Dutch incumbent KPN Telecom (or Royal KPN) and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have strengthened and extended the remit of a services contract for IPTV services, as the telco looks to improve its TV and multimedia entertainment portfolio for the majority of broadband customers in the country. Commenting on the development, KPN said: ‘Having used the Nokia Siemens Networks IPTV solution since 2006, we are very satisfied with its advanced functionalities and reliable performance, which all add up to a superior TV experience for our customers.’ Giuseppe Donagemma, head of West South Europe region at NSN, added: ‘Nokia Siemens Networks will continue to develop IPTV because it is vital to many of our customers’ businesses. Our vision – based on our open architecture approach – is to empower service providers to create compelling user experiences across their networks and devices.’ The vendor is currently supplying KPN with an end-to-end iTV platform capable of delivering high-quality TV service with advanced capabilities, including high-definition TV, video-on-demand (VoD), and the ability to pause, record or rewind live TV programmes. NSN’s new iTV solution will also include its Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform client which will enable faster development of new TV streaming based applications and brings greater flexibility for customising the user interface, it said. The latest contract signing extends the pair’s cooperation agreement until 2012, and includes middleware, encoders, VoD, encryption, set-top boxes and PC clients.