Kansas telcos H & B, Mutual Telephone choose Innovative middleware

Michelle Clancy | 11-12-2012

Two Kansas telcos, H & B Communications and Mutual Telephone, have switched their IPTV television middleware vendor for Innovative Systems' APMAX platform.

Located in Central Kansas, Mutual Telephone Company was formed in January of 1905 when 150 patrons gathered at Little River City Hall to organize an independent phone company. MTC offers a variety of services including broadband, long-distance, computer repair and sales and digital TV.
H & B Communications meanwhile is a Central Kansas telecommunications company is family owned and operated by fourth-generation family members. H&B has committed to building a fibre network for its customers and provides them with voice, video and Internet services.
"For us, all we are going to have to do for our customers is reprogram remote controls; we won't have to roll trucks because the [set-top boxes] will be able to handle the new middleware with minimal effort from our operations team," said Mutual Tel GM/CEO Jimmy Todd.
H & B Communications Systems Engineer Brandon Koch added, "Things like the smooth operation of the guide, parental controls and apps like What's Hot were important pieces. We want to give our customers features that are competitive and much more local than what the satellite providers can offer."
H & B already has APMAX in place providing H & B's customers with voice services like Caller ID and
"Our past experience with Innovative has been real positive and we have always been satisfied with how they have taken care of us," said Koch.