Cable Technology Feature Article
Skitter Partners with Sierra Telephone to Launch IPTV Services in Oakhurst,California
By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor
Atlanta, GA based Skitter announced that Sierra Telephone (News - Alert), a company offering telecom services for nearly hundred years, has chosen the company’s converged IPTV platform to deliver next generation TV services to customers of Sierra Telephone of Oakhurst, California.
Including this deployment at Sierra Telephone, Skitter has successfully completed nine IPTV (News - Alert) deployments across eight states, with a few more systems in the development stage.
Offering telecommunications services for over 100 years, Sierra Telephone provides broadband, telephone, business services and now IPTV services across a 775 square mile serving area in the beautiful central Sierra Nevada mountains, just south of Yosemite National Park. Sierra Telephone is representative of Skitter’s (News - Alert) primary market focus, which builds and operates turnkey IPTV and cable systems co-located at smaller broadband service providers.
Skitter’s flagship solution, Skitter TV, is an end-to-end video platform for encoding, managing, streaming, and viewing converged Internet TV. It also offers video on demand, live broadcasting and satellite TV. The Skitter TV systems are operated by Galva Cable Company, LLC, a Skitter-managed company.
“We’ve had tremendous growth during the past year,” Bob Saunders, chief executive officer at Skitter said in a statement. At the beginning of 3Q 2013, we had just one operating IPTV system and today we have nine,” Saunders added.
Skitter.TV provides the hardware and software that telecom service providers need to quickly and profitably deliver converged media services on multiple screens. With more than a dozen additional systems in various stages of deployment, Skitter believes to have tremendous IPTV momentum and expects to have thirty IPTV systems in operation by the end of 2014.
“We always felt we had the right formula and once our systems were successfully launched and operating at companies like Kingdom Telephone in Missouri and at Alhambra-Grantfork in Illinois last year, our business model and approach was validated. We are launching full IPTV systems for about one-quarter the cost of historical IPTV systems which is helping Skitter achieve significant growth and momentum,” Saunders added.
Recently Skitter announced that Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), a statewide fiber network serving multiple broadband service providers, has selected the company’s advanced digital video services platform to provide advanced TV services in North Dakota.
Edited by Maurice Nagle