Hinditron-led consortium to bid for IPTV network projects

MUMBAI: A group of global companies have formed a consortium led by Mumbai-based Hinditron Services Pvt Ltd. to provide telecom companies turnkey solutions for IPTV (Internet Protocol television).

The consortium includes SeaChange International, Widevine, Harmonic, Amino Communications, Espial and On Demand Group. The content delivery network (CDN) would include set-top boxes (STBs), headend and security systems.

"We have got together with several leading companies and will be bidding jointly for CDN projects," says KV Seshasayee, advisor to Hinditron Services.

The consortium has bid for VSNL which is planning to roll out its IPTV services. "We will be bidding for other fresh tenders including the one floated by MTNL," says Seshasayee.

Hinditron provides complete solutions to clients in a broad spectrum of industries in India and abroad, including information technology, instrumentation, telecommunication products, video and broadband, software products and services.

US-based SeaChange will provide the IP video servers, storage and middleware. SeaChange's technology is used by major companies including Comcast. It provides digital video systems that enable broadband, broadcast and satellite television companies to provide on-demand services.

The digital STBs will be provided by UK-based Amino and is used worldwide by telecom service providers for broadband TV deployment. For conditional access and digital rights management solution, the consortium has roped in US-based Widevine. This content security solution for IPTV will enable telcos to offer secure distribution of digital broadcast and video content.

The headend solutions will be provided by Harmonic while the client side software for STBs will be from Espial.

ON Demand Group (ODG) will provide the content procurement, aggregation and management support. "The global consortium has been working in Brazil for Telefonica. Hinditron has formed a part of it in India," says Seshasayee. Big telecom operators in India are planning to enter into triple play by providing voice, video and data services.

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