Slovenian Operator SiOL Launches Advanced Triple Play with Thomson's Service Platforms
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Press release date: March 1, 2007
Thomson's pre-integrated triple play platforms first to deployed in Central and Eastern Europe
Paris and Ljubljana, March 1, 2007 - Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE; TMS). SiOL, the consumer services branch of the Slovenian national operator Telekom Slovenije, will launch today a new commercial offer with advanced interactive triple play services using Thomson's SmartVision video services platform. This is in addition to the announcement made in 2006 of SiOL's choice of Thomson's Cirpack VoIP platforms, meaning that Thomson's Network Intelligence solutions are now driving SiOL's full triple play solutions. Thomson is the first company to have its entire network software solutions for triple play used in the Central and Eastern European zone.
SiOL's customers first in Central and Eastern Europe to enjoy advanced triple play
Using Thomson's unique pre-integrated triple play platforms, SiOL's customers will be the first in the region to benefit from advanced video services such as network personal video recording, video on demand and electronic programme guides, as well as bouquets of over 100 live channels.
SiOL's CEO, Rudolf Skobe explained "Being part of the national incumbent operator, quality and reliability of service are non-negotiable requirements. One of the reasons we selected Thomson's IPTV service platform is that it is already a field proven solution in major deployments and this was further substantiated by successful trials we have completed with VIP users. Besides this, the range of features managed by Thomson's SmartVision is hard to beat. This combined with the carrier-grade telephony service powered by Thomson's Cirpack platforms turns our new triple play services into a truly unique value proposition for retaining our market leadership and driving user revenues."
Serge Mal, General Manager of Thomson's Network Intelligence Solutions said "SiOL is one of the largest Internet Service Providers in Central and Eastern Europe and demonstrates that our strategy of developing a pre-integrated solution for voice and video over IP is an attractive proposition for providers wishing to gain a competitive edge. This deployment is another illustration of Thomson's ability to help operators quickly launch TV over broadband on a large scale. Our SmartVision IPTV service platform is leading the European market with close to one million live users."
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Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, services, and systems to help its Media & Entertainment clients - content creators, content distributors and users of its technology - realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA, and Thomson brands. For more information: http://www.thomson.net.
Thomson's Network Intelligence Solutions - Thomson's VoIP and IPTV service delivery platforms enable telecom operators to deploy broadband telephony, IPTV, IP Centrex, Triple Play and Fixed-Mobile Convergence services quickly and easily, with a seamless migration path to IMS/TISPAN architecture. Thomson's CIRPACK softswitches have already been used to deploy over 4 million subscriber VoIP lines and are currently world leaders on the Voice over Broadband residential market, delivering primary line telephony services on a large scale. Thomson's SmartVision IPTV platforms offer rich video services over fixed and mobile networks. Both are closely integrated with Thomson's wide range of digital set-top boxes, phones, broadband modems and gateways for the easy delivery of unique user experiences. With over 100 telco, broadcaster and internet service provider customers in 35 countries, Thomson's network intelligence solutions are at the heart of next generation networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.cirpack.com and www.thomson.net.
SiOL is the leading commercial Internet service provider in Slovenia, which begun to offer its services in 1996 as a business unit of Telekom Slovenia. In 1999 SiOL became an independent company whose 100% owner is Telekom Slovenia. SiOL offers high quality solutions for the Internet with its mission to connect people through the Internet and by doing so bridge the gaps that some time ago seemed insurmountable. SiOL's aim is to constantly upgrade and develop services to enhance the quality of users' lifestyles. In the last few years, SiOL has upgraded its offer as an Internet provider with multimedia service and will further develop and upgrade all the elements of the "triple play" strategy based on the IP protocol.
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