Amino secures landmark AmiNET530 agreement
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Amino secures landmark AmiNET530 agreement
*Estonian IPTV provider, Elion, will spearhead the first roll out of Amino's PVR STB solution*
Cambridge, UK and Amsterdam, NL - September 12th, 2008 Amino Communications, the world leading IPTV platform supplier, has today signed a landmark agreement that will see its new H.264 High Definition (HD) based AmiNET530 Personal Video Recorder (PVR) Set-Top Box (STB) play a key role in the expansion of Estonia's IPTV market.
Elion, the largest telecommunications and IT provider in Estonia, has reached an agreement to use Amino's AmiNET530 Set-Top Box to offer premium services to its consumer and business IPTV subscribers. Based on state of the art H.264 HD technology, the AmiNET530 will enable Elion to provide tiered triple-play services with additional channels and HD TV and PVR services. Elion will begin introducing the PVR capabilities in November, with the HD service following later in the year.
Elion first partnered with Amino in 2006 when it launched Estonia's first ever IPTV deployment using the AmiNET110 STB. The number of Elion digital television users increased 16% on the first half of 2008, reaching 67,700 by the end of Q2 2008. This accounts for 17% of all households using TV services in Estonia. For the AmiNET530 implementation Elion has developed its own thin client middleware, based on the ANT Galio Browser with ANT Galio Client providing PVR functionality.
"Having launched Estonia's first digital TV offering and its only digital video rental package, we want to continue to bring more services and greater value to our customers," said Margus Kurm, Head of Product Development at Elion. "Following the success of the initial IPTV deployment and the work that has been done integrating our middleware, Amino was an obvious choice to facilitate this. It gave us the shortest route to market, as well as future-proofing our STB network for further upgrades."
"The tiered model Elion is building reflects the way added-value IPTV services are growing in many of the emerging markets where our foothold is already strong," said Andrew Burke, CEO at Amino. "This is our first deployment of the AmiNET530 and an evolution of our relationship with Elion - enabling it to more effectively gain value from its triple-play service and offer customers wider choice." The AmiNET530 is an advanced, compact and cost-effective PVR IPTV STB, which combines the benefits of low bit-rate codecs including H.264 Advanced Video Codec (AVC) and offers the user the ability to drive HD displays via analogue and HDMI connections. This advanced interactive STB also includes the ability to view recorded content either locally or via other connected STBs in the home.
About Amino Communications
Amino is the specialist in products and technology for IPTV, Internet TV and in-home multimedia distribution.
Amino products provide telecom, broadcast and hospitality firms with a 'front door' to IPTV: a range of software and set-top box systems that can be tailored to offer highly scalable and targeted systems. The award-winning AmiNET™ range is used by leading service operators in over 80 countries.
Amino's 'AssetHouse' technology takes IPTV to the next level, allowing clients such as BT Vision to think like retailers and package, personalise and refresh extra revenue-generating services to viewers. This opens the door for content producers, telecoms companies, broadcasters and web TV firms to maximise opportunities through better services, targeted content and greater choice.
Amino Communications and AssetHouse are wholly owned subsidiaries of Amino Technologies PLC. Listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino's HQ is based near Cambridge, UK, with offices worldwide.
Elion is the largest telecommunications and IT provider in Estonia. It is owned by AS Eesti Telekom, listed at the stock exchanges of Tallinn and London (OMX:ETLAT/LSE:EETD). Elion provides comprehensive household and business communication services - from telephone calls to integrated business solutions, from the sale of handsets and computers to the provision of broadband, the installation and maintenance of large IT systems.
In Estonia Elion is the market leader in fixed network calls, in Internet subscriptions and data communication solutions, and it has made a powerful entry into the IT and digital television market. Elion owns Estonia's most popular Internet search engine and subject catalogue NETI and Internet portal hot.ee.
In 2007 the consolidated revenue of Elion Group was 2.98 billion EEK (191 million Euros), and the consolidated net profit was 606 million EEK (38.8 million Euros). In 2007 Elion invested 506 million EEK (32.4 million Euros) in the development of telecommunications. At the end of 2007 Elion Group employed the staff of 1533.
Elion is the most preferred digital television provider in Estonia and the only one providing IPTV. The number of Elion's digital television users increased 16% on the first half of 2008, reaching 67,700 which is 17% of households using TV service. Elion received the 2007 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Penetration Leadership in the IPTV market for its successful IPTV launch in Estonia. At this time Elion had a household penetration rate for IPTV of 10.5% which was the highest in Europe. According to the research made in May 2008 by a consultant agency Telecommunications Management Estonia was on the third position of IPTV penetration in the world. Thanks to the development of the Video on Demand service, Elion was chosen as the winner in the Innovator 2007 category of the enterprise competition organized by Enterprise Estonia.
About ANT and about ANT Galio:
The ANT Galio Suite has been developed to provide network operators, content providers and device manufacturers with a state of the art environment for the development and delivery of multimedia services, across all consumer devices. The ANT Galio Suite consists of a powerful, standards-based browser and presentation engine with a unique middleware client that supports rich, dynamic User Interfaces for a variety of media based applications, across a range of consumer and media devices throughout the home.
ANT PLC (www.antplc.com) is the leading provider of client software solutions and services to the digital media industry. It develops open-standards-based client software and applications to enable operators to exploit digital media across a broad range of consumer devices from TV's set-top boxes and DVD players, to portable media devices such as mobile phones and personal media players, regardless of content delivery platform.
ANT's software has been extensively deployed by customers throughout the world including Cisco, Chunghwa Telecom, Foxconn, France Telecom, Humax, LG/Nortel, Philips, Sagem, Samsung, SaskTel, Telecom Italia and Thomson.
ANT PLC's shares are listed on AIM, a London Stock Exchange regulated market, under the ticker ANTP (Reuters: ANTP.L, Bloomberg: ANTP.LN).
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