Conax has entered into a contract with StarTimes to co-develop a media gateway solution for its Africa operations.
In their expanded cooperation, Conax will provide StarTimes, which has over 5 million DTT and DTH subscribers in 16 countries, with security client Conax Trusted Link, security expertise and the technical blueprint for designing and deploying a complete, secure multi-room service.
The unique new “Whole Home” solution will provide an advanced service for African households, making it much easier to share live TV and PVR within the home, without needing an internet connection.
The latter is a key differentiator between the unique stand-alone Conax/StarTimes solution and traditional media gateway solutions. Delivery is planned for Q4 this year.
Pang Xinxing, StarTimes group chairman and president, said: “StarTimes is the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa with an ambition to ensure our brands are perceived as highly reliable operators offering a colorful bouquet of services and the highest quality customer service, at competitive rates. As we plan our advanced platform, the new solution with Conax provides an extremely attractive service offering as well as the opportunity for StarTimes Africa operators to introduce multi-room and multiscreen features without adding additional hardware.
“I am highly confident that our long time technical partner and security advisor Conax has the knowledge and expertise to help us develop and deliver a range of advanced new services and future-ready platform to further grow our business across Africa.”
Morten Solbakken, president and CEO, Conax, added: “Conax is very excited to embark on this exciting venture together with StarTimes.
“And we are highly proud of StarTimes and Mr. Pang Xinxing’s commitment to Conax for guidance and security advice in developing an advanced, future-oriented platform ready for new advanced services, supporting their growth ambitions in new markets.
“Conax has an 11 year relationship with StarTimes. The joint media gateway initiative is yet another example of innovation that Conax is creating together with StarTimes and their highly skilled technical team.”