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March 11, 2013

Sky to Join Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) to Support in Improving Digital Home Services

By Shankar Pandiath, TMCnet Contributor

Home Gateway Initiative (HGI (News - Alert)), an organization that represents manufacturers and service providers for the broadband home, unveiled that Sky is the new service provider to join the company, supporting international work for improving HGI’s digital home services.

The members of the HGI enable implementation of engaging, and in-home services as per the specifications of the service provider’s technical solutions and requirements for Home Gateway (News - Alert) and any related infrastructure. Sky, the leading home communications and entertainment provider in the UK, will join as a member of HGI, supporting the company’s activities in enhancing its digital home services.

Sky is one of the largest investors in content in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with the commitment to deliver direct-to-home broadband and entertainment services. The solutions offered by Sky perfectly aligns with the mission of HGI, making it a lucrative member for the latter, who can leverage the potential of Sky to improve its digital home services.

Currently, SKY has an extensive reach of more than 40 percent homes in the United Kingdom, offering a wide range of in-home entertainment and broadband services. With its comprehensive suite of solutions, Sky joins with other industry leaders in the telecom sector, already serving as contributory members of HGI. This includes founding members BT, Belgacom, NTT (News - Alert), Deutsche Telekom, Orange France Telecom, TeliaSonera, and Telecom Italia.

Sky is a leading provider of direct-to-home broadband and entertainment services, offering a whole range of solutions that include TV channels packs, broadband and talking packages, wireless hub, wireless connector, Sky TV boxes, and the ultimate Sky Experience. Besides, it offers multiple ways to watch, including Sky+, Sky+ HD, Sky Go, Sky 3D, Sty Store, Sky apps, Sky Multiroom, and On Demand. With such a comprehensive suite of digital entertainment and broadband services, Sky serves as one of the best HGI partners in enhancing its digital home services globally.

Sky has the commitment to deliver the best broadband experience to each and every customer. Adding to it come HGI’s expertise on hardware, test requirements, and software that complement the goal of Sky. By joining as a member of HGI, both the companies are expecting to build mutually beneficial relationships that will contribute in setting the highest standards for the processes that are underway. The news of Sky joining as a member of HGI soon follows the recent announcement made by the latter in publishing updated specifications for enhancing the Quality of Services with Home Gateway solution.

In regard to this, Duncan Bes, chief technology officer, HGI, remarked that the company is excited on SGI joining as their member. Sky is a leading innovator and provider of broadband and satellite services and HGI is looking forward to see their contributions to HGI specifications in different timely and important areas such as media gateway requirements and home services.   

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