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Magyar Telekom, a Deutsche Telekom Group Subsidiary, Deploys Zenterio Independent Operating System on Two New Set-Top Boxes

London (19 March 2014) — Zenterio, provider of the independent operating system platform for interactive TV, announced today that Magyar Telekom, a Deutsche Telekom Group subsidiary in Hungary, has deployed Zenterio Operating System on two new set-top boxes (STBs) that will support both PVR and interactive, multi-room TV services.

This deployment allows Magyar Telekom to develop services for its TV subscribers in Hungary and harmonize its STB software client environment. The independent operating system provides the opportunity to extend deployment and standardize TV offerings across regions.

The Zenterio OS solution enables TV operators to design and deliver new and advanced interactive services including music, social activity and Internet TV across a variety of devices. Its flexible platform standardizes features and eliminates barriers from multiple operating systems and complicated infrastructure so that operators can independently choose hardware, middleware and back-end solutions.

In a recent global survey report amongst professionals in the TV delivery industry, Zenterio reported that 92% of survey participants see a need to upgrade their TV service by launching new interactive services, however, their existing legacy infrastructure stands in the way and 69% of respondents experience problems running multiple operating systems on STBs.

“Operators are looking to stay competitive by offering original and interactive services to their users, however the industry is facing a hardware fragmentation problem that prevents them from standardizing features, a crucial element to innovation and performance in this sector,” said Robin Rutili, CEO of Zenterio. “Zenterio is focused on providing efficient and cost-effective software so that operators can stay ahead of the curve and provide a competitive long-term service offering as future industry needs and technologies change. Being selected by Magyar Telekom, part of the Deutsche Telekom group, confirms the quality and ability of Zenterio as a solution vendor. ”

“We are glad we chose a renowned industry player for our TV solutions” confirmed Thomas Staneker, Head of Deutsche Telekom’s International TV Service Center in Budapest. “We are looking forward to successfully expand our relation to Zenterio on the basis of this great achievement in Hungary.”

Launched in February 2014, Zenterio’s STB platform at Magayr Telekom is available in both PVR and non-PVR versions, features DVB-S, IP, OTT and multi-room capabilities running in a Conax advanced security environment. The products share media between themselves and other DNLA-enabled devices. The advanced IPTV backend solution is delivered by a world leading supplier and is running on STB hardware by KAONMEDIA.

About Zenterio
Zenterio develops an independent software platform, Zenterio OS, for interactive TV that is positioned to become a global standard. Zenterio’s software can be used on any new and existing hardware. With Zenterio OS, operators can quickly and cost-effectively provide new interactive services and applications. Zenterio partners with global system integrators, set-top box suppliers, CA/DRM providers, and chipset manufacturers. The company evolved from the former Nokia Home Communication, which Nokia divested in 2002. Its headquarters are in Stockholm and its R&D center is in Linköping, Sweden. The company has sales offices in Prague and Milan. Zenterio is an unlisted company and is mainly owned by private investors and private equity firm Scope. The chairman of the board is former Nokia CEO Mr. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.
For more information please visit www.zenterio.com.

About Magyar Telekom
Magyar Telekom is the principal provider of telecom services in Hungary. It provides a full range of telecommunications and infocommunications (ICT) services including fixed line and mobile telephony, data transmission and non-voice as well as IT and systems integration services. Magyar Telekom is the majority owner of Makedonski Telekom, the leading fixed line and mobile operator in Macedonia and it holds a majority stake in Crnogorski Telekom, the leading telecommunications operator in Montenegro. Magyar Telekom’s majority shareholder (59.2%) is Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information visit www.telekom.hu.

About the International TV Service Center
The Budapest based International TV Service Center aggregates the engineering muscle of seven Deutsche Telekom affiliates in Southern and Eastern Europe in one single organization. Its main mission is to plan and build cutting edge TV solutions that deliver linear and on-demand entertainment services over a multitude of network technologies to all screens. On the basis of its more than 3 million Pay-TV subscribers and driven by innovation and speed, the TV Service Center is an important element DT to leading the market while at the same time allowing to benefit from a maximum of synergies.

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Study From Zenterio Reveals Eight Out of 10 Operators Prefer Running One Operating System for Set-Top Boxes

Stockholm (14 March 2014) — Zenterio, provider of the independent operating system platform for interactive TV, and Digital TV Europe reveal new survey findings in a white paper entitled “Interactive TV: The Big Picture.”

 Involving more than 200 executives from TV operators and industry professionals worldwide, the survey addresses the challenges operators face in providing interactive TV services to their customers.

  • 92% of survey participants see a need to upgrade their TV service by launching new interactive services. However, their existing legacy infrastructure stands in the way.
  • 69% of respondents experience problems running multiple operating systems on set-top boxes (STBs).
  • The survey shows the main problems operators experience running multiple operating systems for STBs are costly operations and maintenance (61%), long launch times for new services (53%), high costs for customer support (45%), and inefficiencies in sourcing STBs (36%).
  • 81% of operators say they would benefit from running one operating system for STBs as this would simplify service roll-out and decrease time to market.

The whitepaper also shows that over-the-top (OTT) services are viewed as both a threat and an opportunity by pay-TV providers, with relatively few respondents viewing OTT simply as a threat to their existing business.

”This survey clearly indicates something we have believed for a long time: that a complex infrastructure for set-top boxes hinders operators from being innovative in their markets,” says Samuel Lindstedt, CEO for Zenterio. “TV operators should implement one unified operating system on all set-top boxes to be able to launch interactive services cheaper and faster. That’s something Zenterio can help operators achieve.”

