Tele2 Netherlands selects Espial's IPTV middleware

Leading Dutch IPTV Operator to launch next generation television platform with Espial's Evo TV Service Platform

OTTAWA, Nov. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Espial(R) (TSX:ESP), a leader in the delivery of digital and IP TV (Internet Protocol Television) software, today announced that Tele2 Netherlands has selected Espial's IPTV middleware for its IPTV service. Tele2 Netherlands will use the Evo TV Service Platform to launch its next generation television platform. With this platform Tele2 provides advanced services including linear TV, Video-on-demand, High Definition, PVR (Personal Video Recorder) and interactive services.

Tele2 Netherlands has emerged as one of the largest telecommunications operators in the Netherlands since they began business 12 years ago. They started their business with fixed telephony services and over time have become a multi-play provider with the addition of mobile services, Internet services and television services. As the first operator to offer IPTV services in the Netherlands, they have gained deep knowledge and experience in pay TV services.

"It is essential for Tele2 to provide a rich set of high performance, interactive television services to our consumers. We evaluated several middleware products during a rigorous evaluation process and chose Espial's IPTV middleware. It met our selection criteria for its scalability, rapid service creation capabilities and ease of portability to set-top boxes" stated Günther Vogelpoel, Managing Director Consumer of Tele2 Netherlands. "Espial's middleware is a critical element of our next generation television strategy. We are counting on Espial's platform to deliver innovative new services, differentiate our brand experience and to provide a highly responsive user experience."

"Tele2 Netherlands is one of the IPTV pioneers in Europe and we're honoured to be chosen for their next generation digital television platform. Their evaluation process was based on stringent requirements from lessons they've learned from years of delivering IPTV services" stated Jaison Dolvane, CEO of Espial. "The selection of our IPTV middleware testifies to the scalability, robustness and rich capabilities of our IPTV middleware, Evo TV Service Platform. We look forward to working with Tele2 to launch their advanced interactive television services."

Espial's IPTV middleware is purpose-built to serve millions of subscribers with a minimal capital investment, a highly responsive user experience and a powerful service creation environment. With sub-second response times for Electronic Program Guide, Video-On-Demand, Time-shift TV and other interactive applications, the Evo TV Service Platform delivers a near-instant user response. This level of performance is expected by today's Internet generation. For operational ease, it is designed to fit into IPTV and cable back-office architectures. Cable and telco operators can quickly build and rapidly roll out services such as personalized user interface advertising, Time-Shift TV services and Multiple Dwelling Unit (or Campus) services.

About Espial

Espial provides scalable and open digital and IP TV software to service providers in the cable, telecommunications and hospitality industries. Its middleware, video-on-demand and browser solutions provide superior service delivery, advanced service innovation tools and the ability to implement flexible business models. Espial serves a range of market segments including, IPTV, Cable, hybrid IP, over-the-top, multi-dwelling unit and enterprise. With over 7 million subscriber subscribers using Espial's patented solutions, Espial is a leading supplier of TV software. Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with offices around the world in USA, Europe and Asia. For more information, please call +1.613.230.4770 or visit www.espial.com.

About Tele2 Netherlands

Tele2 Netherlands B.V. is one of the largest communication companies in the Netherlands. The company provides residential, business and wholesale customers a complete range of communication services. Tele2 offers high bandwidth voice, data, Internet and TV services through a facilities based local access broadband network that uses the latest network technologies. Tele2 customers benefit from Tele2's easy to use and affordable top quality services. More news and information is available at www.tele2.nl.

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SOURCE Espial Group

For further information: For further information: Inquiries from press or analysts: Espial, Kirk Edwardson, Director, Marketing, Ottawa, Canada, e: kedwardson@espial.com, t: (613) 230-4770 x1145; Tele2 Netherlands, Remco Meerstra, Sr. Corporate Reputation Executive, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, T: +31 (0) 20 750 1804, E: remco.meerstra@tele2.com

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