SOURCE: Conax AS

August 31, 2010 10:00 ET

Cablemas Strengthens Its Security Platform With Conax' Open DVB(i) Conditional Access Solution -- for Increased Quality and Functionality of Its Digital Service

MEXICO CITY--(Marketwire - August 31, 2010) -  Cablemás, the country's second-largest cable-TV operator is optimizing its digitization with Conax cutting-edge content-security platform. The new solution will improve quality and functionality, including 24/7 redundancy and Digital STBs from Evolution Digital LLC.

Cablemás provides voice, video and data (triple play) services for close to 1 million subscribers in Mexico. Through the new platform, customers will benefit from higher quality digital-TV service and a wide range of TV-package options. Digitization of the cable-TV service will strengthen its complete "triple play" offering with the full advantages of a digital environment. Evolution Digital LLC is supplying 200,000 SD and HD STBs (standard- and high-definition set-top boxes), also known as digital terminal adapters (DTAs).

Carlos Alvarez, Managing Director of Cablemás Telecomunicaciones S.A. de C.V, said, "We are very satisfied with our partnership with Conax, our content-security partner, for the deployment of the Cablemás digital platform. We are confident that our combined choice of Conax for security and Evolution Digital for DTAs, will give Cablemás the necessary added value to offer the optimal level of security, quality and functionality needed in such a competitive market as Mexico."

The new solution features added-value improvements to the current analogue content packages for Cablemás customers.

"Adding a blue-chip operator like Cablemás to our customer portfolio is a significant achievement for Conax in Mexico and the entire North American market," Rohit Mehra, Conax VP for North America, said. "Conax offers the market an open platform with its Digital Video Broadcasting Conditional Access (DVB CA) solution, allowing operators to choose their STB providers from an extensive list, according to their platform needs."

"Conax and Evolution provide a complete solution that includes the best for Conditional Access and the very latest STB features, which meet Cablemás' stringent technical and commercial requirements," President of Evolution Digital, Brent Smith, added. "Both Conax and Evolution bring years of experience in customizing solutions for operators on a standardised open platform."

Conax joins forces with iexpertus in Mexico (www.iexpertus.com)
Conax has entered a business partnership with iexpertus, a business-development consulting group with considerable experience in information and Communications Technologies (ICT's) for the Mexican and foreign markets. With the support of iexpertus, Conax plans to open a sales and support office to provide streamlined service to the Mexican market.

About Cablemás Telecomunicaciones (www.cablemas.com)
Cablemás is the second-largest cable television operator in Mexico based on number of subscribers and homes passed. As of 2'Q-2010, Cablemás' served 953,535 cable television subscribers, 325,231 high-speed internet subscribers, and 180,255 telephone services, with over 2.7 million homes passed.

Cablemás is the concessionaire with the broadest coverage in Mexico, operating in 49 cities throughout the country's residential, industrial and tourism regions as of 2'Q-2010. Cablemás has consistently introduced innovative products in Mexico being the first cable operator in the country to provide a "Triple Play" bundled service package of cable television, high speed internet and telephony. More information about Cablemás can be found at www.cablemas.com.

About Conax (www.conax.com)
Conax, a leading global provider of security solutions for digital TV and content distribution, provides content protection for premium pay-TV content via all types of networks - cable, satellite, IP, terrestrial, and MMDS. Through its global network of partners, Conax is able to offer state-of-the-art content security to more than 350 digital TV operators in over 80 countries around the globe. Conax headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway, with subsidiaries in USA, India, Germany, China and Brazil and sales & support offices in Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Canada. Conax is part of the Telenor Group (www.telenor.com). Telenor Group has telecom operations in 14 countries, 174 million mobile subscriptions worldwide and is among the largest mobile operators in the world.

About Evolution Digital (www.evolutionbb.com)
Evolution Digital, LLC was formed to provide cost-effective solutions for small-to-medium size cable operators to stem the loss of subscribers to DBS and Telco competition. By using Evolution Digital's low-cost DTA converter, operators can reclaim analog bandwidth and use that additional bandwidth to enhance their HD and high-speed data offerings. Once momentum is regained, Evolution Digital provides products to win back lost market share and prepare the market for next generation, "over-the-top" content with ever increasing ARPU as TV and high speed data merge. Evolution Digital is committed to open standards for both set-top boxes and content security, providing operators with choice previously unavailable.

(i)The DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) standards were generated by a consortium of over 250 content providers, operators, manufacturers, software developers and regulatory bodies, among other, in over 35 countries, committed to interoperability for global broadcasting by digital media.

Services that use DVB standards can be found on all continents, with over 500 DVB receivers currently in operation.

Contact Information

  • Press contact at Conax
    Leslie Johnsen
    Head of Public Relations
    E-mail: leslie.johnsen@conax.com
    Tel: +47 41 45 80 43

    Press contact at Cablemas
    Allan Ituarte Hesles
    Planning and Investor Relations Manager
    E-mail: aituarte@cablemas.com.mx
    Tel: +52 (55) 4121 8335

    Press contact at Evolution Digital LLC
    Katie Beth Kauffman
    Marketing Manager
    Email: kkauffman@evolutionbb.com
    Phone: +1 (303) 414-1931