About Zenterio

Zenterio develops an independent software platform, Zenterio OS, for interactive TV that is positioned to become a global standard. Zenterio’s software can be used on any new and existing hardware. With Zenterio OS, operators can quickly and cost-effectively provide new interactive services and applications. Zenterio partners with global system integrators, set-top box suppliers, CA/DRM providers, and chipset manufacturers. The company evolved from the former Nokia Home Communication, which Nokia divested in 2002. Its headquarters are in Stockholm and its R&D center is in Linköping, Sweden. The company has sales offices in Prague and Milan. Zenterio is an unlisted company and is mainly owned by private investors and private equity firm Scope. The chairman of the board is former Nokia CEO Mr. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.

ACCESS Media Sharing and TV-Centric Browser Integrated with Zenterio OS

London, March 12th, 2014 ACCESS CO., LTD (TV Connect stand 93), a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, and Zenterio, the provider of the independent operating system platform for interactive TV, today announced they will demonstrate ACCESS powered media sharing at TV Connect (18-20 March), Olympia, London. NetFront™ Browser NX is also integrated with Zenterio OS, as announced at IBC 2013.

“The ACCESS and Zenterio collaboration provides TV operators with an A to Z of advanced TV services,” said Dr. Neale Foster, VP Global Sales TV, ACCESS. “The integration of ACCESS HTML5 browsing and DLNA media sharing strengthens Zenterio OS and is designed to help Zenterio build on its impressively accelerating market traction.”

“TV Connect sees us announce the integration with ACCESS’ NetFront Browser NX, building on the earlier integration of, NetFrontTM Living Connect media sharing solution” said Samuel Lindstedt, CEO, Zenterio. “We chose to integrate ACCESS’ media sharing and browser with Zenterio OS because ACCESS has a great tradition of embedded software, great market penetration and its products have high functionality.” 

ACCESS (93) is to host demos of NetFront Browser NX TV-centric HTML5 browser and NetFront Living Connect DLNA Technology Component.

Zenterio (91) will demonstrate how its independent operating system is now integrated with NetFront Living Connect to provide DLNA-based media sharing.

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Computer Sweden: Zenterio among Sweden’s hottest IT companies

Zenterio is one of the hottest Swedish companies within IT and telecom, according to the newspaper Computer Sweden. The leading IT trade publication today published its HIT list with Zenterio in 11th place. The HIT list is a first annual listing of the most promising companies that combine innovation with growth and thus develop many of the technologies and business opportunities that are important for Sweden. The HIT list contains a total of 50 companies that have been carefully selected from among thousands of companies in Sweden.

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Pelle Rosell has been appointed as Head of Marketing and Brand for Zenterio

Pelle Rosell joined Zenterio August 1st. He has been appointed as Head of Marketing and Brand for Zenterio and is a part of Zenterio’s management team. Previously, Pelle worked for QlikTech, rated as one of the most successful technology companies, where he held the position of VP Brand since early 2001.

Zenterio is very pleased to welcome Pelle. He will strengthen Zenterio with his broad and international experience in the marketing area and will contribute greatly to Zenterio’s ongoing international expansion through his extensive experience in marketing, business development, brand management, and competence to establish a strong corporate culture.

Among other things, Pelle was one of the leading forces behind the software company QlikTech’s massive success. Pelle was a part of QlikTech’s fruitful journey already from 2001 when the company had a modest turnover of SEK 2 million, to 2013 when the company was worth more than three billion dollars on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Pelle looks forward to being involved in Zenterio’s international expansion and being a part of developing what he believes to be one of the world’s hottest brands on the TV market.

Zenterio expands into Latin America with break through deal with TCC

TCC, technology leader in Pay TV in Latin America and Zenterio, Swedish developer of an independent operative system for interactive TV, announced today a partnership.

The partnership will enable TCC to launch new interactive services on in-home TV sets as well as live TV streaming on mobile devices. This is first of its kind and comes as a direct response to the demands of a changing TV-market. The viewers are looking for more entertainment via interactive experiences and new features like viewing on multi-screen and mobile devices. Unlike other regions in the world, the Latin American pay TV-market is booming.

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Agama and Zenterio Partner for a Superior Video Service Quality Experience

Agama Technologies, the video service quality assurance expert and Zenterio, the independent operating system developer for TV client devices, announced today a technology partnership to deliver a turnkey solution for efficient last-mile and in-home video service quality assurance to joint TV operator customers worldwide. The partnership has already resulted in a new contract with a major European operator group, with delivery taking place in December.

Zenterio strengthens its delivery organization through strategic partnerships with Mathembedded, 27m Group, Systemagic and VTilt Digital

Zenterio has entered into strategic partnerships with a select number of leading software consultancy companies including Mathembedded, 27m Group, Systemagic and VTilt Digital. The partnerships enable Zenterio to further strengthen its delivery organization and to meet the global demand for Zenterio’s advanced OS for TV Client devices such as Set-Top Boxes.

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Zenterio raises 10 MEUR from Scope

Swedish company Zenterio, that develops an independent operating system for TV client devices, announces today that they have secured its long term funding needs by raising 10 MEUR, out of which 2,5 MEUR is planned to take place during the fall. This will position Zenterio for global expansion and enable Zenterio to scale the organization to match the needs of our customers and partners. The investment will be made by Nordic investment firm Scope through its third fund Scope Growth III L.P. Scope will also take a board position.

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