Austrian IPTV Provider Brings on Ericsson to Enhance MediaBox Platform

European IPTV provider Telekom Austria has brought on Ericsson to enhance its current IPTV platform, MediaBox. Ericsson’s work will allow the platform to deliver blended content services to multiple devices, which will eliminate barriers between TV set and PCs and introduce a new generation user interface.

“We will offer new features like advanced graphical user interface, internet services over TV, the latest video on demand, and recording functions to our customers in Austria,” says Walter Goldenits, CTO Telekom Austria TA AG. “This will enhance the user experience drastically and keep our leading position in the IPTV area,”

As well as prime integration and consultancy services, Ericsson will provide a complete solution to Telekom Austria, including its IPTV middleware, OpenStream Digital Services Platform for video-on-demand and WatchPoint Content Management System to address the challenge of delivering the same content to multiple devices in different formats.

“This is a breakthrough for Ericsson to provide and systems integrate the IPTV solution to one of the most advanced, innovative IPTV operators in Europe and co-jointly develop a leading edge service to Austrian customers,” says Roland Nordgren, head of Ericsson Central Europe. “IPTV is set to grow from 40 million to some 120 million subscriptions globally over the next five years. Telekom Austria’s deployment is proof of how telecommunications, broadcast, and the internet are converging and the benefits this brings to the consumers, making media available on any screen.”