Belmont, Calif.-based Sezmi, which offers consumers in 36 U.S. markets a hybrid Internet and broadcast "cable alternative," is partnering with YTL Corporation to deliver a converged intelligent TV and Internet service in Malaysia. The company said that by the end of 2011, the entity will provide wireless delivery of all consumer entertainment and communications services to homes and mobile devices in the country, the first such offering in Asia and, it says, the first true quad-play in the world.
Malaysian customers will have access to high-quality HD content, produced both locally and abroad, that will be delivered to the home and mobile devices over a hybrid broadcast and 4G wireless network that's based on Sezmi's television solution, which has already been successfully deployed in the U.S. market. The Malaysian system is being developed and deployed by Sezmi in partnership with YTL Communications and will establish Malaysia as a digital broadcasting hub for the Asia Pacific region.
"(YTL will) use Malaysia as a hub to serve other countries in the region," Sezmi co-founder and CEO Buno Pati told FierceIPTV.
The deal with YTL marks Sezmi's entry into the global marketplace (see related story) as the only complete, end-to-end solution for hybrid broadcast and broadband television services.
As part of the Malaysian deal, Sezmi will design and manage the build-out of the digital TV network, and provide the platform and professional services to deploy the entirety of technologies and systems required to operate the hybrid television service in a manner that is integrated with a broad range of consumer devices. Sezmi will also support YTL through existing content partnerships to deliver a rich and complete TV offering inclusive of live television, on-demand movies and shows and Internet video.
"Through our partnership with YTL, Sezmi is helping to deliver an unprecedented range of new wireless services that dramatically raises the bar for television entertainment," said Pati. "We are very excited to work with a partner like YTL who is passionately committed to such an extraordinary transformation of Malaysia towards a new digital era."
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