ALBtv gets ready for Ultra HD with Thomson


Michelle Clancy

| 28 September 2015

Albania's largest telecom provider ALBtelecom is to use the Thomson's ViBE XT1000 Xtream Transcoder to help consolidate its IPTV platform.

The ViBE XT1000-supported IPTV architecture has been designed to leverage high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) and Ultra HD television channels and delivery to mobile platforms.

"Thomson Video Networks has an international reputation for technical expertise in the IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) arenas, and its transcoding technologies are driving many of today's most advanced IPTV video services," said Sokol Demiri, director of procurement and logistics division, ALBtelecom. "With its ability to deliver outstanding picture quality and extremely high performance density in a single chassis, the ViBE XT1000 was the ideal choice for the expansion of ALBtv. We were also impressed with Thomson Video Networks' flexibility and responsiveness, which enabled us to deliver this solution in only a month."

The consolidation will enable ALBtelecom subscribers to access all of the company's services through a single invoice and view more than 240 channels on two IPTV platforms, as well as video-on-demand (VOD). The ViBE XT1000 works in tandem with DVB-S2 demodulators and descramblers from ASTRO and stream monitoring equipment from BRIDGE Technologies to transcode and manage IPTV content for the expanded ALBtv service.

"As a rapidly growing service provider in Albania, ALBtelecom needed a future-proof, state-of-the-art transcoding platform with which to grow its IPTV services, support mobile users and plan for future delivery of UHD channels," said Eric Louvet, vice president of sales and field services worldwide, Thomson Video Networks. "It's the perfect application for our ViBE XT1000, designed to offer the market's best channel density and features, such as support for HEVC, that today's most progressive telcos, OTT and cable providers need to drive their business into the future."

This latest win for Thomson follows its recently announcement that Jordan Media City (JMC) is now streaming 33 OTT channels on YouTube following the installation of its multiscreen encoding and transcoding platform.