AirTies Wins Indian STB Deal

Indian IPTV operator Smart Digivision rolls out AirTies Set-Top Boxes to 3 million households in India

July 16, 2009

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ISTANBUL -- AirTies, the innovative wireless home networking vendor has been chosen by Smart Digivision to provide its set-top boxes (STBs) as part of its award winning IPTV service, MyWay™, offering Indian households a high quality, interactive IPTV experience. The service, which is being rolled out across 54 large cities across India including New Delhi and Mumbai, will provide Indian households with the choice of 150 TV channels as well as Video on Demand (VoD) films and DVDs and a range of interactive internet services such as music, gaming, education and e-commerce to allow them to watch programmes as and when they choose.

Smart Digivision will be deploying the IPTV service to over three million subscribers throughout India on the broadband networks of incumbent telco operators BSNL and MTNL. AirTies has created a customised version of its H.264 standard definition set-top box offering high quality video over low bandwidth at a very affordable price. The STB supports low bit rate IPTV networks and plans are afoot to support for external USB disk based personal video recording and wireless video in future developments of the service.

Kapil Dev Kumar, COO, Smart Digivision comments: "Our key requirements in selecting the AirTies STB were fast boot-up and channel zap time, plus support for internet transactional and video applications on the TV. Other key criteria included support for DVR on external storage and low cost pricing for the competitive Indian Market. Not only did the AirTies STB meet all of our requirements, but it also impressed us with its unique visually appealing design. The AirTies STB has allowed us to price the MyWay™ service competitively against our Satellite television competitors, where volumes have already crossed 10 million in aggregate. More importantly, AirTies has lived up to the promise of excellent support and shown a flexible approach towards customizing the hardware and firmware for the specific eco-system deployment, network conditions and custom-developed user interface needed in the Indian market.”


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