August 23, 2004
Digital Rapids Secures 100 Channels of Windows Media 9 Streaming in Korea Telecom Deal
Richmond Hill, Ontario: Digital Rapids has secured a deal with Korea Telecom (KT) to provide StreamZ-2500 dual channel servers for up to 100 channels of Windows Media 9 streaming. KT is Korea’s leading telecommunication’s company and a world leader in the high-speed Internet market, Broadband Internet Subscribers exceed over 6 Million, making KT the world's best broadband service provider.
KT already uses the Windows Media 9 codec to stream at a data rate of 2Mpbs and frame rate of 30fps, providing its broadband customers, which include consumers, corporations, education and government departments, with the highest possible quality streaming solution. The Digital Rapids deal is part of KT’s latest expansion plans, with the first installation already begun and completion of the project expected by the end of 2004.
By 2005 KT will invest KRW14.6 trillion (USD 1.2 billion) in the expansion and upgrading of its backbone network, optical transmission network, e-commerce service, ADSL, and Internet infrastructure, delivering optical cable data transmission to large-scale buildings, apartment complexes, private residencies and remote farming and fishing villages.
KT’s broadband wireless local loop (B-WLL) and the satellite Koreasat 3 will cover dead ground in small towns, country areas and Islands. Internet/Data is expected to generate around 38% of KT’s core business in 2005 and has by far the highest growth potential of any of its core businesses.
To find the right solution KT evaluated all products on the market over a four-month period carrying out the most stringent tests and field trials, after which KT announced Digital Rapids as their preferred solution.
On behalf of DR Korea, Mr Shin, Marketing Director said “The main determining factors for choosing Digital Rapids was the need for the highest possible video quality at high bit rates and a system that was reliable and easy to use. Digital Rapids is the solution that best does this. The hardware pre-processing de-interlacing and 3D noise reduction helps to achieve images of near DVD quality that we can deliver over the internet to our customers.”
Nick Fitzgerald, Sales Director, Digital Rapids Asia Pacific added “KT first went live on the 2nd October 2003 using Digital Rapids to deliver 20 channels of Windows Media 9 to approximately 300,000 subscribers. We are extremely proud to be their product of choice for this latest expansion to their facilities.”
About Digital Rapids Corporation – Digital Rapids is a leading developer of professional hardware and software solutions for real-time video ingest, playout, transcoding, and streaming. Product lines include Stream video ingest and transcoding solutions, Copper for the secure and error corrected distribution of digital media over diverse networks, StreamZHD and CarbonHD, an HD product line for real-time HD acquisition, playout, and transcoding. Digital Rapids products integrate seamlessly into existing post production, broadcast, and corporate environments, dramatically increasing the volume and quality of media produced while increasing productivity and lowering overall costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digital-rapids.com) is headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada and has sales offices in the UK and Australia.