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Saudi Telecom merges IPTV, OTT and VOD onto single transcoding platform

Riyadh-based content aggregator Intigral, a joint venture between Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and All Asia Networks (ASTRO), has selected video transcoding solutions from French firm ATEME to merge IPTV, video-on-demand and over-the-top video streams onto a single transcoding platform.

Intigral first deployed ATEME’s file transcoding software earlier this year for delivering VOD to STC’s IPTV customers in Saudi Arabia, but has now replaced that with its TITAN solution to support OTT streaming as well.

Intigral is currently aggregating content at its operations centre in Dubai and then distributing it to Saudi Telecom over a 155 Mbps fibre link, for eventual delivery to end-customers via IPTV, OTT and VOD.

The joint venture currently has 20 TITAN nodes and plans to install more as the service expands, according to Tony Saab, General Manager for IPTV Operations and Technology at Intigral.

The platform being built by Intigral currently serves 35,000 IPTV customers for Saudi Telecom, but is expected to serve 70,000 by the end of 2012, and 200,000 to 300,000 by 2015.

Intigral is also planning to be an aggregator of content serving the wider Middle East region, as well as expanding in Saudi Arabia via OTT.

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