Tele2 Netherlands opts for Espial middleware

Dutch telco Tele2 Netherlands has selected middleware from Canadian firm Espial as the software platform for the upcoming launch of a new version of its IPTV service.

Tele2 Netherlands will use Espial's Evo TV Service Platform to deliver advanced services including high-definition content, PVR features and interactive services, as well as linear and on-demand content. The telco is believed to be planning to launch the updated version of its IPTV service in the first quarter of next year, as well as IP-based convergent services later next year.

"It is essential for Tele2 to provide a rich set of high performance, interactive television services to our consumers," said Günther Vogelpoel, Managing Director Consumer of Tele2 Netherlands. "We evaluated several middleware products during a rigorous evaluation process and chose Espial's IPTV middleware. It met our selection criteria for its scalability, rapid service creation capabilities and ease of portability to set-top boxes."