Malaysian Internet service provider YTL Communications plans to launch a converged TV and Internet service, which covers both residential and mobile use, using SezmiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s TV platform.
YTL plans to offer voice, data and TV by the end of next year. The video options will include live television, on-demand movies and shows, and Internet video.
That will be similar to the so-called hybrid broadcast and 4G wireless network model that Sezmi has rolled out in a few dozen markets in the U.S.
Through the partnership, Sezmi will design and manage the build-out of the digital TV network and provide the platform and professional services to YTL.
This will be SezmiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first deployment outside of the U.S.
Sezmi explained that in many regions of the world, over-the-air broadcast technology remains the predominant platform for TV. The high cost of upgrading to landline infrastructure capable of supporting television services is simply prohibitive. SezmiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hybrid TV approach is therefore an effective means of deploying next-generation television services, the company said.
Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“YTL Communications started with a clean slate to build the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first converged 4G network in Malaysia. Sezmi shares our vision of delivering amazing new experiences. As experts in next-generation television that have already developed and deployed a hybrid television network in a demanding market such as the U.S., Sezmi brings to us a deep understanding of both customer and technology requirements needed to deliver to Malaysia the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first all-wireless hybrid-TV service to enrich the lives of consumers. This is a natural continuum of convergence enabled by our advanced 4G network that delivers amazing experiences to our customers and brings positive change to Malaysia.Ã¢â‚¬Â