SOURCE: Verimatrix

January 28, 2008 05:00 ET

Verimatrix Selected to Secure UNE-EPM IPTV Deployment in Colombia

Reseller Unión Electrica Integrates VCAS Within IPTV Partner Ecosystem

RIO DE JANEIRO--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - IPTV World Forum Latin America -- Verimatrix, setting the standard in content security technologies that enhance the value of pay-TV networks, today announced that systems integrator Unión Electrica S.A. has deployed the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for IPTV within its platform solution for the UNE-EPM Telecomunicaciones IPTV deployment. UNE-EPM, a division of Empressa Publica de Medellín S.A., will be formally launching its IPTV service in Medellín and Bogotá over the next few months. Verimatrix joins partners Orca, Sagem and Bitband for this groundbreaking IPTV deployment in Colombia.

UNE-EPM's IPTV service will include 103 broadcast TV channels and will offer Video on-Demand (VoD) and PVR functionality later in the year as it expands into other operating regions When fully deployed, the service will be available to as many as 1.6 million existing UNE-EPM phone and cable subscribers.

"Verimatrix's reputation and IPTV market leadership made them the obvious choice for our recommended IPTV platform," said Unión Electrica President Efraín Ossa. "They clearly understand the market in South America and provide high quality customer service to ensure a smooth integration. Customers are impressed with their advanced content security solutions and vision for the future."

Unión Electrica is an authorized and trained reseller of Verimatrix's software-based content security solutions. For this deployment, they integrated VCAS for IPTV, Verimatrix's flagship solution built on the principles of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and X.509 digital certificates. A downloadable security system for IPTV clients is not only more secure, it enables less expensive set-top box (STB) hardware and software and can be updated or renewed as required to combat the pirates attacks.

VCAS has received very favorable results in independent audits and is the approved security choice in pay-TV operator deployments on a worldwide basis, including IPTV-Americas, a company offering wholesale/retail IPTV services to telephone companies in Latin America.

"Unión Electrica is an important relationship for Verimatrix as we expand our Latin American customer base. Their established relationships with network operators extend our capability to offer seamless local service and support," said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer. "We are once again proving the power of our partner ecosystem by enabling the first secure IPTV service in Colombia with a leading company like UNE-EPM."

About UNE-EPM Telecomunicaciones

UNE-EPM Telecomunicaciones is a public company, fully owned by Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) S.A. UNE-EPM provides information and communications technologies to its customers throughout Colombia, including fixed and public telephony, long distance calls, prepaid cards for Colombia and international calls, data transmission, content services and TV subscriptions. UNE-EPM Telecommunications also provides Internet, broadband and fixed wireless services based on WiMAX. Its asset and sales positions it as one of the largest companies in Colombia and its longstanding experience and support provide a competitive advantage for delivery of high quality services and the most advanced technology.

About Unión Eléctrica

Unión Eléctrica is an organization that offers integral solutions in the design, supplying and installation for the telecommunications, energy, automatization and electronic security sectors among others. Our solutions in telecommunications allow us to connect our world with the universe, transmitting, connecting, processing, managing and storing data; both voice and video, so that the people are always in contact with each other. All our solutions are integrated, and supported with a motivated and enabled staff, plus the outpost technological infrastructure, with both active and passive equipment of a complete generation, with specialized precision and testing equipment. High service quality that adapts to the necessities of your specific company and the endorsement of our experience that guarantees the high quality of our work. Please visit www.uniongr.com

About Verimatrix

Verimatrix sets the standard for software-based content security and revenue enhancement technologies in pay-TV networks, with a global customer base of telecommunications providers. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™ ) offers a suite of next-generation technologies that has been independently audited and ranked as the global leader in IPTV content protection. VCAS was designed for two-way and hybrid networks to protect content and enhance revenue streams, while combating digital piracy wherever it occurs within the distribution chain. The company's content security experts maintain close relationships with the major studios and broadcasters to help address the challenges facing pay-TV networks of today, and those of tomorrow. Verimatrix customers benefit with most favorable access to premium content, enabling the richest, most versatile viewing experience for their digital video subscribers. For more information on why VCAS is the most widely deployed IPTV content security system with tier one operators, please visit www.verimatrix.com.