Netgem middleware, smart STB tapped for Telekom Slovenia IPTV upgrade

Netgem is powering Telekom Slovenia's upgrade of its legacy IPTV infrastructure, deploying the company's smart Set Top Box technology and NetgemTV middleware. Working with Planet9, Telekom Slovenia's multimedia and system integration subsidiary, Netgem is integrating its product with Telekom Slovenia's existing CMS, back end system and head end.

The operator, starting Sept. 1, will now be able to roll out tailored applications to its 120,000 customers, building upon its existing entertainment services. Netgem is working with Planet9 to launch the SiOL iO service, which blends broadcast, web and mobile content within a single, branded user experience, and will include initially an online radio portal, weather news channel, livescore, Facebook connect, news channel and an application that enables subscribers to publish content shot direct from their mobile phone or webcam.

Telekom Slovenia initially rolled out an IPTV product in 2003, using STBs from Sagem and Skystream's Mediaplex-20 platform.

"Our previous server-based platform did not offer the capability to support our vision moving forward, we needed to future-proof our IPTV services and since digital switchover is approaching it seemed the right time to make the upgrade," said Simon Furlan, Marketing Director of Telekom Slovenia. "Netgem's hybrid technology slotted directly into our existing infrastructure, and also negated the need for costly reinvestment."

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