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Bouygues Telecom Selects NDS to Provide Software Components and Professional Services for New IPTV Platform

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- Bouygues Telecom selects NDS for the deployment of next-generation IPTV service
- NDS provides set-top box software components and professional services, including systems integration

NDS today announced that it has been selected by French Telecom operator, Bouygues Telecom to support the deployment of its next generation IPTV platform including their new set-top box (STB), the Bbox.

Through its professional services approach, NDS is providing STB integration services for the launch of the new platform, together with integration consultancy and a selection of critical software components to enable an enhanced pay-TV experience.

The NDS set-top box software components to be deployed by Bouygues Telecom include a graphical engine to power an enhanced user experience with HD and 3D capability and an application manager engine to enable the development and management of a whole host of innovative new apps based on HTML5 and Flash.

Yves Caseau, Executive Vice President Technologies, Services & Innovation, Bouygues Telecom, said: “We are exceptionally proud of our new platform – and more so in the collaborative nature of the development process. We were very selective in the partners that we chose for this project, and with their extensive track record of innovation and integration expertise, NDS is the perfect choice to support us in creating a TV experience that will greatly satisfy the needs of our subscribers.”

Yves Padrines, NDS Vice President and General Manager EMEA commented: “We are extremely pleased to be supporting Bouygues Telecom in the development of their next generation services. We have worked closely together to define the requirements for the platform and to provide critical software components to enable their subscribers with a quality user experience and we look forward to supporting them in future deployments.”

NDS’ set-top box software enables advanced services for subscribers around the world. A future-proof solution, it enables the deployment of additional functionality and services throughout the lifetime of a platform.

NDS’ approach to professional services is based on its extensive knowledge of pay-TV platforms and longstanding integration expertise. Adopted by leading operators around the world, including Comcast, Cox Communications and Charter Communications, NDS’ professional services team provides a variety of services to enable the launch of next generation pay-TV platforms. With an established presence in France, NDS provides set-top box software and solutions to enable an enhanced subscriber experience for leading French operators including CANAL+ and SFR.
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Über NDS Group Ltd.

NDS Group Ltd. creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 90 of the world’s leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their business.

NDS’ VideoGuard® is the world’s market-leading content and service protection solution, deployed in 125 million pay-TV households. VideoGuard conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technologies safeguard pay-TV service revenues exceeding $50 billion. NDS middleware, which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 214 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, is a leader in the global industry with 47 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 31st December 2011).

Headquartered in the UK, with over 5000 employees, NDS remains committed to investing in technology and development with over 75% of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US.

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About Bouygues Telecom
Founded in 1994, Bouygues Telecom has 11,217,000 mobile customers and 1,119,000 fixed broadband customers. Bouygues Telecom is committed to continually enhancing the customer experience for its mobile and fixed telephone, TV and Internet services: each day, the company’s 9,200 employees develop solutions aligned with changing customer needs and deliver efficient support.
After pioneering the mobile talk-plan concept in France in 1996, Bouygues Telecom introduced groundbreaking unlimited call plans: Millennium (1999) and neo (2006).
Bouygues Telecom acquired its own fixed network in 2008 and became an Internet Service Provider (ISP), launching the Bbox broadband router.
In 2009, Bouygues Telecom invented the “all-in-one” solution with video the first quadruple play offer in the market.
In 2010, Bouygues Telecom launched Bbox fibre, its very-high-speed offer and began investing in Fibre-To-The-Home in high-density areas.
Bouygues Telecom's mobile network covers 99% of the population. Its 3G+ network provides mobile Internet access for 93% of the population.
Bouygues Telecom is the only operator to be awarded “NF Service Centre de Relation Client” certification from French standards agency Afnor Certification for all its consumer activities (mobile and fixed) and in 2011 it was also ranked No. 1 for its customer relations in both its mobile (the 5th year running) and fixed* activities.
Customer relations centres, a distribution network of 630 Clubs Bouygues Telecom stores and a website available 24/7 combine to ensure optimum customer service.

*BearingPoint-TNS Sofres Customer Relations Quality League Table (April 2011)

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