Quiptel joins LaserNet to enable OTT services in Africa

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A new partnership was announced yesterday between Quiptel, global streaming technology leaders, and the LaserNet Group, experts in digital and broadcast technologies with headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. The partnership will enable the two businesses to deliver OTT services to millions of users across Africa.

Overcoming the traditional network limitations, Quiptel Media Platform (QMP) delivers flawless streams using its patented Q-Flow technology. Designed to transcend the challenges of crammed and slow connections to deliver content to the end user using the most efficient and cost-effective route. It enables seamless streaming over even the most challenging networks and mobile conditions. Rather than investing in hardware and laying new network cables, the joint solution will enable broadcasters and cable companies to increase their market share with a lower capital expenditure. Q-Flow provides a unique win: win solution for both the OTT Operator and their end users alike.

Sandip Sarda, CEO Quiptel, said “OTT players are thriving in Africa, driven by smartphone penetration and the roll-out of 3G/4G networks, but the challenge is still how to minimise the cost of distribution and at the same time provide a great video streaming experience. Our partnership with LaserNet will encourage innovation, enable technology related training and empower African start-ups across the content creation and production spectrum, enabling them to reach across Africa as well as into other markets like the US and Europe. Quiptel’s technology provides a footprint and access to those markets too as well as facilitating the digital switchover, which is good for Governments and citizens alike.”

Gert Rieder, Chief Executive Falcon Media House, commented “We’re excited to partner with a highly established business like LaserNet which recognises that content delivery via OTT platforms represent the future beyond broadcasting. LaserNet has a huge established contact network including many of the leading telco, media and broadcast companies in the region and we’re looking forward to working with them to deliver a world class service using QMP & Q-Flow which will help their customers to grow in a cost-efficient manner, avoiding the huge costs of building infrastructure. More than half a billion people across Africa now subscribe to mobile services, with the number expected to grow to 725 million by 2020 – and these are the defacto devices used to consume content. We see this as a huge market to empower with a great viewing experience through the combined solution with LaserNet in the market.”

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