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Chinese infrastructure firm Huawei is to provide a 4KTV platform and decoders for Norwegian operator Altibox.

altibox“Broadcasting the best Ultra HD images requires tremendous transmission capacity,” said Øyvind Lundbakk, product director at Altibox. “In practice, it is only possible to do this on the best fiber networks. You can transfer 4K images via satellite, however, a transfer of the highest quality demands so much of the satellite transponder capacity that the costs could be enormous. In addition, satellite customers share in one stream, in the same way as in linear television.”

“This is a historic moment, not only for Altibox, but also for Huawei. In fact, this is the first 4K service launch in the industry for Huawei in Europe. We are very happy to bring a superior entertainment experience to the Norwegian people together with Altibox,” added Eric Zhang, CEO of Huawei Norway.

With gigabit infrastructure and end-to-end fiber networks, Altibox may offer one-to-one transfer of UHD content. The customer could then pause, start over and record from 4K channels.

The recordings are stored in Altibox’s data centre in Green Mountain at Rennesøy, Norway. The new television solution from Altibox eliminates the need for a decoder with a hard disk. With the new system, the customers can store 500 hours of recording in the cloud from any channel.

Altibox will connect its first customers with 4K UHD in March 2017.