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April 17, 2014

Vodafone Netherlands Preps VOD and IPTV Launch

By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor

Vodafone (News - Alert) Netherlands is planning to add advanced television services to its portfolio, including pause live TV (PLTV) and a video-on-demand (VOD) library from public broadcasters, HBO, Videoland and others.

The telco and mobile giant is partnering with Entone (News - Alert) and its systems integration partner, Divitel, to roll the services out over its high-speed FTTH network.

"This is a significant step in Vodafone's strategy, in the Netherlands and globally, to build on our market leadership in mobile communications to create a multi-service delivery platform that addresses all needs of the consumer," said Gerard Overmars, head of consumer fixed at Vodafone Netherlands. "We are pleased to partner with Entone and Divitel on this roll-out due to their proven track record in cloud TV and connected home solutions. Entone's EnterLink solution enables us to quickly deploy advanced services today while also providing a flexible platform to launch emerging applications in the future."

The deployment of advanced TV services by Vodafone Netherlands reflects a global trend for mobile operators to offer a full suite of communications services, including more and more video services.

"Teaming with Vodafone Netherlands, part of one of the world's most innovative service operators, is a privilege we aim to earn every day," said Steve McKay, CEO of Entone. "We see mobile operators increasingly moving into advanced video services, and this represents a major growth area for Entone that leverages our track record for quality and innovation."

Entone's EnterLink video networking solution offers a variety of networking options for delivering high quality video throughout the home, including 802.11ac for wireless distribution, MoCA for HD video distribution over existing coax cabling, and Boxless for supporting multiple TVs from a single set-top box.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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