Al Mawarid opts for UniqCast to develop MENA OTT, hybrid TV service | Broadcast | News | Rapid TV News
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Saudi Arabia’s Al Mawarid group has selected UniqCast for a turnkey over-the-top (OTT) / hybrid TV system, to deliver on-demand and digital terrestrial TV services across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
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Marawind Electronics and sister company Integrated Telecoms Company (ITC) plan to offer full triple play services, following implementation of the UniqCast video and broadcast solution, along with existing broadband internet and communications options. Live TV, video-on-demand, nPVR and catch up TV services will be delivered on hybrid DVB-S2/T2 set top boxes and mobile devices across the region.

Mawarid will offer a hybrid Media Mall set top box; a single device supporting multiple video delivery methods. The company then plans to upsell new services to existing Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON) subscribers, as well as attracting new users.

In partnership with UniqCast, the service will also be available to other service operators and content providers in the Arab world.

Mawarid Electronics said it opted to partner with UniqCast as it directly develops and controls important parts of the OTT technology, including client applications for hybrid set top boxes, while also acting as a system integrator, providing end to end responsibility for the complete solution.

“We decided to partner up with UniqCast, to become our strategic media supplier for all video related services”, said Ghasan Itani, chairman of executive board, Mawarid Electronics.

“UniqCast provides a comprehensive multi-tenant turnkey solution with a single point of responsibility, that will enable us to provide attractive video services to operators across the MENA region.”

Darko Robič, CEO at UniqCast added: “I look forward to a successful cooperation between both companies that will shape the future of video delivery services in the MENA region.”

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has recently granted a licence to ITC to provide fixed-line services with infrastructure across the kingdom, breaking the monopoly previously held by STC.

In 2017, ITC signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Comminutions and Information Technology to build a high-speed fibre network across the country, connecting 640,000 homes at a cost of 3.5 billion riyals (US$930 million).