Uganda and Rwanda: Zenterio/Vestel ink DVB-T2 box deal

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For the digital switchover in Africa, Zenterio and Vestel together with local partners SysCorp and TACT bring a DVB-T2 STB to the retail market in Uganda and Rwanda.

Zenterio, provider of the independent operating system platform for interactive TV, and Vestel, a consumer electronics provider, last week announced they are providing a DVB-T2 STB for commercial availability in Uganda and Rwanda. The first order for the new DVB-T2 compliant STB is set to launch in December 2013.

Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial (DVB-T2) is the system best used to carry HDTV signals on terrestrial TV channels. The earliest adopters of DVB-T2 have been tied to the launch of HDTV. There are more than 23 countries using DVB-T2 in the world. Most countries in Africa will switch off the analog terrestrial distribution network by June 2015 and DVB-T2 will be instrumental in this transition.

The new DVB-T2 STB will allow viewers to watch dozens of TV channels in digital quality, free to air with no extra fees. Zenterio’s DVB-T2 box supports a high-quality HD picture and has one of the fastest User Interfaces (UI) based on the Zenterio Operating System (OS) and the latest hardware technology available in the market today.

Together, Zenterio and Vestel, along with two local partners SysCorp and TACT, will analyze customer expectations and offer future services if they fit market demands, such as DVB-T2 hybrid with additional interactive services such as Video-on-Demand or Catch-Up TV.

Source: Zenterio, 7/1/2013.