Luxembourg, 12 September 2014 – SES Broadband Services is to partner with content platform developer Kiora on a content distribution and connectivity platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. This platform is to enable a very cost effective delivery of content and Internet access through a network of Wi-Fi Content Hotspots planned to be located at retail outlets and in public spaces.
The solution combines Kiora's end-to-end service platform for the delivery of media content via Wi-Fi Content Hotspots and the SES Broadband satellite network, used for Point-to-Multipoint backhauling and end-to-end managed Internet access.
Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services, commented: “The predominance of smart phones and tablets in the Sub-Saharan market is driving more and more users to watch content, creating a surge in the consumption of on-demand media and a need to be connected to the Internet anytime, anywhere. Costly Point-to-Point backhauling and a lack of terrestrial connectivity remains a problem that prevents devices from obtaining content. With this new solution we aim to solve the bottleneck.”
Prasad Sanagavarapu, CEO Kiora Inc., said: "Kiora is a content distribution platform specifically designed for emerging markets, providing a mobile data offloading solution for premium video. The platform provides a cheaper alternative to users than traditional mobile content delivery networks. We are very excited about the partnership with SES Broadband Services, whereby we will create a compelling offering for service providers in these markets to address the large and growing mobile user base. We are pleased to be bringing much needed satellite Internet connectivity and a mobile content delivery platform together as one bundle."
SES Broadband Services and Kiora will hold a seminar at IBC to discuss how satellite broadband is meeting on-demand television to change content distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa. The seminar will be held as part of SES IBC seminar sessions on Saturday, September 13th, 15.00 – 15.45 at the VIP Balcony Suite BM10/BM11 at the RAI in Amsterdam.
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SES Broadband Services, a 100% owned affiliate of the satellite operator SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), provides high-speed broadband solutions via satellite. The SES Broadband service was introduced in 2007 and is marketed via distribution partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In Europe the service is marketed under the brand name Astra Connect.
The service offers a unique opportunity to individuals, businesses and communities to access the internet independently of any terrestrial infrastructure. SES Broadband Services is technically available across the entire fleet of SES and able to support triple play services combining broadband access with Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and TV reception.
Kiora’s content distribution platform is specifically designed for emerging markets with limited broadband infrastructure. Content Hotspot - its’ flagship distribution platform has patented technology and is audited and approved by various content studios. With Kiora platform, Service providers, Operators, System Integrators and others can quickly build a content delivery network by deploying Content Hotspots at retail procurement points. Once built, the network is fully capable of providing high quality VOD and other value-added (VAS) services to the viewers without the need for the broadband bandwidth. For further information, visit www.kioramedia.tv