Maroc Telecom hands Huawei phase 2 of IPTV plan

With over 10,000 customers subscribing to its IPTV service in just three months, Maroc Telecom is expanding coverage beyond Rabat and Casablanca and increasing the offering.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  September 7, 2006

Morocco’s Maroc Telecom has chosen Huawei as the exclusive supplier for the second phase of its IPTV project. The deal will see the Chinese vendor expand the existing capacity of Maroc Telecom’s IPTV infrastructure to cater for strong market demand that saw over 10,000 subscribers to its IPTV service in just three months. The first phase of the IPTV project covered the capital city of Rabat and Casablanca, focusing on Broadband TV and Video on Demand. “We will construct a highly reliable H.264-based, expandable IPTV commercial office for Maroc Telecom which will be one of the largest of its type in the world,” says Zhang Guoxin, director of Huawei’s digital media entertainment product line. According to the phase two contract, Huawei will add video value added services for Maroc Telecom. It will also provide uniform management and backup of the network-wide equipment, a reliable content protection mechanism, and the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) interface customisation to reflect the local Moroccan characteristics. User channels will be expanded from the 50 channels implemented in phase one to 100 channels in phase two, and will extend coverage from Rabat and Casablanca to the entire country.

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