Krakow, 9th of May 2016 – Comarch, a provider of complete IT solutions for telecoms companies, is to support MEDIA BROADCAST, Germany’s largest service provider for the broadcast and media industry, as it introduces paid, digital DVB-T2 TV services through a reseller network and a web shop app. MEDIA BROADCAST currently delivers content via a DVB-T network to 7.6 million German households serving public and commercial broadcasters. The new DVB-T2/HEVC standard will enable MEDIA BROADCAST to launch a new digital terrestrial TV service on the German market.
For customers to take advantage of this service, CI+ (Common Interface Plus) modules and set-top boxes will be available from a network of resellers, mainly supermarkets for added convenience, and from a web shop. Customers will be able to access content in HD quality via DVB-T2 from May 2016 – making the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship in France one of the first major events to be transmitted via this standard. Comarch Smart BSS, a business support system composed of out of the box products yet offering a wide variety of customizable options, will underpin all BSS processes and provide broad support to MEDIA BROADCAST in all its activities.
Comarch Smart BSS allows MEDIA BROADCAST to optimize the setup by using a single platform that combines CRM, a web shop, billing, voucher management, the product catalog, and service activation. The potential for fast deployment, easy customization and competitive total cost of ownership (TCO) played a decisive role in MEDIA BROADCAST’s choice of the Comarch Smart BSS solution.
“We decided to choose Comarch as our partner for this exciting project because we believe that Comarch Smart BSS, combined with high quality support, maintenance, software and cloud services, will help us manage BSS processes efficiently. This in turn will enable MEDIA BROADCAST to launch and deliver the ultimate DVB-T2 service quickly to the German market,” – says Wolfgang Breuer, Chief Executive Officer, MEDIA BROADCAST.
Comarch BSS solutions will be implemented at MEDIA BROADCAST as a software as a service model. The whole project includes the construction of a data center in Dresden, Germany, backed up by a disaster recovery center in Krakow, Poland. Implementation takes place in three stages, with the first completed in December 2015 and the last due to end in September 2016.
“Thanks to our experience with similar projects in other countries, we are able to provide MEDIA BROADCAST with valuable know-how, which will let them launch innovative services on the German market smoothly and quickly,” says Marcin Dąbrowski, Member of the Board and Head of the Telecommunications Business Unit. “We believe that our solutions and strong commitment to the project will soon translate into a constant influx of customers for Media Broadcast, and will support greater user satisfaction.”
About MEDIA BROADCAST
MEDIA BROADCAST, a member of the freenet Group, is Germany’s largest service provider for the broadcast and media industry. The company’s core business includes the planning, set-up and operation of multimedia transmission platforms for television and radio on a national and global basis using modern transmitter, fiber and satellite networks. The focus is on terrestrial transmitter networks, and with more than 2,000 transmitters for FM, DAB+ and DVB-T, the company is the market leader in Germany. MEDIA BROADCAST serves around 750 national and international customers, including public and commercial broadcasters, TV and radio production companies, cable network operators, media authorities, private enterprises and public institutions. The company has its headquarters in Cologne and operates several offices throughout Germany. For more information, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter.