KPN (NYSE: KPN), one of the leading telecommunications and ICT service providers in the Netherlands, has selected Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to develop and maintain innovative television services based on the Accenture Video Solution. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Under the agreement, Accenture will improve service performance and deliver KPN’s interactive TV service to multiple devices (TV, tablets and smartphones). Using Accenture’s software-based open architecture, KPN is able to offer a unique viewing experience. This new integrated solution will add features to the market leading iTV and iTV Online services that KPN offers to the Dutch retail and wholesale markets.
“We will provide KPN a complete portfolio of innovative digital services that will enable subscribers to watch TV on more devices,” said Marco Vernocchi, managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment industry group. “We believe the Accenture Video Solution deployed by KPN is now one of the industry’s most comprehensive, feature-rich video software and services platform available today.”
KPN’s iTV Online Services leverage KPN’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) for content streaming. The CDN provides various business-to-business and consumer services using the latest technology and is built to stringent network standards that translate into improved picture stability and a best-in-class adaptive streaming services for KPN’s clients.
Through its video software and services capabilities, Accenture is making it possible for KPN to provide its subscribers with an advanced multiscreen video experience, remote recording capabilities, ‘catch-up’ TV allowing users to select and view video on demand, and adaptive streaming for consistent quality of service experience. In addition, Accenture plans to develop and deliver innovative new features and services designed to provide KPN’s subscribers with a superior user experience.
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