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Dec 8, 2021

AXIAN partners with Zattoo to bring new IPTV & OTT service to Madagascar

Zattoo is proud to announce its new partnership with the AXIAN Group.

Telma, an AXIAN Group subsidiary, and the biggest telecoms operator in the Indian Ocean, is using Zattoo’s end-to-end, fully hosted & managed TV-as-a-Service to offer a state of the art set-top box and App based IPTV and OTT services to bring new entertainment options to the streaming generation.

Telma, part of the AXIAN Group, has more than five million subscribers in Madagascar and Comoros, and was looking to further strengthen its position as the leading telecommunications provider in Madagascar with TV services made available to both fixed-line and mobile-only subscribers. As part of this project, AXIAN wanted an end-to-end TV platform partner whom it could trust with launching its first-ever TV service for customers, fully remotely and within a short period of time.

“From the outset, Zattoo proved it had the technical capabilities and expertise to help us achieve our ambitious goal of launching a fully-fledged IPTV service within 5 months in the middle of a global pandemic. Zattoo delivered on that promise. Its highly experienced team worked closely with the Telma team and proved to be flexible enough to cater to specialised requirements of French-speaking Africa and local markets, in the facilitation of mobile-based subscriptions. The greatest bonus of all is that customer registrations for the TV service are already many times higher than our initial projections, said Bertrand Lacroix, CCO of Telma.

Telma’s new TV service comes with a wide range of features including nPVR, 7-day catch up and instant restart. All of this is enabled through Zattoo-developed white label applications for web, mobile devices (Android Mobile & iOS), Chromecast and a Telma-branded Android TV Operator Tier set-top box. Telma is specifically approved by Google to use Android TV for this purpose, which is still unique for the African TV market.

To underpin the more prevalent viewing platforms in Africa, Zattoo also worked with Telma to facilitate daily and monthly-pass options designed for the take-up and streaming of TV channels on mobile devices. Asides Zattoo's pre-configured local caching servers, Telma did not need to deploy any dedicated hardware or software. The entire service is hosted and managed by Zattoo via data centers in Zürich, Frankfurt and Paris.

Commenting on Zattoo’s first implementation on the African continent, Niklas Brambring, CEO of Zattoo, said: “We are delighted to have successfully secured, and launched, our first implementation in Africa with Telma and the AXIAN Group. Time and again, we have proven that the Zattoo TV Platform is up to the task of providing a leading Telco with a platform and the support to launch a stateoftheart, multi-featured TV service to its end customers.”

About Zattoo With more than 30 customers and several million active users per month, Zattoo is one of the leading TV-as-a- Service platforms in Europe. Its customers include Tier 1 operators like 1&1 in Germany, eir in Ireland, Salt in Switzerland and Monaco Telecom, for whom Zattoo offers fully hosted and managed IPTV, OTT and TV Everywhere services. The focus is on a White Label product with state-of-the-art features and applications for all relevant devices and covering all common ones: Android TV for operator set- top boxes as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Smart TVs and mobile devices (iOS / Android / Windows 10). Zattoo gained recognition for its achievements in 2020 with the awarding of the Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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