Sigma Systems

Sigma Systems

December 04, 2006 08:31 ET

TV Cabo Deploys Sigma Systems' All Play OSS Solution

Sigma's proven and scalable OSS manages diverse multi-service deployment

TORONTO, ONTARIO and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 4, 2006) - Sigma Systems, www.sigma-systems.com, a premier provider and leader in the design, development and deployment of OSS service management solutions and TV Cabo, the largest national pay-tv operator in Portugal with over 1.4 million cable customers, today announced that it has implemented Sigma Systems' OSS technology to provide complete service management support across the country, including voice over IP (VoIP) services, digital video services, pay-per-view, high-speed data (HSD) and WiFI access. Sigma's Service Management Platform (SMP) already supports TV Cabo for high-speed data services over Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and satellite.

"The introduction of these digital functionalities will enhance our customers' viewing experience. TV Cabo will make sure that each subscriber has all the tools needed to, on its own, command and control their services. Part of this strategy is relying on the Sigma toolkit for management of all the services in its current and future portfolio," says Carlos Carvalho, OSS Specialist from TV Cabo.

Sigma Systems, has successfully deployed voice over IP (VOIP), cable HSD, ISP, digital and legacy video services, pay-per-view video, as well as enabling WiFi hot spot access across Portugal for TV Cabo. Sigma is currently managing over 2 million subscribed and prepaid services for TV Cabo. Future deployments will provide end-to-end service management for video on demand (VOD).

At the end of 2005 Sigma deployed a business-to-business gateway to support selling high-speed Internet over DSL and satellite services. As a result of successful implementation, Sigma Systems was then selected as TV Cabo's enterprise-wide OSS provisioning platform for all broadband services.

"Sigma's configurable and scalable solutions provide TV Cabo with end-to-end automation for a wide range of triple play services for its customers," adds Tim Spencer, President and COO, Sigma Systems. "Our SMP Platform and Service Packages are designed to provide the utmost flexibility in packaging, provisioning and managing services that are sought by TV Cabo's customers, with an OSS infrastructure that can quickly adapt to new technologies and deliver future revenue generating services."

Using Sigma's platform, TV Cabo is currently provisioning services for its entire cable TV subscriber base - both analogue and digital, including prepaid services such as Pay-Per-View (PPV). TV Cabo is also able to provide high-speed Internet services, including e-mail services and Web space for its customers. Sigma's platform provisions value-added services, such as anti-virus and firewall for TV Cabo's Internet customers by authenticating and authorizing subscribers.

The Sigma Solution set at TV Cabo provides a wide range of technology adapters for triple play services including integration to leading vendors such as Cisco, Siemens, Nagravision, Exsad, Microsoft, Incognito, and Panda Software, along with business support system integration to TV Cabo's billing (Convergys) and customer care system (Siebel) via a Tibco EAI bus.

Earlier this year, Sigma Systems announced a new UK headquarters in London to serve its expanding European customer base, which is fully supported by the company's global team of 250 professionals.

"There is a growing interest in Sigma Systems from EMEA-based service providers in deploying triple play services and additional premium content, entertainment and ISP security services," says Sigma's Paul Bromley, Vice President Sales EMEA. "This mirrors the mounting interest worldwide in our solutions and product developments from companies looking to increase their profitability by taking advantage of our experience in managing complex data, voice, video, mobile and multi-media services."

About TV Cabo

TV Cabo, a subsidiary of PT Multimedia, is the leader in the Portuguese pay-tv market and one of the most important operators in Europe, with over 1.4 million customers and a market share above 80%.

TV Cabo's television subscription service is available nationwide, with distribution over cable and digital satellite platforms.

TV Cabo pioneered broadband Internet access in Portugal in 1999, with 349,000 customers in September 2006.

About Sigma Systems

Sigma Systems is a premier provider and leader in the design, development, and deployment of OSS service management solutions. A global company, we automate Communications Service Providers' (CSPs) business and operational processes enabling them to define, activate, manage and diagnose subscribed, on-demand and real-time IP broadband and wireless services. Sigma All Play Solutions provide the "Intelligence Behind Converged Services Delivery".

Sigma's proven software provides CSPs with industry leading solutions for voice (circuit switch, VoIP, SIP, cellular voice), video (IPTV, DTV, ITV, VOD, PPV), data (DSL, DOCSIS, 2-way satellite, mobile and WiFi/WiMax data), and IMS-based services.

Sigma has 10 years experience using a proven implementation methodology that provides rapid deployment integration and turn-up in multi-service, multi-technology operating environments. Today, we manage fifty (50) deployments for communications service providers, such as Cox Communications, TELUS, Rogers Communications, TVCabo, Shaw Communications and @NetHome, and others with a combined total of over 25 million subscribers managed on our platform, across North America, EMEA, CALA and APAC.

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