SeaChange International announced that it is partnering with Turkey-based Argela, a leading provider of next-generation telecom solutions to serve the growing global market for IPTV. Turk Telekom, Europe’s leading telecommunications company, is the first customer of the partnership, for which SeaChange is also providing systems integration and professional services.
SeaChange and Argela’s combined product offering will enable telco network operators to offer telephony, messaging, Internet access, mobility services, VOD and personal video recording services that integrate seamlessly with their service delivery platforms (SDP). The companies are partnered to bring these services to the rapidly growing market for IPTV, which SNL Kagan estimates will reach at least 46 million subscribers globally by 2012.
SeaChange brings the experience of software, systems integration and service deployments spanning some the world’s largest telcos including Verizon, NTT/OnDemandTV and Telus. Argela brings the experience of developing, deploying and maintaining new generation telecommunications solutions for telcos, which includes the Argela SDP, the main building block of the Argela multiplay IPTV middleware solution.
“We are excited to be working closely with Argela to deliver both services and products to Turk Telekom,” said Simone Sassoli, SeaChange’s Vice President, Broadband Networks, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Both companies are committed to expanding the types of services that enrich the overall video viewing experience and increase subscriber loyalty and revenues for operators worldwide.”
Hakan Erdemli, Argela's Vice President in charge of Sales and Marketing, said: “SeaChange and Argela are combining our deep know-how and experience for a best-of-breed IPTV solution. The joint solution will allow operators to offer IPTV service; hence increase revenues and customer loyalty through innovative and distinguished services. We are confident that our strong partnership with SeaChange will allow us to keep bringing value to our customers globally.”