Algeria Telecom has announced the launch of SAFIR, the country’s first IPTV service. The telco is deploying Netgem set-top boxes to deliver a bouquet of 60 IP-delivered TV channels over its fibre-to-the-home network.
“SAFIR is a key initiative in the rollout of our FTTH network and evidence of our commitment to offer six million broadband connections by the end of 2013” said Moussa Benhamadi, CEO of Algeria Telecom. “Netgem’s technology and experience in developing innovative audiovisual services has enabled us to efficiently create a customised and compelling interactive Television service and the necessary tools with which to manage it.”
Netgem worked closely on the initiative with Algeria Telecom and integration partner SPEC-COM Algérie.
“Already proven in the advanced IPTV markets, the launch of SAFIR is a powerful illustration of how Netgem’s technology can also adapt to deliver advanced TV services within the unique dynamics of an emerging market, such as Africa,” said Christophe Aulnette, managing director of the Netgem group.
The launch of SAFIR is being backed by the Algeria government as part of its plans to accelerate economic development through its telecoms infrastructure.