Residents of Bonny Island in Nigeria, West Africa are to benefit from the region’s first OTT service.
They’ll receive Multichoice’s DStv service OTT following an agreement between video delivery company Quiptel and security specialists Verimatrix.
It’s an area that suffers from both online congestion and heavy rainfall. The main challenge involved solving how to deliver the content to the home whilst avoiding congestion. Even with fibre to the front door, there can be bandwidth challenges when there are lots of users streaming content. Quiptel enables users to benefit from seamless video experiences across devices.
Gert Rieder, CEO of Quiptel’s parent company Falcon Media House said: “We’re thrilled to be providing the first secure OTT service in West Africa which will help thousands of people on Bonny Island to enjoy high quality content streaming. As leading experts in our field working to the highest standards, we’re proud to partner with Verimatrix, whose award-winning security credentials enable video service providers to cost-effectively extend their networks and enable new business models”.
Nigeria’s entertainment and media market grew by 19.3% in 2014, to reach $4.0 billion and is the fastest-expanding major market globally. The stand-alone OTT service is due to go live during the summer and will consist of 21 channels at launch with more to be added.
Integration with the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) solution will ensure premium content is delivered securely.
“Our integration with Quiptel’s technology enables service providers to take advantage of the quickly expanding OTT video market in a fully secure fashion. Our joint customers can now deploy and easily scale knowing that they have the best-of-breed platform, featuring our award-winning revenue security,” said Steve Oetegenn, President, Verimatrix.
The service is delivered to STBs in the home and includes features such as VOD and multiscreen support for mobile & tablets.