Thaicom, Huawei, Starcor partner for OTT broadcasting
Satellite operator Thaicom has struck a deal Huawei Technologies (Thailand) and Starcor Media Technologies to develop an OTT (over-the-top) platform for Thailand.
Thaicom, which provides satellite communications services, announced on Tuesday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the two other firms “to create value-added services for the next-generation OTT platform” for the business, education, government and telecom sectors in Thailand.
“The companies agreed to develop content-rich OTT ecosystem services, including TV streaming and video on demand,” it said.
The “joint OTT ecosystem” would give telecom operators the ability “to seamlessly integrate the OTT services with their products and deliver their content to multi-screen devices such as smart TVs, smart phones, tablets and notebooks”, it said.
“We are confident that the partnership with Huawei and Starcor will enable us to continue to provide the satellite capacity needed to fuel the new digital TV ecosystem,” said Thaicom chief commercial officer Patompob Suwansiri.
“The OTT platform represents a new service for Thaicom – it will complement our existing satellite platform and carry it into the new digital era.”
Huawei director of enterprise business Robin Lu called the partnership “an example of Huawei’s determination to champion OTT on a worldwide scale”.
“Satellite technology serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities such as OTT,” he said. “Our goal is to equip our customers with the advanced industrial cloud and Big Data technologies, to provide a powerful, best-in-class OTT platform, which combines fast speed and rich media resources with the renowned reliability of Thaicom’s satellite technology. And in turn it will empower Huawei to create a powerful entertainment and educational OTT platform value proposition in Thailand.”
Starcor president and chief executive Ivan Zhang said the arrangement would enable his firm to “deliver an unparalleled new entertainment experience”.
Thaicom will provide satellite network connectivity and data-centre services, Huawei the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) via cloud computing, and Starcor the OTT as a Service (aaS) platform while also integrating third-party media and content-management platforms.