Pace has confirmed its Helium Unified Gateway Software is to support the rollout of Bouygues Telecom’s gateway platform.
The software is being deployed on both the new BBOX Sensation gateways, as well as legacy devices, in 1.3 million subscriber homes across France.
The premise is to give Bouygues full control over its platform, deploying updates, as required. As well as providing the Helium software, Pace has provided integration, training and consulting services.
Yves Caseau, EVP technologies, innovation and services at Bouygues Telecom, said: “For us to continue the rapid growth we’ve enjoyed over the last few years, we must stay one step ahead. To deliver the latest and greatest entertainment experience to our subscribers, we simply cannot afford to wait for technology partners to carry out complex integration projects in order to get a new TV service or social media application into homes.”
Shane McCarthy, President of Pace International, added: “We believe that customers should be able to control their own services and how these evolve. In some cases, they want Pace to stay fully involved and drive developments for them. In others, the customer wants to manage their own software.
Helium allows subscribers to connect a range of electronic equipment into the gateway-managed home network – from printers and digital photo frames to set-top boxes and laptop computers – without needing to replace their in-home devices.
It is anticipated Helium will be available in all 1.3 million homes by the end of the year.