Hrvatski Telekom Increases Flexibility and Improves Subscriber Experience With Zenterio OS Software

STOCKHOLM -- Aug. 15, 2017 -- Zenterio, a leading television and multiscreen solutions provider, announced today that Hrvatski Telekom (HT), a Deutsche Telekom (DT) majority-owned operator based in Croatia, has launched Zenterio OS software on subscribers' set-top boxes (STBs) to power its new entry-level IPTV offering MAXtv. The deployment is part of a comprehensive project by DT to harmonize the software programs powering the user experience for subscribers in Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Romania, and Croatia. Zenterio OS provides HT with a complete, flexible, and independent software stack for STBs that enables a faster time-to-market for new services, with support for a DT-branded modern user experience and advanced features like live TV with fast channel change, start-over TV, catch-up TV, video on demand, network PVR, and cloud-based air shifting to mobile devices.

"Over the last several years, the television experience has become much more personalized and intuitive, making it an absolute requirement to provide on-demand content on every screen. To meet the complex market demands, we are focused on client software independence and harmonization," said Goran Car, director of core network & service application platforms sector at Hrvatski Telekom. "Zenterio OS is central to our strategy, providing us with a rock-solid solution that offers more control over client devices, in addition to optimizing hardware sourcing; reducing backend integration time; and increasing our flexibility and reusability of hardware, software features, and software. This launch is a major milestone for Zenterio, HT, and the DT Group."

By separating software from hardware and providing a harmonized and independent software layer, Zenterio OS reduces integration time and offers operators, such as HT, the flexibility to work with any STB vendor across different countries and ecosystems. Using Zenterio OS, HT can offer next-generation interactive television services to its customers faster and at a lower cost.

Zenterio OS offers a range of user interface (UI) solutions that can run on entry-level legacy boxes as well as high-end browser-based devices. Although the STB deployed by HT is a high-end box, it runs a UI based on Zenterio OS native technology, which is highly optimized. As a result, it can be easily reused on legacy boxes, enabling a quick and stress-free migration of already-deployed STBs, saving both capital and operational expenditures.

With Zenterio OS supporting a seamless combination of broadcast content with OTT services, HT can address the growing demand for premium television on every screen. Through its comprehensive monitoring and audience measurement capabilities, Zenterio OS enables HT to add advertising, improve consumer services, and introduce new revenue streams.

"We're proud to be collaborating with Hrvatski Telekom in Croatia and the Deutsche Telekom Group, one of the largest multinational operators in Europe, on this extensive project," said Jörgen Nilsson, CEO of Zenterio. "As operators around the world look to take back control of the user interface and drive better TV experiences, this deployment is a great example of how Zenterio OS enables increased flexibility, reliability, software independence, and harmonization."

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About Hrvatski Telekom
Hrvatski Telekom is the leading provider of telecommunications services in Croatia, offering fixed and mobile telephony services as well as wholesale, internet, and data services. Hrvatski Telekom serves nearly 1 million fixed lines; 2.2 million mobile subscribers; 763,000 broadband connections; and 408,000 TV customers. 

The core activities of Hrvatski Telekom and its subsidiary companies comprise the provision of electronic communications services and design and construction of electronic communications networks within the Republic of Croatia. In addition to the provision of fixed telephony services, the HT Group also provides internet, IPTV and ICT services, and data transmission services.

HT is the leading provider of digital solutions that enable the development of the digital society and the digital economy in Croatia and the region. This position is a guarantee of HT's market leadership on the path for a continued evolution of the telecommunications industry and its convergence with the ICT industry and the media industry.

More information is available at http://www.t.ht.hr/en.

About Zenterio (www.zenterio.com)
Zenterio delivers solutions that enable TV operators to grow their revenues, offer a compelling multiscreen user experience, and harmonize software programs for new and legacy devices and set-top boxes. Zenterio's portfolio of technologies, products, and services includes an intuitive multiscreen user interface, a powerful data analytics solution, an independent OS for set-top boxes, consulting services, and additional value-added services. Zenterio partners with global system integrators, set-top box suppliers, CA/DRM providers, chipset manufacturers, and services providers.

The Chairman of the Board is former Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and the CEO is former Ericsson Executive Jorgen Nilsson.

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Photo Caption: The new Hrvatski Telekom MAXtv set-top box uses Zenterio OS software to enable faster channel switching and navigation.

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Photo Caption: Hrvatski Telekom is elevating the MAXtv user experience, providing viewers with content recommendations and VOD services via Zenterio OS software.

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Photo Caption: Hrvatski Telekom increases flexibility and improves the subscriber experience with Zenterio OS software. 

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