Swisscom boosts IPTV and mobile TV

12 Apr 2012

Video systems vendor Harmonic has announced that Switzerland’s fixed line incumbent and triple-play service provider, Swisscom, has chosen its ‘ProMedia Live’ real-time multiscreen transcoding platform and ‘NMX Digital Service Manager’ to provide high definition (HD) video streams for IPTV and mobile TV services. The upgrade will allow the telco to significantly increase the number of live channels it delivers, enabling it to keep up with rising demand.

Hosted on the ‘ProMedia 1104’ application server, ‘ProMedia Live’ provides Swisscom with real-time video processing and encoding with enhanced H.264 video codec technology for creating high quality internet video streams. It transcodes baseband standard definition and HD or MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) content to multiple H.264 streams optimised for adaptive bit rate streaming formats. ProMedia Live’s software-based IP architecture is based on independently scalable nodes that can be increased to support new channels as Swisscom’s encoding needs continue to grow.

Volker Dietzel, the head of TV and portal development at Swisscom said: ‘Harmonic’s scalable solution allows us to keep pace cost-effectively with the explosive growth in subscriber numbers and streaming sessions by delivering more high-quality live channels to mobile viewing devices than any competitor in our market.’

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