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Digital TV to be launched in Iceland

Icelandic Telecom to begin broadcasting this autumn.

Iceland Telecom plans to start broadcasting digital TV this autumn. The launch is part of Iceland Telecom's service enhancement to its customers across the country. The availability of digital TV will greatly increase the amount of foreign channels available to Icelanders, along with other customer friendly innovations, such as being able to choose their own TV-programs, buying merchandise via T-Commerce, sending e-mail, connecting to the Internet and playing videogames through the TV.

To secure the program content, Iceland Telecom has decided to use the Conax-CAS3*, which is a scaleable-proven encryption technology from Conax AS, a Norwegian supplier of conditional access technology for Digital-TV and IP streaming, based on the DVB platform. The contract also includes delivery of Conax-BMS* Blue, a modular and flexible Subscriber Management System, tailored to support various forms of encrypted pay-TV services.

"Winning this contract with Iceland Telecom, confirms Conax' number one position in our home market. Furthermore, we have had a positive dialogue with Iceland Telecom over the past years, and are excited that Conax encryption technology has been selected in tough competition with other conditional access suppliers", says Shahzad Abid, Vice President Sales & Marketing in Conax AS.

"Our demands when selecting a conditional access system were to get a system that was secure and cost effective for the relatively small Icelandic market. The system had to be efficient and powerful enough for a wide range of services. We found that the Conax solution suited our needs and we believe that it will help Iceland Telecom in offering a Digital TV service in a profitable way", says Jon Atli Edvardsson, Product Development, Broadband Services, Iceland Telecom.

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