CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

9 January 2014

East Africa: Zenterio and Vestel Partner to Distribute Set Top Boxes in East Africa.

Swiss IT company Zenterio has partnered with Vestel in the distribution of set top boxes in East Africa a relationship that also includes other local players SysCorp and TACT and that will facilitate the availability of DVB-T2 set top boxes in Uganda and Rwanda as the two states plan for digital migration on July 31st 2014.

The two companies say they will also be analyzing customer expectations and offer future market demands depending on need such as DVB-T2 Hybrid and interactive services such as Video on Demand of Catch up TV.

According to Zenterio business development manager Jan Macku the company will be expanding to other African states to provide solutions ahead of digital migration.

"The race is on to deliver what Zenterio believes is the next step in the distribution of television in Africa - Digital Terrestrial TV. Africa is a key region for DTTV and the transition from analog to digital will happen very quickly. Zenterio is poised to provide our solution to every country that's migrating to digital now or is about to start that transition," he said.

Macku adds that the Swedish provider of the independent operating system platform for interactive TV is also assessing the possibility of provision of conditional access system cardless solution for encrypted channels on the current deployed set top boxes.

"This new solution will bring significant savings for TV broadcasters and customers compared to the traditional way of providing CAS," adds Macku.

Vestel also say the ongoing digital migration provides for them an opportunity to extend their footprint throughout the continent

"Africa is an important market for Vestel and we are happy to begin set-top box sales into this market," says Hakan Kutlu, Deputy General Manager, Vestel Trade. "We are aiming to expand DVB-T2 STB sales into other African countries in the coming years."

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