, part of the Ericsson Group, has further extended
its lead in the digital TV market with the announcement that it has
been selected by Maltacom Group as the strategic provider of
multi-platform video processing solutions.

The agreement will see Tandberg Television provide a range of advanced
digital video technologies, capable of enabling Maltacom to roll-out
live and on-demand digital TV services and opening up new fixed and
mobile delivery mediums and revenue streams.

The Maltacom Group is a provider of telecommunications and related
services on the Maltese Islands. Its portfolio of activities includes
advanced national and international telecommunications services,
mobile, internet services, data, and IT business solutions.

The first deployment is of Tandberg Television's native IP head-end
platform which will be used to ensure enhanced service quality for
Maltacom's new Digital Terrestrial TV (DVB-T) offering. Tandberg
Television is providing its technologies, as well as its systems
integration and turnkey project management skills to ensure that
Maltacom is able to deploy a digital video infrastructure that will
enable it to launch advanced digital media solutions today, with the
confidence that the system can scale and expand to support the
introduction of new services such as mobile TV and IPTV in the future.
Scheduled for full system completion later this year, the entire
head-end and monitoring systems are being commissioned at Tandberg
Television's UK facilities in Southampton before being shipped to the
Maghtab facility in Malta.

"Tandberg Television has clear leadership in DVB-T as well as other
strategic areas for Maltacom such as Mobile TV, IPTV, and on-demand.
The reception and compression products, combined with the latest
technology over IP will enable us to deliver the highest quality
services in Malta," says Joseph Bugeja, Group Technical Director of
Maltacom Group. "Our future plans include other delivery networks and
service types, and the combination of the Tandberg iPlex platform and
EN5720 encoders gives us the greatest ability to re-purpose content for
new platforms. Tandberg Television satisfied our stringent timescales
and was able to deliver a fully integrated solution, as well as
supporting us with its extensive knowledge and specialists."

Maltacom is deploying 8 DVB-T multiplexes and the solution is based on
Tandberg Television's iSIS 8000 IP head-end, including the
award-winning iPlex video processor for content encoding as well as
EN5720 MPEG-2 encoders with expansion capability for MPEG-4 AVC
simulcast with native IP outputs. Tandberg TT1222 professional
receivers are being used to decode the majority of services received
from satellite and digital terrestrial feeds. Efficient bandwidth
management and content scrambling will be provided through the use of
Tandberg Television's MX8400 dense multiplexer with Reflex IP
statistical multiplexing. In addition, Tandberg nCompass will perform a
range of control and monitoring tasks.

"We are extremely pleased that Maltacom selected Tandberg Television
for this significant digital TV project. The combination of our iPlex
and EN encoders, together with the most advanced IP architecture for
DVB-T were critical success factors," says Simon Frost, business
development director of Tandberg Television for mobile and terrestrial
TV. "Our ability to provide a full solution from reception,
compression, multiplexing, system management and monitoring, together
with our systems integration and real-world experience enables us to be
the strategic partner that Maltacoms needs as it rolls-out these
important digital TV services."

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